This week 20 years ago, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of killing their parents; it was announced that humans could contract mad cow disease; "The Birdcage" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according the Billboard Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "One of Us," Joan Osborne
Despite the somewhat controversial nature of the lyrics (which Osborne did not write; that'd be Eric Bazilian of The Hooters), "One of Us" peaked at No. 4 and garnered Grammy nominations for both record and song of the year (it lost both to Seal's "Kiss From a Rose").
9. "Follow You Down"/"Til I Hear It From You," Gin Blossoms
A double dose of mid-'90s alt-rock awesomeness! "Til I Hear It From You" also forever lives in '90s glory for being featured on the soundtrack to the film "Empire Records."
8. "Missing," Everything but the Girl
The Brits were serious about their dance pop in 1996.
7. "Ironic," Alanis Morissette
Yup, we were still in the middle of "Jagged Little Pill" dominance in March. "Ironic" (despite the arguments for and against these things actually being ironic) remains Morisette's highest charting song (it topped out at No. 4).
6. "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)," R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley
The song is great and all, but the music video is better, of course. For further adventures of Kelly and Mr. Biggs, see the 2001 sequel song (which is a thing), "Contagious."
5. "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
If you remember "One Sweet Day" being everywhere in 1996, it's because it was. It was No. 1 for 16 weeks, a record that still holds.
4. "Not Gon' Cry" (from "Waiting to Exhale"), Mary J. Blige
Written by Babyface (like officially 48 percent of songs from 1995 to 1997), "Not Gon' Cry" is also about infidelity, so add this and "Down Low" to your Cheating is Tough mixtape.
3. "Sittin' Up in My Room" (from "Waiting to Exhale"), Brandy
Another Babyface jam. "Sittin' Up in My Room" lost the Grammy for best R&B song to the Babyface-penned Whitney Houston track also from the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack — "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)."
2. "Nobody Knows," the Tony Rich Project
Rich's debut single has been his most popular, though he did release an album as recently as 2008. Where you at, Tony Rich?
1. "Because You Loved Me" (from "Up Close & Personal), Celine Dion
Somehow missing the final cut for the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack, "Because You Loved Me" topped Billboard's Hot 100 for six weeks (Dion's longest-running No. 1). And now playing at a grocery store near you.