90s Pop Songs Bracket — First round: Which was the greatest No. 1 hit from back in the day? (Details)


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What a few time when colours have been just a bit extra neon, hair was somewhat greater and flannel wasn’t for hipsters. We’re looking again on the 1990s and the highest hits of that period: a winner-take-all battle of musical heavyweights — in bracket kind.

The 64-song area is stuffed with No. 1 hits seeded based mostly on weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart from 1990-99. No. 1 seeds stayed atop the Sizzling 100 the longest, whereas No. 16 seeds have been No. 1 for the shortest period of time. (In different phrases, do not get mad at us for the seedings.)

Keep in mind: These are the highest 64 pop songs of the ’90s, so there is a cutoff. As such, there is not any “Ice, Ice, Child” by Vanilla Ice or “All My Life” by Okay-Ci and Jojo. There is no Hootie and the Blowfish. Nonetheless, anybody who was alive and properly within the ’90s ought to know most, if not all, of those songs. They’re bangers. In any case, they have been No. 1 hits. For anybody who’s uninitiated, all songs have hyperlinks. 

Voting for the primary spherical and each spherical will happen on our Cover 3 Podcast Twitter account and within the embedded tweets beneath.

The Radio and MP3 Areas concluded Wednesday with the Cassette and CD areas open on Thursday. The second spherical will begin on Monday, and so forth. With out additional delay, listed here are the seeds for the highest hits from the ’90s.


(1) “One Candy Day” — Mariah Carey / Boyz II Males (43.4%): Two ’90s powerhouses joined forces for the highest total seed.
(16) “MmmBop” — Hanson (56.6%): We now have a UMBC state of affairs on our arms right here!

(8) “Rush Rush” — Paula Abdul (42.1%): Can Paula Abdul’s second tune on this area beat Bryan Adams’ second tune? Nope.
(9) “Have You Ever Actually Liked a Girl” — Bryan Adams (57.9%): Anyone technically needed to win this matchup.

(5) “(Every thing I Do) I Do It For You”– Bryan Adams (36.9%): Two phrases: F-R-E-A-Okay-I-N’  B-A-L-L-A-D.
(12) “Creep” — TLC (63.1%): Earlier than “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs,”http://www.cbssports.com/”Creep” was a bona fide jam.

(4): “That is the Manner Love Goes” — Janet Jackson (66.0%): The King of Pop wasn’t the one Jackson to personal the ’90s. 
(13): “Angel of Mine” — Monica (34.0%): When these chimes hit, I do not know if there was a extra quintessential ’90s tune than this.

(6) “Take a Bow” — Madonna (67.6%): The Materials Woman collaborated with Babyface and held off a 6/11 upset.
(11) “As a result of I Love you (The Postman Tune)” — Stevie B (32.4%): A monster hit at first of the ’90s, however it didn’t have endurance.

(3): “I Swear” — All-4-One (71.7%): Oh man, highschool gradual dances have been by no means the identical after this. Complete game-changer. 
(14): “Opposites Entice” — Paula Abdul / The Wild Pair (28.3%): The music video is the energy of this bubbly hit.

(7) “On Bended Knee” — Boyz II Males (64.1%): Goodness, gracious, the music video is a GLOW UP. 
(10) “If You Had My Love” — Jennifer Lopez (35.9%): J.Lo’s first single from her first album launched her into worldwide stardom.

(2) “One thing Concerning the Manner You Look Tonight” — Elton John (74.2%): Sturdy mother and pa date evening power right here.
(15) “Love Takes Time” — Mariah Carey (25.8%): Mariah had so many No. 1 hits she’s each a favourite and an underdog in the identical area. Misplaced each, although.


(1) “Macarena” — Los Del Rio (30.3%): what time it’s. Wedding ceremony dance flooring have been by no means the identical.
(16) “Hypnotize” — Infamous B.I.G. (69.7%): Biggie’s hits nonetheless slap, and it simply overtook the No. 1 seed in an anticipated upset.

(8) “I would Do Something for Love (However I Will not Do That)” — Meat Loaf (44.7%): This ’90s rock opera by Mr. Loaf was excellent for commercialism
(9) “Livin’ La Vida Loca” — Ricky Martin (55.3%): She’s into superstition, black cats and eight/9 matchups.

(5) “Cannot Assist Falling in Love With You” — UB40 (32.6%): Possibly this will probably be a 5/12 so let’s have a look at what the match up is — oh, oh no.
(12) “I Do not Need to Miss a Factor” — Aerosmith (67.4%): This was Aerosmith’s solely No. 1 Sizzling 100 hit of the ’90s, and that seems like against the law.

(4) “The Crossroads” — Bone Thugs-n-Concord (74.7%): No lie, it took a minute to recollect this tune now, however it virtually ages higher
(13) “How Am I Speculated to Stay With out You?” — Michael Bolton (25.3%): What was Michael Bolton’s greater accomplishment, a No. 1 hit, or starring in “Workplace House?”

(6) “The Signal” — Ace of Base (60.9%): The 90s had loads of gradual, R&B type hits, so “The Signal” was a pleasant change of tempo.
(11) “Bump N’ Grind” — R. Kelly (39.1%): Nicely, it is not “I Imagine I Can Fly” that is for certain.

