The pop-rock ballad – a cover of The Troggs’ 1967 single – was recorded for the Four Weddings And A Funeral movie soundtrack and was near-inescapable, taking up residency at Number 1 for 15 weeks between June and September, the joint-third longest Number 1 reign of all time.
As discussed on Channel 5’s Britain’s Biggest 90s Hits, Love Is All Around gave the Scottish band their third UK Number 1 and sold 1.28 million copies to finish at the year’s top song, according to Official Charts Company data. View Wet Wet Wet’s Official Chart history in full here.
Finishing in second on the year-end Top 40 is Saturday Night by Whigfield, an Italian dance act fronted by Danish singer Sannie Carlson. It was the song that ended Wet Wet Wet’s spell at the top, and gave Whigfield the distinction of being the first artist to enter straight in at Number 1 with their debut single. Boosted by a catchy dance routine (which Whigfield never actually did herself), Saturday Night spent four weeks at Number 1 and sold 729,000 copies by the end of the year.
In third is East 17’s Stay Another Day (585k), 1994’s Christmas Number 1, while Birmingham reggae singer Pato Banton places fourth with his cover of Baby Come Back ft. Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40 (541k). R&B ballad I Swear by US group All-4-One rounds out the Top 5 (507k).