1993 in Music: The Wrap-Up

Nineteen ninety-three was a pretty good year for music, and certainly a much better year for No. 1 hits than 1992 was. We reviewed each of the 10 songs that ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 as part of our ’90s No. 1s Revisited series, starting with “A Whole New…

“Hero”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Hero” The seventy-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Hero” by Mariah Carey. “Hero” was Carey’s eighth chart-topper, and her first that was not about romantic love. Originally written for Gloria Estefan, as legend has it, “Hero” is a self-affirmation ballad that offered audiences a beautiful complement to the cheerfully up-tempo…

Movie Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

  The biggest box office smash of 1993 was Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, which became the highest-grossing film to that date. This sci-fi adventure was inescapable onscreen and in plentiful advertising and merchandising. Dinosaurs are often synonymous with children, and Jurassic Park backpacks and toys with the logo flooded the market. Only these weren’t your…

“Again”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Again” The seventy-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Again” by Janet Jackson, the fifth of Jackson’s six chart-toppers in the ’90s, and the slowest and most gentle of the lot. Featured on the soundtrack to Jackson’s film Poetic Justice, as well as on the janet. album, “Again” is a tender,…

“I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” The seventy-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf. The success of this over-the-top rock ballad was nothing short of shocking in 1993, as Meat Loaf was an overweight…

“Dreamlover”

’90s No. 1s Revisited The seventy-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey. Because our “’90s No. 1s Revisited” series walks through every No. 1 song of the ’90s in order, we have covered Carey six times already, and will do so seven more times before the decade is finished. “Dreamlover” was…

“Can’t Help Falling In Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Can’t Help Falling In Love” The seventy-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Can’t Help Falling In Love” — titled “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” outside the U.S. — by UB40, a British reggae band best known for covering songs from the ’60s and ’70s. This single,…

“Weak”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Weak” The seventieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Weak” by SWV. This trio was one of the biggest acts of the ’90s, and “Weak” was their most successful single and only chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100. “Weak” was the third single off their debut album, It’s About Time. The…

“That’s The Way Love Goes”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “That’s The Way Love Goes” The sixty-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson. This track was the lead release off Jackson’s album janet., which spawned six Top 10 singles: “That’s The Way Love Goes” (No. 1), “If” (No. 4), “Again” (No. 1),…

“Freak Me”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Freak Me” The sixty-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Freak Me” by Silk. Prior to “Freak Me,” this Georgia quintet had peaked at No. 86 in February with their debut single, “Happy Days.” Silk followed the success of “Freak Me” with six more hits throughout the ’90s, none reaching…

“Informer”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Informer” The sixty-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Informer” by Snow, a Caucasian Canadian Hip-Hop artist influenced by Reggae, or Reggae artist influenced by Hip-Hop. This track was Snow’s debut, off his suggestively titled album 12 Inches of Snow. He is often incorrectly called a One Hit Wonder, but “Informer” was followed by the…

“A Whole New World”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “A Whole New World” The sixty-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle, from the soundtrack to the animated Disney blockbuster Aladdin. Coming off the heels of the successful “Beauty And The Beast” by Bryson and Celine Dion, which reached No. 9 in…