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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

Female superstars who started in 2000s and their underperforming albums

Even female singers from 2000 who did very well had underperforming albums. The list includes artists who started in 1999:

Britney Spears- She consistently sell huge in her albums, though not always the same in numbers. She is even considered as Madonna’s heir to become the next Queen of Pop. Her first four studio albums were huge but with “Blackout”, it underperformed. Meanwhile, it had 2 big hit singles. She redeemed success with two succeeding albums but her recent “Britney Jean” flopped, maybe due to lack of promotion and support from fans.

Jennifer Lopez- One of the female singers who debuted in 1999, Jennifer Lopez scored a number of hit albums and singles. She had 3 multi-platinum albums until “Rebirth”, which produced hits but quickly dropped off the charts. It followed by a flop album “Brave” but regained success through “Love?” due to the successful single “On the Floor. Her recent album “AKA” became her least successful album ever.

Christina Aguilera- Christina started prettily on her self titled debut album after all of her four singles became huge hits as well as the multi-platinum success of the album. “Stripped” followed which started slow in sales and caught up after hit singles and the hit throwback sounds of “Back to Basics was well-received. Nevertheless, her last studio albums “Bionic” and “Lotus” both didn’t do well.

Miley Cyrus- Miley had huge successes with her Hannah Montana soundtracks and her album off from Hannah Montana, “Breakout”. She also had a successful EP. But with her “Can’t Be Tamed”, she failed and took a break. Her comeback with “Bangerz” was highly successful due to extreme publicity despite its negativity.

Avril Lavigne- Avril became the next big thing when she started. She’s like set to change the landscape in female music scene which was previously led by Britney Spears. She still did well with “Under My Skin” and “Best Damn Thing”, but not like her debut “Let Go”. Her recent albums “Goodbye Lullaby” and self titled both performed moderately.

Hot “Baby” Songs during the last 20 Years

I heard a lot of songs during the last 20 years with the word “baby”. Those songs were not literally about an infant, rather, used to be a term of endearment to one’s partner. I created a list of “Baby” songs during the last 20 years, check below:

Mariah Carey- Always Be My Baby
Taken from the blockbuster album “Daydream”, this song is a like yoi are taking in a fresh air from Mariah, after the high vocal range along with Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day”. This pop/R&B song became MC’s 11th chart-topper in her homeland, US. American Idol winner David Cook released his own version of it and was a hit in the Philippines.

Justin Bieber- Baby
This catchy song was Justin’s biggest hit to date despite peaking in lower position than his recent hit songs. It is even among the most viewed video ever in YouTube history. I may not be a Bieber fan but I agree that this song is catchy.

Beyonce / Sean Paul- Baby Boy
During Sean Paul’s success with “Get Busy”, Beyonce invited Sean in this sexual song “Baby Boy”. It became Bey’s second number 1 hit, and its Arabic sound influenced other R&B songs to incorporate the sound.

Gwen Stefani- Baby Don’t Lie
Supposedly her comeback after joining the panel of coaches on The Voice, this song hit the top 50. Her supposed new album is still in the works after about a year when this song was out. This time, the song is a cleaner one after the profanity-infused hit “Hollaback Girl”.

Christina Aguilera- Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You)
Initially, the word “baby” is not included in the title of the song until the revised the song and added “baby”. The song, though, is quite sexual despite knowing Christina as a teen star at that time.

No Doubt- Hey Baby
After the rock and ska sound incorporated in their previous works, the group went dancehall and reggae with this huge comeback hit from them. During this song’s success, another song with the same title was also heard on the radio.

Britney Spears- …Baby One More Time
Everybody sang “oh, baby, baby” during the peak of this song. It was Britney’s song that entered her to superstardom. It was listed as one of the most iconic pop songs and videos. Among those songs in this list, this song is the most successful “baby” songs.