(3) “Leap” — Kriss Kross (79.9%): Who knew a few children might put on their garments backwards and launch straight to stardom?
(14) “Step by Step” — New Children on the Block (20.1%): That is NKOTB’s greatest hit, however even after 30 years, it is nonetheless fairly corny.

(7) “I am Your Angel” — R. Kelly and Celine Dion (34.8%): Actually, you possibly can not have picked a duet with two extra completely different folks.
(10) “Imaginative and prescient of Love” — Mariah Carey (65.2%): Clearly Mariah Carey had pipes, however she unleashes them on this tune. Lastly a win after going 0-2 within the Radio Area.

(2) “Easy” — Santana that includes Rob Thomas (74.6%): Man, it is a sizzling one!
(15) “To Be With You” — Mr. Huge (25.4%): A uncommon rock band within the match, Mr. Huge confronted a steep problem.


(1) “I Will At all times Love You” — Whitney Houston: Usually imitated, by no means duplicated, that is an all-timer for karaoke.
(16) “Keep (I Missed You)” — Lisa Loeb: Oh, yeah, now we’re moving into indie/different ’90s. 

(8) “Save the Greatest for Final” — Vanessa Williams: This tender grownup ballad was a favourite of elevators in all places.
(9) “Too Shut” — Subsequent: Will this spherical be too near name? Will this tune make it to the subsequent spherical? Sorry, everybody, that was unhealthy.

(5) “Black or White” — Michael Jackson: We have had a few Janet Jackson songs, however Mike lastly will get within the area. 
(12) “No Diggity” — Blackstreet: Dr. Dre collaborated on this No. 1 hit and we have a attainable 5/12 upset. 

(4) “Dreamlover” — Mariah Carey: Mariah has a ton of hits on this area, so I really feel like an upset is coming sooner or later. 
(13) “Imagine” — Cher: Oh, hell yeah. Cher went full autotune on this home favourite.

(6) “That is How We Do It” — Montell Jordan: Man, Nickelodeon and Disney T.V. films liked this tune. 
(11) “Hero” — Mariah Carey: Like loads of No. 11 seeds, “Hero” comes from a powerhouse, however type of limps to the end line.

(3) “Un-Break My Coronary heart” — Toni Braxton: Rattling, Toni, I do not know who damage you, however I’m so, so sorry. 
(14) “Escapade” — Janet Jackson: Janet’s second No. 1 single within the area is a giant underdog.

(7) “As a result of You Liked Me” — Celine Dion: Huge ’90s mother power from Celine Dion right here. 
(10) “Genie in a Bottle” — Christina Aguilera: The pop princess wars with Britney Spears began when this banger hit. 

(2) “Finish of the Highway” — Boyz II Males: Credit score the place it is due, Boyz II Males had the system down for a ’90s No. 1 hit. 
(15) “Feelings” — Mariah Carey: It is one in all her extra upbeat singles, if that is your jam.


(1) “I will Make Like to You” — Boyz II Males: Just a little awkward, sure, however you may’t argue with the recognition.
(16) “Gangsta’s Paradise” — Coolio: Just a little beautiful that it made it in as a No. 16 seed, however the place’s the love for “Amish Paradise?”

(8) “Child Acquired Again” — Sir Combine-A-Lot: Greater than 20 years later, and I nonetheless do not know what this tune is about. 
(9) “The First Evening” — Monica: This looks like a mismatch at 8/9, however we’ll see if Monica has what it takes. 

(5) “Informer” — Snow: Need to say, I am nonetheless somewhat shocked this was a success, not to mention a No. 1 hit. 
(12) “Wannabe” — Spice Women: One way or the other criminally under-seeded on this area, I scent a 5/12 upset.

(4) “Fantasy” — Mariah Carey: This wasn’t Mariah’s greatest hit, however it’s most likely my private favourite.
(13) “No Scrubs” — TLC: The R&B trio burst again on to the scene within the late 90s with this large hit taking photographs at low life bros in all places. 

(6) “Waterfalls” — TLC: This was their greatest single ever, however it’s their finest?
(11) “The Energy of Love” — Celine Dion: No, it is not Huey Lewis and the Information. Would which were higher? Possibly. 

(3) “I will Be Lacking You” — Puff Daddy: Diddy’s homage to the Infamous B.I.G. with somewhat assist from a Police pattern, Religion Evans and 112 made its method to No. 1. 
(14) “Vogue” — Madonna: For an artist who managed to reinvent herself each decade, “Vogue” was peak 90s Madonna. 

(7) “Cannot No person Maintain Me Down” — Puff Daddy: Cannot no one break my stride, both. Mase is featured, in fact.
(10) “Nothing Compares 2 U” — Sinead O’Connor: One other under-seeded tune. Does it have the facility to make a run?

(2) “The Boy is Mine” — Brandy / Monica: The ’90s had loads of nice collaborations for No. 1 hits, this may be one of the best. 
(15) “I am Too Horny” — Proper Stated Fred: The No. 1 hit amongst those that are usually not, actually, too horny. 


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