Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1999

This week 16 years ago, J.K. Rowling published "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third book in the series; teen sex comedy "American Pie" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "All Star," Smash Mouth

One of the most ubiquitous songs of the 1990s (for better or for worse), "Smash Mouth" was featured in the film "Mystery Men." And "Shrek." And, like, in every commercial from 1999-2001.

9. "Where My Girls At?" 702

702 owes a debt of gratitude to TLC. That group turned down this track, co-produced by Missy Elliot, and it became 702's biggest hit. Is you feelin' that?

8. "Wild Wild West," Will Smith featuring Dru Hill

We reached Will Smith Oversaturation Level 11 with this theme to Smith's (awful) same-name movie, which samples Stevie Wonder and Kool Moe Dee. Both should have known better.

7. "It's Not Right but It's Okay," Whitney Houston

One of many female empowerment pop singles of 1999 (see numbers 9, 4, 2 and 1 on this list), "It's Not Right" was part of Houston's well-received comeback album, "My Love is Your Love," and won her a Grammy. And reminded us that she can, in fact, pay her own light bill.

6. "I Want it That Way," Backstreet Boys

This is a perfect pop song. Your argument to the contrary is completely invalid.

5. "Livin' La Vida Loca," Ricky Martin

Y'all remember when Latin pop was a thing? This was the trend's theme song, even with its ridiculous lyrics. This same girl plays with voodoo dolls, steals your money and orders expensive French champagne? Sounds awful.

4. "Genie in a Bottle," Christina Aguilera

The most direct description of Aguilera's breakout hit is on Wikipedia: "Lyrically, it uses sexual references to talk about the theme of self-respect."

3. "Last Kiss," Pearl Jam

What's this? A non-dancey song that's not geared toward teens? How dare you, Pearl Jam! Oddly enough, this cover of the 1961 Wayne Cochran song is Pearl Jam's highest-charting single on the Hot 100 chart.

2. "If You Had My Love," Jennifer Lopez

Lopez's transition-to-pop-singer debut single, "If You Had My Love," was once offered to Michael Jackson. Can you picture him singing it instead of Lopez? Go ahead. Try. I'll give you some alone time.

1. "Bills, Bills, Bills," Destiny's Child

The first Hot 100 No. 1 for Destiny's Child, "Bills, Bills, Bills" was written by the group's members, along with Kevin Briggs and Kandi Burruss, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member who co-wrote TLC's "No Scrubs." It also asks perhaps the most important question of 1999: "Can you pay my automo' bills?"

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