Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z – Heartbreaker

First Hit #1: October 9, 1999 As Mariah Carey took more and more control over her career, she also became more interested in folding hip hop into her sound. It was a smart move, it was an ascendant genre and … Continue reading

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TLC – Unpretty

First Hit #1: September 18, 1999 This was an inevitability, TLC has never been shy about making music in a girl power mode, and they’ve also never been shy about putting social messages in their music. So it was only … Continue reading

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Enrique Iglasias – Bailamos

First Hit #1: September 4, 1999 It’s weird associating Enrique Iglasias with Ricky Martin, since their respective corners of the Latin Pop invasion are pretty different. Iglasias is firmly in the sexy dance corner of the party, something he has … Continue reading

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Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle

First Hit #1: July 31, 1999 In 1999, Christina Aguilera was considered to be some form of competition for Britney Spears. Both had a Disney background, both were breaking through with somewhat more sexual lyrics than you would expect from … Continue reading

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Will Smith feat. Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee – Wild Wild West

First Hit #1: July 24, 1999 Well, he tried. Say what you will about Will Smith, but he isn’t one to go into a project half-hearted, and you can tell he wants to succeed. With Wild Wild West, he was … Continue reading

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Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills

First Hit #1: July 17, 1999 I’ve associated Bills, Bills, Bills so closely with TLC’s No Scrubs that I kept forgetting it wasn’t a TLC song. It’s pretty much the exact same subject matter, again chastising a man for not … Continue reading

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Jennifer Lopez – If You Had My Love

First Hit #1: June 12, 1999 Jennifer Lopez is credited with being a part of the Latin wave referenced yesterday, but musically she’s really not. This isn’t something that couldn’t have come from the mouth of a Monica or Mariah. … Continue reading

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