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Top Movie Soundtrack Hits of the 1990s

With the success of every film comes a successful soundtrack too. Though it may not always be the case, some songs become more successful than the movie itself. Still, there’s success coming from that film, thanks to its soundtrack. 1990s saw a huge number of hit soundtracks and I made this list of soundtrack hits. (Note: the list or ranking was based from personal and commercial performance)

20. Britney Spears- (You Drive Me) Crazy
(from: Drive Me Crazy)
Teenager then, Britney Spears fits this song to the teenage film “Drive Me Crazy”. The song was rearranged which was called “Stop Remix”. It was a top ten hit which make the song more successful than the film

19. The Wallflowers- Heroes
(from: Godzilla)
Originally a David Bowie hit, The Wallflowers did their own cover for Godzilla movie. It was a top 30 hit in the US, which may not be on par with the film’s success.

18. Madonna- I’ll Remember
(from: With Honors)
Considered one of her best works, the ballad became a big hit for Madge, even outrunning the success of the movie.

17. Coolio- Gangsta’s Paradise
(from: Dangerous Minds)
One of the biggest hip-hop songs, the song’s sound is surely familiar to many. Both the film and the song was very successful. Also, credit goes to Michelle Pfeiffer.

16. The Wonders- That Thing You Do
(from: That Thing You Do)
This song from the film in the same title was a hit in US top ten but the film is less successful. Thanks to the Beatle-ish sound of the song.

15. Brandy- Sittin’ Up in My Room
(from: Waiting to Exhale)
This jam became Brandy’s biggest hit then (until “The Boy is Mine” came) is just very light to listen to. It is just one of the hits from the soundtrack, which scored a number of hits.

14. Goo Goo Dolls- Iris
(from: City of Angels)
This served as the band’s signature song as it was a sleeper hit back in 1998. The song and soundtrack album, along with the film were highly successful.

13. Whitney Houston- Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
(from: Waiting to Exhale)
This slow R&B jam from Whitney is a comeback from a very successful soundtrack she did a few years ago. It was eventually a Billboard chart-topper.

12. Seal- Kiss from a Rose
(from: Batman Forever)
One of the biggest ballads of the 1990s, this Batman theme song happens to become Seal’s biggest hit too as it topped major charts globally.

11. R. Kelly- I Believe I Can Fly
(from: Space Jam)
This song was the biggest hit from the Michael Jordan movie “Space Jam” as well as biggest international hit from Kelly.

10. Sarah McLachlan- Angel
(from: City of Angels)
This song was very solemn and that it can touch your soul which also showcased the beautiful and haunting voice of Sarah McLachlan. It was a top 3 hit in Billboard Hot 100 in 1997

9. Melanie B. and Missy Elliott- I Want You Back
(from: Why Do Fools Fall in Love)
This became the first single of Melanie off from Spice Girls which was written by Missy, herself, for the film “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, which the song was a UK chart-topper and US top 3 hit.

8. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories- Stay (I Missed You)
(from: Reality Bites)
One of the best love songs of the 1990s and the best song of Lisa Loeb, this is used for the romantic film “Reality Bites”. The song peaked at number 1 then.

7. Pras Michael ft. Mya and ODB- Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)
(from: Bulworth)
This hip-hop hit from the former Fugees member, became a top 15 hit in US. Though, it is a bigger hit in Europe. It interpolated the 80s hit “Islands in the Stream”.

6. Monica- For You I Will
(from: Space Jam)
This lovely Diane Warren penned ballad became a US top 5 hit and became a big part of Monica’s career. It is also a part of Space Jam OST.

5. Bruce Springsteen- Streets of Philadelphia
(from: Philadelphia)
Known as The Boss in music industry, Bruce made huge hit which included this song for the Philadelphia film. The song performed very well worldwide as it stayed in top 10 in the charts

4. Boyz II Men- End of the Road
(from: Boomerang)
Ultimately one of the biggest love songs in early 1990s topping the single charts worldwide, this ballad from the vocal group was used for Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang”, which was box office hit too.

3. Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
(from: Titanic)
This song is a widely favorite in 1998 and eventually became one of the biggest selling soundtrack single ever and the biggest that year. It is also often played in funerals back then.

2. Aerosmith- I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
(from: Armageddon)
This rock and ballad hit became the biggest hit of the band which is used for the movie “Armageddon”. It was often covered by other artists globally.

1. Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You
(from: The Bodyguard)
Undoubtedly the biggest soundtrack hit ever, the album was also the biggest soundtrack album too in terms of sales. It is the most highlighted moment of Whitney Houston’s career as a singer and an actress. The song was still heard until now.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top 15 Girl band Hits During 1990s

Along with boy bands topping the charts, girl bands also did well since 1990. During the first half of 1990s, R&B girl bands dominated the music scene until more pop girl groups existed in the second half. Here’s my list of 15 girl band hits during 1990s.

TLC- Unpretty
After their huge comeback in 1999 via “Fanmail” album, TLC managed two number 1 hits including this song which is about real beauty is within.

B*Witched- C’est la Vie
Their pop novelty sound made it big initially in UK, the time when Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell departed from her group. This song was the group’s first of 4 consecutive UK number one hit and did big in the top ten in US.

Spice Girls- Spice Up Your Life
After their success from the second half of 1996 until 1997, they immediately released this song during 1997’s last quarter to prep up for the release of second album. The song was their fifth consecutive number one hit in UK and top 5 in majority of countries but a modest top 20 hit in US.

Destiny’s Child- Bills, Bills, Bills
This song can be compared to TLC’s “No Scrubs” which was released prior to this Destiny’s Child song due to its structure musically and lyrically. The same writers and producers may be the reason. Still, this song became the group’s first US chart-topping song and top 10 in UK.

SWV- Weak
This R&B ballad is one of the most performed song in singing competitions. No doubt because the song is beautiful. It was a big hit then and was revived by JoJo on her first album.

TLC- Creep
As one of the biggest hits from “Crazy Sexy Cool” album, the song is not just a number one hit, rather had an iconic video. In Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”, she paid homage to TLC through “Creep” music video, as well as other singers.

Spice Girls- Say You’ll Be There
After the huge success of “Wannabe”, Spice Girls released this pop/R&B tune and topped UK charts and top 5 in many countries including US.

Wilson Phillips- Hold On
With a beautiful harmony of this group, it can never be denied that this song was a huge hit and of the biggest singles the year it topped the charts in Billboard.

Salt ‘n Pepa & En Vogue- Whatta Man
The hip-hop girl group and R&B girl group came together for this huge smash and became an iconic song.

All Saints- Never Ever
They wew considered as the rival for Spice Girls, they may not have achieved the Spices’ success but they scored a big hit single through this R&B/pop ballad which topped the UK and top 5 in several countries including US.

TLC- No Scrubs
They had been successful during early 1990s, but their comeback was huge through fan requested album “Fanmail” and this song helped the album’s success and ended up as one of the biggest singles of 1999.

En Vogue- Don’t Let Go (Love)
The song was the last biggest hit of the group. The ballad was part of the film “Set It Off” and was one of the longest number two hit in the US.

Spice Girls- 2 Become 1
This romance ballad became a million seller in UK, the group’s third consecutive number 1, and their first of three consecutive number one singles in the UK during holiday season. In the US, it was a top 5 hit and number 1 hit in many countries.

TLC- Waterfalls
The song and video’s message is very relevant during that time and made a huge impact in music charts. It is TLC’s signature song as it topped the US for a long time.

Spice Girls- Wannabe
This song started the group’s first of 5 consecutive, 9 number one hits in UK. It also changed the pop landscape and eventually became not just the group’s biggest selling single but also among girl groups. It withstood the time and still one of the most memorable singles from 1990s.

Top 16 Boyband Hits of 1990s

Boybands became very popular during 1990s, particularly in the second half despite boybands already existed during the first half. It is the time when the term ‘boyband’ became known. Boybands were hated by many especially those rock fans and they were even stereotype in music. Other boybands even deny themselves as boybands. In the list below were the top 15 boyband hits during 1990s. It is not according to sales, rather, how much a song made impact.

98 Degrees- The Hardest Thing
The group made big hits in 1999 which included this R&B ballad that hit the top 5 of Billboard. Guess what? It even peaked higher than Backstreet Boys’ biggest worldwide hit.

Five- When the Lights Go Out
The five (apparently with their band name) hit the charts with this song and shown a potential to come on par with Backstreet Boys. However, it was not sustained and this song became their biggest and only top 5 in US. While internationally, it was huge especially in Asia and Europe.

Backstreet Boys- As Long As You Love Me
This is a top 5 hit in majority of the countries but did not made it in Billboard Hot 100, though it was an airplay success. It remains one of BSB’s signature mid-tempo hits.

98 Degrees- Because of You
This was 98 Degrees’ first top 5 hit and was cool enough for the ears with its R&B melody. The song was also successful in Asia.

Westlife- Swear it Again
This was the Irish lads’ first ever single and started a string of number 1 hits in the UK. In the US, it remained their only hit as it reach the top 20.

