Friday, December 31, 1999

USA: #1 Pop Songs, 1990-1999

USA’s #1 Pop Songs:

1990-1999

These are the #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1990 to 1999. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-present (RR)
Numbers following the letter codes indicate how many weeks the song spent at #1 on that chart.

Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present.


1990:

  1. 1/12: Michael Bolton “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” (BB: 3, BA: 2, RR: 2)
  2. 1/20: Technotronic with Felly “Pump Up the Jam” (CB: 2)
  3. 1/26: Rod Stewart “Downtown Train” (CB: 1, RR: 1)

  4. 2/2: Paula Abdul with the Wild Pair “Opposites Attract” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  5. 2/23: Janet Jackson “Escapade” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 4)
  6. 2/24: Seduction “Two to Make It Right” (CB: 1)

  7. 3/3: Roxette “Dangerous” (CB: 1)
  8. 3/23: Taylor Swift “Love Will Lead You Back” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  9. 3/24: Alannah Myles “Black Velvet” (BB: 2, CB: 2)

  10. 4/6: Jane Child “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” (BA: 2, RR: 2)
  11. 4/14: Tommy Page “I’ll Be Your Everything” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  12. 4/20: Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  13. 5/11: Madonna “Vogue” (BB: 3< BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  14. 6/2: Heart “All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You” (CB: 1)
  15. 6/8: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (RR: 1)
  16. 6/9: Wilson Phillips “Hold On” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  17. 6/15: Roxette “It Must Have Been Love” (BB: 3, BA: 3, RR: 1)
  18. 6/22: New Kids on the Block “Step by Step” (BB: 3, BA: 1, CB: 5, RR: 2)

  19. 7/6: Glenn Medeiros with Bobby Brown “She Ain’t Worth It” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  20. 7/27: Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (BB: 4, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  21. 8/17: Janet Jackson “Come Back to Me” (BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  22. 8/24: Sweet Sensation “If Wishes Came True” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  23. 8/31: Wilson Phillips “Release Me” (BB: 2, BA: 3, RR: 3)

  24. 9/8: Jon Bon Jovi “Blaze of Glory” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  25. 9/21: Phil Collins “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (BA: 2, RR: 2)
  26. 9/22: Prince “Thieves in the Temple” (CB: 1)
  27. 9/29: Nelson “Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  28. 10/5: George Michael “Praying for Time” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  29. 10/6: Maxi Priest “Close to You” (BB: 1, BA: 1)
  30. 10/19: Janet Jackson “Black Cat” (BB: 1, RR: 1)
  31. 10/20: James Ingram “I Don’t Have the Heart” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  32. 11/2: Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  33. 11/10: Mariah Carey “Love Takes Time” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  34. 11/30: Whitney Houston “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  35. 12/7: Stevie B “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” (BB: 4, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  36. 12/21: Madonna “Justify My Love” (BB: 2, CB: 4, RR: 1)

1991:

  1. 1/5: Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do Without You” (BB: 3, BA: 7, CB: 1, RR: 3)
  2. 1/26: Surface “The First Time” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  3. 2/8: Whitney Houston “All the Man That I Need” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  4. 2/9: C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (BB: 2, CB: 2)
  5. 2/22: Mariah Carey “Someday” (BB: 4, BA: 10, CB: 2, RR: 4)

  6. 3/9: Timmy T “One More Try” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  7. 3/22: Gloria Estefan “Coming Out of the Dark” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  8. 3/29: Londonbeat “I’ve Been Thinking About You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  9. 4/12: Wilson Phillips “You’re in Love” (BB: 1, RR: 1)
  10. 4/19: Amy Grant “Baby Baby” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  11. 5/4: Cathy Dennis “Touch Me All Night Long” (BA: 2, RR: 1)
  12. 5/11: Roxette “Joyride” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  13. 5/17: Mariah Carey “I Don’t Wanna Cry” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 3)
  14. 5/18: Hi-Five “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” (BB: 1)
  15. 5/18: C + C Music Factory “Here We Go” (CB: 1)
  16. 5/25: Rod Stewart “Rhythm of My Heart” (CB: 1)

  17. 6/1: Paula Abdul “Rush Rush” (BB: 8, BA: 9, CB: 3, RR: 5)
  18. 6/8: Extreme “More Than Words” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  19. 7/12: EMF “Unbelievable” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  20. 7/19: Jesus Jones “Right Here Right Now” (CB: 1, RR: 1)
  21. 7/26: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (BB: 7, BA: 8, CB: 6, RR: 6)

  22. 9/6: Paula Abdul “The Promise of a New Day” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  23. 9/13: Color Me Badd “I Adore Mi Amor” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  24. 10/4: Mariah Carey “Emotions” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  25. 10/5: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch with Loleatta Holloway “Good Vibrations” (BB: 1)
  26. 10/25: Karyn White “Romantic” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  27. 11/8: Prince “Cream” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  28. 11/9: Bryan Adams “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” (CB: 1)
  29. 11/15: Michael Bolton “When a Man Loves a Woman” (BB; 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  30. 11/30: PM Dawn “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” (BB: 1)

  31. 12/6: Boyz II Men “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” (CB: 2, RR: 1)
  32. 12/7: Michael Jackson “Black or White” (BB: 7, BA: 4 CB: 4, RR: 2)

1992:

  1. 1/4: Color Me Badd “All 4 Love” (BB: 1, BA: 4)
  2. 1/10: Mariah Carey “Can’t Let Go” (CB: 1, RR: 3)
  3. 1/31: Prince “Diamonds and Pearls” (CB: 1, RR: 2)

  4. 2/1: George Michael with Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (live) (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  5. 2/1: Shanice “I Love Your Smile” (BA: 5, RR: 2)
  6. 2/8: Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy” (BB: 3)
  7. 2/22: Mr. Big “To Be With You” (BB: 3, CB: 5)
  8. 2/28: Michael Jackson “Remember the Time” (BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 3)

  9. 3/20: Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last” (BB: 5, BA: 8, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  10. 4/17: Mariah Carey “Make It Happen” (RR: 2)
  11. 4/25: Kris Kross “Jump” (BB: 8, CB: 3)
  12. 4/25: Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (CB: 1)

  13. 5/1: En Vogue “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” (BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 4)
  14. 5/16: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (CB: 1)
  15. 5/29: Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (CB: 1, RR: 2)

  16. 6/12: Mariah Carey “I’ll Be There” (live) (BB: 2, BA: 8, CB: 3, RR: 6)

  17. 7/4: Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back” (BB: 5, CB: 4)
  18. 7/24: Madonna “This Used to Be My Playground” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 4)

  19. 8/8: TLC “Baby Baby Baby” (BA: 2)
  20. 8/15: Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (BB: 13, BA: 13, CB: 10, RR: 6)
  21. 8/22: Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” CB: 3)

  22. 10/2: Patty Smyth with Don Henley “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” (RR: 3)
  23. 10/23: PM Dawn “I’d Die Without You” (BA: 2, RR: 3)

