This week 16 years ago, "Toy Story 2" opened in theaters; 12 were killed when a massive bonfire collapsed at Texas A&M University; a 7.2 earthquake struck Turkey and killed over 800; "Sesame Street" celebrated its 30th anniversary on television; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "(You Drive Me) Crazy," Britney Spears
The most cowbell-y song off Spears' debut album.
9. "Steal My Sunshine," Len
Ah, one-hit wonder hall of fame. You need to be built and Len should get its own wing. "Steal My Sunshine," pretty much completely made with a sample of 1976 disco track "More, More, More," was a runaway hit for the Canadian (!) band fronted by siblings (!!) Marc and Sharon Costanzo. This also has the most 1990s backstory ever: Marc reportedly was inspired after hearing "More, More, More" at a rave.
8. "My Love Is Your Love," Whitney Houston
Produced by Wyclef Jean (nothing reggae-ish could be made in the 1990s without him!), "My Love Is Your Love" was co-written by Jean and his cousin/former Fugees member Jerry Duplessis.
7. "I Need to Know," Marc Anthony
Cory Rooney, who co-wrote "I Need to Know" with Anthony, had a big 1999. He also wrote Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love," Jessica Simpson's "I Think I'm in Love With You" and Blaque's "Bring It All to Me," all released in the same year.
6. "Back at One," Brian McKnight
Count along! "Back at One" was one of McKnight's biggest songs, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100. And where is he now? Apparently releasing an album next year. Come back to us, Brian McKnight.
5. "Unpretty," TLC
TLC's ode to positive self-image was the group's follow-up to "No Scrubs" — and netted the trio a Grammy nomination for song of the year (it was beat by the No. 1 song on this countdown).
4. "Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey featuring Jay Z
Co-written by Jay-Z, "Heartbreaker," the lead single from Carey's album "Rainbow," sounds VERY similar to Carey's "Fantasy." Not that there's anything wrong with that. Side note: The song samples Stacy Lattisaw's "Attack of the Name Game," which is totally bizarre and totally worth a listen. Eh, maybe just one listen.
3. "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of ...)," Lou Bega
More Latin explosion! Also, how can one never want gin and juice?
2. "Satisfy You," Puff Daddy featuring R. Kelly
This song has 10 — 10! — credited songwriters (including Marvin Gaye) because it samples songs that sample other songs, etc. I would go through them all, but I'm tired.
1. "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas
In mid-November 1999, we were just in the fourth week of the massive 12-week run at No. 1 for "Smooth" (which was also the first No. 1 hit for Santana). And now the No. 1 song to hear at grocery stores.Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun