During the decade of the 90’s there were a lot of new faces coming on the scene in the music industry. Knowing which songs of this era was the most popular this is where the top 100 songs of the 90’s can help.
In the music industry, Billboard compiled their 75-position Top 40 Radio Monitor pop chart from actual monitored airplay provided by Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in the early 90’s. On July 17, 1993, the Top 40 Radio Monitor chart was renamed the Hot 100 Airplay chart which is being used today to monitor a songs popularity.
- In politics, Bill Clinton wins two elections, becoming the first democrat to win two terms since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- In 1997, Princess Diana dies in an automobile accident in 1997.
- In 1990, the Gulf War begins.
- In 1991, the Soviet Union collapses.
- In 1993, Waco goes up in flames.
- In 1994, millions of Americans see OJ make a brake for it on TV.
- The Oklahoma bombing occurs in 1995.
- In 1998, Bill Clinton is brought up on impeachment charges and is acquitted.
- Finally, in 1991, the shooting in Columbine High School makes big news.
In music, the song “Iris” hits the charts in 1998, and sets the all-time record for the most weeks at #1 with 18. The prior record was 16 weeks. See the update below.
Update: The song Iris with 18 weeks on the top spot is not actually accepted as the all-time number one record holder because the rules at that time required a single be produced commercially for it to be considered on the Hot 100 chart. The same is true for “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, which spent 16 weeks at the top spot and would be #2 on this chart. It also did not release a commercial single until later in the year after it peaked at the #1 position. Both of these records are not included on this chart because of these rules. Don’t Speak did peak at #9 when the single was released commercially.
Therefore, One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, with 16 weeks at number one, shall be considered the record holder for the song holding the number one position the longest on the Hot 100 chart.
Interesting Musical Facts
- The year of 1998, had the most songs on the chart with 14.
- There were a total of 231 songs that peaked at the #1 position in the decade.
- The artist with the most charted singes on the chart was Mariah Carey with 10.
- For a song to make the top 10, it had to be #1 for a minimum of 12 weeks.
- For a song to make the top 40, it had to be #1 for 5 weeks.
- The song “One Headlight” by The Wildflowers in 1997 holds the longevity title by staying on the chart for 70 weeks. However, in 2008 the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Marz, stays on the charts for 76 weeks, breaking the record of 1998. This song still holds the all-time longevity record as of December, 2011.
- The year of 1990, did not place any song in the top 50. Its highest position is #53.
Criteria Used For Compiling Top 100 Songs
Following is the method used in the ranking of the top 100 songs:
- The title’s peak position
- Ties at the peak position are broken in the following order:
- Total weeks title held the #1 position
- Total weeks charted in Top 10
- Total weeks charted in Top 40
- Total weeks charted
If there are still ties among titles, a computerized inverse point system is used to calculate a point total for each hit based on its weekly chart positions. These points are added together to create a raw point total for each title, which is used to break any remaining ties.
The source used for compiling the top 100 songs for 1990-1999 is the “Pop Annual 1955-2011” by Joel Whitburn.
The Top 100 Songs 1990-1999 Rank
Title / Artist / Peak Weeks () / Year of Release
- One Sweet Day / Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (16) 1995
- Macarena / Los Del Rio (14) 1996
- I’ll Make Love To You / Boyz II Men (14) 1994
- Candle In The Wind 1997 / Elton John (14) 1997
- I Will Always Love You / Whitney Houston (14) 1992
- End Of The Road / Boyz II Men (13) 1992
- The Boy is Mine / Brandy & Monica (13) 1998
