This week 23 years ago, the Buffalo Bills became the the first NFL team to lose three Super Bowls in a row (the Dallas Cowboys beat them, 52-17); Vaclav Havel was elected president of the Czech Republic; the Baltimore-set drama "Homicide: Life on the Street" premiered on NBC; professional wrestler/actor Andre the Giant died; "Aladdin" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "7," Prince and the New Power Generation
In keeping with Prince's wish not to have the majority of his music accessible on YouTube, I can't find a playable video for "7." But here he is on "The Arsenio Hall Show" recently. So, uh, enjoy.
9. "Rhythm is a Dancer," Snap!
If you've ever wondered what the genre "Eurodance" is, it's this. Like, this exactly.
8. "Good Enough," Bobby Brown
Aww, Bobby Brown's romantic side. Well, except for the "pumpin'" part. And the "taste your wine" part. On second thought, this isn't very romantic at all.
7. "Deeper and Deeper," Madonna
Madonna's "erotica" phase + disco = "Deeper and Deeper."
6. "A Whole New World," Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
The love theme from Disney's "Aladdin" eventually went to No. 1, replacing — wow! — Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." This version played at the end of the film, while others sang the version during the actual carpet ride in the movie. It won the Oscar for best original song and the Grammy for song of the year.
5. "Rump Shaker," Wreckx-N-Effect
The other love theme from Disney's "Aladdin."
4. "Saving Forever For You," Shanice
How early 1990s is this? It's from the "Beverly Hills 90210" soundtrack.
3. "In the Still of the Nite," Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men's random contribution to the soundtrack for the miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream" was this cover of the doo-wop classic.
2. "If I Ever Fall in Love," Shai
Shai was kind of the poor man's Boyz II Men, though the quartet was very successful at being second best. "If I Ever Fall in Love" was No. 2 for eight weeks, kept from the top by...
1. "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
Yup, Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's classic dominated the Hot 100 chart from late November 1992 and stayed there for 14 (!) weeks. Jennifer Hudson performed "I Will Always Love You" at the Grammys in 2012 as a tribute to Houston, who had died the day before.