Number Two Hits, 1996-1999

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Let's keep this train rolling! Which of these #2 hits most deserved to hit #1?

Poll Results

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Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack 20
Everything But the Girl - Missing 9
R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly 5
Puff Daddy & The Family - It's All About the Benjamins 3
Madonna - Frozen 3
Shania Twain - You're Still the One 3
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love) 3
Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) 3
Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me 2
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me 2
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever 2
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now 1
Meredith Brooks - Bitch 1
Tony Rich Project - Nobody Knows 1
Mary J. Blige - Not Gon' Cry 1
Brian McKnight - Back At One 1
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss 1
Usher - You Make Me Wanna... 0
Puff Daddy ft. R. Kelly - Satisfy You 0
Brandy - Sittin' Up in My Room 0
'N Sync & Gloria Estefan - Music of My Heart 0
Keith Sweat - Twisted 0
Ricky Martin - She's All I Ever Had 0
K-Ci & Jojo - Tell Me It's Real 0
Whitney Houston ft. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel 0
Deborah Cox - Nobody's Supposed to Be Here 0
Usher - My Way 0
Montell Jordan ft. Master P & Silkk the Shocker - Let's Ride 0
LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live 0


justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

The ones I was most surprised didn't hit #1 were "You Were Meant for Me" and "I Believe I Can Fly". Not sure what my favorite here is (there's lots I like), but "She's All I Ever Had" is totally underrated and is my favorite Ricky Martin.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:27 (five years ago) Permalink

"you're still the one"

CardiacsPrincesse69xxx (Matt P), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:28 (five years ago) Permalink

hmmmmm it's hard to vote against "it's all about the benjamins" but it's gotta be "return of the mack"

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:29 (five years ago) Permalink

"Not Gon' Cry" easy, followed by:

Twisted
Missing
Return of the Mack

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:31 (five years ago) Permalink

cannot choose between sittin up in my room, the Usher tracks and return of the mack

horseshoe, Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:32 (five years ago) Permalink

"Return of the Mack" by lots and lots and lots, followed by:

Everything But the Girl - Missing
Whitney Houston ft. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel
Deborah Cox - Nobody's Supposed to Be Here
Brandy - Sittin' Up in My Room

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

several of these are among the worst songs of the decade

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

1 return of the mack
2 it's all about the benjamins
3 you make me wanna
4 quit playin games
5 i believe i can fly
6 nobody knows
7 back at one
8 sittin up in my room
9 not gon cry
10 my way

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:35 (five years ago) Permalink

i have a real soft spot for the adult contemporary stuff (or AC-leaning) on here on account of being driven everywhere by my mom

that tony rich project song is so good

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:35 (five years ago) Permalink

That's the thing. I couldn't pay attention to R. Kells for years because I hated "I Believe I Can Fly" at the time – and maybe still do. It's not a song I listen to of my own free will.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

i think most people my age consider "kiss me" a classic

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I hope most of you consider "Bitch" a plague of locusts

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

the only thing i have against "i believe i can fly" is that it beat out "world's greatest" as kells' most beloved corny ballad

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink

god "quit playin games" is so good

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Shania Twain - You're Still the One
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack

^^^ can't decide, at all

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i do remember being horrified at the time that brian mcknight dies (or nearly dies?) in a plane crash in the "back at one" video

J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:42 (five years ago) Permalink

several of these are among the worst songs of the decade

Yeah, I hate a lot of these songs tbh.

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

so close to sixpence but really that celine track!

lollercoaster of rove (s.clover), Thursday, 7 November 2013 21:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Ones I really like:

Ricky Martin - She's All I Ever Had
Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Shania Twain - You're Still the One
Madonna - Frozen
Puff Daddy & The Family - It's All About the Benjamins
Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now
Mary J. Blige - Not Gon' Cry

Some of these I don't remember though, and, yeah, there's lot of horrible ones here.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I recognize surprisingly few of these. I mean, not totally surprising, since I basically shunned pop music during these years. But looking at this list, I'd be able to hum ... four? Would probably recognize a few others, of course.

Voted for Everything But the Girl.

Geoffrey Schweppes (jaymc), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Few songs made me as hysterically giggly as "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" did in its day.

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:06 (five years ago) Permalink

surprisingly I prefer the original version of "Missing."

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:08 (five years ago) Permalink

voted "I Believe I Can Fly", recognizably corny but I've watched too many Jordan videos to it to front about it

otherwise yeah "Return of the Mack", "Missing", "It's All About the Benjamins"

Euler, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:14 (five years ago) Permalink

this is remarkably worse than the 5 years that followed

"twisted" vs "kiss me" vs "benjamins"

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:17 (five years ago) Permalink

These are all amazing:

Brian McKnight - Back At One
Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Usher - My Way
Shania Twain - You're Still the One
Madonna - Frozen
Puff Daddy & The Family - It's All About the Benjamins
LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live
Usher - You Make Me Wanna...
Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Keith Sweat - Twisted
Tony Rich Project - Nobody Knows
Brandy - Sittin' Up in My Room
Mary J. Blige - Not Gon' Cry
Everything But the Girl - Missing

smoking, drinking, cracking and showing the MIDDLE FINGER (DJP), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't mind "Bitch" but I'd never call it "amazing"

smoking, drinking, cracking and showing the MIDDLE FINGER (DJP), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

i have a real soft spot for the adult contemporary stuff (or AC-leaning) on here on account of being driven everywhere by my mom

lol so true

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

en vogue very very very very easily w/ ebtg and keith sweat after it

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:23 (five years ago) Permalink

o shit just saw deborah cox, that would be second

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:24 (five years ago) Permalink

also that is a really great celine track, i know she does a ton of oldies in her show does she do any other steinman songs? or springsteen i guess?

