“Un-Break My Heart”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Un-Break My Heart” The one hundred third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton. The ballad, written by Diane Warren, was Braxton’s second and final chart-topping single, following the Double A-sided “You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow” a few months prior.¬† “Un-Break My…

“No Diggity”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “No Diggity” The one hundred second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “No Diggity” by Blackstreet f/ Dr. Dre. This track was Blackstreet’s only chart-topper. The group’s success was specific to the decade, as they sent 10 tracks onto the Hot 100 from 1994 to 1999, “No Diggity” being the…

“Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” The one hundred first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” by Los Del Rio. Thanks to an accompanying dance that was relatively easy for people of any age and skill level to learn, this track achieved tremendous global success as it rode…

“You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow” The one hundredth No. 1 song of the 1990s was two songs considered to be one song because of Billboard’s chart rules at the time: The Double A-sided release “You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow” by Toni Braxton. As mentioned in…

Hot 100 Highway Robbery: Airplay Only No. 1s

In our ’90s No. 1s Revisited series, we’re writing one article for each of the 141 songs that sat at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the ’90s, in order. Achieving a chart-topping hit is something many artists fantasize about and celebrate, and for good reason — it secures a special place in…

“How Do U Want It” / “California Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “How Do U Want It” / “California Love” The ninety-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was, well, two songs: 2Pac’s Double A -sided “How Do U Want It” f/ K-Ci & JoJo and “California Love” f/ Dr. Dre. Double A-sided singles have existed since the 1960s, but Billboard’s policy about…

“Tha Crossroads”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Tha Crossroads” The ninety-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, a quintet from Cleveland that created some of history’s most innovative Hip-Hop music. Prior to “The Crossroads,” Bone Thugs-n-Harmony had sent five songs onto the Billboard Hot 100, the most successful being “1st Of Tha…

“Always Be My Baby”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Always Be My Baby” The ninety-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey. This mid-tempo Pop song was¬†Carey’s 11th of 18 No. 1 hits, and has turned out to be one of her most enduring recordings, even 20+ years later. The video for the…

“Because You Loved Me”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Because You Loved Me” The ninety-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. The track appeared during the critically panned film Up Close & Personal as well as on Dion’s studio album Falling Into You, her best-selling CD ever, even besting the mega-hit soundtrack…

1995 in Music: The Wrap-Up

We’ve now finished reviewing every song that reached No. 1 in 1995 as part of our ’90s No. 1s Revisited series. Of the 11 songs that went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 during the year, our favorites were “Creep,” “Take A Bow” and “Waterfalls.” The year was significant for legendary ’80s acts…

“One Sweet Day”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “One Sweet Day” The ninety-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. This track is the longest-running No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 as of this writing; it enjoyed 16 weeks (112 days!) at the summit, starting…

“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” The ninety-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston, off the soundtrack to Houston’s film Waiting To Exhale. The track, written and produced by Babyface, debuted at No. 1 and spent just one week there before being knocked out by “One Sweet…