Category Archives: 1995

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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Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men – One Sweet Day

First Hit #1: December 2, 1995 In 1995, a duet between Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men is a big deal. Commercially, these are the two artists who owned the charts in the year, and artistically they’re a good fit … Continue reading

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Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

First Hit #1: November 25, 1995 There’s something relaxed about Exhale. Whitney Houston usually goes for very big performances, but this is subtler, smaller than she usually gives us. It also sounds a bit more contented, as though she’s kind … Continue reading

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Mariah Carey – Fantasy

First Hit #1: September 30, 1995 When you have a voice like Mariah Carey, there’s always a temptation to have her do everything she’s able to do. It’s a difficult trick to put that all in the same song, but … Continue reading

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Coolio feat. L.V. – Gangsta’s Paradise

First Hit #1: September 9, 1995 Hip hop’s trip to the top of the charts hasn’t been smooth, and it hasn’t really showed off the genre to its best effect. Lots of novelty singles, lots of nonsense, more influence on … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone

First Hit #1: September 2, 1995 Like most people, I associate R. Kelly with goofball sexuality and mad ambition. So it was something of a shock to hear that Kelly wrote this song for Michael Jackson, a song that is … Continue reading

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Seal – Kiss from a Rose

First Hit #1: August 26, 1995 Batman Forever wasn’t actually a good movie. Oh, if you were 10 in 1995 it was great, the over the top antics of Jim Carrey were something you looked forward to all summer, and … Continue reading

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