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I missed "Quit Playing Games" and "Don't Let Go"! Luckily I haven't voetd.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:29 (five years ago) Permalink

i remember 'i'll never break yr heart' being huge in europe at the time and thinking it was such a weird anachronism, something that could never happen in america anymore like tv variety shows (or so i thought on both counts). then 'quit playin' games' came out and was a hit and i thought the hits might be limited to adult contemporary rooted stuff, like w/ all-4-one. then omg they were back again. it's almost like you can see the shift in the music industry's priorities, from chasing boomer dollars to chasing millenial dollars. like examining the rings on a tree and going 'drought here, fire here'.

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

"Nobody Knows" - great melody and songwriting.

Bailey (Collins) Lover (Eazy), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Why I love ILM: people vouching for the horrifying Ricky Martin ballad (his good ballad is the one Madonna wrote for him).

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

also still mindblowing that leann rimes didn't go to number one. 32 weeks in the top ten.

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i remember so little ricky martin, i think i could hum more enrique songs at this point. the only songs here i remember that i definitely didn't care for at the time or now are the meredith brooks and the pearl jam. that was the one jewel song i liked. pjs.

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:43 (five years ago) Permalink

also i don't know how long it's been since you've listened to jewel but her phrasing is hilarious, real phoebe buffay when she had a cold that one time.

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

man, i love "kiss me"

monotony, Thursday, 7 November 2013 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te03Ox_R_hg

balls, Thursday, 7 November 2013 23:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Voted "Frozen."

"Bitch" and "Kiss Me" are a big part of what made radio so unlistenable to me in this era.

a fifth of misty beethoven (cryptosicko), Friday, 8 November 2013 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

voted "Bitch" unironically

. (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 November 2013 01:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Shoulda voted "Heartbreak Hotel."

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Friday, 8 November 2013 01:22 (five years ago) Permalink

en vogue very very very very easily

Yeah was scrolling down and umming and ahing, then Don't Let Go came up and I clicked without hesitation.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Friday, 8 November 2013 02:24 (five years ago) Permalink

the madonna/ricky martin ballad is okay, but he's had multiple better ones on that album alone: his cover of "private emotion" w/ meja, and "she's all i ever had" which i will actually agree is a really underrated and amazing song

dyl, Friday, 8 November 2013 02:28 (five years ago) Permalink

haha

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2013 02:31 (five years ago) Permalink

classic/amazing:

she's all i ever had
last kiss
kiss me
heartbreak hotel
frozen
you make me wanna
quit playing games
return of the mack
i believe i can fly
i love you always forever
sittin' up in my room
missing (if we're talking the todd terry club mix which we obviously are)

my top picks of the bunch would be ebtg, backstreet, donna lewis, madonna and r kelly. i think i'll vote donna lewis -- it's a sentimental favorite.

dyl, Friday, 8 November 2013 02:34 (five years ago) Permalink

are people being serious with "i believe i can fly"

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Friday, 8 November 2013 02:35 (five years ago) Permalink

benjamins > return of the mack > don't let go > frozen > my way > sittin' up in my room > you were meant for me > heartbreak hotel > she's all i ever had > you make me wanna

some dude, Friday, 8 November 2013 02:37 (five years ago) Permalink

xp i am! i actually get frustrated sometimes abt ppl thinking that any appreciation of that song is challops

dyl, Friday, 8 November 2013 02:37 (five years ago) Permalink

it sounds great in space jam but other than that does not need to exist

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Friday, 8 November 2013 02:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Neither does Space Jam.

a fifth of misty beethoven (cryptosicko), Friday, 8 November 2013 02:39 (five years ago) Permalink

now that is ludicrous

dyl, Friday, 8 November 2013 02:41 (five years ago) Permalink

the space jam soundtrack is soooo good

dyl, Friday, 8 November 2013 02:41 (five years ago) Permalink

return of the mack

|citation needed| (will), Friday, 8 November 2013 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Benjamins. One of my favorite beats ever.

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Friday, 8 November 2013 03:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Return of the Mack. That WAS a good write up, Alfred

they're not chanting Lou, they're calling you 'boo' (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 8 November 2013 04:57 (five years ago) Permalink

BSB > Mack > En Vogue > Usher (both) > Twisted

g simmel, Friday, 8 November 2013 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I basically shunned pop music during these years

and some us kept goin'

(I can't summon up any of these except the hook of "I Believe I Can Fly")

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 November 2013 21:13 (five years ago) Permalink

return of the mack

billstevejim, Friday, 8 November 2013 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

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

System, Friday, 15 November 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh My God!

Doctor Casino, Friday, 15 November 2013 02:07 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

just hears “nobody’s supposed to be here” on the radio for the first time, can’t believe I’d never heard it before — any of her other stuff worth seeking out?

k3vin k., Monday, 8 October 2018 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

I was very offtm in this thread

k3vin k., Monday, 8 October 2018 20:32 (two months ago) Permalink

the Hex Hector remix is the best!

boxedjoy, Monday, 8 October 2018 20:46 (two months ago) Permalink

i am not familiar with that much of deborah cox's work, seems she pivoted primarily toward the dancefloor diva angle after a while

along those lines i really quite enjoy, i kid you not, her version of phil collins's "something happened on the way to heaven" (the valentin remix specifically)

dyl, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 06:31 (two months ago) Permalink

at her best she really knocks it out of the park vocally

dyl, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 06:31 (two months ago) Permalink

a song i was not v familiar w/ the last time this thread was active that i now love is "twisted"

dyl, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 06:35 (two months ago) Permalink

how did
YOU
get in

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:29 (two months ago) Permalink

nobody supposed to be here

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:57 (two months ago) Permalink

you'll be pleased then to visit literally any gay dance club some time

macropuente (map), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 04:15 (two months ago) Permalink


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