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…

1991 In Music: The Wrap-Up

We have now revisited every No. 1 song of 1991 as part of our ’90s No. 1s Revisited series. Now let’s reflect on the year as a whole. Of the 27 songs to reach No. 1 in 1991, about half (13, we’d say) were by iconic acts who had long, successful mainstream music careers during which…

“Black Or White”

Note: See our review of the “Black or White” video here. ’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Black Or White” The fifty-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson. The release of this song, the first single off Jackson’s highly anticipated album Dangerous, was the biggest musical event of the year. The…

“Set Adrift On Memory Bliss”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” The fifty-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by P.M. Dawn. Only in the anything-goes ’90s would a song like this be a hit. It features a non-aggressive, obese MC softly speaking about marionette strings and broken wishbones over a wholly uncool…

“When A Man Loves A Woman”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “When A Man Loves A Woman” The fifty-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Michael Bolton. This was Bolton’s second and final No. 1 song, following “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?” the prior year. “When A Man Loves A Woman” is a remake…

“Cream”

Note: We published this article three days before Prince’s surprise death at the age of 57. We’ve left it as is. Read our tribute to Prince here. ’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Cream” The fiftieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Cream” by Prince and the New Power Generation. Prince was one of the most…

“Romantic”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Romantic”  The forty-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Romantic” by Karyn White. Prior to “Romantic,” White in 1988-89 hit the Top 10 three times with singles off her first album. “Romantic,” the lead single off her second album, was her first and only No. 1 hit. It was followed…

“Emotions”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Emotions” The forty-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Emotions” by Mariah Carey. Hot off the success of her debut album, Carey hastily produced a sophomore album, Emotions, from which the title track was the first single. With this release, Carey became the first and only act to send three tracks to…

“Good Vibrations”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Good Vibrations” The forty-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch f/ Loleatta Holloway. This track served as the public’s introduction to Mark Wahlberg, although his elder brother Donnie was, by this point, famous for being 20% of New Kids on the Block….

“I Adore Mi Amor”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I Adore Mi Amor” The forty-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I Adore Mi Amor” by Color Me Badd. This melting-pot quartet from Oklahoma debuted a few months prior to “I Adore Mi Amor” with the big hit “I Wanna Sex You Up,” a risque single from the New Jack…

“The Promise Of A New Day”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The Promise Of A New Day” The forty-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The Promise Of A New Day” by Paula Abdul. This would be Abdul’s sixth and final chart-topping single, reaching the summit only two months after “Rush Rush” ended its five-week run on top. “Promise” saw Abdul return…

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” The forty-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams. This song was a phenomenon. Featured on the soundtrack to the blockbuster film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, it was the longest-running No. 1…