Pop Gem #90: Ace Of Base – The Sign

Sweden's second most famous quartet's Number 2 hit from 1994 is our ultimate '90s track.

Each week we ask you to nominate your Pop Gem picks – those big hits of yesteryear or overlooked classics that deserve a special mention.

As we have reached our 90th Pop Gem – where does the time go?! – we wanted to know your fave '90s classics. Here's the 10 who made the shortlist:

ARTIST TRACK PEAK POSITION YEAR
MOLOKO SING IT BACK 4 1999
BRANDY & MONICA THE BOY IS MINE 2 1998
EMF UNBELIEVABLE 3 1990
WHITE TOWN YOUR WOMAN 1 1997
JAMIROQUAI COSMIC GIRL 6 1996
ACE OF BASE THE SIGN 2 1994
SHAMPOO TROUBLE 11 1994
BJORK PLAY DEAD 12 1993
BIZARRE INC FT ANGIE BROWN I'M GONNA GET YOU 3 1992
THE CARDIGANS MY FAVOURITE GAME 3 1990

Ten absolute classics, we're sure you agree, but when push comes to shove, Ace Of Base walked away with it. Watch the video for The Sign before we find out more about it.

Why it had to be Ace Of Base

Ace Of Base never let the looming shadow of the amazing Abba bother them – they acknowledged the comparisons but just did their own thing.

The Sign was the group's second Top 10 hit after their chart-topping UK debut All That She Wants in 1993. It peaked at Number 2 and has sold over 350,000 copies in the UK since its release in February 1994.

Ace Of Base's chart history

Ace Of Base – orginally consisting of Jenny, Linn, Ulf and Jonas – have scored 12 Top 40 hits. Five of them went Top 10, including that Number 1 of course, and two of those Top 10s were covers.

They had a go at Aswad's Number 1 hit Don't Turn Around (5) and Bananarama's Cruel Summer, actually matching the 'Rams original chart position of Number 8. Their most recent hit was Every Time It Rains, which hit Number 22 in 1999.

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