Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1996 [Videos]

July 18, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

Around this time 18 years ago, George R. R. Martin published "A Game of Thrones," NASA announced there may have once been life on Mars and these were the most popular songs, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Loungin," LL Cool J

Before he was "NCIS: Los Angeles"-ing on CBS, LL Cool J was still putting out raunchy tracks like this follow-up to "Doin' It." Apparently, LL didn't believe in the use of apostrophes in 1996.

9. "You Learn"/"You Oughta Know," Alanis Morissette

"You Learn" was Morisette's fifth single from her massively popular album, "Jagged Little Pill." FYI: Because the single included a live version of "You Oughta Know," Billboard oddly mashes up the two for this singles ranking.

8. "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)," Quad City DJ's

The choo-choo-choice of spring break anthem from approximately 1996-1999, "C'mon N' Ride It" was also one of the best songs of the "Jock Jams" era. Well, in my humble opinion.

7. "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)," R. Kelly

In the mid 1990s, R. Kelly was shockingly more romantic then, well, gross. His next single: "I Believe I Can Fly."

6. "Change the World," Eric Clapton

Clapton's contribution to the "Phenomenon" soundtrack won Grammys for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, beating out, among others, the No. 5 song on this list.

5. "Give Me One Reason," Tracy Chapman

Chapman's bluesy comeback song was also the most successful of her career, reaching No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart.

4. "Twisted," Keith Sweat

Where's Keith Sweat now? He won the 2013 Soultrain Life Achievement Award. So I guess he's doing that.

3. "How Do U Want It/California Love," 2Pac

"How Do U Want It" was a double A-side single with "California Love," which had just a little something to do with it eventually hitting No. 1 on this chart. NSFW language.

2. "You're Making Me High/Let It Flow," Toni Braxton

Braxton's first No. 1 single was written by Babyface and Bryce Wilson, the latter of whom was rumored at the time to be romantically linked with Braxton.

1. "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio

Thought you might find this song here, right? "Macarena" spent 14 (yes, 14. 1-4) at the top of the Hot 100 chart. This week in 1996, we were still in the beginning of its reign. It wouldn't be out of the No. 1 spot until November, when Blackstreet's "No Diggity" took over.

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