Category Archives: 1991

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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Michael Jackson – Black or White

First Hit #1: December 7, 1991 Message songs are probably the hardest to write, because you both have to make a song people want to listen to, and also make a song that actually conveys what you want to say. … Continue reading

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PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

First Hit #1: November 30, 1991 While I’m not American, I’m doing the American chart because it’s honestly pretty similar to the Canadian one. We have our CanCon, and there are some variations on what hits when, but in general … Continue reading

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Michael Bolton – When a Man Loves a Woman

First Hit #1: November 23, 1991 Michael Bolton isn’t that different from Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Witness When a Man Loves a Woman, a cover of a Percy Sledge song, which Bolton approaches by deciding to sing all the … Continue reading

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Prince and the New Power Generation – Cream

First Hit #1: November 9, 1991 Why does this remind me of Huey Lewis? It’s pretty much typical Prince, a song about sex that doesn’t really pretend it’s about anything else, rendered with a catchy chorus and a funky backing … Continue reading

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Karyn White – Romantic

First Hit #1: November 2, 1991 Karyn White sounds like a Jackson. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sounding like a Jackson, the family has a genetic predisposition towards pop music, but it’s kind of striking how White sounds so … Continue reading

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Mariah Carey – Emotions

First Hit #1: October 12, 1991 Mariah Carey’s second album Emotions was released on September 17, 1991. It probably should have been released later. It’s not because it’s ahead of its time, or because Emotions was too cutting edge for … Continue reading

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