US #1s of 1992

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Part two of a series. I started this a long time ago with a poll for 1941 and forgot about the rest. I'll be picking years at random.

Poll Results

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Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" 18
Kriss Kross, "Jump" 15
Boyz II Men, "End of the Road" 9
Vanessa Williams, "Save the Best For Last" 9
Right Said Fred, "I'm Too Sexy" 8
Madonna, "This Used to Be My Playground" 5
Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You" 4
Mr. Big, "To Be With You" 4
Mariah Carey, "I'll Be There" 3
Color Me Badd, "All 4 Love" 2
George Michael & Elton John, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" 0
The Heights, "How Do You Talk to an Angel" 0


R$ (The Reverend), Saturday, 25 October 2008 21:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Boyz II Men.

what U cry 4 (jim), Saturday, 25 October 2008 21:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Babyface = genius.

what U cry 4 (jim), Saturday, 25 October 2008 21:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

"All 4 Love" is a lot better than I might expect of a CMB single that isn't "Sex You Up". It's a decent Motown-era pastiche that would be completely respectable if recorded by Tony Toni Tone. I could swear it kind of rips off Salt N Pepa's "If You Really Want Me", if not some mutual older source.

As far as George & Elton go, completely unnecessary. Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" aside, has there ever been a "cover featuring the original artist" that was worthwhile?

"I'm Too Sexy" is overtly gimmicky, but still fun. Hi haters.

Big lols at this hitting number one at the height of the grunge era. "To Be With You" is another one where I expect dog shite looking at the artist, title, and year, but the song turned out to be altogether decent. I'll take a folksy, minimalist hair ballad over an overproduced, maximalist hair ballad in a heartbeat. The chorus is pretty catchy, too. It seems like an oddly low-key song to hit number one, but I like its presence on this list.

I seem to remember thinking the lyrics of "Save the Best for Last" were clever when I was very young, but this is just schlock.

"Jump" is overtly gimmicky, but still fun. Hi haters.

Not only does "I'll Be There" have a better tune and better performer than "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", but Mariah doesn't try to do anything stupid like shoehorn Michael Jackson in.

I could gladly never hear "Baby Got Back" again, and it still stands out as the winner here.

"This Used to Be My Playground" is the biggest non-entity here. I can't believe it hit number one or even the top ten.

I have a big soft spot for Boyz II Men, and I still dig this breakup/makeout jam.

AEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIGHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHUUUUURRRRRRRRHHH

I have a hard time judging Whitney's "I Will Always Love You", because I tend to hear it more as a platonic ideal of its sort of histrionic ballad than as an example thereof. The sort of song you can't help but acknowledge as great, but never actually want to hear.

R$ (The Reverend), Saturday, 25 October 2008 21:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love the Vanessa Williams song, or did at the time. But out of what's here, it's still the one I'd most likely listen to given the choice.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 25 October 2008 21:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

My eyes glazed over looking at the list, but listening through, I'm surprised to find that I'll at least half-heartedly rep for 8 of the 12.

R$ (The Reverend), Saturday, 25 October 2008 21:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

God, this an absolutely fucking awful selection of tracks. Really awful.

Never thought Right said Fred and Kriss Kross would be competing for anything but the last bed in the homeless hostel, but, there it is.

Sven Hassel Schmuck, Saturday, 25 October 2008 22:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

"To Be With You" is legit awesome, possibly my favourite 90s power ballad

Carrie Bradshaw Layfield (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Saturday, 25 October 2008 22:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Jump," by a considerable distance. "Save The Best For Last" is one of the sweetest songs ever sung. It's like a Christine McVie ballad: the character is a decent woman who's found her chance at happiness, and it's embodied in Williams' perfectly respectable, normal-person's voice.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 25 October 2008 22:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have a soft spot for 'this used to be my playground'

metametadata (n/a), Saturday, 25 October 2008 22:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have a soft spot for 'this used to be my playground'

― metametadata (n/a), Saturday, 25 October 2008 23:43 (14 minutes ago) Bookmark

Mrs Hassel Schmuck does too. I have no idea why.

Sven Hassel Schmuck, Saturday, 25 October 2008 23:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Jump," by a considerable distance. "Save The Best For Last" is one of the sweetest songs ever sung. It's like a Christine McVie ballad: the character is a decent woman who's found her chance at happiness, and it's embodied in Williams' perfectly respectable, normal-person's voice.

― Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, October 25, 2008 3:40 PM (20 minutes ago)

rep

remy bean, Saturday, 25 October 2008 23:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

"This Used To Be My Playground" was probably Madonna's best song of the 90s until 1998. So, that one, in an otherwise rather boring selection of songs (the two best ones otherwise were both live cover versions)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 25 October 2008 23:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is that because it has no drums?

Sven Hassel Schmuck, Saturday, 25 October 2008 23:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wow, there's nothing I abjectly dislike, but nothing I really like. I was kinda disengaged from chart music at this time. I went with Madonna in her best adult-contemporary guise.

Joseph McCombs, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

"This Used To Be My Playground" is one of her more obscure singles, isn't it, even though it hit #1? Anyway, "I'll Remember" is better, methinks.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just youtubed it and I don't remember it at all. Which you can pretty much not say for any other Madonna single.

what U cry 4 (jim), Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is that because it has no drums?

It did have drums. But it had a tune too.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Baby Got Back" is great, no apologies needed. For me second is Whitney; though the original is better, this is still a great record, but I could listen to Whitney sings The Knack and I'd love it.

Euler, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

VANESSA

lex pretend, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

WILLIAMS

lex pretend, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

aaah hang on a sec no, it's 'end of the road'!!!

lex pretend, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Best for Last or Used to Be My Playground. The latter is probably my favourite Madonna ballad behind Live to Tell.

Gukbe, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh god, End of the ROad

Gukbe, Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

kriss kross all day

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 26 October 2008 02:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fuck off.

End of the road 'til the end of the road.

what U cry 4 (jim), Sunday, 26 October 2008 03:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm willing to wear matching shit to the regatta with my compadres.

what U cry 4 (jim), Sunday, 26 October 2008 03:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was gonna be all "How Could Baby Got Back lose this really" but then remembered how amazing "End Of The Road" is and voted for that.

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 26 October 2008 03:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

see, i just don't REMEMBER that about end of the road, and i'm not willing to double check.

ian, Sunday, 26 October 2008 03:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's hilar how much I HATED HATED HATED Boyz II Men when I was 12 cuz all the other kids liked em and I grew my hair long and listened to Ministry and The Misfits and shit. But now I get all sensitive when I hear them in the Chinese restaurant or whatever and wonder to myself if they have a decent Best Of...

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 26 October 2008 03:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Big lols at this hitting number one at the height of the grunge era.

Rev, you're a young'n right? Don't believe the rose-colored glasses that people see the grunge era through. Guns N Roses was still the biggest band on the planet even if Vedder had more talking points for Newsweek articles.

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 26 October 2008 03:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

People forget about all the residual post-hair-metal shit that still thrived like crazy in the early '90s. There's probably a thread in there somewhere:

Mr. Big, Saigon Kick, Ugly Kid Joe, Damn Yankees, Jackyl, cheesy Aerosmith ballads, Tesla, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid...

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 26 October 2008 04:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I get all that. I was directing those lols at the wearers of the rose-colored glasses.

R$ (The Reverend), Sunday, 26 October 2008 04:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

the daddy mack'll make you vote

i fire doughnuts from a HOOSteen to paralyse my enemies (sic), Sunday, 26 October 2008 04:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

big hoos better start suing some of these motherfuckers

R$ (The Reverend), Sunday, 26 October 2008 04:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Greil Marcus on "Save the Best for Last":
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1285/is_/ai_20363526

jaymc, Sunday, 26 October 2008 05:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Easily Baby Got Back for me, although I feel its 1991 release date should omit it.

1992 was the year Al Bell of Stax fame hit with Duice's Dazzey Duks, followed closely with Tag Team's Whoomp in 1993.

This brand of Miami Bass wasn't even from Florida, which seemed understandable after Baby Got Back (from Seattle) shot up the top 40 charts in a way no Florida Miami Bass act did (not even L'trimm, who was M&D'd by Atlantic, nor 2 Live Crew, who had broken up in 1990/1991).

1992 is oddly more notable for LaFace Records (based in Atlanta and backed by Arista) hitting with Boomerang Soundtrack, paving the way for TLC, which paved the way for Organized Noize, who signed Outkast, and redefined Southern Hip-Hop, getting us to where we've been since Cash Money's Universal deal in 1998.

Before this, Atlanta was mostly Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin working their angles to varying degrees of success, mostly in the New Jack Swing field outside of rappers (ala MC Shy D and Raheem the Dream) coming to Florida. The reversal happened here.

Oh, yeah, and "Alternative", of course...