  24. 11/13: The Heights “How Do You Talk to an Angel?” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  25. 11/27: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (BB: 14, BA: 11, CB: 14, RR: 7)

  26. 12/2: Wayne Newton “The Letter” (CB: 1)

1993:

  1. 1/29: Madonna “Deeper and Deeper” (RR: 1)

  2. 2/5: Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (BB: 4, BA: 4, RR: 3)
  3. 2/26: Duran Duran “Ordinary World” (CB: 1, RR: 2)

  4. 3/12: Whitney Houston “I’m Every Woman” (CB: 1, RR: 1)
  5. 3/13: Snow “Informer” (BB: 7, CB: 2)
  6. 3/19: Boy Krazy “That’s What Love Can Do” (RR: 2)
  7. 3/20: Whitney Houston “I Have Nothing” (BA: 6, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  8. 4/30: Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight “Love Is” (RR: 1)

  9. 5/1: Silk “Freak Me” (BB: 2, BA: 3)
  10. 5/1: PM Dawn “Looking Through Patient Eyes” (CB: 3, RR: 2)
  11. 5/15: Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (BB: 8, BA: 10, CB: 8, RR: 6)

  12. 7/2: SWV (Sisters with Voices) “Weak” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 4)
  13. 7/24: UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (BB: 7, BA: 4, CB: 8, RR: 3)

  14. 8/20: Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (BB: 8, BA: 11, CB: 4, RR: 9)

  15. 10/22: Janet Jackson “Again” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 5, RR: 5)
  16. 10/23: Billy Joel “The River of Dreams” (CB: 1)
  17. 10/30: Xscape “Just Kickin’ It” (CB: 1)

  18. 11/6: Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (BB: 5, CB: 6)
  19. 11/26: Mariah Carey “Hero” (BB: 4, BA: 10, RR: 5)

1994:

  1. 1/14: Bryan Adams with Sting & Rod Stewart “All for Love” (BB: 3, CB: 5, RR: 4)

  2. 2/11: Ace of Base “The Sign” (BB: 6, BA: 13, CB: 3, RR: 9)
  3. 2/12: Celine Dion “The Power of Love” (BB: 4, CB: 3)
  4. 2/19: Toni Braxton “Breathe Again” (BA: 1)

  5. 4/2: Mariah Carey “Without You” (CB: 1)
  6. 4/9: Prince “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” (CB: 5, RR: 2)
  7. 4/9: R. Kelly “Bump N’ Grind” (BB: 4)
  8. 4/29: Counting Crows “Mr. Jones” (RR: 3)

  9. 5/20: Madonna “I’ll Remember” (RR: 4)
  10. 5/21: All-4-One “I Swear” (BB: 11, BA: 9, CB: 6, RR: 2)

  11. 7/1: Ace of Base “Don’t Turn Around” (BA: 2, CB: 3, RR: 6)
  12. 7/16: Janet Jackson “Any Time, Any Place” (CB: 3)

  13. 8/6: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 4)
  14. 8/27: Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (BB: 14, BA: 12, CB: 13, RR: 4)

  15. 10/7: Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (RR: 6)

  16. 11/18: Real McCoy “Another Night” (RR: 4)

  17. 12/3: Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (BB: 6, BA: 11, CB: 11, RR: 6)
  18. 12/17: Ini Kamoze “Here Comes the Hotstepper” (BB: 2)

1995:

  1. 1/28: TLC “Creep” (BB: 4)

  2. 2/10: Madonna “Take a Bow” (BB: 9, BA: 9, CB: 8, RR: 5)

  3. 3/17: Dionne Farris “I Know” (BA: 7, CB: 6, RR: 9)

  4. 4/15: Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” (BB: 7)

  5. 5/19: Blessid Union of Souls “I Believe” (R: 2)
  6. 5/27: Boyz II Men “Water Runs Dry” (BA: 1, CB: 5)

  7. 6/2: Hootie & the Blowfish “Let Her Cry” (RR: 1)
  8. 6/3: Bryan Adams “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” (BB: 5, CB: 1)
  9. 6/9: The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You” (BA: 8, RR: 8)

  10. 7/8: TLC “Waterfalls” (BB: 7, CB: 7)

  11. 8/4: Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (BB: 1, BA: 10, CB: 1, RR: 8)

  12. 9/2: Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  13. 9/9: Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (BB: 3, CB: 3)
  14. 9/29: Hootie & the Blowfish “Only Wanna Be with You” (RR: 3)
  15. 9/30: Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (BB: 8, BA: 7, CB: 9, RR: 6)

  16. 11/25: Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (BB: 1)

  17. 12/1: Goo Goo Dolls “Name” (RR: 1)
  18. 12/2: Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (BB: 16, BA: 13, CB: 11, RR: 8)

1996:

  1. 2/16: Everything But the Girl “Missing (Todd Terry remix)” (BA: 5, CB: 1, RR: 4)

  2. 3/2: Mary J. Blige “Not Gon’ Cry” (CB: 2)
  3. 3/15: Tony Rich Project “Nobody Knows” (RR: 2)
  4. 3/16: Brandy & LL Cool J “Sittin’ Up in My Room” (CB: 2)
  5. 3/23: Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (BB: 6, BA: 14, CB: 3, RR: 7)
  6. 3/29: Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (RR: 4)
  7. 3/30: Mariah Carey “Always Be My Baby” (BB: 2, CB: 5)

  8. 5/18: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony “Tha Crossroads” (BB: 8, CB: 7)

  9. 6/14: Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (RR: 2)
  10. 6/28: Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (RR: 1)

  11. 7/5: Alanis Morissette “You Learn” (RR: 6)
  12. 7/13: Toni Braxton “You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow” (BB: 1, CB: 6)
  13. 7/13: Tupac Shakur (2pac) with K-Ci & JoJo “How Do U Want It” (BB: 2)
  14. 7/20: Tupac Shakur (2pac) with Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman “California Love” (BB: 2)

  15. 8/3: Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (BB: 14, CB: 2)
  16. 8/16: Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (BA: 13, CB: 7, RR: 12)

  17. 11/2: Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (BA: 2, CB: 2)
  18. 11/8: Alanis Morissette “Head Over Feet” (RR: 4)
  19. 11/9: Blackstreet with Dr. Dre “No Diggity” (BB: 4, CB: 1)

  20. 12/6: No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (BA: 16, RR: 9)
  21. 12/7: Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (BB: 11, BA: 2)

1997:

  1. 2/21: The Cardigans “Lovefool” (RR: 6)
  2. 2/22: Spice Girls “Wannabe” (BB: 4)

  3. 3/22: Puff Daddy with Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” (BB: 6)
  4. 4/4: Jewel “You Were Meant for Me” (BA: 9, RR: 5)

  5. 5/3: The Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize” (BB: 3)
  6. 5/9: Savage Garden “I Want You” (RR: 1)
  7. 5/16: Hanson “Mmmbop” (BB: 4, BA: 4, RR: 9)

  8. 6/14: Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (BB: 11)

  9. 7/12: Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (BA: 4)
  10. 7/18: Meredith Brooks “Bitch” (RR: 3)

