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Just like The Pharcyde‘s Imani exclaims in “Runnin’,” it’s 1995!
We’ve lost Selena, Pierce Brosnan is 007, OJ is acquitted, Michael Jordan is back to save the NBA (he thought) and Captain Marvel is saving the world for the first time. While all this is going down, Coolio, Madonna and TLC top the charts.
Can you hear it? Are you in the groove? We’ll help: Here are the top 10 songs from the year smack in the middle of the ’90s, based on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles list.
10. “This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan
Admit it: Be it 1995 or 2019, you’re still doing the Roger Rabbit to this one.
9. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” – Monica
Guys just don’t understand what it’s like to have one of “dem” days — you know the ones. So Monica hooked it up with this song to help explain. They still don’t get it, though.
8. “Take a Bow” – Madonna
If you suffered a breakup in ’95, you know this one from the Queen of Pop all too well.
7. “Fantasy” – Mariah Carey
This song — more specifically, the more popular remix — could quite possibly be the best R&B/hip-hop collaboration of all time. Mariah Carey and Wu-Tang Klan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
6. “Another Night” – Real McCoy
German dance-pop group Real McCoy hit us hard with this hit, a must at every party and skating rink.
5. “On Bended Knee” – Boyz II Men
1995 was prime Boyz II Men. Their sweet harmonies helped many a couple mend things with this single.
4. “Kiss from a Rose” – Seal
Sorry, Celine Dion, but this song from the Batman Forever soundtrack is the greatest love ballad of all time.
3. “Creep” – TLC
With Crazysexycool — and even before — T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli gave girls examples of what confident, beautiful, sexy young women sound like. This single about, well, cheating had parents saying “oh no,” but ’90s teens saying “yes, please!”
2. “Waterfalls” – TLC
Oh yes: TLC dominated the chart in ’95. They weren’t content to simply teach girls to be unapologetic (long before Rihanna did), they also shared the harsh realities of the drug and HIV/AIDS epidemics the country was dealing with in the ’90s.
The Stevie Wonder sample. The Coolio braids. The… Michelle Pfieffer? This introspective single — featured in everyone’s favorite ’90s white savior movie, Dangerous Minds — sits at No. 1 on this list and No. 89 on Billboard’s list of the greatest songs of all time. Coolio earned a Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance for the song, as well as two MTV VMAs, which were a much bigger deal back in the ’90s. Yet another bonus: This hit inspired the Weird Al parody “Amish Paradise.”