Top Pop Playlists 1985-1999


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Joel Whitburn pays homage to the end of the record era in this third volume of his Top Pop Playlist series.  These were still the days of diverse Top 40 radio and actual physical singles.

This edition vividly displays the three different primary configurations of singles during this time:  vinyl 45 rpm records, cassette singles and compact disc singles.  1,260 photos plus 180 monthly Playlists containing 3,900 recordings equals a fascinating retrospective of a swiftly changing music industry.

Each Playlist is a ranking of all songs that reached their peak popularity during that month on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart.

Rediscover this transformative decade and a half with its multifaceted array of all things pop … girl groups, boy bands, big hair rock, emerging alternative, hip hop, electronic, new Country, metal, grunge, East Coast vs. West Coast rap, the divas, and everything in between.

Mingling together in Top Pop Playlists 1985-1999 are …

Sheryl Crow, Black Crowes, Babyface, Goo Goo Dolls, INXS, NKOTB, R.E.M., SWV, TLC, UB40,U2, 2Pac, Guns N’ Roses, Love & Rockets, Neneh Cherry, Fiona Apple, Cranberries, Bananarama, Smashing Pumpkins, Smash Mouth, Miami Sound Machine, Rage Against The Machine, Primitive Radio Gods, Billy Idol, Stone Temple Pilots, Savage Garden, Soundgarden, Wallflowers, Gin Blossoms, SheDaisy, Green Jelly, Pearl Jam, Live, Megadeth, Nirvana, John Michael Montgomery, Terrence Trent D’Arby, Outkast, Garbage, Spice Girls, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Little Texas, L.A. Guns, Georgia Satellites, Europe, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Loggins, Kenny G, Marky Mark, Lisa Lisa, Metallica, Martika, Vince Gill, Johnny Gill, Dru Hill, Faith Hill, Billy Ocean, Hole, Coolio, Skid Row, Third Eye Blind, Blink-182, 10,000 Maniacs, Tonic, The Cure, Concrete Blonde, Clint Black, Green Day, Simply Red, Puff Daddy, Madonna, Offspring, LL Cool J, Stacey Q, Jo Dee Messina, Jodeci, Expose’, Double’, Sade’, Zhane’ ….

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