Monday, February 9, 2015

Top 25 #1 Hits - 1990 - 1999

These songs were chosen for spending the most weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. In case of ties, most weeks in the Top 10 were used, followed by the most weeks in the Top 40 and Hot 100.

@ #1Top 10Top 40Top 100
One Sweet DayMariah Carey & Boyz II Men9516192627
MacarenaLos Del Rio9614233740
I'll Make Love To YouBoyz II Men9414223133
Candle In The Wind/
Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Elton John9714172842
I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston9214162426
End Of The RoadBoyz II Men9213192832
The Boy Is MineBrandy & Monica9813182727
SmoothSantana w/ Rob Thomas9912305058
Un-Break My HeartToni Braxton9611253742
I SwearAll-4-One9411182630
I'll Be Missing YouPuff Daddy & Faith Evans w/ 1129711172933
FantasyMariah Carey958162325
DreamloverMariah Carey938142629
That's The Way Love GoesJanet Jackson938142023
JumpKris Kros928131821
Tha CrossroadsBone Thugs-N-Harmony968121620
Take A BowMadonna957152730
Can't Help Falling In LoveUB40937152329
This Is How We Do ItMontell Jordan957142429
(Everything I Do) I Do It For YouBryan Adams917101722
Black Or WhiteMichael Jackson917101520
The SignAce of Base966213341
Because You Loved MeCeline Dion956193033

Two things to note. First, there was a change in the way Billboard tracked data on November 30, 1991. The use of Broadcast Data Systems and SoundScan resulted in longer runs in the Hot 100. As such, there are probably deserving songs from 1990 and 1991 that got left off due to the change.

Second, until December 5, 1998, the Hot 100 only included songs that were commercially available as singles. With the popularity of CDs, fewer and fewer singles were released. Eventually, Billboard realized they had to make a change and began to track album cuts as well. The following songs had the longest runs at #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart:

TitleArtistWeeks at #1
IrisGoo Goo Dolls18
Don't SpeakNo Doubt16
TornNatalie Imbruglia11
FlySugar Ray6

Source: Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 9th ed. New York: Billboard, 2010. 868, 869. Print.