’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’ll Be Your Everything”
The seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’ll Be Your Everything” by Tommy Page. A teenager when this single reached the top of the chart, Page co-wrote the song with friends and New Kids on the Block members Jordan Knight and Danny Wood. It was Page’s only No. 1 song, sandwiched between his two other Billboard Hot 100 chart appearances, 1989’s “A Shoulder To Cry On” (peak: No. 29) and 1990’s “When I Dream Of You” (peak: 42).
Page later transitioned to the business side of the music industry, becoming a successful executive . He was the publisher of Billboard magazine from 2011-2013, a VP at Pandora from 2013-2015, and since then has worked as SVP of Brand Partnerships at Cumulus, America’s second-largest operator of radio stations. So congratulations to him on all that success, and especially for not succumbing to the self-destructive behavior that derails so many young celebrities. All that said, “I’ll Be Your Everything” kind of sucks.
Let’s give “I’ll Be Your Everything” a listen:
There’s nothing aggressively offensive about this song per se, and Page’s vocals are capable, but it’s clearly targeted at young children, and that makes it a real eye-roller for anyone with pubic hair. The lyrics are trite and seem hastily written, and the instrumental arrangement feels fresh off a conveyor belt, complete with corny saxophone flourishes. It’s a shame that this song kept excellent tracks like “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” by Jane Child and “All Around The World” by Lisa Stansfield out of the No. 1 spot.
Was it dope? The New Kids on the Block were dope to listeners 11 or under, and so too was this song, but, no, it’s pretty much embarrassing to listen to.
Does it hold up? We can’t recall ever having heard someone play or even mention this song since the it fell off the charts. So, no.
Dopeness: 1 out of 5 Birkenstocks
’90s No. 1s Revisited is a regular feature on “Was It Dope?” where we walk through every No. 1 song of the 1990s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in order, give it another listen, and answer two critical questions: Was it dope? And does it hold up?