“How Do You Talk to an Angel” is a song written by Steve Tyrell, Barry Coffing, and Stephanie Tyrell. It was the theme for the TV series The Heights. The single was released with Jamie Walters as lead singer, and it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 1992, but the series was canceled exactly one week after the song fell from its number one position. Vocalists on the single included Cheryl Pollak, Charlotte Ross of NYPD Blue and Glee fame, as well as Zachary Throne from the Las Vegas rock band, Sin City Sinners.
In 1993, the song was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics”. The Emmy went to the song “Sorry I Asked” by Liza Minnelli.
“End of the Road” is a single recorded by American R&B group Boyz II Men for the Boomerang soundtrack. It was released in 1992 and written and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons.
The song achieved overwhelming domestic and international success.
In the United States, “End of the Road” spent a then record-breaking 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Whitney Houston would later break this record in the same year, with “I Will Always Love You”, spending 14 weeks at #1. Boyz II Men would later match and break Houston’s record with two of their future releases:
“I’ll Make Love to You” (1994 – 14 weeks at #1);
“One Sweet Day” (Duet with Mariah Carey) (1995-1996 – 16 weeks at #1).
Internationally, “End of the Road” reached #1 in Australia, United Kingdom and the Hot 100 Eurochart, among others.
Due to the success of the single, Boyz II Men’s debut album Cooleyhighharmony was re-issued in 1992 and 1993 to include the song.
At the 1993 Grammy Awards, “End of the Road” was nominated for two Grammys, winning both: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best R&B Song.
“End of the Road” is considered one of the most successful songs of all time. It was the #1 single of 1992 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1992. It is ranked by Billboard as the 6th most successful song of the 1990-1999 decade. It is also ranked at #50 on Billboard’s “All-Time Top 100 Songs”
The song has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over one million units in the United States.
“This Used to Be My Playground” is a song recorded by American singer Madonna. It is the theme for the film A League of Their Own, which starred Madonna, and portrayed a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Madonna was asked to record a song for the film’s soundtrack. At that time she was busy recording her fifth studio album, Erotica, with producer Shep Pettibone. They worked on some ideas and came up with “This Used to Be My Playground” in two days. Once presented to director Penny Marshall’s team, the song was released as a standalone single on June 16, 1992, by Warner Bros. Records. However, it was not available on the film’s soundtrack due to contractual obligations and was later added to the Olympics-inspired Barcelona Gold compilation album, released that summer. The song was included on Madonna’s 1995 ballads compilation Something to Remember.
Written and produced by Madonna and Pettibone, “This Used to Be My Playground” was the first time that Pettibone worked with live string arrangement. Madonna recorded the song on a Shure SM57 microphone, with instrumentation from piano, organ, strings and a basic drum sounds. During the final recording, the duo had to redo the whole orchestra section to tailor it for the song. “This Used to Be My Playground” starts with a keyboard introduction and strings, with Madonna singing in expressive but subdued vocals. Its verse and chorus merge into each other for having a continuity in the song, but the track ends abruptly. Lyrically it discusses visiting one’s childhood places and not letting go of the past.
The song received positive reviews from critics, who noted it as an essential addition in Madonna’s repertoire. The song earned the singer a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song. It was a commercial success, reaching the top of the charts on the US Billboard Hot 100; the track was Madonna’s tenth chart-topping single, breaking her tie with Whitney Houston to become the female artist with the most number one singles at that time. It also reached the top of the charts in Canada, Finland, Italy and Sweden, while reaching the top-ten of the charts in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Even though the song was commercially successful, Madonna has never performed it in any of her concert tours, nor included it on her greatest hits albums, GHV2 (2001) and Celebration (2009).
Baby Got Back” is a hit song written and recorded by American rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, from his album Mack Daddy. The song samples the 1986 Detroit techno single “Technicolor” by Channel One.
At the time of its original release, the song caused controversy with its outspoken and blatantly sexual lyrics about women, as well as specific references to the female buttocks which some people found objectionable. The video was briefly banned by MTV. “Baby Got Back” has remained popular and even anthemic since it was originally featured on the album Mack Daddy in 1992.
It was the second best-selling song in the US in 1992, behind Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, with sales of 2,392,000 physical copies that year. In 2008, it was ranked number 17 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
“I’ll Be There” is a soul song written by Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, and Willie Hutch, which resulted in one U.S. number one hit single: a 1992 live version by American R&B singers Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz.
