Critical Mass Top pops


The season of joy has passed, and the more somber season of review is upon us. In arts and entertainment, 1996 was marked by many a going (Horn & Horn lunchroom, Shakespeare on Wheels, the announcement of David Zinman's departure) and an important staying (the Lucas Collection). Bad guys (Jack Valenti with his Hollywood-friendly TV ratings system) were as likely to make news as angels (John Travolta in "Michael"), and personalities (the Michael Jackson marriage saga) got more attention than performances (Alanis Morissette's best-selling album). Here's a closer look at the year's highlights and low lights, courtesy of The Sun's critics.

Top pops

1. Cibo Matto "Viva! La Woman" (Warner Bros. 45989)

2. Everything But the Girl "Walking Wounded" (Atlantic 82912)

3. Dave Matthews Band "Crash" (RCA 66904)

4. BT "Ima" (Perfecto/Kinetic/Reprise 46356)

5. Aimee Mann "I'm with Stupid" (DGC 24951)

6. Rage Against the Machine "Evil Empire" (Epic 57523)

7. Cardigans "First Band on the Moon" (Mercury 314 533 117)

8. Tomomi Kahala "Love Brace" (Pioneer Japan PICX 1004)

9. Norma Waterson "Norma Waterson" (Hannibal 1393)

10. The Blue Nile "Peace at Last" (Warner Bros. 45848)

Pub Date: 12/29/96

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