Category Archives: 1997

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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Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight

First Hit #1: October 11, 1997 With the benefit of 15 years between today and when the song was recorded – and the death of the person who inspired it – I think we finally have enough distance to say … Continue reading

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Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons of Loneliness

First Hit #1: October 4, 1997 Boyz II Men built a career on being the sensitive boyfriends of millions of women. If you come home stressed out, Boyz II Men will ask you about your day and sit and listen … Continue reading

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Mariah Carey – Honey

First Hit #1: September 13, 1997 Mariah Carey has been big enough, and distinct enough, that she could actually have a template single. Honey sounds pretty much exactly how you would expect Carey to sound, a layered vocal that comes … Continue reading

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The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy and Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems

First Hit #1: August 30, 1997 If you watch the video for Mo Money Mo Problems, you can’t help notice a giant hole in the center of it. The video, attempting to give a vibe of good times and fun … Continue reading

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Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112 – I’ll Be Missing You

First Hit #1: June 14, 1997 It can’t help but feel mercenary when a song comes out in tribute to a very recently deceased artist. No matter how heartfelt, no matter how well meaning, it still feels a bit like … Continue reading

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Hanson – MMMBop

First Hit #1: May 24, 1997 Let’s take a break from all the death of 1997 and listen to some children. Hanson is still around and still making music, their albums have even received decent reviews. But, they’re still haunted … Continue reading

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