“Hypnotize”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Hypnotize” The one hundred sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G., featuring un-credited vocals in the chorus by Pamela Long, one of the three members of R&B trio Total. “Hypnotize” was The Notorious B.I.G.’s first of two No. 1 singles, but prior to its release…

“Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” The one hundred fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy f/ Mase. This track was the first No. 1 hit for both rappers, who at the time of this release were relatively new artists. As a credited…

“Wannabe”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Wannabe” The one hundred fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, the best-selling female group of all time with 85 million albums sold globally to date. This track hit No. 1 in 37 countries and marked the beginning of a global Pop explosion that would create…

1996 in Music: The Wrap-Up

We’ve now finished writing about all the singles that reached No. 1 in 1996. The year began with “One Sweet Day” continuing its record-breaking run on top, and ended with another tearful mega-ballad, “Un-Break My Heart.” Between those two, we saw a tremendously wide-ranging set of tracks hit the apex of the Billboard Hot 100,…

“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 came in at No. 5 for the year. Not bad, especially for an album’s third single. The Daydream album…