Number One Songs - 1990s

by Amy Gold

The number one songs of the 1990s, which total 143, are listed in the table below in descending order by the total number of weeks they stayed on the Billboard Pop/Rock charts. At the bottom of the list is "Praying For Time" by George Michael which was on the charts for only 14 weeks. "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los Del Rio tops the list at a whopping 60 weeks

For better or worse, "Macarena" can be regarded as the quintessential song of the 1990s. It inspired a nationwide dance craze, and everyone from Al Gore to your next door neighbor was dancing to this tune. "Macarena" later recharted as "Macarena (Non Stop)" (Spanish version) and "Macarena Christmas," and with these two remakes, "Macarena" continued to dominate the airwaves for a total of another 25 weeks. The "Bayside Boys Mix," which is sung in English, is the best known and longest charting version of this song. This song (in all its versions) was Los Del Rio's only chart hit. Los Del Rio was ranked at #1 in VH1's 2002 documentary, "100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders." "Macarena" was played at the 1996 Democratic National Convention and everyone was encouraged to get up and dance.

By far, the artist with the most #1 hits from the 1990s is R&B-pop singer Mariah Carey. The long list of top charting songs by Mariah Carey include her 1992 remake of the Jackson 5's 1970 #1 hit, "I'll Be There." Other top bands and artists from the 1990s include Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Color Me Badd, Destiny's Child, Puff Daddy, Roxette, Savage Garden, TLC, Toni Braxton, Will Smith, and Wilson Phillips. Top bands and artists from the 1980s who continued to top the charts throughout the 1990s include Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Paula Abdul.

The number one songs of the 1990s also include some entries from several oldies bands and artists that include Aerosmith, Cher, Santana, and Meatloaf. The 1990s will also be remembered for the untimely death of Princess Diana and Elton John's tribute to her in his chart topping "Candle In The Wind 1997."

