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. Note that those songs topping the Billboard Hot 100 are in blue, indicating a link, specifically to Stereogum.com and its pages on Billboard #1 songs.

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; last updated 11/14/2021.

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