“Always Be My Baby”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Always Be My Baby” The ninety-seventh No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey. This mid-tempo Pop song was Carey’s 10th of 18 No. 1 hits, and has turned out to be one of her most enduring recordings, even 20+ years later. The video for the…

“One Sweet Day”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “One Sweet Day” The ninety-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. This track is the longest-running No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 as of this writing; it enjoyed 16 weeks (112 days!) at the summit, starting…

“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” The ninety-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston, off the soundtrack to Houston’s film Waiting To Exhale. The track, written and produced by Babyface, debuted at No. 1 and spent just one week there before being knocked out by “One Sweet…

“Fantasy”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Fantasy” The ninety-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey. This upbeat single was the ninth of Carey’s 18 chart-toppers, and the lead off Carey’s fourth non-holiday studio album, Daydream. “Fantasy” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, becoming the second single in history to do so,…

“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…

“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…