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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1996.

Events


January

  • January - At the trial of two American teenagers, Nicholaus McDonald and Brian Bassett, for the murder of Bassett's parents and young brother, defense lawyers attempt to lay the blame for the murders on the fact the pair had been listening to "Israel's Son" by Silverchair prior to the crimes, which are dubbed the "Israel's Son Murders". Murmur Records released an official response, stating that Silverchair do not condone violence of any kind and that the song "seeks to criticize violence and war by portraying them in all their horror."
  • January 8 - Madonna's stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer.
  • January 16 - Jamaicanmarker authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, Hemisphere Dancer, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono and Island Records executive, Chris Blackwell, are also on the plane; no-one is injured.
  • January 18 - Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
  • January 19 - The Album, Antichrist by Gorgoroth is Completed.
  • January 25 - Madonna receives death threats from Argentinemarker conservatives who are enraged and insulted that she is playing Eva Peron in Evita. After she arrives in Argentina, over 50 walls throughout the city have been spray-painted with the words: ¡Viva Evita! ¡Fuera Madonna! (Long Live Evita! Get Out, Madonna!).
  • January 28 - Chris Isaak makes a guest appearance on the television show Friends.
  • January 29


February



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June



July



  • June 25-Rapper Jay-Z releases debut album Reasonable Doubt


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November

December



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Bands formed



Bands disbanded



Bands return




Albums released

January

Day Album Artist Notes
9 Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp Kid Rock -
Victor Alex Lifeson -
How Long Has This Been Going On Van Morrison Live
Young, Rich & Dangerous Kris Kross -
15 Predator Accept -
16 Viva! La Woman Cibo Matto -
18 G. Gotthard Switzerland
23 Wither Blister Burn & Peel Stabbing Westward -
Boys for Pele Tori Amos -
25 Stormblåst Dimmu Borgir -
26 Maniacal Laughter The Bouncing Souls -
30 Filth Pig Ministry -
Millions Now Living Will Never Die Tortoise -


February

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Ocean Drive Lighthouse Family -
5 Purpendicular Deep Purple Europe
13 Looking East Jackson Browne -
The Score The Fugees -
Pies Descalzos Shakira -
All Eyez on Me Tupac Shakur 2x CD
19 Skunkworks Bruce Dickinson -
20 Murder Ballads Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Take Me To Your Leader Newsboys -
The Jester Race In Flames -
23 Our Band Could Be Your Life: A Tribute to D Boon and the Minutemen Various Artists Tribute to Minutemen
27 The Gray Race Bad Religion -
Goldfinger Goldfinger -
The Process Skinny Puppy -


March

Day Album Artist Notes
4 After Murder Park The Auteurs -
5 Gravity Kills Gravity Kills -
The Time of the Oath Helloween -
Naughty Little Doggie Iggy Pop -
11 Refresh the Demon Annihilator -
Beat the Bastards The Exploited -
12 Falling into You Celine Dion US
Kiss Unplugged Kiss Live
Roots Sepultura -
Black Love The Afghan Whigs -
Bad Hair Day "Weird Al" Yankovic -
17 MMMBop Hanson -
18 The Beatles Anthology, Volume 2 The Beatles Compilation
19 Born on a Pirate Ship Barenaked Ladies -
No. 2 Live Dinner Robert Earl Keen Live
Off Parole Rappin' 4-Tay -
Second Toughest in the Infants Underworld -
25 Call the Doctor Sleater-Kinney -
Now That's What I Call Music! 33 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
26 40 More Reasons To Hate Us Anal Cunt -
The Coming Busta Rhymes -
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop Stone Temple Pilots -
Regretfully Yours Superdrag -
Villains The Verve Pipe -
? Hits Mike + The Mechanics Compilation


April

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Milk and Kisses Cocteau Twins UK
A Maximum High Shed Seven UK
2 Count the Days Citizen King EP
Crimson Edge of Sanity -
Oz Factor Unwritten Law -
8 Repetition Unwound -
9 Here to Save You All Chino XL -
Death Threatz MC Eiht -
The Villain in Black MC Ren -
Emperor Tomato Ketchup Stereolab -
Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Various Artists Tribute
16 Make Your Mama Proud Fastball -
Sell, Sell, Sell David Gray -
As Good as Dead Local H -
This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About Modest Mouse Debut
Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine Sophomore
Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt Veruca Salt EP
18 The Forgotten Tales Blind Guardian Compilation
Destroy All Monsters/Live in Japan Raven Live
22 Episode Stratovarius -
23 Fairweather Johnson Hootie & the Blowfish -
Blue Clear Sky George Strait -
29 To the Faithful Departed The Cranberries -
Arise Therefore Palace -
Nearly God Tricky -
30 Crash Dave Matthews Band -
Drunk on the Moon No Knife -
? Tin Cans with Strings to You Far -