  11. 8/8: Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life” (BA: 3, RR: 6)
  12. 8/9: Will Smith “Men in Black” (BA: 4)
  13. 8/30: The Notorious B.I.G. with Puff Daddy & Mase “Mo Money, Mo Problems” (BB: 2)

  14. 9/13: Mariah Carey “Honey” (BB: 3)
  15. 9/19: Jewel “Foolish Games” (BA: 3, RR: 4)

  16. 10/4: Boyz II Men “4 Seasons of Loneliness” (BB: 1)
  17. 10/11: Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (BB: 14)
  18. 10/17: Sugar Ray with Super Cat “Fly” (BA: 6, RR: 6)

  19. 11/28: Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (BA: 9, RR: 6)

1998:

  1. 1/17: Savage Garden “Truly Madly Deeply” (BB: 2, BA: 5, RR: 3)
  2. 1/31: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (BB: 2, BA: 10, RR: 9)
  3. 1/31: Janet Jackson “Together Again” (BB: 2)

  4. 2/14: Usher “Nice & Slow” (BB: 2)

  5. 3/14: Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (BB: 3)

  6. 4/4: K-Ci & JoJo “All My Life” (BB: 3)
  7. 4/17: Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (BA: 11, RR: 11)
  8. 4/25: Next “Too Close” (BB: 4)

  9. 5/23: Mariah Carey “My All” (BB: 1)

  10. 6/6: Brandy & Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (BB: 13)

  11. 7/3: Alanis Morissette “Uninvited” (RR: 2)
  12. 7/17: Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (BA: 18, RR: 4)

  13. 8/14: Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (BB: 4, BA: 1, RR: 8)

  14. 10/3: Monica “The First Night” (BB: 5)
  15. 10/9: Barenaked Ladies “One Week” (BB: 1, RR: 6)

  16. 11/14: Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (BB: 2)
  17. 11/20: Alanis Morissette “Thank U” (RR: 1)
  18. 11/27: Third Eye Blind “Jumper” (RR: 1)
  19. 11/28: Divine “Lately” (BB: 1)

  20. 12/4: Shawn Mullins “Lullaby” (BA: 2, RR: 5)
  21. 12/5: R. Kelly & Celine Dion “I’m Your Angel” (BB: 6)
  22. 12/26: Brandy “Have You Ever?” (BB: 2, BA: 9)

1999:

  1. 1/22: Eagle-Eye Cherry “Save Tonight” (RR: 1)
  2. 1/29: Goo Goo Dolls “Slide” (BA: 1, RR: 2)
  3. 1/30: Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (BB: 2, RR: 5)

  4. 2/13: Monica “Angel of Mine” (BB: 4, BA: 2)

  5. 3/13: Cher “Believe” (BB: 4)
  6. 3/19: Sugar Ray “Every Morning” (RR: 7)
  7. 3/20: TLC “No Scrubs” (BB: 4, BA: 13)

  8. 5/8: Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (BB: 5, BA: 4, RR: 7)
  9. 5/17: Sixpence None the Richer “Kiss Me” (RR: 2)

  10. 6/12: Jennifer Lopez “If You Had My Love” (BB: 5)

  11. 7/9: Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” (BA: 3, RR: 3)
  12. 7/17: Destiny’s Child “Bills Bills Bills” (BB: 1)
  13. 7/24: Will Smith with Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee “Wild Wild West” (BB: 1)
  14. 7/31: Christina Aguilera “Genie in a Bottle” (BB: 5, BA: 3, RR: 4)

  15. 8/7: Smash Mouth “All Star” (BA: 5, RR: 5)

  16. 9/4: Enrique Iglesias “Bailamos” (BB: 2)
  17. 9/18: TLC “Unpretty” (BB: 3)

  18. 10/1: Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)” (BA: 6, RR: 5)
  19. 10/9: Mariah Carey with Jay-Z “Heartbreaker” (BB: 2)
  20. 10/23: Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (BB: 12, BA: 5, RR: 7)

  21. 12/18: Brian McKnight “Back at One” (BA: 6)

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First posted 4/2/2021.

David Baerwald A Fine Mess released this month

A Fine Mess

David Baerwald & the New Folk Underground


Released: December 1999


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: adult alternative singer/songwriter


Tracks, Disc 1:

Song Title

  1. Nothing’s Gonna Bring Me Down
  2. Compassion
  3. Bozo Weirdo Wacko Creep
  4. Love #29
  5. If Ever I Thought
  6. My Eyes Are Open
  7. The Only World I Know
  8. The Crash
  9. In My Own Way
  10. Why
  11. A Prisoner’s Dream
  12. Back in Your Arms Again
  13. Paddy Chayefsky's Dead
  14. It’s Hard to Give a Damn

Tracks, Disc 2:

Song Title

  1. Hellbound Train
  2. Smart in a Stupid Way
  3. Wondering
  4. Playground in the Park
  5. The Last Faithful Lover in the World
  6. Mary's Well
  7. Daydreamer
  8. The Water’s Edge
  9. A Friend Like Our Dear Stranger
  10. In the Wild Wild West
  11. Black Mamba Kiss
  12. The Bob Dylan Blues
  13. The Tougest Whore in Babylon
  14. The Church of No Religion

Rating:

3.303 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“Thank the Internet for this one. In the late 1990s, a fan named Dan put together the David Baerwald Infosource, a place for DB fans to get together, talk about his work, and hope (seemingly in vain) for new music. As it turned out, the site was discovered by Baerwald’s mother, who passed word along to the man himself, and thus began a fascinatingly open public exchange between an artist and his fans.” JF

“It also turned out that Baerwald had been sitting on…two albums of new music. It was nothing he’d intended on releasing…but faced with more (and more intense) interest than he’d expected, he graciously arranged for the release of the double album A Fine Mess.” JF

“The full title is David Baerwald and The New Folk Underground (featuring Will Sexton) – A Fine Mess.” DB “There were roughly 500 of these produced. Most of the 500 were stamped with an individual number and signed by David.” DB

Baerwald’s previous album had been 1992’s Triage. Much of his work in the seven-year interim had been in contribution to various television and movie soundtracks, as well as contributions to others’ albums. In regards to the latter, his most famous work came on Sheryl Crow’s Tuesday Night Music Club in 1993. That album was the product of a loose collective of musicians who gathered at producer Bill Bottrell’s studio in the fall of ’92 to informally create music. The group would also work on Triage and, over the next few years, albums by Susanna Hoffs, Linda Perry, and Kevin Gilbert.

In regards to the latter, he was one of several fatal tragedies Baerwald would be forced to deal with in the ‘90s. Gilbert, a fellow TNMC’er, died in ’96. He was the second of Baerwald’s friends to die in the wake of Tuesday Night Music Club’s popularity. The first victim was John O’Brien, the author of Leaving Las Vegas, the book that was later made into a movie and served as the inspiration for the song of the same name on Sheryl’s album. The two deaths generated much ill will between Crow and Baerwald. He felt like Gilbert and O’Brien were both in depressive states brought on by Crow’s failure to properly credit others for their work.