New Kids on the Block- Hangin’ Tough
Before Backstreet Boys, NKOTB already made a handful of hits and this upbeat track is one of their staple hits.

NSYNC- I Want You Back
With the song’s sound, you will think it’s a BSB song. But wait, they eventually became rival of BSB when this song hit top 10 in many countries.

Backstreet Boys- Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
This upbeat track is one of the most memorable song and video of the band because of its horror theme. It was a top ten hit in many countries.

Boyz II Men- On Bended Knee
One of the biggest ballads of early 1990s and followed the 2 number one hits of the band.

Boyzone- No Matter What
The song only charted in component charts of Billboard and did not made a huge impact in the US, but it was huge elsewhere and one of the biggest selling boyband singles.

New Kids on the Block- Step By Step
This is the memorable hit of the band. Once I heard the words “step by step”, the song comes to my mind. It was a big number 1 hit then.

Backstreet Boys- Quit Playing Games
This is officially the group’s first big hit as it hit top 10 elsewhere it charted, which included a top 2 position in the US.

Boyz II Men- I’ll Make Love to You
This song about romance is a brother of the group’s previous hit at the time with its sound. It eventually became the longest number 1 hit in Billboard Hot 100 by a boyband.

Take That- Back for Good
This beautiful ballad became a big hit anywhere and finally their entrance to US market for hitting the top 10. Nevertheless, it is their only hit there.

Backstreet Boys- I Want it That Way
This song hit number 1 or top 5 in every country it charted. Yet, in the US, it failed the top 5 and only sat at number 6. Still, it remained their biggest hit due to huge impact on people.

Boyz II Men- End of the Road
This is one of the biggest boyband hit ever. It topped the US for 12 weeks! Wow! It was an achievement that only Boyz II Men only achieved! Their succeeding song topped for 13 weeks but this song was a bigger hit internationally.

Reinvention & Transformation of Female Artists from 1980s and 1990s

Female artists do most of reinvention to themselves. Many of then succeeded, though some of them was received modestly. Involving in controversial changes may be a bad publicity but it is still a publicity that can contribute to record sales surge. It helped many artists propel their careers spanning decades. Take a look at these artists below:

Madonna- She is labeled as “Queen of Reinvention” after transforming a number of times, yet, she was still well-received in a span of more than 3 decades in the industry. Those who lived from the 1980s, they saw how her looks has evolved which may be more than 10 times based on her music videos. From a wholesome lady on her self-titled debut, she went more sexual and controversial with “Like a Virgin” and even shocked many with “Like a Prayer”. At the wake of 1990s, she went sassy and fashionista through “Vogue”. The most controversial era happened with her “Erotica” album with its sexual themes. However, many gave good reviews of it. We heard her evolve to dance music in this song. She toned down in her compilation release “Something to Remember” as a warm up for musical film and album “Evita”. Her big comeback came through the album which was generally well-received “Ray of Light” with its electronic sounds which continued through “Music”. At this time, she left her sexual image. She proved her reign as “Queen of the Dance Floor” through “Confessions on the Dance Floor”. We heard her in EDM recently with “Rebel Heart”.

Whitney Houston- She is one of the most successful divas because of her big voice. Whitney often has songs intended to motivate people and friendship songs. Most of her songs were ballad as heard in her first 3 albums. But she also had danceable hits with the likes of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. She turned into a relevant actress with the success of the blockbuster film and its soundtrack which is the biggest selling from a film ever, “The Bodyguard”. The film was followed by two more films and soundtracks. Her first studio album after 8 years of soundtrack came out with the album “My Love is Your Love”. In this album, her music sounds more soulful and R&B and lower vocal register until her last album “I Look to You”.

Janet Jackson- Her success finally came after 2 less successful albums via “Control”. She was one of the female best dancers and singer at the same time. Her music expands to different topics that made her a role model. However, with the release of “janet.”, she took a more sexual role. From a musculine choreography or “Rhythm Nation” to sexier moves on this album. During the second half of 1990s, her “Velvet Rope” album was on a darker mode. Her come back in 2000s just shown her as an icon. Unfortunately, a nip slip incide in 2004 was the start of her career to diminish. But she’s still one of the biggest female pop stars ever.

Mariah Carey- At the start of the 1990, saw the rise of one of the biggest stars ever. Mariah Carey scored her first number one among her numerous chart-toppers, was know to be balladeer with wholesome image. In 1997, the sexual Mariah Carey was seen with her music reinvented to more R&B. Her music declined not just with its sales but also quality through “Glitter” but through “Emancipation of Mimi”, she flourished due to its new sound which is different from her usual ballads. Since 2005, she maintained that sound.