The Jackson 5 interpretation was recorded and released by Motown Records on August 28, 1970 as the first single from their Third Album on the same date. Produced by the songwriters, “I’ll Be There” was The Jackson 5’s fourth number one hit in a row (after “I Want You Back”–1970, “ABC”–1970, and “The Love You Save”–1970), making them the first black male group to achieve four consecutive number one pop hits. “I’ll Be There” is also notable as the most successful single released by Motown during its “Detroit era” (1959–72).
The Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz cover was recorded during Carey’s appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992, and released as the first single from her EP MTV Unplugged in the second quarter of 1992. Co-produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, “I’ll Be There” became Carey’s sixth number one single in the U.S., and her biggest hit elsewhere at the time.
“Jump” is the hit debut single by American hip hop duo Kris Kross. It was released on February 6, 1992, as a single from their debut studio album Totally Krossed Out. It achieved international success, topping charts in Switzerland, Australia, and the United States. Additionally, it was the third best-selling song in the US in 1992 with sales of 2,079,000 physical copies that year.
Kris Kross’s members were only 12 and 13 years old when they recorded their hit song. “Jump” was written and produced by Jermaine Dupri. “Jump” was the fastest selling single in fifteen years and stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Kris Kross’s debut album Totally Krossed Out, which features “Jump”, sold over four million It ranked number 75 on “VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90’s”, and number two on their “Child Stars” Top 10 list.
“Jump” uses samples of “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “Funky Worm” by Ohio Players, “Impeach the President” by The Honey Drippers, “Midnight Theme” by Manzel, “Escape-Ism” by James Brown, “Saturday Night” by Schoolly D, and a replay of “O.P.P.” by Naughty by Nature.
The song has been used on television in commercials and programs such as Law & Order. It is also used as part of a birthday card from American Greetings as of 2013. In 1992 Kids Incorporated covered “Jump” in the Season 8 episode “The Boy From La Mancha”. In 2015, it was used in a television commercial for Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
“Save the Best for Last” is a 1992 single written by Phil Galdston, Wendy Waldman and Jon Lind in March 1989. It is considered Vanessa Williams’ signature song. The lyrics’ redemptive themes resonated with Williams’ story, as she had put together a successful recording career following her earlier Miss America resignation scandal. The song is a ballad about a young female admirer of a single man who stands by and watches as the object of her desires goes through years of dating, before he finally unexpectedly decides to initiate a relationship with the singer.
“Save the Best for Last” was not written specifically for Vanessa Williams. There were a number of other singers who were offered the song;[specify] they all turned it down. While recording her album The Comfort Zone, at the last minute, a song had to be replaced. Vanessa was played “Save the Best for Last”, and Vanessa said: “I can’t believe nobody wants this song. I have to have this song.”[this quote needs a citation]
“To Be with You” is a soft rock song by American hard rock band Mr. Big. It was released in late 1991 as the second single from their second album, Lean into It. The song first charted on December 21, 1991, appearing in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It rose in the charts in over 20 countries, reaching number one in the U.S. It also reached a peak of number three in the UK.
The song was written and composed by Eric Martin during his teen years, with guitarist Paul Gilbert contributing to its melodic arrangements later on. Writing credit is also given to David Grahame, a songwriter working for the label at the time.
While in Gilbert’s apartment at Yucca Street in L.A., he and Martin were laying out their compositions. Martin had a ballad called “To Be With You”. Gilbert had his psychedelic rock song called “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”. Both felt the two songs were strong enough to be included in their upcoming album, despite it being purely rock; and true enough, these songs remained throughout the course of their career as a group and as solo artists.
“I’m Too Sexy” is the debut song by British group Right Said Fred. The single peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Outside the United Kingdom, “I’m Too Sexy” topped the charts in six countries, including Australia, Ireland, and the United States.
The single equalled the record for the most weeks at number two on the UK Singles Chart without ever topping the chart, staying at number two for six weeks in a row while held back by Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (this equalled the previous record set by Father Abraham’s 1978 hit “The Smurf Song”).
The band is considered a one-hit wonder in the United States, their only other charting United States single peaking at No. 76. However, “I’m Too Sexy” was the act’s first of several hits in their native United Kingdom, and they would have a number one single on the UK Singles Chart with “Deeply Dippy” in April 1992.
In April 2008, the song was rated No. 49 on “The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!” by Blender. In 2007, the song was voted No. 80 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. In 2011, it was voted No. 2 on VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song written by English singer-songwriter Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. It was originally recorded in 1974 by Elton John for his studio album Caribou and was released as a single that peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached number 16 in the UK Singles Chart. The song found further success in 1991 in a live cover version recorded as a duet between John and George Michael, which reached number 1 in the UK and US.