“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.
“If Wishes Came True” is a song recorded by the freestyle/dance trio Sweet Sensation on their 1990 album Love Child. It was the biggest hit of their career and reached Number One in the U.S. on September 1, 1990, replacing Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love.”
The album version of the song begins with strings and a flamenco guitar, then quickly picks up into a synthesizer line, a powerful electric guitar solo, and the vocal begins soon afterward. (The edited version omits the strings-and-guitar intro.) A power ballad, “If Wishes Came True” was a different musical direction for the girl group known primarily for their freestyle hits. Accordingly, the song also became Sweet Sensation’s only entry on the Billboard Adult Contemporary singles chart, where it reached number eight.
According to The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, the members of the group cried for days after learning that their song had hit number one.
“Vision of Love” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. It served as Carey’s debut single, the first from her self-titled debut album. Written by Carey and Ben Margulies, “Vision of Love” was released on May 15, 1990, by Columbia Records. After being featured on Carey’s demo tape for Columbia, the song was re-sung and produced by Rhett Lawrence and Narada Michael Walden. “Vision of Love” features a slow-dance theme tempo and backing vocals sung by Carey herself, and introduces her usage of the whistle register. Lyrically, the song describes a past and present relationship with a lover. Carey describes the “vision of love” she dreamed of, as well as the present love she feels for him.
The song’s music video was filmed in April 1990. It features Carey in a large cathedral, where she meditates and sings by a large carved window. “Vision of Love” was performed on several television and award show ceremonies, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards. It has been performed at almost every one of Carey’s concerts and tours, and is featured on Carey’s live album MTV Unplugged (1992) and on many of her compilation albums, Number 1’s (1998), Greatest Hits (2001) and The Ballads (2008).
“Vision of Love” was lauded by contemporary music critics. While the production of the song was typical of late 1980s pop, the vocals were not, being much more showy and expressing a wider range than artists popular at the time such as Paula Abdul and Debbie Gibson. It has been credited with popularizing the use of melisma in modern popular music and for inspiring several artists to pursue a career in music. The New Yorker named “Vision of Love” the “Magna Carta of melisma” for its and Carey’s influence on pop and R&B singers and American Idol contestants. Additionally, Rolling Stone said that “the fluttering strings of notes that decorate songs like “Vision of Love,” inspired the entire American Idol vocal school, for better or worse, and virtually every other female R&B singer since the nineties.” The song topped the singles charts in Canada, New Zealand and the United States, where it spent four weeks atop the chart.
“She Ain’t Worth It” is a song recorded by Glenn Medeiros with a rap verse from singer Bobby Brown. It hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 21, 1990, becoming Medeiros’ only number one hit in America and Brown’s second and last number one hit after “My Prerogative”. The single also reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart where Medeiros had previously reached number 1 with his hit “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”.
“Step by Step” is the biggest-selling hit single from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight. Danny Wood sang “Step 1”, Donnie Wahlberg sang “Step 2”, Jordan Knight sang “Step 3”, Joey McIntyre sang “Step 4”, and Jonathan Knight sang “Step 5.”
Written by Maurice Starr, it was a huge worldwide hit, selling over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest selling singles of 1990. It was the first single from the album of the same name, released on May 10, 1990. The song spent three weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was eventually certified platinum; it also spent two weeks at #1 in the Canadian Singles Chart, in total “Step by Step” spent five weeks at #1 in the North American charts. It also peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart and was also a top 10 hit in the Australian, French, German, Irish and Norwegian charts. “Step by Step” was initially recorded by one of Maurice Starr’s other groups, The Superiors and was released as a single in 1987.
Donnie Wahlberg’s brother Mark Wahlberg appears in the video for this song.
“It Must Have Been Love” is a song written by Per Gessle and performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. The ballad became the duo’s third #1 hit in the United States, and is one of their best selling releases, certified gold in a number of countries.