May

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Ass Cobra Turbonegro -
6 1977 Ash -
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys debut; Europe only
Electriclarryland Butthole Surfers -
Dr. Octagonecologyst Kool Keith -
The It Girl Sleeper -
7 Teri Yakimoto Guttermouth -
Imperial Drag Imperial Drag -
Infotainment? Pitchshifter -
13 Slang Def Leppard -
14 Elegy Amorphis -
Older George Michael -
Looking in the Shadows The Raincoats -
Today's Specials The Specials Covers album
Too Much Too Young: The Gold Collection The Specials Compilation
Long Line Peter Wolf -
20 Everything Must Go Manic Street Preachers -
21 Perspective Jason Becker -
Vile Cannibal Corpse -
Wild Mood Swings The Cure -
Pure Instinct Scorpions -
Down on the Upside Soundgarden -
Destruction by Definition The Suicide Machines Debut
Bringing Down the Horse The Wallflowers -
22 The Great Southern Trendkill Pantera -
Live at the Budokan Blur Live album
25 Roomic Cube Takako Minekawa -
28 Good God's Urge Porno for Pyros -
30 Swansong Carcass -


June

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Oh Lord! When? How? The Hives Debut EP
4 18 til I Die Bryan Adams -
Delinquent Habits Delinquent Habits Debut
Destiny Gloria Estefan US
Load Metallica -
Hot Squirrel Nut Zippers -
6 Tigermilk Belle & Sebastian -
7 Dreamland Robert Miles -
10 Swansong Carcass -
The Light User Syndrome The Fall -
11 T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars -
12 One Chord to Another Sloan Canada
17 Macarena Non Stop Los del Río -
Upgrade & Afterlife Gastr del Sol -
18 Very Proud of Ya AFI -
Odelay Beck -
Just Like You Keb' Mo' -
Live from Neon Park Little Feat Live
High/Low Nada Surf -
Rocket Primitive Radio Gods -
Gone Again Patti Smith -
The Patti Smith Masters Patti Smith Box set
24 Morningrise Opeth -
Digilogue :zoviet*France: (vinyl version) US
25 Ranetoe Serdce Lyapis Trubetskoy -
H2O H2O Debut
Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z -
[[You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best ]] Kiss Live
Xtort KMFDM -
Get On Up and Dance Quad City DJ's -


July

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Live from the Fall Blues Traveler Live
The Final Tic Crucial Conflict -
It Was Written Nas -
It's Martini Time The Reverend Horton Heat -
Wax Ecstatic Sponge -
3 None So Vile Cryptopsy -
8 Today Is Another Day Zard -
9 Scenery and Fish I Mother Earth -
Building the Bridge REO Speedwagon -
Blue LeAnn Rimes -
Irresistible Bliss Soul Coughing -
16 Outpost The Samples -
Lemon Parade Tonic -
22 Technicolour Disco Inferno -
23 Tidal Fiona Apple -
Three Snakes and One Charm The Black Crowes -
The Dark Saga Iced Earth -
Static Prevails Jimmy Eat World -
Bionic Sandbox expanded edition
26 The Return of the Aquabats The Aquabats -
29 A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular Hooverphonic Belgium
Irreligious Moonspell -
Drum 'n' Bass for Papa Plug -
30 Unplugged Alice in Chains Live
Sublime Sublime -
Beats, Rhymes and Life A Tribe Called Quest -
Mista Mista -
? Rockin' down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert The Doobie Brothers Live


August

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Interstate 8 Modest Mouse EP
Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle Olivia Tremor Control -
9 Theli Therion -
12 First Band on the Moon The Cardigans -
Now That's What I Call Music! 34 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
13 Put it in Your Mouth Akinyele EP
Friction, Baby Better Than Ezra -
Fantastic Planet Failure -
Turn the Radio Off Reel Big Fish -
18 Acrobatic Tenement At the Drive-In -
19 Becoming X Sneaker Pimps -
20 Paradise in Me K's Choice -
Cowboy Songs Riders in the Sky -
October Rust Type O Negative -
26 Awaken The Blood Divine -
27 The Latch-Key Child A+ -
One in a Million Aaliyah -
Veiled Leah Andreone -
Gabrielle Gabrielle -
ATLiens OutKast -
No Code Pearl Jam -