Plies ft. Ne-Yo- Bust it Baby
Going hip-hop this time, this one is the only hit of Plies to hit the top 10. Thanks to the catchy chorus sang by Ne-Yo.

Jennifer Lopez- Baby I Love You
Created during the time Jennife Lopez is so much in love with Ben Affleck, it is clear that her “baby” here is Ben. The song was successful in Europe, particularly in UK.

Reinvention and Transformation of Female Artists of 2000s to present

Due to competition in music scene nowadays, female artists from 2000s reinvent themselves a number of times in less than 20 years. Even those artists from less than 10 years ago reinvented themselves several times.

Take a look at some of the female artists’ reinvention during the mentioned era. The list also includes three artists who debuted in 1999:

Britney Spears- She’s every female teens and young kids dreamed to become during her debut year. From a wholesome young and sweet lady from her “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops… I Did it Again” era to a sensual “Britney” to sexier and even went naked on “Womanizer” video. Her music also evolved from bubblegum pop to R&B, dance, EDM and pure pop.

Christina Aguilera- She’s being tagged by many as “Britney Spears clone” and a wholesome singer. However, she can sing better than Britney. After 3 years from her initial success, she went “dirtier” and abandoned her bubblegum image, as well as her music to R&B and sexual theme. With “Back to Basics”, she jumped back decades to more jazzy and blues sound. She innovated to a futuristic woman for “Bionic” which was met with lukewarm response.

Jennifer Lopez- She’s one of the female singers who never changed her persona. Her appearance and physical identity has been the same. Her music from a R&B singer changed to EDM pop with “Love?”, which remained until the present time.

P!nk- During her debut, she was known as a R&B pop singer until she broke out after more than a year to a rock star. From time to time, she sings pop, but her identity as rock star is always there which made her more successful.

Rihanna- She may be the “Queen of Reinvention” for this decade. She was a wholesome singer until she had gone bad. Her music ranged from R&B, pop and EDM. She changed her look in every album she made. She maintained her relevance in 10 years of her career.

Lady Gaga- She can be credited for changing the music landscape when EDM became famous. Her avant garde fashion became more daring. Recently, she toned down to a more serious performer in recent big events.

Taylor Swift- From an American Sweetheart image of a country singer from her first 3 LPs, she combined pop and country for “Red”. Recently, she completely crossed over to pop which made her a bigger star not just in US but also internationally.

Impressions of Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera on Jimmy Fallon

After watching the impressions of Adam Levine on Jimmy Fallon via YouTube, I watched the impressions of Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera. Both videos already garnered millions of views with Ariana’s episode as the latest. While Christina Aguilera’s video earned more views knowing it was shown months ago.

Ariana Grande first did Britney Spears with the song Mary Had a Little Lamb. She nailed the impression as she sang it at slow pace. What wowed me was when she imitated Christina Aguilera. I never though she can do the vocal gymnastics of Christina Aguilera, which she was known for. Her impression of Celine Dion singing The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is a spot on even the way Celine sings live. Admittedly, I am critical of Ariana’s vocal ability. I disagree whenever she was compared to Mariah Carey, knowing MC was one of the greatest female singers when it comes to vocal abilities. She’s even mumbling whenever she sings that I couldn’t understand the words. I also disagree with people I see on TV who are all praises for her voice. The Ariana we hear in her own songs is the real Ariana but that’s not all she can do. She can do better than that. My impression on her ability has now changed.

Then I watched Christina Aguilera’s episode. I already saw her impression before and I just watched it again. Since Christina, no other female singers came up that was at the level of her vocal ability. She was considered to be at a league of singers like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion due to their high vocal range. With regards to her impression, she first sang “The Folgers Song” the Cher way. Well, it’s been very easy for Christina to do that. But the most perfect impression she did was Britney Spears with the song “This Little Piggy” with the tune of “…Baby One More Time”. She was like the real Britney Spears in a Christina Aguilera’s face and clothing. She also nailed Shakira which she sung at the last.