Then, in 1998, Bill Bottrell’s seven-year-old son William died. The trio of tragedies makes A Fine Mess “sound like what it was – a wake.” JF Baerwald says, “‘When William died, I didn’t have that in me to continue what I was doing at the time. I needed to do something absolutely direct and absolutely lacking in trendiness; something that was expressing exactly what it was and nothing else’.” JC

“‘In L.A. in 1998, that felt like an extremely rebellious attitude. At Capitol Studios, they had this stamp that they put on rough mix tapes that were given to musicians and producers that was ‘NFU.’ That's what this felt like to me: Not for use. This is my own thing. This was not for money. NFU transmogrified into New Folk Underground’.” JC

“Baerwald claims he was listening to artists like Gillian Welch, Wilco, Dock Boggs, the O’Jays, and Curtis Mayfield while recordingNew Folk Underground and that they had a big effect on its sound. He says that he asked himself what these artists had in common.” JC

“‘The answer was that they that accepted pain and suffering as a given and found a way of fighting it without being morose,’ says Baerwald succinctly. ‘I felt that I was watching evil triumph, hypocrisy and propaganda ruling the airwaves, and the death of rock & roll, a medium that I felt really strongly about. The death of a lot of people that meant a lot to me in my personal life [was also a factor]’.” JC

“‘So whether I was this successful L.A. shithead or not, I was in pain. I didn’t have a way to express it, yet I was attracted to these acts that were so naked about it and unbeaten by it. That became my definition of what folk music is: It’s of the people. Music unbowed, sprung from an acceptance that life is difficult.” JC

With its “creaky joints and gloriously ragged edges,” JF the album “lives up to its title wonderfully.” JF With “guest appearances by Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Kevin Gilbert and many others,” DB the album was also filled with “hope; so much hope. Whether this is because Baerwald can see the sun again, or whether it’s simply a method of wrestling with his sadness, is impossible for the listener to say. But the effect is beautiful nonetheless.” JF

“Art work for the packaging was created by Jeff Wells. The final packaging, although not exactly as it was initially planned, gave the set that classic DIY appeal that it deserved.” DB

“The production, if not completely live, at least sounds like it, and there are liberal helpings of roadhouse piano; at times, it sounds like a lost Stephen Foster album, or like Gershwin on a three-week bender.” DB

It is a “tear-stained thing of beauty” DB that “hangs askew, like all of Baerwald’s finest work.” JF

“This set has long since sold out, but they occassionally pop up on ebay - with most selling for well over $100. The set originally sold for $20 which included shipping.” DB

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First posted 2/15/2008; last updated 8/21/2021.

Century of Pop Music – Songs of the Year, 1900-1999

First posted 4/6/2019; updated 12/8/2020.

Century of Pop Music:

Songs of the Year, 1900-1999

A Century of Pop Music is a book published by Joel Whitburn’s Record Research. It ranks the top 40 songs of every year from 1900 through 1999 based on weekly Billboard pop charts based on peak position and weeks at that position. These are the top songs from each year.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

Dave’s Faves: #1 Albums in the 1990s

First posted 10/3/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1990-1999

These were my personal #1 albums during the 1990s.


1990:
  • Jan. 6: Hooters Zig Zag (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 20: Animal Logic Animal Logic (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 3: Fish Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 10: David Bowie Changesbowie (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 24: Robert Plant Manic Nirvana (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 7: Sinéad O’Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (4 weeks)
  • May 5: Lou Reed & John Cale Songs for Drella (4 weeks)
  • June 2: Madonna I’m Breathless soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • June 23: David Baerwald Bedtime Stories (4 weeks)
  • July 21: Roger Waters with various artists The Wall: Live in Berlin (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 11: Various Artists Nobody’s Child (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 25: Asia Then & Now (compilation) (1 week)
  • Sept. 1: Toy Matinee Toy Matinee (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 15: Indigo Girls Nomads Indians Saints (1 week)
  • Sept. 29: Various Artists Red Hot + Blue (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 27: Styx Edge of the Century (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 17: Eric Woolfson Freudiana (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 8: The Rainmakers Live (1 week)
  • Dec. 15: Various Artists Harry Chapin Tribute (1 week)
  • Dec. 22: Enigma mcmxc a.d. (5 weeks)

1991:
  • Jan. 26: Sting The Soul Cages (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 23: Split Enz History Never Repeats: The Best of (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 16: R.E.M. Out of Time (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 6: Faith No More Live at Brixton Academy (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 20: Crash Test Dummies The Ghosts That Haunt Me (1 week)
  • Apr. 27: Various Artists Deadicated (2 weeks)
  • May 11: The Williams Brothers The Williams Brothes (4 weeks)
  • June 8: Seal Seal (I) (4 weeks)
  • June 29: Marillion Holidays in Eden (3 weeks)
  • July 20: Crowded House Woodface (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 10: Toni Childs House of Hope (1 week)
  • Aug. 17: Animal Logic Animal Logic II (1 week)
  • Aug. 24: The Commitments The Commitments (1 week)
  • Aug. 31: Pearl Jam Ten (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 14: Dire Straits On Every Street (1 week)
  • Sept. 21: Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion II (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 5: Nirvana Nevermind (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 2: Fish Internal Exile (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 16: Queen Greatest Hits 2 (1 week)
  • Nov. 23: Various Artists Two Rooms (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 7: U2 Achtung Baby (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 28: Metallica Metallica (aka “The Black Album”) (3 weeks)

1992:
  • Jan. 18: Various Artists I’m Your Fan (1 week)
  • Jan. 25: Tori Amos Little Earthquakes (7 weeks)
  • Mar. 14: Tears for Fears Tears Roll Down: 1982-1992 (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 28: The Commitments The Commitments, Volume 2 (1 week)
  • Apr. 4: Bruce Springsteen Human Touch (1 week)
  • Apr. 11: Melissa Etheridge Never Enough (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 25: Lyle Lovett Joshua Judges Ruth (3 weeks)
  • May 16: Temple of the Dog Temple of the Dog (3 weeks)
  • May 30: Indigo Girls Rites of Passage (1 week)
  • June 6: Del Amitri Change Everything (1 week)
  • June 13: Marillion Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other (2 weeks)
  • June 27: Elvis Presley The King of Rock and Roll (1 week)
  • July 4: Faith No More Angel Dust (1 week)
  • July 11: Queen with various artists A Concert for Life (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 1: Singles soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 15: Lou Reed Between Thought and Expression (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 29: Eric Clapton Unplugged (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 19: Various Artists The Music of Disney: A Legacy of Song (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 3: Roger Waters Amused to Death (1 week)
  • Oct. 10: Peter Gabriel Us (1 week)
  • Oct. 17: David Baerwald Triage (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 31: Simple Minds Glittering Prize 81-92 (1 week)
  • Nov. 7: Various Artists Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (1 week)
  • Nov. 14: R.E.M. Automatic for the People (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 28: Shawn Colvin Fat City (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 12: Various Artists A Very Special Christmas 2 (3 weeks)

