“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…

“Fantasy”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Fantasy” The ninety-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey. This upbeat single was the ninth of Carey’s 18 chart-toppers, and the lead off Carey’s fourth non-holiday studio album, Daydream. “Fantasy” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, becoming the second single in history to do so,…

“Gangsta’s Paradise”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Gangsta’s Paradise” The ninety-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, featuring L.V., from the soundtrack to the Michelle Pfeiffer movie Dangerous Minds. This track was Coolio’s only chart-topper, as well as L.V.’s, and was the No. 1 single of the year. After spending one week waiting on…

“You Are Not Alone”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “You Are Not Alone” The ninety-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson. The ballad, written by R. Kelly, was the second of Jackson’s two No. 1 singles during the decade, following “Black Or White” four years earlier. It holds the distinction of being the…

“Kiss From A Rose”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Kiss From A Rose” The ninetieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. This track was the British singer’s only chart-topper in the United States, spending one week atop the Billboard Hot 100 due partly to exposure in the terrible film Batman Forever. Prior to…

“Waterfalls”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Waterfalls” The eighty-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Waterfalls” by TLC. This track was the second of TLC’s four No. 1 hits in the ’90s, and it remains their longest-running and best-known chart-topper. It was the third single off CrazySexyCool and helped propel the CD to 11 million in…

“Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” The eighty-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” by Bryan Adams, off the soundtrack to the Johnny Depp vehicle Don Juan DeMarco. The song earned the film its sole Oscar nomination, for Best Original Song, losing…

“This Is How We Do It”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “This Is How We Do It” The eighty-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. This track was Jordan’s debut single, and remains his only No. 1 hit, although he went on to send seven more singles into the Hot 100, including…

“Take A Bow”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Take A Bow” The eighty-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Take A Bow” by Madonna. This track, co-written and co-produced by prolific hit-maker Babyface, was Madonna’s 11th No. 1 single, and her fourth and final one of the decade, following “Vogue” (1990), “Justify My Love” (1991) and “This Used…