“The Sign”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The Sign” The seventy-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The Sign” by Ace of Base. So eerily resembling fellow Swedish foursome ABBA that the term knockoff wouldn’t be an unjustified descriptor, Ace of Base became an unlikely global phenomenon in the mid-’90s. In the U.S., they emerged in 1993…

“The Power Of Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The Power Of Love” The seventy-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The Power Of Love” by Celine Dion. This was Dion’s first chart-topper in the United States, following a string of hits dating back to 1990, when “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” peaked at No. 4. She reached the…

“All For Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “All For Love” The seventy-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “All For Love” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting. This track, a global smash from the film The Three Musketeers, was the first single to climb to No. 1 in the United States in 1994, and a notable achievement…

1993 in Music: The Wrap-Up

Nineteen ninety-three was a pretty good year for music, and certainly a much better year for No. 1 hits than 1992 was. We reviewed each of the 10 songs that ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 as part of our ’90s No. 1s Revisited series, starting with “A Whole New…

“Hero”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Hero” The seventy-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Hero” by Mariah Carey. “Hero” was Carey’s eighth chart-topper, and her first that was not about romantic love. Originally written for Gloria Estefan, as legend has it, “Hero” is a self-affirmation ballad that offered audiences a beautiful complement to the cheerfully up-tempo…

Movie Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

  The biggest box office smash of 1993 was Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, which became the highest-grossing film to that date. This sci-fi adventure was inescapable onscreen and in plentiful advertising and merchandising. Dinosaurs are often synonymous with children, and Jurassic Park backpacks and toys with the logo flooded the market. Only these weren’t your…

“Again”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Again” The seventy-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Again” by Janet Jackson, the fifth of Jackson’s six chart-toppers in the ’90s, and the slowest and most gentle of the lot. Featured on the soundtrack to Jackson’s film Poetic Justice, as well as on the janet. album, “Again” is a tender,…