First Hit #1: March 21, 1987
Hip hop took a circuitous to the top of the charts, with tiny elements showing up before the genre could properly break into the top position. Club Nouveau, for example, brought the hip hop beat to the equation, but used it to underline an otherwise straightforward cover of a Bill Withers original. It’s a song that acts as a bridge between old and new, bringing together a very old school vocal which doesn’t really change much about the original track, with production that is pointing towards what’s going to dominate the charts in the future. It’s kind of weird to hear the buttery smooth vocal placed over the synth and sample heavy beat, but overall it is an appealing fusion of different elements.