1993:
  • Jan. 2: Journey Time 3 (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 16: Toys soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 6: Fish Songs from the Mirror (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 13: Sting Ten Summoner’s Tales (6 weeks)
  • Apr. 24: David Bowie Black Tie White Noise (3 weeks)
  • May 15: Terence Trent D’Arby Symphony or Damn (3 weeks)
  • June 5: Tears for Fears Elemental (4 weeks)
  • July 3: R.E.M. This Is It! live (2 weeks)
  • July 17: U2 Zooropa (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 14: Billy Joel River of Dreams (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 28: Various Artists Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 18: Prince The Hits/The B-Sides (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 2: The Police Message in a Box (1 week)
  • Oct. 9: John Mellencamp Human Wheels (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 30: The Williams Brothers Harmony Hotel (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 20: Crowded House Together Alone (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 11: Pearl Jam Vs. (3 weeks)

1994:
  • Jan. 1: Various Artists Common Thread (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 15: Philadelphia soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 5: Tori Amos Under the Pink (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 26: Marillion Brave (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 12: Valley Girl soundtrack (1 week)
  • Mar. 19: Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 9: Pink Floyd The Division Bell (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 16: Fish Suits (1 week)
  • Apr. 30: Live Throwing Copper (3 weeks)
  • May 21: Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia (1 week)
  • May 28: Toni Childs The Woman’s Boat (2 weeks)
  • June 11: Seal Seal (II) (3 weeks)
  • July 2: John Mellencamp Dance Naked (3 weeks)
  • July 23: The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 6: Dennis DeYoung 10 on Broadway (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 27: Shawn Colvin Cover Girl (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 17: Eric Clapton From the Cradle (1 week)
  • Sept. 24: Sinead O’Connor Universal Mother (1 week)
  • Oct. 1: Lyle Lovett I Love Everybody (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 22: R.E.M. Monster (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 5: Aerosmith Big Ones (1 week)
  • Nov. 12: Eagles Hell Freezes Over (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 10: Sting Fields of Gold (1 week)
  • Dec. 17: Pearl Jam Vitalogy (3 weeks)

1995:
  • Jan. 7: Tom Petty Wildflowers (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 21: Bush Sixteen Stone (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 11: Simple Minds Good News from the Next World (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 4: Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 18: Del Amitri Twisted (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 8: Faith No More King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 22: Kevin Gilbert Thud (5 weeks)
  • May 27: Corey Stevens Blue Drops of Rain (2 weeks)
  • June 10: Terence Trent D’Arby Vibrator (2 weeks)
  • June 24: Michael Jackson HIStory (2 weeks)
  • July 8: Marillion Afraid of Sunlight (2 weeks)
  • July 22: Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (8 weeks)
  • Aug. 26: Styx Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Sept. 23: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Ledbetter Heights (1 week)
  • Sept. 30: Velvet Underground Peel Slowly and See (1 week)
  • Oct. 7: David Bowie Outside (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 28: Tears for Fears Raoul and the Kings of Spain (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 11: The Finn Brothers Finn (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 25: The Beatles Anthology 1 (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 23: Don Henley Actual Miles (1 week)
  • Dec 30: Tracy Chapman New Beginning (2 weeks)

1996:
  • Jan. 13: Melissa Etheridge Your Little Secret (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 27: Tori Amos Boys for Pele (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 24: Lou Reed Set the Twilight Reeling (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 16: Sting Mercury Falling (4 weeks)
  • Mar. 23: The Beatles Anthology 2 (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 27: Mike + the Mechanics Hits (2 weeks)
  • May 11: Pete Townshend The Best of (coolwalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking) (2 weeks)
  • May 25: Metallica Load (3 weeks)
  • June 15: Styx Greatest Hits Part 2 (2 weeks)
  • June 29: Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada (4 weeks)
  • July 27: Crowded House Recurring Dream (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 17: Tears for Fears Saturnine Martial & Lunatic (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 31: Pearl Jam No Code (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 21: John Mellencamp Mr. Happy Go Lucky (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 5: R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 19: Alan Parsons On Air (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 2: The Beatles Anthology 3 (1 week)
  • Nov. 9: Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 7: Shawn Colvin A Few Small Repairs (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 28: Journey Trial by Fire (3 weeks)

1997:
  • Jan. 18: Bush Razorblade Suitcase (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 1: Jonny Lang Lie to Me (1 week)
  • Feb. 8: David Bowie Earthling (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 8: Marillion Best of Both Worlds (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 29: U2 Pop (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 12: Live Secret Samadhi (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 26: Marillion This Strange Engine (2 weeks)
  • May 10: Indigo Girls The Shaming of the Sun (1 week)
  • May 17: Styx Return to Paradise (3 weeks)
  • June 7: Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun (3 weeks)
  • June 28: Fish Sunsets on Empire (1 week)
  • July 5: Faith No More Album of the Year (2 weeks)
  • July 19: Del Amitri Some Other Sucker’s Parade (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 2: Sarah McLachlan Surfacing (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 23: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Vol. III (1 week)
  • Aug. 30: The Rainmakers Skin (5 weeks)
  • Sept. 27: Cream Those Were the Days (1 week)
  • Oct. 11: The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 8: Elvis Costello Extreme Honey (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 22: Jimi Hendrix South Saturn Delta (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 13: Bob Dylan Time Out of Hand (5 weeks)

1998:
  • Jan. 17: John Mellencamp The Best That I Could Do (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 31: Sinead O’Connor So Far…the Best of (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 14: Pearl Jam Yield (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 14: Susan Tedeschi Just Won’t Burn (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 28: Eric Clapton Pilgrim (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 18: Simple Minds Neapolis (2 weeks)
  • May 2: Journey Greatest Hits Live (2 weeks)
  • May 16: Robert Plant & Jimmy Page Walking into Clarksdale (2 weeks)
  • May 30: Largo Largo (5 weeks)
  • July 4: Tori Amos From the Choirgirl Hotel (5 weeks)
  • Aug. 8: Neil Finn Try Whistling This (5 weeks)
  • Sept. 12: Alabama For the Record (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 26: Marillion Radiation (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 10: Del Amitri Hatful of Rain/Lousy with Love (1 week)
  • Oct. 17: Lyle Lovett Step Inside This House (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 7: U2 Best of 1980-1990 (1 week)
  • Nov. 14: Bruce Springsteen Tracks (5 weeks)
  • Dec. 19: Steve Perry Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased (1 week)
  • Dec. 26: Shawn Colvin Holiday Songs and Lullabies (1 week)

1999:
  • Jan. 2: Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions (4 weeks)
  • Jan. 30: Kenny Rogers Through the Years (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 13: Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (4 weeks)
  • Mar. 13: Eminem The Slim Shady LP (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 27: Bad Company The Original Bad Company Anthology (1 week)
  • Apr. 24: Fish Raingods with Zippos (4 weeks)
  • May 22: David Baerwald A Fine Mess (6 weeks)
  • July 3: Styx Brave New World (6 weeks)
  • Aug. 14: Santana Supernatural (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 28: Moby Play (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 25: Tori Amos To Venus and Back (1 week)
  • Oct. 2: Alan Parsons The Time Machine (1 week)
  • Oct. 9: Sting Brand New Day (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 16: Eric Clapton Chronicles (1 week)
  • Nov. 13: David Bowie Hours (1 week)
  • Nov. 20: Marillion marillion.com (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 11: Creed Human Clay (3 weeks)

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 1990s

First posted 4/26/2020; updated 4/28/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1990-1999

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 1980s.


