“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…

“Creep”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Creep” The eighty-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Creep” by TLC. This single was the trio’s first of four chart-topping hits, although by this point they were already well-known for their three Top 10 hits off their debut album Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip. “Creep” was the first single…

1994 in Music: The Wrap-Up

Nineteen ninety-four was a curious year for No. 1 songs because of the polar dichotomy between what was popular on the radio and what was popular in people’s CD players. The No. 1 songs were generally quite soft, performed by artists such as Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, All-4-One, Lisa Loeb, Ace of Base, Bryan Adams, Rod…

Movie Review: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The 90s was an interesting decade both fascinated and fearful of rapidly advancing technological change. It was the perfect setting to bring back the Terminator franchise, which metaphorically addressed the rise of the machines in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). T2 was the highest grossing film of the year and up to that date, the…

“Here Comes The Hotstepper”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Here Comes The Hotstepper” The eighty-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Here Comes The Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze. Here on “Was It Dope?” we’re reliably and predictably quick to defend those who are falsely accused of being a One Hit Wonder. But in this case, Kamoze fits the bill,…

“On Bended Knee”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “On Bended Knee” The eighty-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men. With this track’s ascent to No. 1, Boyz II Men replaced itself at the apex, a feat that hadn’t happened since The Beatles were the first to do so in 1964. It has…