Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The 1990s
Week by week, chart by chart, witness the 1990s unfold …
- New technology updates the way Billboard compiles their charts: SoundScan (sales) and Broadcast Data Systems (airplay)
- Country music popularity booms with these new artists: Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, Tim McGraw, Travis Tritt
- With the blockbuster arrivals of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the Seattle export of grunge rock explodes the popularity of rock, paving the way for the success of hundreds of rock artists (Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Alanis Morissette).
- Rap grows to be a powerhouse force in the music industry with the immense popularity of Coolio, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Craig Mack, The Notorious B.I.G. and hundreds of others.
- R&B vocal groups enjoy mass appeal, making up a significant portion of the Hot 100: Boyz II Men, Color Me Badd, All-4-One, SWV, Jade, Shai, Silk, Xscape, Changing Faces, Zhane
- Female artists are now the creators of a large percentage of music of all genres.
- Major chart presence of artists who write, produce and perform for themselves and others: Babyface, R. Kelly, Dr. Dre, Teddy Riley
- Some of today’s biggest artists have had their entire careers in the 1990s: Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, En Vogue, TLC, Hootie & The Blowfish
- Dance crazes: Lambada, Achy Breaky (country line dancing), Macarena, The Train
- Swift rise to fame followed by early death: Selena, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, 2PAC, Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon, Eazy-E
- Sampling old songs, particularly ‘70s funk, becomes increasingly popular with rap and R&B artists
- Record labels and artists forgo releasing album tracks as commercial singles, hoping for better album sales
- Major artists start their own record labels: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey
- Remix producers extend the life of singles with additional versions to keep the songs fresh in the clubs and on the radio
- New Age music sales increase: Enya, Yanni, John Tesh
- Popularity of reggae music: Shabba Ranks, Maxi Priest, Inner Circle, Big Mountain, Buju Banton, Shaggy, Mad Lion, Patra, Chaka Demus, Ini Kamoze
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