1990:

  • Jan. 6: Aerosmith “Janie’s Got a Gun” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 20: Marillion “After Me” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 10: Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 10: Fish “Cliché” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 31: Faith No More “Epic” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 21: Animal Logic “I’m Sorry Baby I Want You in My Life” (2 wks)
  • May 5: Bonnie Raitt “Nick of Time” (2 wks)
  • May 19: Fish “A Gentleman’s Excuse Me” (1 wk)
  • May 26: Shawn Colvin “Diamond in the Rough” (2 wks)
  • June 9: Sinéad O’Connor “Black Boys on Mopeds” (3 wks)
  • June 30: Tom Petty “Alright for Now” (2 wks)
  • July 14: Adrian Belew “Shoe Salesman” (1 wk)
  • July 21: Del Amitri “Kiss This Thing Goodbye” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 18: Guns N’ Roses “Civil War” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 15: Styx “Love Is the Ritual” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 6: Roger Waters with Sinéad O’Connor “Mother (live)” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 13 Styx “All in a Day’s Work” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 3: Toy Matinee “There Was a Little Boy” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 24: Don Henley “New York Minute” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 8: U2 “Night and Day” (2 wks)
  • Dec 22: Seal “Crazy” (3 wks)

1991:

  • Jan. 12: Enigma “Sadeness Part 1” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Chris Isaak “Wicked Game” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 16: Queensrÿche “Silent Lucidity” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Extreme “More Than Words” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 30: Simple Minds “See the Lights” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Crash Test Dummies “Superman’s Song” (4 wks)
  • May 11: Lyle Lovett “Friend of the Devil” (3 wks)
  • June 1: The Williams Brothers “It’s a Wonderful Life” (2 wks)
  • June 15: The Williams Brothers “Miss This World” (2 wks)
  • June 29: Aha “The Way We Talk” (1 wk)
  • July 6: Tony Banks with Fish “Another Murder of a Day” (2 wks)
  • July 20: Marillion “The Party” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Marillion “A Collection” (1 wk)
  • Aug. 10: Animal Logic “What Looks Good on the Outside” (1 wk)
  • Aug. 17: The Commitments “I Never Loved a Man” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 31: The Commitments “Try a Little Tenderness” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 14: Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 2: Nirvana “Something in the Way” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 19: The Williams Brothers “Can’t Cry Hard Enough” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 2: Sinéad O’Connor “Sacrifice” (2 wks)
  • Nov 16: Tori Amos “Silent All These Years” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 30: Tori Amos “Me and a Gun” (5 wks)

1992:

  • Jan. 4: U2 “One” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 25: T-Bone Burnett “Humans from Earth” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 15: Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 21: Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (6 wks)
  • May 2: Lyle Lovett “Church” (2 wks)
  • May 16: Tori Amos “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (3 wks)
  • June 6: Marillion “Sympathy” (1 wk)
  • June 13: Sting with Eric Clapton “It’s Probably Me” (3 wks)
  • July 4: Melissa Etheridge “The Letting Go” (1 wk)
  • July 11: Faith No More “RV” (2 wks)
  • July 25: Toad the Wet Sprocket “Hold Her Down” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Eric Clapton “Circus Left Town” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Toad the Wet Sprocket “Pray Your Gods” (1 wk)
  • Sept. 12: Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Roger Waters “What God Wants” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Boyz II Men “The Birth of Christ” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 28: Shawn Colvin “Shawn Colvin “I Don’t Know Why” (5 wks)

1993:

  • Jan. 2: Dada “Dizz Knee Land” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 23: The Musical Cast of Toys “The Closing of the Year (Reprise)” (5 wks)
  • Feb. 27: U2 with R.E.M. as Automatic Baby “One” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Fish “Solo” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 3: Alice in Chains “Rooster” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 24: Sting “Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me)” (3 wks)
  • May 15: Terence Trent D’Arby “Tension Inside the Sweetness/Frankie and Johnny (T.I.T.S./F&J)” (4 wks)
  • June 12: Tears for Fears “Break It Down Again” (3 wks)
  • July 3: Robert Plant “If I Were a Carpenter” (2 wks)
  • July 17: Stone Temple Pilots “Plush (acoustic)” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 7: Pearl Jam with Victoria Williams “Crazy Mary” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 28: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready “Masters of War (live)” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 18: Pearl Jam “Rockin’ in the Free World (live)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 2: Prince “Nothing Compares 2 U” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 16: Alice in Chains “Down in a Hole” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 30: U2 with Bruce Springsteen “Stand by Me (live)” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 13: Pearl Jam “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 27: Pearl Jam “Daughter” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 11: Crash Test Dummies “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (4 wks)

1994:

  • Jan. 8: Stone Temple Pilots “Creep” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 22: Nirvana “All Apologies” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 26: Tori Amos “God” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 19: Tori Amos “Home on the Range” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 26: Billy Joel “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Marillion “The Hollow Man” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 16: Pearl Jam “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 30: Pearl Jam “Saying No (live)” (2 wks)
  • May 14: Frente! “Bizarre Love Triangle” (5 wks)
  • June 18: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (4 wks)
  • July 16: Nine Inch Nails “Closer” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 6: Stone Temple Pilots “12 Gracious Melodies” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 20: Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 3: Pearl Jam “Better Man” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 1: Sinéad O’Connor “The House of the Rising Sun” (2 wks)
  • Oct 15: Sinéad O’Connor “All Apologies” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 29: Eagles “Get Over It” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 26: Todd Snider “Alright Guy” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 17: Queensrÿche “Bridge” (4 wks)

1995:

  • Jan. 14: Indigo Girls with K’S choice “Rockin’ in the Free World (live)” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Live “Lightning Crashes” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 23: Melissa Etheridge with Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road (live)” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 25: Kevin Gilbert “Song for a Dead Friend” (4 wks)
  • Aprl. 22: Collective Soul “December” (3 wks)
  • May 13: Tori Amos with Robert Plant “Down by the Seaside” (1 wk)
  • May 20: Nine Inch Nails “Hurt” (3 wks)
  • June 10: Filter “Hey Man, Nice Shot” (3 wks)
  • July 1: The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You” (4 wks)
  • July 29: Marillion “Beautiful” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 12: Kevin Gilbert “Kashmir” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 2: Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 30: Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 14: David Bowie “Outside” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 25: Squeeze with Cathy Dennis “Temptation for Love” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 16: Tracy Chapman “At This Point in My Life” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 30: Candlebox “Understanding” (1 wk)