The song was included on the soundtrack to the film Pretty Woman. In 2005 Per Gessle received an award from BMI after the song’s four millionth radio play and in 2014 Per Gessle received an new award from BMI for five millionth radio play
“Hold On” is a song recorded by American vocal group Wilson Phillips. It was released in February 1990 as the lead single from their debut album, Wilson Phillips. The song won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990. At the Grammy Awards of 1991, the song received a nomination for Song of the Year, losing to “From a Distance” by Julie Gold and performed by Bette Midler. Kids Incorporated covered “Hold On” in 1991 in the Season 7 episode “That’s What Friends Are For”.
“Vogue” is a song by American singer Madonna from her second soundtrack album I’m Breathless (1990). It was released as the first single from the album on March 20, 1990, by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and choreographers Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, the origin of the dance form, and they introduced “Vogueing” to her at the Sound Factory club in New York City. “Vogue” later appeared on her greatest hits compilation albums, The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009).
“Vogue” is an upbeat dance-pop and house song and set the trends of dance music in the 1990s. However, it has strong influences of 1970s disco within its composition. The song also contains a spoken section, in which the singer name-checks various golden-era Hollywood celebrities. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, and it contains a theme of escapism. Critically, “Vogue” has been met with appreciation ever since its release; reviewers have praised its anthemic nature and listed it as one of the singer’s career highlights. Commercially, the song remains one of Madonna’s biggest international hits, topping the charts in over 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It became the world’s best-selling single of 1990, selling over six million copies.
The music video for “Vogue”, directed by David Fincher, was shot in black-and-white and takes stylistic inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s. Madonna and her dancers can be seen voguing to different choreographed moves. The video has been ranked as one of the greatest of all times in different critic lists and polls and won three awards at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards out of a total of nine nominations.
Madonna has performed the song on six of her tours, at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, and at her performance during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI. The song has also been covered numerous times by different artists, such as the Chipettes on their album Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes; it also featured on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada, as well as in “The Power of Madonna” episode of the Fox show Glee. Writers and critics have noted the video and the song’s influence in bringing an underground subculture into mainstream popular culture through the postmodern nature of her power and influence, as well as the way in which it followed a new trend in which dance music enjoyed widespread popularity.
“Nothing Compares 2 U” is a song written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family album by The Family band. It was later made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor, whose arrangement was released as the second single from her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. This version, which O’Connor co-produced with Nellee Hooper, became a worldwide hit in 1990. A music video, which has been described as iconic, was shot and received heavy rotation on MTV. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from an abandoned lover’s point of view.
“I’ll Be Your Everything” is a song by American pop music singer Tommy Page that was included on his album Paintings in My Mind. Released as a single in early 1990, “I’ll Be Your Everything” became Page’s first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1990. The song spent one week at No. 1, thirteen weeks in the Top 40 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. “I’ll Be Your Everything” also peaked at No. 31 on the Adult Contemporary chart 
“Love Will Lead You Back” is a song performed by American singer Taylor Dayne. Released as the second single from Dayne’s second album Can’t Fight Fate (following the more uptempo “With Every Beat of My Heart”), the ballad debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on January 27, 1990. It reached number one on April 7 that same year and spent 15 weeks in the Top 40, becoming Dayne’s only chart-topping hit. It also reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and was certified Gold in the U.S. by the RIAA.
“Black Velvet” is a blues verse with a rock chorus written by Canadian songwriters Christopher Ward and David Tyson, recorded by Canadian singer songwriter Alannah Myles. It was released in December 1989 as one of four singles from Myles’ 1989 eponymous CD from Atlantic Records. It became a number one hit for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number ten in her native Canada and number two on the UK Singles Chart.
Myles won the 1990 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocalist for the song and the 1990 Juno Award for Single of the Year. Since its release, the song has received substantial airplay, receiving a “Millionaire Award” from ASCAP in 2005 for more than four million radio plays.
“Escapade” is a song by American R&B/pop entertainer Janet Jackson, released as the third single from her fourth studio album Rhythm Nation 1814.
