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Here Comes the Hotstepper

“Here Comes the Hotstepper” is a song co-written and recorded by Jamaican reggae artist Ini Kamoze. To date it is Kamoze’s only US number-one hit. It also made the UK Top 5, peaking at number 4.

The song was particularly popular in fashion shows of the 1990s.[citation needed] The song is used as the Entrance Theme to Public Enemy in ECW.

“Here Comes the Hotstepper” contains several samples, including vocals from “The Champ” by The Mohawks, “Hot Pants” by Bobby Byrd, and “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.[1] The song’s instrumental samples the drums and bass from “Heartbeat” by Taana Gardner and guitar notes from “Hung Up on My Baby” by Isaac Hayes. The song uses the “na na na na na…” chorus from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of “Land of a Thousand Dances,” and the verse vocal melody is reminiscent of The Beatles’ “Come Together.”

On Bended Knee

“On Bended Knee” is a 1994 number-one hit single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. It is the second single from their second album, II. Written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the song reached #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay and #2 on the Hot Singles Sales on December 3, 1994. “On Bended Knee” stayed at number one for a total of six weeks.

The single is notable for having replaced the previous Boyz II Men single, “I’ll Make Love to You”, as the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. This was the first time that an act had replaced itself at number one since the Beatles, when “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “She Loves You”, and “Can’t Buy Me Love” monopolized the top of the chart for a total of 14 weeks.

In the lyrics, the speaker begs “on bended knee” for his ex-lover to come back to him, and apologizes for his wrongdoing.

I’ll Make Love to You

“I’ll Make Love to You” is a 1994 number-one hit single by R&B group Boyz II Men for the Motown label. The song, which was written by Babyface, was the lead single from their second album II.

The single was a massive commercial success. It held the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, from August 27 to November 26, 1994. At the time, the song tied a record for the most weeks at number one that had been set by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in late 1992 and early 1993. Boyz II Men would later break their own record in 1996 with “One Sweet Day”, a collaboration with Mariah Carey, which remained at number one on the Hot 100 for 16 weeks beginning in December 1995. “I’ll Make Love to You” also topped the U.S. R&B and adult contemporary charts for nine and three weeks, respectively, in 1994. It sold 1,627,000 copies domestically, earning a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over one million copies.[1][2] It also peaked at number 5 in the United Kingdom.

“I’ll Make Love to You” won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and two American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Soul/R&B Single. It ranks at number 19 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Songs.[3]

Stay (I Missed You)

“Stay (I Missed You)” is a song by American singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb. It was released in May 1994 as the lead single from the original movie soundtrack Reality Bites (1994). The song was written and composed by Loeb herself, while production was handled by Juan Patiño and Loeb, who previously produced some of her songs back with Nine Stories. “Stay” was originally conceived in 1990 when she formed the band Nine Stories, who were then featured in the song (they were credited separated from Loeb). Loeb’s neighbor and friend, actor Ethan Hawke had found out about the song and submitted it to actor Ben Stiller’s directional film soundtrack Reality Bites which was then accepted. Musically, “Stay” is a pop rock song that has been influenced with folk music. Lyrically, the song deals with a relationship that is in trouble, but the singer tries to reconcile with her lover.

“Stay” received positive reviews from most music critics, who praised the lyrical and production side and likened the song’s commercial potential. Several critics had listed the song in some of the best song lists. “Stay” ultimately went on to become a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning her the distinction of being the first artist to top the U.S. chart before being signed to any record label. The song was commercially successful in countries including New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. The song’s music video was produced and directed by close friend Ethan Hawke who lived near her apartment in New York City. For their performance of the song Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories were nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, but lost to All-4-One’s “I Swear”.

I Swear

“I Swear” is a ballad written by Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers that became a hit for two acts in 1994. Initially, it was a number-one single on the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for American country music artist John Michael Montgomery at the beginning of the year. His version crossed over to pop radio and climbed to number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. A few months later, American pop group All-4-One covered the song and achieved great success in many countries. In Latin America it has been translated “Juraré” performed by the Costa Rican group Centinelas Vocal Band.[1] In 1998, the Mexican country band Caballo Dorado recorded a Spanish version called “Ya sé”.

Bump n’ Grind (R. Kelly song)

“Bump n’ Grind” is a song by American R&B recording artist R. Kelly. It was released on January 25, 1994 as the second single from his debut solo studio album 12 Play (1994). The track became a number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 (temporarily interrupting the six-week run of Ace of Base’s “The Sign”), and it also spent twelve weeks at number one on the US Hot R&B Songs chart as Kelly’s third number-one R&B hit, becoming the longest-running number-one of 1994 in the US, and the longest-running R&B single at that time. The song also reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart, following the massive success of his previous single, “She’s Got That Vibe” (which was actually a re-release).

