This week 17 years ago, music downloading service Napster debuted; NATO and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia signed a peace treaty during the Kosovo War; singer Mel Torme died; Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf won the French Open; "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" 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. "808," Blaque
R. Kelly co-wrote "808," Blaque's debut single, with group member Natina Reed (aka: The one who sounds like TLC's Left Eye).
9. "Every Morning," Sugar Ray
Off of the band's aptly titled album "14:59." In July of that year, Sugar Ray played Woodstock 99. Really.
8. "That Don't Impress Me Much," Shania Twain
Co-written with her then-husband (awkward), "That Don't Impress Me Much" helpfully revealed that Twain doesn't care about smarts, cars or Brad Pitt. Basically, you needed to have a good "touch." Like, that's all.
7. "Who Dat," JT Money featuring Sole
I usually try to find ways to connect Ginuwine to everything — and this one is easy! Sole was once married to him. I'm also trying to find a way to avoid making a bad "who dat?" joke in reference to JT Money these days.
6. "Where My Girls At?" 702
Missy Elliott co-wrote this late-'90s Explosion of R&B Girl Groups gem, which was originally intended for the group boasting No. 3 on this list.
5. "Kiss Me," Sixpence None the Richer
If you watched TV or saw a movie with any human teenager in 1999 (particularly "Dawson's Creek"), you were probably familiar with this one.
4. "Fortunate," Maxwell
Oddly, not featured on "Dawson's Creek."
3. "No Scrubs," TLC
TLC's third No. 1 hit of their career was also Billboard's second-biggest hit of all of 1999 (behind, ugh, Cher's "Believe"). So take that, busters.
2. "If You Had My Love," Jennifer Lopez
Yes, Lopez released her debut single 17 years ago (and it eventually hit No 1). Her latest single, "Ain't Your Mama," debuted last month at No. 92 on the Hot 100 chart.
1. "Livin' La Vida Loca," Ricky Martin
No. 1 for five weeks, "Livin' la Vida Loca" marked the beginning of 1999's so-called Latin pop explosion (remember that?). It was also co-written by Desmond Child who co-wrote another big "Livin'" hit — Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer."Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun