It's hard to look back at the music we had in the 90s and not be impressed by just how good it was. While we may have had our fair share of one hit wonders and music that had no business being popular (if I never hear Creed again I'll die happy), overall our pop music options were just so damn good. How many songs from the video above can you name?
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1) I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I don't care who you are, there's no way anyone can listen to this song without belting out the chorus. Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, Whitney Houston put her stamp on it in 1992 when she recorded it for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard, which Houston starred in alongside Kevin Costner. It spent 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, which at the time was a record. In the week after her death in 2012, the song returned to the Billboard charts a second time, but peaked at No. 3.
2) (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
Apparently in the 90s Kevin Costner movie soundtracks had the golden touch since Bryan Adams's 1991 single hails from the soundtrack of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. While the movie was a critical failure, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" spent 7 weeks on top of the charts and sold over 15 million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
3) Hero - Mariah Carey
If there was one artist that absolutely ruled the 90s, there is no doubt whatsoever that it was Mariah Carey. She had at least one song hit #1 on the Billboard charts every year in the '90s except for 1994, but if we're getting technical, her song "Hero" could count as a 1994 #1. It hit the top of the charts on December 25, 1993, and stayed there for 4 consecutive weeks until January 22, 1994. It was her 8th single to hit #1, and to this day remains one of her most performed songs.
4) That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson's 1993 single might just be one of the most iconic and influential pop songs of the 90s, having inspired or influenced artists like Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, and Destiny's Child. It's not surprising then that the single was a massive success, spending 8 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, and selling over a million copies.
5) Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
While Stevie B had a number of top 40 songs, "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" was the peak of his career, spending 4 weeks at #1 in December of 1990.
6) End of the Road - Boyz II Men
Anyone who was around in the 90s knows just how huge Boyz II Men were. "End of the Road," released in 1992 on the Boomerang sountrack, was their first hit single and spent a record-setting 13 weeks at #1. This record was, of course, beaten later that year by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." The success of the song led to a re-release of their debut album so that the song could be included.
7) Waterfalls - TLC
As much as I love "No Scrubs," "Waterfalls" has to be TLC's most iconic song. It spent 7 weeks at #1 in 1995, and sold over 1.2 million copies.
8) (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You - UB40
The British reggae band's cover of Elvis Presley's classic song was a huge success both in the U.S. as well as internationally. It debuted at #100 on Billboard's Hot 100, but quickly climbed to #1, where it would stay for 7 weeks.
9) Black or White - Michael Jackson
The release of the music video for "Black or White" was a massive cultural moment in the 90s. It's broadcast gave Fox, who aired it alongside MTV and B.E.T., it's biggest Nielsen ratings ever. The song itself was also hugely successful, staying at Billboard's #1 spot for 7 weeks.
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