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:

Numbers following the letter codes indicate how many weeks the song spent at #1 on that chart. Links go to specific lists of the biggest songs of all time for that chart. Also, when “BB” appears in blue it indicates a link to the Stereogum.com series on Billboard #1 songs.

Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present. See other chart-based lists here.


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 Dayne “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; last updated 6/17/2022.

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

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1990-1999

These were my personal #1 albums during the 1990s. Check out my #1 albums from other decades here.


1990:

1991:

1992:

1993:

1994:

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: Past, Present, and Future, Book 1 (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 (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 25: The Beatles Anthology 1 (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 9: Don Henley Actual Miles (1 week)
  • Dec 16: Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad (2 weeks)
  • 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:

1998:
  • Jan. 17: John Mellencamp The Best That I Could Do (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 31: Sinéad 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:


First posted 10/3/2020; last updated 6/4/2022

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)