This week 21 years ago, the Classic Sports Network (now ESPN Classic) premiered; Jacques Chirac won the French presidential election; Kinshasa, Zaire, was under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus; the television show "Matlock" ended its nine-season run; "French Kiss" 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. "Water Runs Dry," Boyz II Men
My personal favorite Boyz II Men song. If couples counselors just simply played this during the first session, all would be resolved.
9. "Dear Mama/Old School," 2Pac
Call your mom on Sunday.
8. "I Believe," Blessid Union of Souls
Man, May 1995 was rough. "Selling drugs to children in street," "crack fiend" moms. Glad I was 13. P.S. -- has anyone checked on "Lisa"?
7. "Strong Enough," Sheryl Crow
Crow's follow-up single to "All I Wanna Do" credits six songwriters, one more than "All I Wanna Do."
6. "Candy Rain," Soul for Real
I'm down for a Soul for Real reunion tour. Anyone else? A candy connection in the band: One of the members' nicknames was Choc.
5. "Run Away," Real McCoy
German Eurodance? Sure, why not!? 1995 could handle it.
4. "I Know," Dionne Farris
This one-hit wonder for the ages boasts a video directed by Zack "Batman v Superman" Snyder.
3. "Red Light Special," TLC
Babyface also wrote TLC's foray into sexyhood. As opposed to TLC's foray into random-ways-to-wear-condomshood.
2. "Freak Like Me," Adina Howard
You're going to have to be more direct, Adina.
1. "This Is How We Do It," Montell Jordan
Jordan's ode to forgotten drive-bys and summertime skirts topped the Hot 100 chart for an astonishing seven weeks. But that's just how Jordan did it. Thank you, I'll be here all week.