Cher, Whitney Houston, And Britney Spears Had The Biggest Hits Of 1999
1999 was a big year for divas in the music industry. Not only was it Britney Spears’ big breakout year, but 1999 represented a huge comeback for one of the biggest divas of all time, Cher. Let’s take a look at the top five hits of 1999, reported by Music Outfitters and compiled by Billboard.
5. Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time”
Britney Spears is still one of the most talked about pop stars in the world, and it all started with her hit single “…Baby One More Time,” which was actually released at the end of 1998. The song hit No. 1 in late January of 1999 and stayed there for two weeks.
The song is about a desperate young girl who wants her boyfriend back. The video, which features Spears as a catholic schoolgirl, is one of the most popular videos ever made. Until this day, “…Baby One More time” has been a centerpiece of all of Spears’ concert tours.
4. Whitney Houston, “Heartbreak Hotel”
When Whitney Houston first released her album My Love Is Your Love in November of 1998, it failed to take off with the first single release “When You Believe,” a duet with Mariah Carey. However, after the release of “Heartbreak Hotel,” Houston produced several more hits from the album, which garnered great reviews from critics.
“Heartbreak Hotel,” which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, features vocals from Faith Evans and Kelly Price. The song title is considered ironic since Whitney Houston, unfortunately, ended up dying in a hotel room in February of 2012.
3. Monica, “Angel of Mine”
As the Inquisitr mentioned in its list of the biggest songs of 1998, Monica held the No. 2 spot with “The Boy Is Mine,” a duet with Brandy. Well, the follow-up single, “Angel of Mine,” was almost as big. This time, Monica spent four weeks at No. 1. Her reign started in February of 1999.
“Angel of Mine” features sincere and heartfelt vocals about a man who changed Monica’s life. The lyrics can certainly be applied to anybody who helps bring a person back from the brinks of misfortune or depression. Unfortunately, “Angel of Mine” would be Monica’s last No. 1 song.
2. TLC, “No Scrubs”
TLC had a great year in 1999 with two No. 1 hits, “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty.” However, it was “No Scrubs” that would go on to become one of the band’s biggest classics. This first single from the album FanMail hit No. 1 in April of 1999 and stayed there for two weeks.
According to Songfacts, “No Scrubs” is about men who have absolutely nothing happening for them, but hit on women as if they are worth something. They even resort to such tactics as hollering at women from the passenger seat of their friend’s car.
1. Cher, “Believe”
After Cher’s career crashed in the early 1990s, she was left doing infomercials and was referred to as “has-been” by many. However, Cher not only proved herself relevant again with “Believe,” but broke the age barrier in pop music by hitting No. 1 at the age of 51.
“Believe” is a simple song aimed towards a lover who is leaving. But the song’s influence isn’t so simple. Cher’s use of a vocoder in “Believe” influenced several future pop songs. According to Songfacts, “Believe” was six years in the making and not only took six songwriters to deliver, but three producers as well. “Believe” is not only the biggest hit of 1999; it is also the biggest hit of Cher’s entire career.
Other top hits in 1999 include Santana’s “Smooth,” Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning,” and Christina Aguilera’s first big hit, “Genie In a Bottle.” What are your favorite hits from 1999? Let us know in the comments section.
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