The song was released following Jackson’s iconic “Rhythm Nation” single and became the third of the historic seven top five singles released from the Rhythm Nation 1814 album. The song’s music video takes place at an exotic carnival setting, also featuring Jackson’s trademark intense choreography. The song and its video has influenced other songs and music videos from several artists, who have cited influence from its upbeat tempo and joyous feel.
“Escapade” won a BMI Pop Award for Most Played Song due to its frequent airplay and popularity among the general public, and was also performed by Jackson in her Japanese commercials for Japan Airlines. The song appears in Dance Central 2 as DLC. It has been included in each of Jackson’s greatest hits albums Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).
“Opposites Attract” is a song recorded by Paula Abdul, featured on her debut album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber. Vocals on the song, in addition to Abdul, were provided by Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn, also known as The Wild Pair. “Opposites Attract” was the sixth and final single from the album, and achieved success in many countries, including the United States and Australia, where it was a number one hit.
The lyrics are about a couple who love each other despite being different in just about every way possible.
The song’s music video is directed by Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson, in which Abdul dances with cartoon character MC Skat Kat, voiced by The Wild Pair, Bruce DeShazer and Marvin Gunn. The music video adds an intro rap performed by Romany Malco. An additional rap was provided by Derrick ‘Delite’ Stevens for the Street mix version of the song, which was edited for the 7″/video.
The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. Paula even choreographed the animated character’s moves to match her live-action dance moves in the video. MC Skat Kat was animated by members of the Disney animation team, working outside the studio between major projects, under the direction of Chris Bailey. Also shown in the video are Micetro, Taboo, and Fatz, yet their names weren’t revealed, until the release of The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob.
The video won Abdul a Grammy Award in 1991 for “Best Short Form Music Video”. The Wild Pair did not perform in Video.
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” is a song written in 1983 by Doug James and Michael Bolton. The ballad has been recorded by many artists around the world, in several languages, becoming something of a modern pop standard. Instrumental versions of the song have been recorded featuring variously the piano, guitar, saxophone, pan flute, steel drum, and music box.
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” was supposed to be recorded by the duo Air Supply. But when Arista President Clive Davis asked for permission to change the lyrics of the chorus, Bolton refused, and Davis released the song. Subsequently Laura Branigan recorded it as written, and it became the first major hit for the two songwriters. The song was also performed by actress Lisa Hartman on the soap opera Knots Landing. Bolton’s own rendition became a worldwide hit in early 1990.
“Another Day in Paradise” is a protest song recorded by English drummer and singer Phil Collins. Produced by Collins along with Hugh Padgham, it was released as the first single from his number-one album …But Seriously (1989). As with his song for Genesis, “Man on the Corner”, the track has as its subject the problem of homelessness; as such, the song was a substantial departure from the dance-pop music of his previous album, No Jacket Required (1985).
Collins sings the song from a third-person perspective, as he observes a man crossing the street to ignore a homeless woman, and he implores listeners not to turn a blind eye to homelessness because, by drawing a religious allusion, “it’s just another day for you and me in paradise”. Collins also appeals directly to God by singing: “Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do? Oh Lord, there must be something you can say?”
The song was Collins’ seventh and final Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, and the first number-one single of the 1990s. It was also a worldwide success, eventually becoming one of the most successful songs of his solo career. It won Collins and Padgham the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 1991 awards ceremony, while it was also nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Music Video, Short Form. “Another Day in Paradise” also won an award for Best British Single at the 1990 BRIT Awards. Despite the awards gained following its release, the song also generated controversy over its subject matter and has received a largely negative reaction from music critics.
Collins and David Crosby’s live performance of the song at the 1991 Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume I. In 2009, Collins’s version was listed at 86th on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time. “Another Day in Paradise” has since been covered by several artists, including Brandy, her brother Ray J, Jam Tronik, Axxis, Novecento, and Hank Marvin.