“Lately”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Lately” The one hundred twenty-fifth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Lately” by Divine. This would be the last song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 before the magazine finally updated its long-outdated rules that prohibited radio-only songs to chart. “Lately” went to No. 1 on Nov….

“Doo Wop (That Thing)”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Doo Wop (That Thing)” The one hundred twenty-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill. The track was the first release off Hill’s debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a CD that went on to sell 8.6 million units and generate five…

“One Week”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “One Week” The one hundred twenty-third No. 1 song of the 1990s was “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies. Prior to this single’s release, the rockers had acquired legions of devotees after a string of hits in their native Canada and a steady touring schedule throughout the U.S. We classify Barenaked Ladies…

“The First Night”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The First Night” The one hundred twenty-second No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The First Night” by Monica, who’d just spent the entire summer atop the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakthrough duet with Brandy, “The Boy Is Mine.” With “The First Night” climbing to the apex in the Fall,…

“The Boy Is Mine”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “The Boy Is Mine” The one hundred twenty-first No. 1 song of the 1990s was “The Boy Is Mine,” a Grammy-winning duet by R&B princesses Brandy and Monica that spent 13 weeks at No. 1 and turned out to be the longest-running No. 1 hit of 1998, and the No. 2…

“My All”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “My All” The one hundred twentieth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “My All” by Mariah Carey. This track was the singer’s 13th No. 1 hit, tying Michael Jackson’s record, which she would soon surpass. As the new millennium was coming into view, Carey had carved her name on the…

“Too Close”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Too Close” The one hundred nineteenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Too Close” by Next, an R&B trio from Minneapolis. “Too Close” was the group’s only No. 1 hit, and in the U.S. it was a big one, spending five nonconsecutive weeks at the apex of the Billboard Hot…

“All My Life”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “All My Life” The one hundred eighteenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo. This track was the act’s second and final chart-topper, the other being as featured performers on 2Pac’s “How Do U Want It” in 1996. Prior to becoming a duo, K-Ci…

“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” The one hundred seventeenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith. Now better known as an actor, Smith began his career as half of the Hip-Hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince in the ’80s. The pair scored…

“My Heart Will Go On”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “My Heart Will Go On” The one hundred sixteenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. This single was Dion’s third of four U.S. No. 1 hits, all of which were acquired in the ’90s, and it was one of the biggest smashes…

“Nice & Slow”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Nice & Slow” The one hundred fifteenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Nice & Slow” by Usher. This track was the Atlanta entertainer’s first chart-topper, appropriately ascending to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 in the magazine’s Valentine’s Day issue. Usher had gained minor attention earlier in the…

“Together Again”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Together Again” The one hundred fourteenth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Together Again” by Janet Jackson. This track was the singer’s sixth and final No. 1 hit of the ’90s, following “Escapade” and “Black Cat” in 1990, “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” in 1991, and “That’s The Way…