1996:

  • Jan. 6: Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 27: Foo Fighters “Big Me” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 10: Stabbing Westward “What Do I Have to Do?” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 2: Jars of Clay “Flood” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 23: Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know (live at the Grammys)” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 20: Sting “I Hung My Head” (3 wks)
  • May 11: Primitive Radio Gods “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” (3 wks)
  • June 1: Ben Folds Five “Underground” (4 wks)
  • June 29: Lyle Lovett & Randy Newman “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (4 wks)
  • July 27: No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 24: Bruce Springsteen “Spare Parts (live, slow version)” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 7: Eric Clapton “Change the World” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 21: Fiona Apple “Never Is a Promise” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A. (live, slow version)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 19: Eels “Novocaine for the Soul” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Tori Amos “Over the Rainbow” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 30: Sting “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 14: Seal “Fly Like an Eagle” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 28: Paula Cole “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (2 wks)

1997:

  • Jan. 11: Fish “Kayleigh (acoustic)” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 25: Fish “Sugar Mice (acoustic)” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 8: The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 8: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “The Impression That I Get” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 29: K’s Choice “Not an Addict’ (5 wks)
  • May 3: Marillion “Estonia” (4 wks)
  • May 31: Live “Freaks” (2 wks)
  • June 14: Indigo Girls “Leeds” (2 wks)
  • June 28: Styx “Dear John” (6 wks)
  • Aug. 9: Babyface with Stevie Wonder “How Come, How Long” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 6: Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 4: The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 25: Foo Fighters “Everlong” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 8: Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 6: Loreena McKennitt “The Mummer’s Dance” (4 wks)

1998:

  • Jan. 3: Third Eye Blind “How’s It Gona Be” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 17: Ben Folds Five “Brick” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 14: Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 7: David Bowie “I Can’t Read” (2 wks)
  • Mar 21: Foo Fighters “Baker Street” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Pearl Jam “Wishlist” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 25: Bruce Springsteen “We Shall Overcome” (4 wks)
  • May 23: Alanis Morissette “Uninvited” (4 wks)
  • June 20: Peter Gabriel “I Grieve” (3 wks)
  • July 11: Harvey Danger “Flagpole Sitta” (2 wks)
  • July 25: Eve 6 “Inside Out” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 15: Barenaked Ladies “One Week” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Keb’ Mo’ “What a Wonderful World” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 26: Third Eye Blind “Jumper” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: The Flys “Got You Where I Want You” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 31: Shery Crow “Mississippi” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 21: Lyle Lovett “Step Inside This House” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 19: Alanis Morissette “Thank U” (3 wks)

1999:

  • Jan. 9: New Radicals “You Get What You Give” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 6: Peter Gabriel “That’ll Do” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 27: Squeeze “To Be a Dad” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 13: Pearl Jam “Last Kiss” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 3: Alanis Morissette “Unsent” (4 wks)
  • May 1: Fatboy Slim “Praise You” (3 wks)
  • May 22: Eminem “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” (4 wks)
  • June 19: Everlast “Ends” (3 wks)
  • July 10: Train “Meet Virginia” (3 wks)
  • July 31: Sheryl Crow “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 21: Styx “Everything Is Cool” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 4: Chris Isaak “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 25: Lyle Lovett & Keb’ Mo’ “Till It Shines” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 23: Sting “Fill Her Up” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 13: Sting “Tomorrow We’ll See” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 27 Melissa Etheridge “Scarecrow” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 18: Alanis Morissette “King of Pain (MTV Unplugged)” (2 wks)

Vibe’s 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

First posted 12/31/1999; updated 8/15/2020.

Vibe:

100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

In December of 1999, the urban-oriented American magazine Vibe published its list of the 100 essential albums of the 20th century, as determined by the Vibe staff. Surprisingly, a link to this list has proved elusive. However, you can find the original magazine issue from the link at the bottom of the page.

This list is more unusual than the average best-of list. For being a list of essentials, it is notable that only 61 of these albums rank in the top 1000 of all-time according to the DMDB. 20 of these albums don’t even show up on any of the other 160+ best-of lists accumulated by the DMDB. Commendably, there is more focus on jazz, R&B, and world music than most best-of lists. However, there are also some odd choices at times for an artist’s “best” work. James Brown’s In the Jungle Groove is more essential than Live at the Apollo? Johnny Cash’s I Walk the Line instead of his live At Folsom Prison? Rocket to Russia over the Ramones’ debut album? David Bowie’s Station to Station rather than Ziggy Stardust? Bob Marley’s African Herbsman as opposed to Exodus or the Legend compilation?

Speaking of compilations, there is more emphasis on those here (25 in all) than the average list. Again, that’s not all bad, but some of the choices are questionable. While the 24-disc Centennial Edition might be a treasure to Duke Ellington fans, it’s hard to consider it “essential” to the average listener. The 3-disc Blanton-Webster Band box set or the live At Newport (both DMDB top 1000 albums) would be more palatable.

Note: the original list was unranked, but the albums have been ranked here based on overall DMDB points.

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
2. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
3. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
4. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
5. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
6. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
7. The Clash London Calling (1979)
8. Prince Purple Rain (1984)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
10. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)

11. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
12. Bee Gees/Various Artists Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
13. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
14. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
15. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
16. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
17. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
18. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
19. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
20. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)

21. Massive Attack Blue Lines (1991)
22. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
23. Van Morrison Moondance (1970)
24. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
25. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
26. Sly & the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1972)
27. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
28. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
29. Santana Abraxas (1970)
30. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)

31. Curtis Mayfield Superfly (soundtrack, 1972)
32. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1968)
33. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (1994)
34. Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
35. The Fugees The Score (1996)
36. B.B. King Live at the Regal (1964)
37. Kraftwerk Trans-Europa Express (Trans Europe Express) (1977)
38. Bessie Smith The Essential (compilation: 1923-33, released 1997)
39. The Replacements Let It Be (1984)
40. Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers (archives: 1936-37, released 1961)

41. The Specials The Specials (1979)
42. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
43. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
44. Sam Cooke The Man and His Music (compilation: 1951-65, released 1986)
45. Elvis Costello & the Attractions Armed Forces (1979)
46. The Stooges The Stooges (1969)
47. Janet Jackson Control (1986)
48. Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade (1984)
49. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)
50. David Bowie Station to Station (1976)

51. Stan Getz and João Gilberto Getz/Gilberto (1963)
52. Muddy Waters At Newport (1960)
53. The Supremes Anthology (compilation: 1962-76, released 1986)
54. A Tribe Called Quest The Low-End Theory (1991)
55. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (1994)
56. Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
57. Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove (1978)
58. Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus (1956)
59. Ramones Rocket to Russia (1977)
60. Björk Post (1995)

