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The Year Is 1990
The year is 1990. Let's take a trip down memory lane:
- George W. Bush is president.
- Cost of a gallon of gas is $1.34.
- Average yearly income is $28,960.
- Average cost of a new home is $123,000.
- Operation Desert Shield begins.
- The Simpsons airs for the first time.
- A nearly complete T-rex skeleton is found in South Dakota.
- Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.
- A 16 megabit chip is shown for the first time.
- First in-car navigation system is introduced by Pioneer.
Criteria for This List
I created this list based on a combination of Billboard and other charts and rankings.
1. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O’Connor
“Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally composed and written by Prince. Later, Sinead O’Connor recorded it as the second single on her album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. Her version became a worldwide hit. She followed it with a music video that became known as iconic and was heavily played on MTV. The song became a chart-topping hit not only in the United States but worldwide. It became certified both gold and platinum in several countries. Overall, it made it to number 82 for the decade. It stayed at the top of the Billboard 200 where it remained for six weeks in a row.
2. "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey
“Vision of Love” was written and sung by Mariah Carey. This was Mariah Carey’s debut single from her first album. The song has a slow dance theme and the storyline describes the past and present relationship with a lover.
“Vision of Love” was nominated for several Grammy Awards, Record of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Carey also received the Soul Train Music Award for the Best Rhythm and Blues Soul Single, Female. She also received the Song of the Year Award and the BMI Pop Awards. VH! Named “Vision of Love” the fourteenth greatest song of the 1990s.
3. "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
“U Can’t Touch This” was recorded, written, produced, and performed by MC Hammer from the album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. This is MC Hammer's most successful single and is known as his signature song. “U Can’t Touch This” has been used numerous times in films, television shows, commercials and many other kinds of marketing and media promotions. It has received many awards and has been recognized many times and in many ways.
It has won the Best Rhythm and Blues Song and the Best Rap Solo Performance at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. It has also won the Best Rap Video and the Best Dance Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.
4. "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips
“Hold On” was recorded by the vocal group, Wilson Phillips. It was their lead single from their debut album, Wilson Phillips. “Hold On” won the Billboard Music Award for the Hot One Hundred Single of the Year for 1990.
The song became a number one single reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was ranked the top song of the year by Billboard.
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5. "Love Takes Time" by Mariah Carey
“Love Takes Time” was recorded by Mariah Carey, written by both Mariah Carey and Ben Marguiles, and produced by Walter Afanasieff. The song was the second single on Carey’s debut album. The track is known as a love ballad that demonstrates the feeling of losing a lover and the feelings surrounding the loss.
Her best-selling cut just about did not make it to the album because the album was about complete when she presented it to her record producer—but at the last minute, it got added.
“Love Takes Time” stayed on the charts as a number one single for six weeks.
6. "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" by Heart
“All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” is by the rock sister band, Heart. It was written and composed by Robert John Lange and was released as a single. This was from their tenth studio album, Brigade. This was Heart’s first hit single of 1990.
The song spent two weeks on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and went to number eight in the United Kingdom. It reached number one in both Canada and Australia. This was Heart's only single to be certified gold by the RIAA.
To date, this was Heart's last number-one single.
7. "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" by Nelson
"(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" was recorded by the American hard rock band Nelson. The song is said to be based on a crush of Cindy Crawford. The song has a lot of technical drumming with double bass, syncopation, and some virtuoso guitar in solo.
8. "Blaze of Glory" by Bon Jovi
“Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock charts in 1990. This was his only chart-topper from his band, Bon Jovi. It also hit the number one spot on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. In Australia, it hit the ARIA for six weeks. In the United Kingdom, it reached number 13.
The first appearance of “Blaze of Glory in a motion picture was in Young Guns II. It was rerecorded as the title track in his album, Blaze of Glory. The song also became the theme song for the show, Storm Chasers, Season Three.
9. "I'll Be Your Everything" by Tommy Page
“I’ll Be Your Everything” was performed and sung by American pop music artist Tommy Page. Appearing on his album, Paintings in My Mind, it was originally released as a single in early 1990. This was Tommy Page’s first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April of the same year. It moved up to the number one spot on the top 40 charts and was then certified Gold by the RIAA. The song peaked at number 31 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
10. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," performed by C+C Music Factory, came out in late 1990. It was the lead single from the album, Gonna Make You Sweat. It reached number one on the charts in the United States, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
When the song hit the club scenes it became an overnight sensation along with the exercise markets. It found its way into marketing and media presentations and still is used today for promotional purposes.
Leave a Comment!
Thanks for checking out this top ten list for the year 1990. I hope you have enjoyed Please make sure you leave a comment below or say who you think should be on this list if your favorite is not listed. (The year 1990 is over but the polling keeps on going).
Have a great year and keep on rocking!