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Notes: C#1 = COUNTRY #1; AC#1 = ADULT CONTEMPORARY #1
SONGARTISTCHART
DEBUT
DATE
R&B #1C #1AC #1
Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)Los Del Rio5/11/1996
SmoothSantana Feat. Rob Thomas7/31/1999
Too CloseNext2/14/1998
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Truly Madly DeeplySavage Garden12/6/1997
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Together AgainJanet Jackson12/20/1997
Un-Break My HeartToni Braxton10/26/1996
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Candle In The Wind 1997Elton John10/11/1997
The SignAce Of Base1/1/1994
You're Makin' Me HighToni Braxton6/8/1996
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Gangsta's ParadiseCoolio Featuring L.V.8/19/1995
Kiss From A RoseSeal6/24/1995
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All My LifeK-Ci And JoJo3/28/1998
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AmazedLonestar12/25/1999
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WaterfallsTLC6/10/1995
The Power Of LoveCeline Dion11/27/1993
I'll Make Love To YouBoyz II Men8/13/1994
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Because You Loved MeCeline Dion3/9/1996
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I'll Be Missing YouPuff Daddy And Faith Evans (Featuring 112)6/14/1997
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I Knew I Loved YouSavage Garden10/23/1999
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End Of The RoadBoyz II Men7/18/1992
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CreepTLC11/12/1994
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Always Be My BabyMariah Carey4/6/1996
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Gettin' Jiggy Wit ItWill Smith2/28/1998
...Baby One More TimeBritney Spears11/21/1998
UnprettyTLC6/26/1999
Say My NameDestiny's Child12/25/1999
No DiggityBLACKstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre)10/12/1996
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BelieveCher12/19/1998
Close To YouMaxi Priest6/30/1990
HeroMariah Carey10/23/1993
I SwearAll-4-One4/23/1994
Stay (I Missed You)Lisa Loeb And Nine Stories5/7/1994
Here Comes The HotstepperIni Kamoze9/17/1994
Take A BowMadonna12/17/1994
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Mo Money, Mo ProblemsThe Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Puff Daddy And Mase8/2/1997
Angel Of MineMonica12/5/1998
Can't Help Falling In LoveUB405/15/1993
DreamloverMariah Carey8/7/1993
This Is How We Do ItMontell Jordan2/25/1995
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All 4 LoveColor Me Badd11/9/1991
Baby Got BackSir Mix-A-Lot4/11/1992
Can't Nobody Hold Me DownPuff Daddy Featuring Mase1/25/1997
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No ScrubsTLC2/20/1999
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Save The Best For LastVanessa Williams2/1/1992
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On Bended KneeBoyz II Men11/19/1994
One Sweet DayMariah Carey And Boyz II Men12/2/1995
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The Boy Is MineBrandy And Monica5/30/1998
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LatelyDivine9/12/1998
I Don't Have The HeartJames Ingram8/4/1990
Love Takes TimeMariah Carey9/15/1990
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I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston11/14/1992
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WeakSWV (Sisters With Voices)4/24/1993
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Hold OnWilson Phillips3/17/1990
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It Must Have Been LoveRoxette4/7/1990
(Can't Live Without Your) Love And AffectionNelson7/7/1990
The First TimeSurface11/3/1990
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Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)C And C Music Factory Featuring Freedom Williams11/17/1990
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One More TryTimmy -T-12/22/1990
InformerSnow1/9/1993
Bump N' GrindR. Kelly2/5/1994
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FantasyMariah Carey9/30/1995
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If You Had My LoveJennifer Lopez5/15/1999
Genie In A BottleChristina Aguilera7/3/1999
Black VelvetAlannah Myles1/6/1990
VogueMadonna4/14/1990
More Than WordsExtreme3/23/1991
To Be With YouMr. Big12/21/1991
Freak MeSilk2/20/1993
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Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?Bryan Adams4/15/1995
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How Do U Want It2 Pac (Featuring KC And JoJo)6/15/1996
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What A Girl WantsChristina Aguilera11/27/1999
Because I Love You (The Postman Song)Stevie B10/6/1990
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All The Man That I NeedWhitney Houston12/22/1990
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I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)Hi-Five2/23/1991
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UnbelievableEMF4/13/1991
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)Peabo Bryson And Regina Belle12/19/1992
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That's The Way Love GoesJanet Jackson5/1/1993
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AgainJanet Jackson10/23/1993
WannabeSpice Girls1/25/1997
Nice And SlowUsher1/24/1998
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The First NightMonica8/15/1998
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Vision Of LoveMariah Carey6/2/1990
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Release MeWilson Phillips6/30/1990
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Love Will Never Do (Without You)Janet Jackson11/17/1990
(Everything I Do) I Do It For YouBryan Adams6/29/1991
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I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)Meat Loaf9/18/1993
All For LoveBryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting11/27/1993
MMMbopHanson5/3/1997
Have You Ever?Brandy12/5/1998
Nothing Compares 2 USinead O'Connor3/17/1990
Blaze Of GloryBon Jovi7/21/1990
Ice Ice BabyVanilla Ice9/8/1990
Baby BabyAmy Grant2/23/1991
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I'm Too SexyR*S*F (Right Said Fred)12/21/1991
JumpKris Kross4/4/1992
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)Whitney Houston11/25/1995
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Doo Wop (That Thing)Lauryn Hill11/14/1998
Love Will Lead You BackTaylor Dayne1/27/1990
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If Wishes Came TrueSweet Sensation6/16/1990
Good VibrationsMarky Mark And The Funky Bunch Featuring Loleatta Holloway7/20/1991
I Adore Mi AmorColor Me Badd7/27/1991
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RomanticKaryn White8/17/1991
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EmotionsMariah Carey8/31/1991
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CreamPrince9/28/1991
When A Man Loves A WomanMichael Bolton10/12/1991
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Set Adrift On Memory BlissPM Dawn10/19/1991
Black Or WhiteMichael Jackson11/23/1991
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On MeGeorge Michael/Elton John12/7/1991
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I'll Be ThereMariah Carey5/30/1992
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This Used To Be My PlaygroundMadonna7/4/1992
How Do You Talk To An AngelThe Heights10/3/1992
You Are Not AloneMichael Jackson9/2/1995
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Tha CrossroadsBone Thugs-N-Harmony5/11/1996
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HypnotizeThe Notorious B.I.G.4/26/1997
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HoneyMariah Carey9/13/1997
4 Seasons Of LonelinessBoyz II Men9/27/1997
My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From 'Titanic')Celine Dion2/28/1998
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My AllMariah Carey (Featuring Krayzie Bone And Wish Bone)5/9/1998
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingAerosmith9/5/1998
One WeekBarenaked Ladies10/3/1998
Livin' La Vida LocaRicky Martin4/17/1999
Bills, Bills, BillsDestiny's Child6/19/1999
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BailamosEnrique Iglesias7/10/1999
HeartbreakerMariah Carey (Featuring Jay-Z09/4/1999
Thank God I Found YouMariah With Joe And 9812/11/1999
I'm Your Baby TonightWhitney Houston10/20/1990
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SomedayMariah Carey1/19/1991
Coming Out Of The DarkGloria Estefan1/26/1991
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I've Been Thinking About YouLondonbeat2/9/1991
You're In LoveWilson Phillips2/9/1991
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JoyrideRoxette3/2/1991
I Don't Wanna CryMariah Carey4/6/1991
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Rush, RushPaula Abdul5/11/1991
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I'll Be Your EverythingTommy Page2/17/1990
She Ain't Worth ItGlenn Medeiros Featuring Bobby Brown5/19/1990
I'm Your AngelR. Kelly And Celine Dion12/5/1998
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EscapadeJanet Jackson1/20/1990
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Wild Wild WestWill Smith Featuring Dru Hill And Kool Mo Dee5/22/1999
Black CatJanet Jackson9/15/1990
Justify My LoveMadonna11/17/1990
The Promise Of A New DayPaula Abdul7/20/1991
Step By StepNew Kids On The Block5/26/1990
Praying For TimeGeorge Michael9/1/1990