- Smooth / Santana w/Rob Thomas (12) 1999
- Torn / Natalie Imbruglia (11) 1998
- Un-Break My Heart / Toni Braxton (11) 1996
- I Swear / All-4-One (11) 1994
- I’ll Be Missing You / Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (11) 1997
- Fantasy / Mariah Carey (8) 1995
- Dreamlover / Mariah Carey (8) 1993
- That’s The Way Love Goes / Janet Jackson (8) 1993
- Jump / Kris Cross (8) 1992
- The Crossroads / Bone Thugs N Harmony (8) 1996
- Waterfalls / TLC (7) 1995
- Take A Bow / Madonna (7) 1995
- Can’t Help Falling In Love / UB40 (7) 1993
- This Is How We Do It / Montell Jordan (7) 1995
- Informer / Snow (7) 1993
- Do It For You / Bryan Adams (7) 1991
- Black On White / Michael Jackson (7) 1997
- Fly / Sugar Ray w/Super Cat (6) 1997
- The Sign / Ace Of Base (6) 1994
- Because You Loved Me / Celine Dion (6) 1996
- On Bended Knee / Boyz II Men (6) 1994
- Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down / Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (6) 1997
- I’m Your Angel / R. Kelly & Celine Dion (6) 1998
- Too Close / Next (5) 1998
- The First Night / Monica (5) 1998
- Baby Got Back / Sir Mix-A-Lot (5) 1992
- If You Had My Love / Jennifer Lopez (5) 1999
- Genie In A Bottle / Christina Aguilera (5) 1999
- I’d Do Anything For Love / Meat Loaf (5) 1993
- Linin’ La Dida Loca / Ricky Martin (5) 1999
- Save The Best For Last / Vanessa Williams (5) 1992
- Have You Really Ever Really Loved A Woman? / Bryan Adams (5) 1995
- Rush, Rush / Paula Abdul (5) 1991
- Creep / TLC (4) 1995
- No Diggity / Blackstreet w/Dr. Dre (4) 1996
- No Scrubs / TLC (4) 1999
- The Power Of Love / Celine Dion (4) 1994
- Believe / Cher (4) 1999
- Hero / Mariah Carey (4) 1993
- Angel Of Mine / Monica (4) 1999
- Wannabe / Spice Girls (4) 1997
- Bump N’ Grind / R. Kelly (4) 1994
- Men In Black / Will Smith (4) 1997
- Because I Love You / Stevie B (4) 1990
- Nothing Compares 2 U / Sinead O’ Connor (4) 1990
- I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing / Aerosmith (4) 1998
- Vision Of Love / Mariah Carey (4) 1990
- Gangsta’s Paradise / Coolio w/L.V. (3) 1995
- Stay / Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (3) 1994
- Unpretty / TLC (3) 1999
- All For Love / Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting (3) 1994
- All My Life / K-Ci & JoJo (3) 1998
- MMMBop / Hanson (3) 1997
- I’m Too Sexy / R*S*F (3) 1992
- To Be With You / Mr. Big (3) 1992
- Honey / Mariah Carey (3) 1997
- Vogue / Madonna (3) 1990
- Hypnotize / The Nortorius B.I.G. (3) 1997
- Escapade / Janet Jackson (3) 1990
- Emotions / Mariah Carey (3) 1991
- Love Takes Time / Mariah Carey (3) 1990
- Opposites Attract / Paula Abdul (3) 1990
- Step By Step / New Kids On The Block (3) 1990
- Getting’ Jiggy With It / Will Smith (3) 1998
- How Am I Supposed To Live Without You / Michael Bolton (3) 1990
- Truly Mady Deeply / Savage Garden (2) 1998
- Freak Me / Silk (2) 1993
- Always Be My Baby / Mariah Carey (2) 1996
- Here Comes The Hotstepper / Ini Kamoze (2) 1994
- Weak / SWV (2) 1993
- Again / Janet Jackson (2) 1993
- Together Again / Janet Jackson (2) 1998
- Baby One More Time / Britney Spears (2) 1999
- Nice & Slow / Usher w/Jagged Edge (2) 1998
- Have You Ever? / Brandy (2) 1999
- Mo Money Mo Problems / The Nortorius B.I.G. & Puff Daddy (2) 1997
- Doo Wop / Lauryn Hill (2) 1998
- How Do U Want It / 2 Pac w/KC & JoJo (2) 1996
- How Do You Talk With An Angel / The Heights (2) 1992
- Gonna Make You Sweet / C & C Music Factory (2) 1991
- It Must Have Been Love / Roxette (2) 1990
- The First Time / Surface (2) 1991
- My Heart Will Go On / Celine Dion (2) 1998
- I’ll Be There / Mariah Carey (2) 1992
- Heartbreaker / Mariah Carey w/Jay-Z (2) 1999
- I Don’t Wanna Cry / Mariah Carey (2) 1991
- Justify My Love / Madonna (2) 1991
- Baby Baby / Amy Grant (2) 1991
- Cream / Prince (2) 1991
- Black Velvet / Alannah Myles (2) 1990
- All The Man That I Need / Whitney Houston (2) 1991
- Release Me / Wilson Phillips (2) 1990
- She Ain’t Worth It / Glenn Medeiros w/ Bobby Brown (2) 1990
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