Now that summer is officially upon us, we're taking a look at the definitive summer songs of all time, based on their seasonal popularity on Billboard's Hot 100 charts. Today, we count down the summer jams of the 1990s.
But first, check out the previous installments:
The top summer songs of 1959-1969
The top summer songs of 1969-1979
The top summer songs of 1980-1989
1990: "Vision of Love," Mariah Carey
Weeks at No. 1: Aug. 4-25
Written by: Mariah Carey and Ben Marguiles
Interesting fact: Carey's debut single (yes, she's been around for 25 years) was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the 33rd Grammys. It lost in both of those categories, but Carey got a consolation prize: Best New Artist.
Happening in the summer of 1990: J.K. Rowling gets the idea for the "Harry Potter" book series while riding on a train; President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act; Iraq invades Kuwait, leading to the Gulf War; the best-preserved tyrannosaurus rex fossil is found in South Dakota; East and West Germany announce they will unite.
1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," Bryan Adams
Weeks at No. 1: July 27-Sept. 7; No. 1 radio song: Aug. 3-Sept. 21
Written by: Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert "Mutt" Lange
Interesting fact: This soft-rock opus, the theme to the Kevin Costner-doesn't-even-try-an-English-accent film, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," was an even bigger hit in the United Kingdom. There, it topped the singles chart for 16 (I'm assuming what felt like very, very long) weeks.
Happening in the summer of 1991: Sega publishes the first Sonic the Hedgehog game; boxer Mike Tyson is arrested and charged with rape; Tim Berners-Lee announces the World Wide Web project and the first website is created; President Boris Yeltsin bans the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; "Doug," "Rugrats" and the "Ren & Stimpy Show" premiere on Nickelodeon.
1992: "End of the Road," Boyz II Men
Weeks at No. 1: Aug. 15-Nov. 7; No. 1 radio song: Aug. 22-Nov. 14
Written by: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Daryl Simmons
Interesting fact: Spending 13 weeks at No. 1 is a huge feat, but not the biggest of 1992. Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" one-upped "End of the Road" (featured in the film "Boomerang") by topping the Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks.
Happening in the summer of 1992: In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upholds Roe vs. Wade; Bill Clinton picks Al Gore as his running mate in the presidential election; Mae Jamison becomes the first African-American woman to travel in space; at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, the U.S. basketball team, called the "Dream Team," easily wins the gold medal with a team that includes Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and other NBA superstars.
1993: "Can't Help Falling In Love, UB40
Weeks at No. 1: July 24-Sept. 4; No. 1 radio song: July 31-Aug. 21
Written by: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
Interesting fact: Originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961, UB40's version marks the third song in a row on this list that was featured in a movie, in this case the Sharon Stone thriller "Sliver." Even Presley's version was a movie song, featured in 1961's "Blue Hawaii."
Happening in the summer of 1993: Lorena Bobbitt cuts off the penis of her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt; President Clinton announces the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy of gays in the U.S. military; "The Late Show With David Letterman" premieres on CBS (guests are Bill Murray and Billy Joel) and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" appears on NBC.
1994: "I Swear," All-4-One
Weeks at No. 1: May 21-July 30; No. 1 radio song: May 28-July 23
Written by: Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers (the pair also wrote "I'm Already There," recorded by Lonestar in 2002)
Interesting fact: Another artist had a No. 1 hit with "I Swear" in 1994. John Michael Montgomery's version, released before All-4-One's, topped the country charts.
Happening in the summer of 1994: Disney releases the film "The Lion King"; Israel and Jordan sign a peace treaty; the Major League Baseball strike begins, ending the season in August; "My So-Called Life" premieres on ABC and "Inside the Actors Studio" premieres on Bravo; the IBM Simon, the world's first smartphone, goes on sale.
1995: "Waterfalls," TLC
Weeks at No. 1: July 8-Aug. 19
Written by: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Marqueze Etheridge, Organized Noize
Interesting fact: TLC's classic cautionary tale features back-up vocals by Cee-Lo Green.
Happening in the summer of 1995: Microsoft releases Windows 95; the DVD format is announced; eBay is founded; the New Jersey Devils wins its first Stanley Cup; TV shows "Road Rules" and "Singled Out" debut on MTV; Amazon.com sells its first book.
1996: "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio
Weeks at No. 1: Aug. 3-Nov. 2
Written by: Rafael Ruiz Perdigones and Antonio Romero Monge
Interesting fact: Remember the "Macarena" dance? Delegates danced to the song at the Democratic National Convention in 1996 and, in the same year, 50,000 people performed it at Yankee Stadium.
Happening in the summer of 1996: Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of their parents; Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born; a bombing at Centennial Park during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta kills one and injuries 111; Bob Dole receives the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
1997: "I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy and Faith Evans, featuring 112
Weeks at No. 1: June 14-Aug. 23
Written by: Faith Evans, Sauce Money, Sting, Albert E. Brumley
Interesting fact: Written in memory of the Notorious B.I.G, "I'll Be Missing You" borrows so heavily from the Police's "Every Breath You Take" that Sting owns 100 percent of the song's publishing royalties. And who is co-writer Albert E. Brumley? He wrote the spiritual "I'll Fly Away," also sampled in the song.
Happening in the summer of 1997: The first "Harry Potter" book is published in London (it is released in the U.S. in 1998); fashion designer Versace is murdered by spree killer Andrew Cunanan; "South Park" premieres on Comedy Central; Mike Tyson is suspended from boxing for at least a year (and fined $3 million) for biting Evander Holyfield's ear in a match; Princess Diana dies in a car crash in Paris.
1998: "The Boy is Mine," Brandy and Monica
Weeks at No. 1: June 6-Aug. 29
Written by: LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Japhe Tejeda and Brandy Norwood
Interesting fact: The idea for this song came from watching a love triangle-themed episode of "The Jerry Springer Show," which is the most 1990s backstory of a song ever. A clip from the talk show is seen in the music video.
Happening in the summer of 1998: The U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are bombed, they are linked to Osama bin Laden; Google, Inc., is founded in Menlo Park, Calif.; the NBA season is delayed for six and a half months after the organization locks out its players; the films "Armageddon" and "Saving Private Ryan" are released.
1999: "Genie in a Bottle," Christina Aguilera
Weeks at No. 1: July 31-Aug. 28; No. 1 radio song: Sept. 11-25
Written by: David Frank, Steve Kipner, Pamela Sheyne
Interesting fact: Co-writer Kipner also co-wrote "Physical" for Olivia Newton-John
Happening in the summer of 1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, die after a plane piloted by Kennedy crashes off the coast of Massachusetts; Microsoft releases the first version of MSN Messenger; the last Checker cab is retired in New York City; "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" premieres on ABC; author Stephen King is hit by a van, is hospitalized for three weeks; George W. Bush announces he will seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States.Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun