1992 In Music: The Wrap-Up

Boy, that was First World torture. As we discussed when we began our walk-through of year’s No. 1 songs, 1992 was a wonderful year for music, but not a good year for chart-toppers. The Hot 100 was dominated by goofy nonsense (“All 4 Love,” “I’m Too Sexy,” “To Be With You,” “How Do You Talk To An Angel“), unnecessary…

“I Will Always Love You”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I Will Always Love You” The sixty-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. This track was a remake of a Dolly Parton hit from 1974 that Parton re-released in 1982. In both those releases, it went to No. 1 on the Country…

“How Do You Talk To An Angel”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “How Do You Talk To An Angel” The sixty-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “How Do You Talk To An Angel” by The Heights, a fictional band that was the basis of a short-lived Fox television show by the same name. “Angel” was the show’s theme, and the group’s only hit. Jamie Walters,…

“End Of The Road”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “End Of The Road” The sixty-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men, a quartet from Philadelphia. This single was a massive smash in the U.S., spending 13 weeks at No. 1, the longest run of any song in history at the time,…

“This Used To Be My Playground”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “This Used To Be My Playground” The sixty-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “This Used To Be My Playground” by Madonna. This was the Queen of Pop’s 10th chart-topper and her third of the decade, following “Vogue” off the Dick Tracy-inspired CD I’m Breathless and “Justify My Love,” one of…

“Baby Got Back”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Baby Got Back” The sixty-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. This track is certainly the best-known single by Sir Mix-A-Lot, although technically he charted two other times on the Billboard Hot 100. His first hit was in 1988, with “Posse On Broadway” (peak: 70),…

“I’ll Be There”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’ll Be There” The sixtieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’ll Be There” by Mariah Carey. After Carey’s second album, Emotions, was a mild commercial disappointment, the singer released a CD of her highly lauded performance on MTV Unplugged. This was a significant milestone in Carey’s career because it…

“Jump”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Jump” The fifty-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Jump” by Kris Kross, a Hip-Hop duo whose members were 13 when this track, their debut single, hit the top of the Hot 100. This song was a major smash. It spent eight weeks at No. 1, a duration no song…

“Save The Best For Last”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Save The Best For Last” The fifty-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams. This would be Williams’ only No. 1 hit. Prior to “Save The Best For Last,” she’d had five Hot 100 hits, the biggest being “Dreamin’,” (peak: No. 8) in 1988…

“To Be With You”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “To Be With You” The fifty-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “To Be With You” by Mr. Big. Although Mr. Big has an ’80s vibe about them and their first album was released in 1989, they hadn’t charted before “To Be With You.” The song is extremely simple in its…

“I’m Too Sexy”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’m Too Sexy” The fifty-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred. This was the English trio’s first single, and although they are often incorrectly labeled a One Hit Wonder, they had a minor follow-up hit with “Don’t Talk Just Kiss,” which reached No….

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” The fifty-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by George Michael and Elton John. It’s a remake of a 1974 song by John that reached No. 2 in the U.S.; this 1992 version is a live…