Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1999 [Videos]
By By Jordan Bartel
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 02, 2014 | 10:39 AM
This week 15 years ago, the first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was held in California, "House Hunters" premiered on HGTV and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Scar Tissue" was the lead single off the Peppers' huge, sort-of comeback album "Californication." It was reportedly written by Anthony Kiedis about the return of bandmate John Frusciante (it's also the title of Kiedis' 2004 autobiography).
9. "My Love Is Your Love," Whitney Houston
Speaking of comeback's, this was Houston's. Co-written by Wyclef Jean, it ranks as Houston's third-most successful single (after "I Will Always Love You" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody").
8. "I Need to Know," Marc Anthony
Ah the Latin music craze of the late 1990s -- in full force here. Co-writer Cory Rooney has also penned several tracks for Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez and ... Lindsay Lohan's "Rumors." Congrats, Cory!
7. "Someday," Sugar Ray
The third song in the brief Sugar Ray triumvirate dominance of 1999 (the others: "Fly" and "Every Morning").
6. "Genie in a Bottle," Christina Aguilera
The best-selling single about genies (and nothing else, right?) in history.
5. "She's All I Ever Had," Ricky Martin
More Latin invasion!
4. "Mambo No. 5," Lou Bega
Sorry. Blame 1999, not me.
3. "Unpretty," TLC
TLC's follow-up to "No Scrubs" hit No. 1 -- and the video shed light on Chilli's apparent inner-struggle over breast implants.
2. "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas
Soon to be No. 1 for a massive 12 weeks, this song was pretty inescapable in 1999. Seriously, I'm starting to get vivid flashback-nightmares.
1. "Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey featuring Jay Z
Carey's 14th (!) No. 1 hit was in that still somewhat stable pre-"Glitter" Carey time. Also, the video features Mariah Carey beating up Mariah Carey, so that's enjoyable. Thank you, 1999!