September

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Man Neneh Cherry -
Bilingual Pet Shop Boys UK
Double Allergic Powderfinger -
9 Like Cats and Dogs Catherine Wheel Compilation
NOLA Down
face to face Face to Face -
Excerpts from a Love Circus Lisa Germano -
Travelling Without Moving Jamiroquai UK
10 Home Again New Edition -
New Adventures in Hi-Fi R.E.M. US
Test for Echo Rush -
The Doctor Came at Dawn Smog -
13 Dynamite Stina Nordenstam -
14 In a Bar, Under the Sea dEUS -
16 Better Living Through Chemistry Fatboy Slim -
K Kula Shaker UK
Spiders Space -
17 Fashion Nugget Cake -
White Light, White Heat, White Trash Social Distortion -
Fire Garden Steve Vai -
23 Angry Machines Dio Europe
Louder Than Hell Manowar Europe
Animal Rights Moby -
24 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow -
Susanna Hoffs Susanna Hoffs -
Best of the Beast Iron Maiden Compilation
Signify Porcupine Tree -
Illadelph Halflife The Roots -
Pinkerton Weezer -
30 First Grand Constitution and Bylaws Secret Chiefs 3 -


October

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Black Dots Bad Brains Christmas Album
This Is the Time Michael Bolton Christmas Album
Fountains of Wayne Fountains of Wayne -
The Moment Kenny G -
Yourself or Someone Like You Matchbox 20 -
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah Nirvana Live Compilation
Soul on Ice Ras Kass -
The Natural Bridge Silver Jews -
Greatest Hits Thompson Twins Greatest Hits
Ænima Tool -
At the Speed of Life Xzibit -
3 Plays Metallica by Four Cellos Apocalyptica Covers
5 Republica Republica -
8 East Side Militia Chemlab -
Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts Country Teasers -
Baja Sessions Chris Isaak -
Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson -
Factory Showroom They Might Be Giants -
11 The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home Current 93 EP
14 Sutras Donovan -
15 Stories Told & Untold Bad Company -
Recovering the Satellites Counting Crows -
Life Is Peachy Korn -
Car Button Cloth The Lemonheads -
Breathe Midnight Oil -
Justus The Monkees -
Overnight Sensation Motörhead -
Genius of America The Tubes -
22 Dance into the Light Phil Collins -
12 Soulful Nights of Christmas Jermaine Dupri -
Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again House of Pain -
Trial by Fire Journey -
Public Cowboy #1: The Music of Gene Autry Riders in the Sky -
Soundtracks for the Blind Swans -
Best of Volume I Van Halen Greatest Hits
Bow Down Westside Connection -
23 Wiseblood Corrosion of Conformity -
Actual Fantasy Ayreon -
25 Thank God for Mental Illness The Brian Jonestown Massacre -
Evita Madonna -
28 The Beatles Anthology, Volume 3 The Beatles Compilation; UK
29 Ironman Ghostface Killah -
Fever In Fever Out Luscious Jackson -
The Rutles Archaeology The Rutles -
Skillet Skillet -
31 Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. Slipknot -


November

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Around the World Hit Singles: The Journey So Far East 17 Greatest Hits
4 Richard D. James Album Aphex Twin -
Spice Spice Girls UK
5 Unknown Country The Clean -
Take You There k-os -
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory Tupac Shakur -
9 Further Along The Dubliners -
11 Pre-Millennium Tension Tricky -
12 Nico Blind Melon -
Infinite Eminem -
Losing Streak Less Than Jake -
Tha Doggfather Snoop Doggy Dogg -
18 If You're Feeling Sinister Belle & Sebastian -
Now That's What I Call Music! 35 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
19 Razorblade Suitcase Bush -
Dusk and Her Embrace Cradle of Filth -
Hell On Earth Mobb Deep -
Endtroducing..... DJ Shadow -
Summer of '78 Barry Manilow -
Emancipation Prince 3xCD
Blood Brothers Bruce Springsteen EP
25 Someday Maybe The Clarks -
26 Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996 Poison Greatest Hits
Broken China Richard Wright UK
29 Switchstance Quarashi EP
Tormented Staind -
? Live Around the World Meat Loaf Live


