“Save The Best For Last”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Save The Best For Last” The fifty-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams. This would be Williams’ only No. 1 hit. Prior to “Save The Best For Last,” she’d had five Hot 100 hits, the biggest being “Dreamin’,” (peak: No. 8) in 1988…

“To Be With You”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “To Be With You” The fifty-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “To Be With You” by Mr. Big. Although Mr. Big has an ’80s vibe about them and their first album was released in 1989, they hadn’t charted before “To Be With You.” The song is extremely simple in its…

“I’m Too Sexy”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’m Too Sexy” The fifty-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred. This was the English trio’s first single, and although they are often incorrectly labeled a One Hit Wonder, they had a minor follow-up hit with “Don’t Talk Just Kiss,” which reached No….

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” The fifty-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by George Michael and Elton John. It’s a remake of a 1974 song by John that reached No. 2 in the U.S.; this 1992 version is a live…

Music Video Review: “Black or White” (1991)

The year was 1991. Michael Jackson was hard at work on Dangerous, the highly-anticipated follow up album to BAD (Then, the #2 biggest selling album of all time, second only to record-shattering Thriller). At the time, Michael wielded so much power that he could literally rent out the most popular time slot on television, which…

“All 4 Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “All 4 Love” The fifty-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “All 4 Love” by Color Me Badd. As the first song to reach No. 1 in 1992, this track set the stage for what would turn out to be the worst year of the decade for No. 1 hits. There were lots…

1991 In Music: The Wrap-Up

We have now revisited every No. 1 song of 1991 as part of our ’90s No. 1s Revisited series. Now let’s reflect on the year as a whole. Of the 27 songs to reach No. 1 in 1991, about half (13, we’d say) were by iconic acts who had long, successful mainstream music careers during which…

“Black Or White”

Note: See our review of the “Black or White” video here. ’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Black Or White” The fifty-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson. The release of this song, the first single off Jackson’s highly anticipated album Dangerous, was the biggest musical event of the year. The…

“Set Adrift On Memory Bliss”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” The fifty-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by P.M. Dawn. Only in the anything-goes ’90s would a song like this be a hit. It features a non-aggressive, obese MC softly speaking about marionette strings and broken wishbones over a wholly uncool…

“When A Man Loves A Woman”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “When A Man Loves A Woman” The fifty-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Michael Bolton. This was Bolton’s second and final No. 1 song, following “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?” the prior year. “When A Man Loves A Woman” is a remake…

“Cream”

Note: We published this article three days before Prince’s surprise death at the age of 57. We’ve left it as is. Read our tribute to Prince here. ’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Cream” The fiftieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Cream” by Prince and the New Power Generation. Prince was one of the most…

“Romantic”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Romantic”  The forty-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Romantic” by Karyn White. Prior to “Romantic,” White in 1988-89 hit the Top 10 three times with singles off her first album. “Romantic,” the lead single off her second album, was her first and only No. 1 hit. It was followed…