Category Archives: 1990

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Stevie B. – Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

First Hit #1: December 8, 1990 Let’s say you had a hyper advanced computer, one which could compose music automatically based on standard patterns of popular music in the past several decades. Tell it to compose a love song, you’re … Continue reading

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Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight

First Hit #1: December 1, 1990 Mariah Carey, however, is not the only big voiced diva out there, and Whitney Houston is still a popular artist in 1990. Unfortunately, Houston is still hardly adept at picking producers, resulting in some … Continue reading

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Mariah Carey – Love Takes Time

First Hit #1: November 10, 1990 This is relatively minimal for Mariah Carey. There’s not that much instrumentation, she mostly keeps it within one part of her range – going for a slightly breathy sound – and it almost seems … Continue reading

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Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby

First Hit #1: November 3, 1990 Is it possible for stupidity to be a talent? Vanilla Ice asks that question, since Ice Ice Baby is so stupid it’s kind of genius. The sample that makes the core of the song … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson – Black Cat

First Hit #1: October 27, 1990 Janet Jackson has, for the most part, kept her singles squarely in the light pop mode, and she’s always used her vocals as something of texture. With Black Cat, she takes a new direction. … Continue reading

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James Ingram – I Don’t Have the Heart

First Hit #1: October 20, 1990 I don’t like the piano James Ingram uses on this song. In the video he uses a real piano, but in the actual song it’s some kind of synthesized version and it sounds pretty … Continue reading

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