LIL HOOSANE (PappaWheelie V), Sunday, 26 October 2008 06:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

1. vanessa williams
2. boyz ii men
2. kriss kross
2. madonna
5. i'll be there
6. all 4 love
the others are terrible

claudia schefter (daria-g), Sunday, 26 October 2008 06:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Saying "Baby Got Back" is terrible means you are not human.

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 26 October 2008 06:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Or really skinny.

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 26 October 2008 06:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah this is a pretty bad selection.
whitney houston, why not?

Kevin Keller, Sunday, 26 October 2008 07:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jump

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Sunday, 26 October 2008 12:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

"This Used to Be My Playground" has me wondering: what was the first music video to feature clips of the movie it was cross-promoting?

abanana, Sunday, 26 October 2008 13:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Queen 'Flash'?

Cittaslow Mazza (blueski), Sunday, 26 October 2008 13:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

PW, it ain't about when it came out, it's about when it hit #1

R$ (The Reverend), Sunday, 26 October 2008 20:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, don't forget that Jermaine Dupri was behind Kriss Kross.

R$ (The Reverend), Sunday, 26 October 2008 20:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

"This Used to Be My Playground" has me wondering: what was the first music video to feature clips of the movie it was cross-promoting?

"Flash" does sound like a good answer. I would also submit "Another Brick In the Wall".

☑ (Pleasant Plains), Sunday, 26 October 2008 21:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol at the heights

Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (G00blar), Sunday, 26 October 2008 21:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

PW, it ain't about when it came out, it's about when it hit #1

Point tooken.

Also, don't forget that Jermaine Dupri was behind Kriss Kross.

Kinda what I'm pointing to.

"This Used to Be My Playground" has me wondering: what was the first music video to feature clips of the movie it was cross-promoting?

I'm always surprised to be reminded that no clips of Saturday Night Fever showed up in those Bee Gees videos.

LIL HOOSANE (PappaWheelie V), Sunday, 26 October 2008 21:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted Whitney.

Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic? (G00blar), Sunday, 26 October 2008 21:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

jump jump jump jump!

THE TOWER OF HUMANOID ANTIBODIES!!! (Ioannis), Sunday, 26 October 2008 22:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Jump" edging "Last." Leafing through my Billboard Top 40 book, I see a few other Top Fives that I liked as much as the chart-toppers: "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," "If You Asked Me To," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "My Loving (Never Gonna Get It)."

Fitzcarraldo, Monday, 27 October 2008 01:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Baby Got Back just ahead of Jump - the only two songs i could really sit through now on this list, and only because they make me smile.

in primary school i tortured people with long and repeated off key renditions of End of the Road

fantasimundo, Monday, 27 October 2008 02:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Jump" is fucking dope! That beat is unstoppable and there are so many great little vocal moments where once you know them you can't wait for them to come around so you can sing along. Does this count as G-Funk, with that weird squiggly thing under the chorus?

Doctor Casino, Monday, 27 October 2008 02:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," >>>> most of the number 1 list

fantasimundo, Monday, 27 October 2008 02:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 27 October 2008 02:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wow, blockbuster year for R&B power ballads and hip-hop novelty songs. My mind is kind of blown that all those songs actually came out in the same year, the year of my bar mitzvah, no less.

Tyrone Quattlebaum (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2008 02:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

"This Used to Be My Playground" has me wondering: what was the first music video to feature clips of the movie it was cross-promoting?

― abanana, Sunday, October 26, 2008 9:24 AM (13 hours ago) Bookmark

I Will Always Love You also did that.

Tyrone Quattlebaum (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2008 02:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I know it was waaaaay before those two, because the Ghostbusters theme song video did that.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 27 October 2008 02:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haha, it would be really weird if Ray Parker Jr. did a totally non-movie-based video for that.

Tyrone Quattlebaum (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2008 02:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

am i seriously the only person voting for Right Said Fred?

some dude, Monday, 27 October 2008 02:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sir Mix-a-Lot has no competition whatsoever.

moley, Monday, 27 October 2008 04:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

am i seriously the only person voting for Right Said Fred?

I like the RSF song still. I used to only like the beat sans elmer fudd, but the whole thing has grown on me since.

Does this count as G-Funk, with that weird squiggly thing under the chorus?

Ohio Players "The Worm" was the sample. Dre used it first in Dopeman back in 1987, kinda making the sample a semi-standard, but you know, Jump was more in the vein of Naughty By Nature overall...

