“Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” is a song recorded by Stevie B. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December, 1990 spending four weeks at number one and spending two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, as well. It reached number six in the UK Singles Chart and number eight in the Australian Singles Chart.
The song listed at number 55 on Billboard magazine Top 100 songs for the 50th Anniversary of the Hot 100 chart.
“I’m Your Baby Tonight” is the lead single and title track from Whitney Houston’s third studio album of the same name. The song was written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface. The single features a B-side, “Feels So Good”, which has not been featured on any Whitney Houston album. While the original version, written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, was released in the United States, the Yvonne Turner mix (also known as the “European Version” or the “International Version”), was released in other countries. Houston was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female with this track at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991.
The song became a huge hit for Houston, reaching the top 10 worldwide. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her eighth single to do so; “I’m Your Baby Tonight” is her fifth biggest hit in the US.
A live performance was included in the 2014 CD/DVD release, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.
“Love Takes Time” is a song recorded by Mariah Carey. It was written by Carey and Ben Margulies, and was produced by Walter Afanasieff for Carey’s debut album, Mariah Carey (1990). It was released as the album’s second single on September 11, 1990 through CBS Records. It was the first of several adult contemporary-influenced Carey ballads to be released as a single, and its protagonist laments the loss of a lover and confesses that “love takes time” to heal and that their feelings for their ex-lover remain.
Carey quickly recorded the song at the very last minute prior to when her debut album was already “completed” and being processed for release. She played the “Love Takes Time” demo to CBS Records former CEO Don Ienner while on an airplane, very impressed with the song however Ienner and other officials were slightly reluctant to include the recording on her upcoming album because it was already going through final stages of completion, eventually the song made the cut to the album because Carey successfully protested. Famously, “Love Takes Time” is not seen on track lists of early pressings of her 1990 debut album but is heard on the album, her debut album track-lists containing “Love Takes Time” is later seen on re-issues of the album released by Sony.
“Love Takes Time” was well received by critics and went to become another success very similar to her debut single “Vision of Love” in the United States and Canada, it became her second number-one single in the United States on its ninth week, attaining the position for three weeks. However, it failed to match the foreign success of “Vision of Love”, this time charting weakly in Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom. A music video was provided for the song, filmed in black and white at a beach. “Love Takes Time” has been included on Carey’s compilation album Greatest Hits (2001), as well as her 2015 compilation album Number 1 To Infinity, among others. “Love Takes Time” was heavily promoted in the U.S., being performed live on shows such as The Arsenio Hall Show, Mariah’s Thanksgiving NBC Special and The Des O’Connor Show. She performed the song live at various locations such as, MTV Unplugged in 1992, the Music Box Tour, and recently her Number 1’s tour in Las Vegas.
“Ice Ice Baby” is a hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice and DJ Earthquake based on the bassline of “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, who did not initially receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit. Originally released on Vanilla Ice’s 1989 debut album Hooked and later on his 1990 national debut To the Extreme, it is his most well known song. It has appeared in remixed form on Platinum Underground and Vanilla Ice Is Back! A live version appears on the album Extremely Live, while a rap rock version appears on the album Hard to Swallow, under the title “Too Cold”.
“Ice Ice Baby” was initially released as the B-side to Vanilla Ice’s cover of “Play That Funky Music”, but the single was not initially successful. When disc jockey David Morales played “Ice Ice Baby” instead, it began to gain success. “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, thus helping the song diversify hip hop by introducing it to a mainstream audience. The song came fifth in VH1 and Blender’s 2004 list of the “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever.”
“Black Cat” is a song by American singer Janet Jackson, released as the fifth single from her fourth studio album Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). It was written by Jackson, and produced by Jackson with Jellybean Johnson. In a departure from her standard of industrial-based dance-pop, “Black Cat” is a pastiche of hard rock and heavy metal with influences of punk, dance-rock, and glam metal. Its lyrics speak of substance abuse and gang violence. It was the final song recorded for the album, after Jackson composed its main riff when desiring a rock song to complete the record.
“Black Cat” was well received among critics, who praised Jackson’s “maximum advantage” vocals and her seamless foray into the hard rock genre. It was a commercial success, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as the top ten in the charts in South Africa, Canada, Norway, and Australia, among other countries. In the United Kingdom it was a top-twenty hit, peaking at number fifteen. It was certified gold in the United States and Australia.
