“Honey”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Honey” The one hundred tenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Honey” by Mariah Carey. This track was the first single off Carey’s fifth non-holiday studio album, Butterfly, which is still often cited by critics as the apex of her recording career. The CD saw Carey take what still stands…

“Mo Money Mo Problems”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Mo Money Mo Problems” The one hundred ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G. f/ Puff Daddy and Mase (and Kelly Price, un-credited). The track was the second release off The Notorious B.I.G.’s album Life After Death, and with its ascension to…

“I’ll Be Missing You”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’ll Be Missing You” The one hundred eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans f/ 112. This single, a tribute to slain rapper The Notorious B.I.G., debuted at No. 1, becoming the first Hip-Hop song to do so, and was…

“MMMBop”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “MMMBop” The one hundred seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “MMMBop” by Hanson, three long-haired brothers whose ages were 16, 14 and 11 when this single, their debut, hit the top of the charts in 27 countries. Hanson is commonly mis-characterized as a One Hit Wonder, but they followed…

“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…