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…

“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…

“I’ll Make Love To You”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I’ll Make Love To You” The eighty-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men. This was the group’s second chart-topper, following “End Of The Road” the year before. Both songs were superlatively successful and almost laughably similar, down to being in the same time…

“Stay (I Missed You)”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Stay (I Missed You)” The eighty-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories. This was the first release for Loeb and her three-man backing band, Nine Stories. After the surprise success of this chorus-less song from the film Reality Bites, Loeb…

“I Swear”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “I Swear” The eightieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “I Swear” by All-4-One. This ballad, the second-most successful single of 1994 behind “The Sign,” was so popular that All-4-One is often miscast as a One Hit Wonder. But, in fact, the group reached No. 5 a couple months prior to “I Swear,” with a beautiful…

“Bump N’ Grind”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Bump N’ Grind” The seventy-ninth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Bump N’ Grind” by R. Kelly. This bedroom slow jam was Kelly’s first No. 1 single, following four moderately popular entries in 1992-93 with the group Public Announcement, as well as his debut single, “Sex Me (Parts I & II),” which…

“The Sign”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The Sign” The seventy-eighth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The Sign” by Ace of Base. So eerily resembling fellow Swedish foursome ABBA that the term knockoff wouldn’t be an unjustified descriptor, Ace of Base became an unlikely global phenomenon in the mid-’90s. In the U.S., they emerged in 1993…

“The Power Of Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The Power Of Love” The seventy-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The Power Of Love” by Celine Dion. This was Dion’s first chart-topper in the United States, following a string of hits dating back to 1990, when “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” peaked at No. 4. She reached the…

“All For Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “All For Love” The seventy-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “All For Love” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting. This track, a global smash from the film The Three Musketeers, was the first single to climb to No. 1 in the United States in 1994, and a notable achievement…