Kelly released three versions of “Bump n’ Grind”: the original album version and two remixes. The original LP version was made available for airplay on urban and Top 40 pop radio stations alike at first, but eventually the “Old School” remix was issued shortly and gained massive airplay on urban, adult R&B/soul and rhythmic radio stations. Kelly also released the “Bump n’ Grind (How I Feel It Extended Mix)”, which was used in the original video for the song. This version received major play on urban radio as well. Some stations still play the original version to this day.

The Sign (song)

“The Sign” is a song by the Swedish band Ace of Base, which was released on 29 October 1993 in Europe. The song was an international hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and spending six non-consecutive weeks as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It appeared on the band’s album Happy Nation (titled The Sign in North America).

The song was the No. 1 song of 1994 according to Billboard magazine’s year-end charts. The song was ranked at number 60 on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs for the first 50 years of the Hot 100 chart[1] and received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo at the 1995 Grammy Awards.[2]

The song was heavily featured in the fifth season finale of American Dad!, “Great Space Roaster”. The song has also been covered in the TV series Full House, in which fictional band “Girl Talk”, led by character Stephanie Tanner, mess up the song during the performance. The song is also played in the South Park episode “Prehistoric Ice Man,” the 2012 comedy Pitch Perfect and in the pilot of Hindsight.

The Power of Love (Jennifer Rush song)

“The Power of Love” is a song co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984. It has been covered by several artists, most notably by Celine Dion, Laura Branigan, Helene Fischer, and Air Supply. Rush’s original version went to number one in the United Kingdom in 1985 and became the biggest-selling single of the year in that country. It was also a number one single in several other European countries, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dion’s version went to number one in the United States, Canada and Australia in 1994. The song has been translated into several languages, becoming a pop standard.

All for Love (song)

“All for Love” is a song written by Bryan Adams, Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Michael Kamen for the soundtrack The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It was performed by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting.[2] The song was released as a CD single in the United States on November 16, 1993. It was a worldwide hit, reaching number one across Europe and North America.

The title was inspired by the Musketeers’ motto: “All for one, and one for all”.

Hero (Mariah Carey song)

“Hero” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. It was released on October 19, 1993 via Columbia Records as the second single from Carey’s third studio album, Music Box (1993). Originally intended for Gloria Estefan, the song was written by Mariah and produced by her and Walter Afanasieff. While writing the song, Carey did not connect to its style or sound, therefore forfeiting it over to the soundtrack of the film of the same name. However, after being convinced to keep it, she personalized it, giving it a more pop and R&B melody,[citation needed] as well as changing some of the lyrics to more precisely fit her personality. Lyrically, the song is regarded as one of Carey’s most inspirational and personal ballads, with its protagonist declaring that even though we may feel discouraged or down at times, in reality we are “heroes” if we look inside ourselves and see our own inner strength; in time, it will help us “find the way.”

The song received mixed reviews by contemporary music critics for its lyrical content, while Carey’s vocal performance was praised. Aside from its lyrics, “Hero” derived its hook and sound from several musical instruments such as the guitar, piano and organ. The song experienced strong success in several international markets, and also became Carey’s eighth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, it was ranked number 53 on the Decade-End Chart. Outside the United States, “Hero” enjoyed strong charting, reaching the top five in Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway and the top ten in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Due to fan requests and letters, as well as their connection to its personal meaning and content, the song remains one of Carey’s most performed songs. Deemed by many as her signature song, the song was originally performed on The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday during its original chart run. Additionally, Carey performed it on several live telethons and specials, such as Pavarotti and Friends and Michael Jackson & Friends in 1999, America: A Tribute to Heroes in 2001, Live 8 in 2005, and the inaugural ball for Barack Obama in 2009. Additionally, the song was featured on the set-lists of all of Carey’s tours, usually serving as the encore or closing number, and making its debut during the album’s accompanying set of concerts, the Music Box Tour. The song was included on several of Carey’s compilation albums, #1’s (1998), Greatest Hits (2001), The Ballads (2008), and #1 to Infinity (2015).

Throughout the course of her career, Carey has re-recorded the song twice, and filmed other music videos aside from the original. The first music video for the song was filmed by Larry Jordan in July 1993 during a private concert at Proctor’s Theatre, later released on the home video Here Is Mariah Carey. In 2001, following the September 11 attacks, Carey re-recorded the song as a mash-up single titled “Never Too Far/Hero Medley,” a medley with her single at the time, “Never Too Far.” Additionally, prior to the release of her compilation album The Ballads, Carey re-recorded “Hero” and filmed a new video featuring behind the scenes footage of the studio. “Hero” won two ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, one ASCAP Pop Music Award and one BMI Pop Award for the Songwriter Award. The song has been covered many times during both studio and live recordings, such as on global singing competitions.

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