It's becoming depressingly obvious that England's singles chart makes for better blogging fodder. I mean, I was expecting to remind you guys of "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots or "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum, but it appears not a single act from the Alternative Nation topped the American singles charts during the Nineties (Nor the prog or folk city-states for that matter, which this blog promises to get back on point with soon. We've had enough "Such" for awhile!). Hell, the most obscure thing I've got here on the list today is Silk...
Oh well, bloggers can't be choosers, especially when they picked the subject matter to begin with. Today, I will comment on these tracks strictly by an amusing anecdote found on their Wikipedia page. Happy New Year all, and keep your fingers crossed that we forgot some badass chart toppers when we finish this series off next time in the American Aughts!
1.) Freak Me - Silk ( May 1. 1993)
Keith Sweat co-wrote this song...yep, it took more than one person!
2.) My All - Mariah Carey (May 23, 1998)
Entertainment Weekly called this "The best Babyface record that Babyface never produced." I call it the last great Mariah ballad.
3.) Black Cat - Janet Jackson ( Oct 27, 1990)
Vernon Reid and Nuno Bettencourt were featured guitarists on remix versions of the song...Get that hair metal, Miss Jackson!
4.) Wild Wild West - Will Smith featuring Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee ( July 24, 1999)
Cartman once sang his own version of this ridiculous jam... and it's a million times better.
5.) This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna ( August 8, 1992)
Madonna has never performed this song live... It must be nice to have so many hits, to the point where you can say, "Naw, I'll skip that million seller. I'm not feelin' it tonight!".
6.) How Do You Want It/ California Love - 2Pac featuring K-Ci & Jo Jo, Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman (July 13, 1996)
While the latter was the more played of the two singles off this double A-side, the former has three official music videos, one of which is X-rated, starring real adult film stars.That version is not on the ol' youtube or this blog, but it's out there in the interwebs if you feel so inclined....ya degenerates!
7.) Cream - Prince (November 9, 1991)
This is the Purple One's last number one hit...AND THE BEST FORGOTTEN #1 OF THE DECADE!!!!!
8.) All For Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting (January 22, 1994)
A Swedish group called EMD took this to the top of the Swedish charts in 2007, which is around the time I had completely forgotten this song existed. I'm glad to have it back in my frontal lobe in all its power ballad/soundtrack/aging rockers glory!
9.) Mo Money, More Problems - The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase (August 30, 1997)
Biggie is the only artist to have two posthumous number ones...as it should be.
10.) Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston (Nov. 25, 1995)
Whitney went to number one in Spain with this track too...Buenos Noches readers!!!
Aughts Schmautz, says I! Let's be honest folks, James Blunt's gonna be on next week's list regardless of the fact that nobody has forgotten his penultimate song...See ya then!