What I am hoping to see in the program was Britney Spears and impression Ariana and Christina. If she did it, surely gain more fans and perception about her ability will change.

 

Most Notable Musical Siblings as Solo Artists

Talent runs inside the family. They may possibly become actors and actresses, or singers and musicians. They may choose the same career path like the first in the siblings has chosen. The list below were four most notable musical siblings that are solo artists.

 

Michael Jackson and younger sister Janet Jackson

Michael Jackson was formerly part of The Jackson 5 which eventually became The Jacksons. He became the most successful and popular “Jackson”, however, his sister, Janet Jackson, came close to superstardom with numerous number 1 and top 10 hits. Both of them did the same route, singing and dancing. They have such similar talents which generated them millions of fans and made the two pop legends. The two has proven their good relationship when Janet supported Michael through their song “Scream”. The song was written for the media who has been cruel to Michael during those years before the song was released. The year Michael died, Janet became like the spokesperson especially at the VMAs when they paid homage to the King of Pop.

 

Beyonce and Solange Knowles

When Beyonce was still with Destiny’s Child, her younger sister Solange Knowles has been supportive to her older sister even until Beyonce went solo. On one of Bey’s song and music video, Solange appeared along with Bey’s former groupmates, Kelly and Michelle. Time came when Solange entered the music industry too, however, her works received lukewarm reception. Last year, news broke out regarding Bey’s husband Jay-Z and Solange, which shows the latter his hitting the former. No clarification from any party about what happened though.

 

Britney Spears and Jamie Lyn Spears

During Britney Spears’ debut years, she’s always with her cute little sister and you can see how much Brit loves her sister. Recently, Jamie followed her sister when she entered the music industry. Nonetheless, she took the different route when she did country music. The Spears sisters were from Louisiana where country music was also popular.

 

Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas

Well, Kevin is not included because he never had a solo album. When the Jonas Brothers went hiatus, Joe Jonas released his first solo album which failed top ten entry. Nick Jonas formed his own band called Nick Jonas and the Administration which had moderate reception. Nick eventually released his solo project which scored him 2 big hits and a top 10 album. So far, he is the most successful solo Jonas.

 

The Powerful Voice of Sia

Last night while watching a TV show, there’s this singer who performed one of 2014’s biggest hits, “Chandelier” from the singer and songwriter Sia. The song was considered as the artist’s breakthrough. If you will ask common people if they already heard Sia before, only few or even none may answer “Yes”. But now, everybody knows the song, some people will even say it is difficult to sing.

 

Well, Sia has a unique voice and nobody can sing like her. When I first heard “Chandelier”, there’s a little touch of Rihanna but hers is more unique and has higher range. It’s a perfect song she wrote for herself and a good idea not to give to other artists. You heard it right, she had written to other artists and they were superstars. Britney Spears’ “Perfume” was written by her and even did background vocals. While another pop star Christina Aguilera collaborated with her in a number of songs for her (underrated and underwhelming?) album “Bionic”. And who will forget the worldwide hit “Diamonds” , the last number 1 hit from Rihanna? Recently, you heard her composition/s in Beyonce’s huge self titled album and from the movie “Pitch Perfect 2”. It is a testament of her huge talent that other artists adore her.

 

Back then, Sia already released records nevertheless, reception from the public was lukewarm. Her first music video and song that I heard and saw was “Clap Your Hands”. It’s catchy but a song that lacks force to elevate her song to the masses. Then I heard her voice over David Guetta song “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones”. She co-wrote the songs and served as doorway to international stardom.

 

After “Chandelier”, her controversial song (because of its music video) “Elastic Heart” proved she can’t be a one-hit wonder (as solo) when it peaked inside the top 20 globally. It’s a good song too and garnered hundreds of millions of hits in YouTube.

 

What’s next from Sia? Looking forward to hear more from her and show everyone the power of her voice.