Category Archives: 1996

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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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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Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen – No Diggity

First Hit #1: November 9, 1996 What Blackstreet perfected with No Diggity was the cruising song. Something appropriate for driving around at legal speeds at night, feeling cooler than everyone else. It has a deliberately slow tempo and a strong … Continue reading

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Los Del Rio – Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)

First Hit #1: August 3, 1996 Confession time: I did not re-listen to the entirety of the Macarena before writing this. In fact, I made it precisely 49 seconds in before saying “Nope, never need to hear this again, not … Continue reading

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Toni Braxton – You’re Makin’ Me High/Let It Flow

First Hit #1: July 27, 1996 Double A-sides became rare, but then we got two right in a row. You’re Makin’ Me High isn’t actually that interesting, but it is an example of how ballads in the ’90s had moved. … Continue reading

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2Pac feat. K-Ci and Jojo – How Do U Want It / 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman – California Love

First Hit #1: July 13, 1996 Gangster rap might have had its track debut with Coolio, but that was a cautionary tale. While Tupac Shakur could do cautionary tales – Brenda Had a Baby is a good example of that … Continue reading

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Bone Thugs N Harmony – Tha Crossroads

First Hit #1: May 18, 1996 Mourning is messy, it’s a confluence of emotions, many of which don’t make sense, many more of which are difficult to process. Tha Crossroads, about Bone Thugs N Harmony trying to understand death in … Continue reading

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