61. Tupac Shakur Greatest Hits (compilation: 1991-98, released 1998)
62. Elvis Presley The King of Rock and Roll: The Complete ‘50s Masters (box: 1953-59, released 1992)
63. Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1947)
64. Dizzy Gillespie The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (compilation: 1937-49, released 1995)
65. Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded (1987)
66. Mary J. Blige My Life (1994)
67. Patsy Cline The Collection (box: 1955-63, released 1991)
68. Chic Dance, Dance, Dance – The Best of (compilation: 1977-82, released 1991)
69. Sun Ra Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 (1965)
70. The Police Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (box: 1977-86, released 1993)

71. Charles Mingus Pithecantrophus Erectus (1956)
72. Buddy Holly & the Crickets Collection: 50 Classic Recordings (compilation: 1956-69, released 1993)
73. Little Richard 18 Greatest Hits (compilation, released 1985)
74. Roxy Music Siren (1975)
75. Ray Charles Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection (box: 1949-1993, released 1997)
76. De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
77. Bob Marley & the Wailers African Herbsman (1972)
78. Leadbelly Last Sessions (archives/box: 1948, released 1994)
79. Ice Cube Death Certificate (1991)
80. Otis Redding Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding (1993)

81. Charlie Parker Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (box: 1945-54, released 1990)
82. Guy Guy (1988)
83. Duke Ellington The Centennial Edition (box: 1927-73, released 1999)
84. Sarah Vaughan The Complete Sarah Vaughan (box: 1954-67, released 1987)
85. Chuck Berry 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection (compilation: 1955-72, released 1999)
86. Nina Simone Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of (compilation: 1966-72, released 1998)
87. Lee Perry & the Upsetters Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973)
88. James Brown In the Jungle Groove (1971)
89. War Anthology (compilation: 1970-94, released 1994)
90. Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988)

91. Al Green The Supreme Al Green (compilation, released 1992)
92. Billie Holiday Quintessential (archives: 1940-42, released 1991)
93. Woody Guthrie Library of Congress Recordings (archives: 1940, released 1964)
94. Fela Anikulapo Kuti Zombie (1977)
95. Louis Armstong An American Icon (box, released 1998)
96. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Ask Rufus (1977)
97. Johnny Cash I Walk the Line (1964)
98. Mongo Santamaria Our Man in Havana (1959)
99. Shabba Ranks As Raw As Ever (1991)
100. The Last Poets This Is Madness (1971)


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Top Songs from 1990 to 1999

First posted 1/24/2011; updated 10/25/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1990-1999

These are the top 100 songs from 1990-1999 according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992)
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit…Nirvana (1991)
3. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You…Bryan Adams (1991)
4. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997)
5. Nothing Compares 2 U…Sinéad O’Connor (1990)
6. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997)
7. Losing My Religion…R.E.M. (1991)
8. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio (1995)
9. Smooth…Santana with Rob Thomas (1999)
10. I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men (1994)

11. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995)
12. Baby One More Time…Britney Spears (1998)
13. Wannabe…Spice Girls (1996)
14. One …U2 (1991)
15. One Sweet Day…Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men (1995)
16. Wonderwall…Oasis (1995)
17. Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
18. Believe…Cher (1998)
19. Bittersweet Symphony…The Verve (1997)
20. Don’t Speak…No Doubt (1996)

21. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997)
22. End of the Road…Boyz II Men (1992)
23. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing…Aerosmith (1998)
24. Creep…Radiohead (1993)
25. Vogue…Madonna (1990)
26. Un-Break My Heart…Toni Braxton (1996)
27. Torn…Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
28. Because You Loved Me…Celine Dion (1996)
29. Kiss from a Rose…Seal (1994)
30. Tears in Heaven…Eric Clapton (1992)

31. Waterfalls…TLC (1995)
32. Loser…Beck (1993)
33. You’re Still the One…Shania Twain (1998)
34. I Swear…All-4-One (1994)
35. Under the Bridge…Red Hot Chili Peppers (1992)
36. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
37. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Wont’ Do That)…Meat Loaf (1993)
38. Jeremy…Pearl Jam (1992)
39. Livin’ La Vida Loca…Ricky Martin (1999)
40. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990)

41. The Sign…Ace of Base (1994)
42. You Oughta Know…Alanis Morissette (1995)
43. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)…Lou Bega (1999)
44. All I Wanna Do…Sheryl Crow (1993)
45. That’s the Way Love Goes…Janet Jackson (1993)
46. Streets of Philadelphia…Bruce Springsteen (1994)
47. Vision of Love…Mariah Carey (1990)
48. The Boy Is Mine…Brandy & Monica (1998)
49. Mmmbop…Hanson (1997)
50. No Scrubs…TLC (1999)

51. November Rain…Guns N’ Roses (1991)
52. Take a Bow…Madonna (1994)
53. Everybody Hurts…R.E.M. (1993)
54. Ironic…Alanis Morissette (1996)
55. Truly, Madly, Deeply…Savage Garden (1997)
56. Dreamlover…Mariah Carey (1993)
57. Live Forever…Oasis (1994)
58. Fantasy…Mariah Carey (1995)
59. All I Want for Christmas Is You…Mariah Carey (1994)
60. Hero…Mariah Carey (1993)

61. A Whole New World…Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle (1992)
62. I Love You Always Forever…Donna Lewis (1996)
63. Amazed…Lonestar (1999)
64. Jump…Kris Kross (1992)
65. Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990)
66. I Believe I Can Fly...R.Kelly (1996)
67. Unforgettable…Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole (1991)
68. Black or White…Michael Jackson (1991)
69. Save the Best for Last…Vanessa Williams (1992)
70. Enter Sandman…Metallica (1991)

71. Common People…Pulp (1995)
72. Missing (dance remix)…Everything But the Girl (1995)
73. Tubthumping…Chumbawamba (1997)
74. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)…C + C Music Factory (1990)
75. Friends in Low Places…Garth Brooks (1990)
76. Love Is All Around…Wet Wet Wet (1994)
77. Angels…Robbie Williams (1997)
78. How Do I Live…LeAnn Rimes (1997)
79. Say My Name…Destiny’s Child (1999)
80. Song 2…Blur (1997)

81. Doo Wop (That Thing)...Lauryn Hill (1998)
82. Paranoid Android…Radiohead (1997)
83. Can You Feel the Love Tonight…Elton John (1994)
84. Change the World…Eric Clapton (1996)
85. With Arms Wide Open…Creed (1999)
86. Achy Breaky Heart…Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)
87. You Were Meant for Me…Jewel (1997)
88. Don’t Look Back in Anger…Oasis (1996)
89. Ray of Light…Madonna (1998)
90. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)…Green Day (1997)

91. Can’t Help Falling in Love…UB40 (1993)
92. No Diggity…Blackstreet with Dr. Dre (1995)
93. Genie in a Bottle…Christina Aguilera (1999)
94. Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team (1993)
95. Enjoy the Silence…Depeche Mode (1990)
96. Maria Maria…Santana with the Product G&B (1999)
97. The Power of Love…Celine Dion (1993)
98. It Must Have Been Love…Roxette (1990)
99. Rush Rush…Paula Abdul (1991)
100. I Want It That Way…Backstreet Boys (1999)