Unforgettable musical hits from the 1990s

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The 1990s, the unforgettable decade, a decade of relative peace and prosperity: the Soviet Union fell, ending decades of Cold War, and the rise of the Internet ushered in a revolutionary new era of communication, business and entertainment.

These are the years of musical freedom, the beginning of freestyle music; the 1990s were probably the most diverse period in pop music history.

Shortly after the late 1980s, musical trends quickly moved away from 1980s standards, including the shift from synthpop to house music from 1989 to 1991, the replacement of hair metal and classic rock with alternative rock and grunge, and the popularity of gangsta rap and the dominance of hip hop, in general, beginning in the early 1990s.

So let’s get the party started by reviewing the most unforgettable hits of the 90s.

1. Because I Love You – Stevie B (1990)

It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1990 and remained there for four consecutive weeks. It also spent two weeks at number one on the Contemporary Adult Billboard graphic.

The song reached the top ten in several countries around the world, including Belgium and the Netherlands, peaking at number two. It has received Gold certification in Australia and the United States.

In August 2018, Billboard ranked the song number 71 in Hot 100 history.

2. More Than Words – Extreme (1991)

The song More Than Words by American rock band Extreme is the fifth track and third single from their 1990 album Pornograffitti.

The track breaks away from the funk metal style that permeates the band’s records. As such, it was often described as “a blessing and a curse” due to its huge success and worldwide recognition, but the band eventually embraced it and played it at every gig.

The song is a ballad in which the singer wants her lover to do more to prove his love than to say the phrase “I love you”. Band member Nuno Bettencourt described it as a warning that words were losing their meaning: “People use it so easily and lightly that they think you can say that and fix it, or you can say that and all is fine. Sometimes you have to do more and you have to show it. There are other ways to say “I love you”.

On March 23, 1991, “More Than Words” entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 81 and quickly reached number one. It also came in at number two in the UK, where the band enjoyed success before their American breakthrough. Although they had already made a few European charts, this brought the group to their first mainstream success in the United States.

3. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston (1992)

I will Always Love Youwas written and originally recorded in 1973 by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. Recorded as a farewell to his business partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner, expressing Parton’s decision to pursue a solo career, the country single was released in 1974.

The song was a commercial success for Parton, twice reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs: first in June 1974, and again in October 1982, with a re-recording for the soundtrack to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Whitney Housten recorded a rendition of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. Houston’s single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting a new record at the time, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time and the best-selling single by a woman.

4. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t) – Meatloaf (1993)

The song was released in August 1993 as the lead single from the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. The final six verses feature Crosby, credited only as “Mrs. Loud” in the album liner notes. She does not appear in the video, in which Dana Patrick syncs her vocals. Meat Loaf promoted the single with the American singer Patti Russo.

Reaching number one in 28 countries. The single was certified platinum in the United States and became Meat Loaf’s first and only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, and was the best-selling single of 1993 in the UK. The song won Meat Loaf a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

5. Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze (1994)

It is a song co-written and recorded by Jamaican dancehall artist Ini Kamoze. It was released as the lead single from her 1995 album Here Comes the Hotstepper and the soundtrack to the movie Pret-a-Porter. He is best known for his “naaaa na na na naaaa…” chorus inspired by Wilson Pickett’s cover of “Land of 1000 Dances”.

The only Kamoze song to reach the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at the top of the chart on December 17, 1994 and staying there for two weeks. It also became a number one hit in Denmark, New Zealand and Zimbabwe and a top 10 hit in 13 other countries. John Gibbons did a remix of the song in 2018.

6. Have you ever really loved a woman? –Bryan Adams (1995)

It is a song written by Bryan Adams, Micheal Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange and recorded by Adams for Don Juan DeMarco (1995).

The song stayed at number one for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, making it the songwriting team’s third number-one song. It also went to number one in Canada, Australia, Austria, and Switzerland while reaching the top five in 10 additional countries, including France and the United Kingdom, and the top ten in four countries.

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7. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion (1996)

“Because You Loved Me” was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster and served as the theme song for the 1996 film Up Close & Personal. The song was recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion for her fourth English-language studio album, Falling into you (1996). It was released on February 19, 1996, as the first single in North America and second single in the UK on May 20, 1996.

“Because You Loved Me” won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The song became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in the United States, Canada and Australia and reaching the top ten in many other countries. In the United States alone, it has sold over two million copies.

The single sold over five million copies in its first six months of worldwide availability.

8. Wannabe – The Spice Girls (1997)

aspirantis the debut single from English girl group the Spice Girls. Written and composed by band members in conjunction with Matt Rowe and Richard “Biff” Stannard during the band’s first professional songwriting session. Rowe and Stannard produced it for Spice’s debut album, released in November 1996.

“Wannabe” is a moderately paced dance-pop song in which band members Mel B and Geri Halliwell rap. The lyrics, which discuss the value of female friendship over heterosexual bonding, have become an iconic symbol of female empowerment and the most iconic song of the band’s Girl Power ethos.

Despite mixed reviews from music critics, the song won Best British Single Written at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and British Single of the Year at the 1997 Brit Awards.

The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks; by the end of 1996, “Wannabe” topped the charts in 22 countries, and by March 1997 that number had risen to 37, “Wannabe” became the best-selling single by a girl group worldwide.

9. Truly Madly Deep – Wild Garden (1998)

This song is by Australian pop duo Savage Garde, released as the third single from their self-titled debut album in March 1997 by Roadshow and Warner Music. It won the 1997 ARIA Music Awad for Single of the Year, Best Selling Single and was nominated for Song of the Year.

Written by bandmates Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones, the song is a revamp of a song called “Magical Kisses” that the couple wrote together on their debut album.

In November 2019 band members Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones were sent to Sydney for eight months to record material for a debut album. The song reached number one in Australia, Canada and the United States. For Hayes, it was the first time in his life that he was away from his family and his hometown of Brisbane. The desire of his family and then-wife prompted him to write a song that would express those feelings.

10. Bailamos – Enrique Iglesias (1999)

bailamos” (English: We Dance) is a single by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias sung in Spanglish. The song was released in 1999 as part of the soundtrack to the film Wild Wild West (1999) and later as the lead single from Iglesias’ fourth and first English language album, Enrique (1999).

“Bailamos” reached number one on the Spanish Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, and it became a top three hit in Canada, Hungary, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. In New Zealand and Spain, it was the second most successful single of 1999.

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