“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” is the signature hit by P.M. Dawn from their debut album, Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. Writing credit is given to Attrell Cordes (Prince Be of P.M. Dawn) and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet as the song is built around samples of their 1983 hit “True,” as well as samples from The Soul Searchers’ “Ashley’s Roachclip”. Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley made a cameo in the video to this song; appearing near the end of the video. The main drumbeat also samples from Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid in Full”.
This song was the group’s first (and only) #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also reached #3 in the United Kingdom. It ranks #81 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song was the first number one song after the debut of the Nielsen SoundScan system, which monitored airplay and sales more closely than before when Billboard had to rely on humans to report sales and airplay data. According to the test charts of the SoundScan system, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” was at number one for at least three weeks, but officially has a one-week reign at number one.