December

Day Album Artist Notes
3 One Fierce Beer Coaster The Bloodhound Gang -
Nerf Herder Nerf Herder -
Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2 Various Artists Compilation
10 Lama Rabi Rabi Ghost -
Five Smokin' Tracks from Lit Lit EP
Muddy Waters Redman -
12 Black Earth Arch Enemy
16 Machines Against the Rage TISM Live


Release Date Unknown



Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest positions in the charts of 1996.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Spice Girls Wannabe 1996 UK 1 - Jul 1996, US BB 1 of 1997, Holland 1 - Aug 1996, Sweden 1 - Aug 1996, Switzerland 1 - Aug 1996, Norway 1 - Aug 1996, Germany 1 - Aug 1996, Éire 1 - Aug 1996, New Zealand 1 for 1 weeks Nov 1996, Australia 1 for 11 weeks Jan 1997, US BB 3 of 1997, POP 3 of 1997, Austria 4 - Aug 1996, Australia 5 of 1996, Poland 22 - Aug 1996, Italy 31 of 1996, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1996, Scrobulate 59 of pop, RYM 94 of 1996, Germany 170 of the 1990s, OzNet 963, Acclaimed 1504
2 The Fugees Killing Me Softly 1996 UK 1 - Jun 1996, Holland 1 - Jun 1996, Austria 1 - Jul 1996, Switzerland 1 - Jun 1996, Norway 1 - Jun 1996, Germany 1 - Jun 1996, Éire 1 - Jun 1996, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks May 1996, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Aug 1996, Poland 2 - Jun 1996, Australia 3 of 1996, Sweden 5 - Aug 1996, Italy 6 of 1996, Scrobulate 6 of hip-hop, US BB 17 of 1996, POP 21 of 1996, Germany 35 of the 1990s, RYM 97 of 1996, Europe 98 of the 1990s, Acclaimed 837
3 Los Del Rio Macarena 1996 US BB 1 of 1996, Holland 1 - Aug 1993, Austria 1 - Feb 1996, Switzerland 1 - Mar 1996, Germany 1 - Apr 1996, Australia 1 for 9 weeks Nov 1996, UK 2 - Jul 1996, US BB 2 of 1996, Norway 2 - Jun 1996, Australia 2 of 1996, POP 2 of 1996, Global 7 (10 M sold) - 1993, Sweden 8 - Jun 1996, Germany 26 of the 1990s, Party 102 of 2007
4 Oasis Wonderwall 1996 New Zealand 1 for 1 weeks Mar 1996, Australia 1 for 1 weeks May 1996, UK 2 - Nov 1995, Scrobulate 2 of rock, Sweden 4 - Nov 1995, RYM 4 of 1995, Norway 5 - Dec 1995, US BB 8 of 1996, Holland 9 - Dec 1995, Australia 10 of 1996, Austria 12 - Mar 1996, Poland 15 - Jan 1996, US BB 16 of 1996, Switzerland 17 - Feb 1996, POP 20 of 1996, Virgin 22, Germany 24 - Feb 1996, Europe 70 of the 1990s, Acclaimed 123, Belgium 146 of all time, WXPN 856
5 Robert Miles Children 1996 Sweden 1 - Mar 1996, Austria 1 - Apr 1996, Switzerland 1 - Jan 1996, Norway 1 - Apr 1996, Germany 1 - Feb 1996, UK 2 - Feb 1996, France 2 - Feb 1996, Holland 3 - Feb 1996, Italy 3 of 1996, US BB 21 of 1996, Australia 26 of 1996, Germany 32 of the 1990s, Scrobulate 71 of house, RYM 159 of 1996, OzNet 336


Top hits on record









See also: Hot 100 number-one hits of 1996

Most critically acclaimed songs of 1996

This list is taken from acclaimedmusic.net.



Classical music



Opera



Musical theater



Musical films



Deaths



Awards

Glenn Gould Prize



Charts



See also



References

  1. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/courant/access/37665427.html?dids=37665427:37665427&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Dec+24%2C+1998&author=ROGER+CATLIN%3B+Courant+Rock+Critic&pub=Hartford+Courant&desc=OLD+SONGS+IN+NEW+PACKAGES+ARE+HOT+GIFTS+THE+GREATEST+SEASON&pqatl=google



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