Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy and Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems

First Hit #1: August 30, 1997 If you watch the video for Mo Money Mo Problems, you can’t help notice a giant hole in the center of it. The video, attempting to give a vibe of good times and fun … Continue reading

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Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112 – I’ll Be Missing You

First Hit #1: June 14, 1997 It can’t help but feel mercenary when a song comes out in tribute to a very recently deceased artist. No matter how heartfelt, no matter how well meaning, it still feels a bit like … Continue reading

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Hanson – MMMBop

First Hit #1: May 24, 1997 Let’s take a break from all the death of 1997 and listen to some children. Hanson is still around and still making music, their albums have even received decent reviews. But, they’re still haunted … Continue reading

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The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize

First Hit #1: May 3, 1997 Two deaths hang heavy over the charts in 1997, and this is the first. The first of The Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous #1s, it’s quite upbeat, and provides a pretty good example of the talent … Continue reading

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Puff Daddy feat. Mase – Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down

First Hit #1: March 22, 1997 As a rapper, Puff Daddy or P. Diddy, or whatever he calls himself – yeah, it’s an old joke, but one that’s entirely his own fault – is a great marketer. That’s the only … Continue reading

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Spice Girls – Wannabe

First Hit #1: February 22, 1997 The year 1997 is going to be haunted by death, especially on the Hot 100, so it’s nice that the year starts with something that is incredibly happy and light. The Spice Girls made … Continue reading

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Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart

First Hit #1: December 7, 1996 Imagine my surprise when I found out this was a Diane Warren song. In hindsight, it shouldn’t be too big of a shock, this is the kind of power ballad that Warren always writes, … Continue reading

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