Yeah, G-Funk did grow out of Dre's use of the Worm though (maybe building from Appetite For Destruction from EFIL4ZAGGIN in 1991, shortly before he was commisioned to contribute to the Deep Cover sdtk in 1992).

LIL HOOSANE (PappaWheelie V), Monday, 27 October 2008 04:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Too Sexy was fine but it ain't no Jump for real.

ian, Monday, 27 October 2008 04:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lol @ Mr. Big trying to be Extreme. And sort of succeeding I guess, considering they had a #1.

"Just to be the next to be with you" is kind of a gross lyric, when you think about it.

Tyrone Quattlebaum (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2008 04:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sheela na gig - P.J. Harvey
Summer babe - Pavement

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 27 October 2008 05:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 29 October 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

System otm

(unregistered) (PappaWheelie V), Wednesday, 29 October 2008 05:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

bunch of shit

"I'm Too Sexy"

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 29 October 2008 14:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

i LOVE i'll be there

Surmounter, Wednesday, 29 October 2008 14:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

her voice on it, it's the perfect example of how mariah used her falsetto early on. not just a manifestation of her age.

i used to love that mtv unplugged.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 29 October 2008 14:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

great results!

4 Out of 5 Dentists (The Reverend), Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well knock me down with a feather.

moley, Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

it was a great year. can't remember what i voted for in the end but it could've been any of at least 5 of those and i'd be happy. 'this used to be my playground' is one of my favourite madonna ballads, i loved her "white sade" phase.

lex pretend, Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

also i remember having an argument w/this girl in primary school about the spelling of kris kross, which i won by bringing in a copy of smash hits the next day. unfortch, rev, you got it wrong too :(

lex pretend, Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I noticed that after I posted and didn't care enough to correct myself because I mistakenly assumed no one would be pedantic enough to bring it up.

4 Out of 5 Dentists (The Reverend), Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

But this is ILX, and so I digress.

4 Out of 5 Dentists (The Reverend), Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

I mistakenly assumed no one would be pedantic enough to bring it up.

shit should be an option in prefernces

dude, ALLLLL lighthouses are haunted. (PappaWheelie V), Thursday, 30 October 2008 02:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

prefernces

damn, i haven't had that much to drink tonight...

dude, ALLLLL lighthouses are haunted. (PappaWheelie V), Thursday, 30 October 2008 02:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i loooved 'save the best for last' at the time. 10-year-old me would have picked the ballads, which all sound pretty good in my head atm. somehow i never really heard 'jump' or any of that hippity hop. i don't remember the heights at all.

Matt P, Thursday, 30 October 2008 03:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think it was on after 90210.

jaymc, Thursday, 30 October 2008 03:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, good results--top two def rock! (tho i can't remember a damn thing about the Vanessa Williams single).

Ioannis, Thursday, 30 October 2008 10:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

x-post - i pretty much wasn't allowed to watch pop tv but that didn't keep me from tuning in to kasey kasem! i'm pretty sure i made a tape w/ mr. big, vanessa, boyz ii men, madonna, whitney at some point. maybe with m.j. remeber the time and that bryan adams song from the robin hood movie whatever that was, the song was 'all for love'. i was out on the roof of a bad-ass plywood fort with my cousin listening to the radio when i put my finger on 'all for love' and now it's all of 'america' by john fahey as the thing that will save all of us. 'all for love' sounds ok now, but i remember a guitar solo that lasted forever. no solo in that song now.

Matt P, Thursday, 30 October 2008 11:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

cool reverb though. and all for love.

Matt P, Thursday, 30 October 2008 11:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Comparing these to the 1981 poll makes one wonder at which point exactly American top 40 radio started to suck. Clearly it was at some point between 1981 and 1992.

o. nate, Thursday, 30 October 2008 16:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd study the 1985 list closely.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 30 October 2008 16:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think it was around then.

o. nate, Thursday, 30 October 2008 16:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

I, personally, blame hair-metal. I used to love everything on the radio until Poison showed up (although in fairness, had it not been for the hair-metal explosion, I wouldn't have been driven towards discovering The Cure, New Order, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Skinny Puppy, Ministry or My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult).

Black Seinfeld (HI DERE), Thursday, 30 October 2008 16:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

Are we sure the switch to Soundscan was a game changer? This list sounds very similar to last year’s.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 15 March 2019 14:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Fewer #1s. You'll see the true effects next year -- the number of top tens steeply drops.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 15 March 2019 14:35 (one week ago) Permalink


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