Its music video, directed by Wayne Isham, was filmed during Jackson’s Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990. It used an “in-concert” theme, splicing Jackson with images of a black panther. Jackson performed “Black Cat” at the MTV Video Music Awards, in a “fiery rendition” of the song in which she conveyed “feline” choreography, and also on the Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990, which drew media attention for its usage of illusionary magic, concluding with Jackson forced into a cage before transformed into a live panther.
“Black Cat” received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, making her the only artist in history to receive nominations spanning five genres. It also earned Jackson a BMI Pop Award for Most Played Song. “Black Cat” has been cited as an influence by numerous artists and it has been covered by such artists as Warmen, Britney Spears, and Nanne Grönvall.
“I Don’t Have the Heart” is the title of a No. 1 hit song that was written by Allan Rich and Jud Friedman (ru) and recorded by American R&B recording artist James Ingram. It is Ingram’s only number-one single as a solo artist on the US Billboard Hot 100, and his second number-one single overall, since the Patti Austin-featured “Baby, Come to Me”, which topped the Hot 100 in 1983. Ingram received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991 for the song.
Released as the fourth single from Ingram’s 1989 album It’s Real, “I Don’t Have the Heart” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20, 1990. The ballad remained at No. 1 for one week, and is his only solo number-one career hit to date. Singer Stacy Lattisaw recorded the song as well, and her version was released on Motown Records at the same time as Ingram’s, although it was not as commercially successful.
“Praying for Time” is a song written and performed by George Michael, released on Epic Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US in 1990. It spent one week in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the last solo single from Michael to occupy the top of the chart in the US.
The song was Michael’s first single in almost two years, entering the UK Singles Chart in August 1990.
A dark and sombre reflection on social ills and injustice, it was hailed by critics, with James Hunter of Rolling Stone magazine describing the song as “a distraught look at the world’s astounding woundedness. Michael offers the healing passage of time as the only balm for physical and emotional hunger, poverty, hypocrisy and hatred.”
The single peaked at number six in the UK, but it was his ninth number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. The song remained in the Billboard Top 40 for ten weeks. It was the first song of political motivation he had released as a single since his earliest days with Wham!.
The song was the first of five released in the UK from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, although it was the only one of the quintet to make the UK Top 10.
“(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” is a song by American hard rock band Nelson. It was released in 1990 on Geffen Records and backed with “Will You Love Me”. The song was based on a crush on Cindy Crawford. The music video features model and actress Judie Aronson who first appears on the cover of a magazine called “Vague”, a play on Vogue. The song itself is known for its technical drumming involving syncopation and double bass, and virtuoso guitar soloing.
The production on the single and its B-side, “Will You Love Me”, was done by David Thoener and Marc Tanner. It also appears as the first track on Nelson’s album, After the Rain. The song is used in X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men. American boyband Natural covered the song for their 2002 album Keep It Natural.
“Release Me” is a song written and recorded by Wilson Phillips, their second single from their debut album Wilson Phillips. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 15, 1990, and spent two weeks at number-one. It also topped the adult contemporary chart for one week that same year. Single by Wilson Phillips from the album Wilson Phillips
B-side – “Eyes Like Twins”
Released – June 1990
Format – 7″ vinyl, 12″ vinyl, CD
Recorded – 1989-1990
Genre – Pop
Length – 3:46 (Single Edit), 4:56 (Album Version)
Label – SBK
Writer(s) – Wilson Phillips
Producer(s) – Glen Ballard
“Blaze of Glory (Theme from Young Guns II)” is a song by Jon Bon Jovi which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream rock chart in 1990, his only chart-topper away from his band Bon Jovi. The song also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. “Blaze of Glory” also topped the ARIA music chart in Australia for a total of six weeks, and reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song was allegedly recorded by Jon Bon Jovi because Emilio Estevez requested Bon Jovi’s song “Wanted Dead or Alive” for the soundtrack to Young Guns II, but Bon Jovi did not think the lyrics about the band constantly touring, fit the theme of the Western movie. However, the request inspired him to write “Blaze of Glory” with lyrics more topical to the film.
The song features a music video and remains a crowd favorite with Bon Jovi fans, despite the fact that the song was not released as one of the band’s singles, and only by Jon. The track is notable for the performance of Jeff Beck on guitar.