“No Diggity” is a song by American R&B group Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and in New Zealand, and number nine in the United Kingdom. “No Diggity” ended “Macarena”‘s 14-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100. It ranked at number 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs. It sold 1.6 million copies in 1996, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was nominated for Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. It ranked at #32 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s. In the United Kingdom, the song climbed back into the top forty of the UK Singles Chart in March 2013, peaking at number thirty-eight 16 years after its original release there.
“Macarena” (Spanish pronunciation: [makaˈɾena]) is a Spanish dance song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1993 album A mí me gusta, it was an international hit in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and continues to be a popular dance at weddings, parties, and sporting events. One of the most iconic examples of 1990s dance music, it was ranked the “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time” by VH1 in 2002. The song uses a type of clave rhythm. The song ranks at No. 7 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100. It also ranks at No. 1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs. It is also Billboard’s No. 1 dance song and one of six foreign language songs to hit No. 1 since 1955’s rock era began.
“Let It Flow” is a song by American R&B singer Toni Braxton. Written and produced by Babyface, the song was originally recorded for, and included on, the soundtrack to the 1995 motion picture Waiting to Exhale.
“Let It Flow” was released as a double A-side with “You’re Makin’ Me High”, the lead single from Braxton’s second studio album, Secrets (1996). At the time the single was issued, “Let It Flow” was already receiving strong radio airplay in the United States, and the two tracks eventually topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
“You’re Makin’ Me High” is the lead single from Toni Braxton’s second studio album, Secrets (1996). This mid-tempo song represents a joint collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning producer Babyface and Bryce Wilson, and was issued in the United States as a double A-side with “Let It Flow”, the airplay hit from the motion picture Waiting to Exhale (1995).
“You’re Makin’ Me High” became Braxton’s first number-one single on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts; it remained on top for one week on the former and for two weeks on the latter, eventually going platinum as rated by the RIAA. A dance remix by David Morales with re-recorded vocals allowed the single to also top the Hot Dance Club Play chart for two weeks in August 1996. Another remix for urban markets was created featuring rapper Foxy Brown, called the “Groove Mix”.
The song earned Braxton her third Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. The success of “You’re Makin’ Me High” would later be continued with the release of “Un-Break My Heart” (1996). “You’re Makin’ Me High” was sampled for Method Man & Redman’s 2001 song “Part II”, from the How High soundtrack. In 2014, Anglo-American producer/DJ Secondcity sampled a part of the song’s bridge for the main hook of his UK #1 single “I Wanna Feel”.
“California Love” is a hip hop song by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. The song was released as 2Pac’s comeback single after his release from prison in 1995 and was his first single as a Death Row Records artist. This is perhaps 2Pac’s best-known song and his most successful, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (as a double A-side single with “How Do U Want It”) and 5 weeks at number one in New Zealand. The song was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) in 1997.
A popular remix version of the song appeared on his 1996 double album All Eyez on Me, the first double album in the history of Death Row Records.
“How Do U Want It” is a hip-hop song performed by Tupac Shakur. The third single from his album All Eyez on Me, it features R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, who at the time were best known as the lead singers of Jodeci. The song debuted June 16, 1996. It was a Double A-side single to “California Love” in America, and the song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #17 in the UK in 1996.
It samples Quincy Jones’s “Body Heat” from his 1974 album Body Heat. The song includes a diss of noted gangsta rap critic C. Delores Tucker. The Concert/Clean version’s 3rd verse completely differs to the version found on the album. The song appears in the 1997 film, Gang Related, which was Tupac Shakur’s last film performance before his death, and also appears in the 2002 film Friday After Next.
The song was nominated at the 1997 Grammys for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
“Tha Crossroads” is a song written and performed by hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, taken from their album E. 1999 Eternal and released in 1996. The song is dedicated to the group’s mentor, the late gangsta rap icon Eazy-E, and other family members. The song is the highest-debuting rap single when it debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It is their biggest selling single, reaching number one on the Hot 100, and in 1996, the song won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
“Always Be My Baby” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, taken from her fifth studio album, Daydream (1995). It was released by Columbia Records on March 9, 1996 as the third U.S. single and fourth overall. The song was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal, who also produced the song. A mid-tempo song, its lyrics describe the feeling of attachment and unity Carey feels towards her estranged lover, even though they are no longer together. She says he will always be a part of her and will “always be her baby” even after they move on.
Music critics praised “Always Be My Baby”. The song became Carey’s 11th chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, tying her with Madonna and Whitney Houston for most number one singles for a female artist. It spent two weeks atop the chart and became Carey’s eighth chart-topper on the Canadian Singles Chart. In other regions, the song performed moderately, peaking at number three in the United Kingdom, number five in New Zealand, number 17 in Australia and in the top 20 in most music markets where it charted.
The song’s music video features scenes of Carey frolicking by a campsite, as well as swinging on a large swing over a lake. Additional inter-cuts include scenes of two children, one male and female, sneaking out at night and spending time together by a campfire similar to Carey’s location. Most scenes from the video were filmed at The Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah, named after Mariah Carey for her generous support and dedication to Fresh Air Fund children. The song was performed live during her Daydream World Tour (1996) and many of her future tours and concerts. “Always Be My Baby” was also featured in Carey’s compilation albums: Number 1’s (1998), Greatest Hits (2001), The Ballads (2008) and Number 1 to Infinity (2015).
“Because You Loved Me” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion for her fourth English-language studio album, Falling into You (1996). It was released on 20 February 1996, as the first single in North America, South America and Asia. It was released as the second single from the album in Australia, on 29 April 1996, and in May 1996 in Europe. “Because You Loved Me” was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, and served as the theme song from the 1996 film Up Close & Personal, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
“Because You Loved Me” received critical acclaim and became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in the United States, Canada and Australia, and reaching top ten in many other countries. In the United States alone, it has sold over two million copies. “Because You Loved Me” won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
“One Sweet Day” is a song by American singer Mariah Carey and R&B group Boyz II Men. The song was written by Carey, Walter Afanasieff and Boyz II Men: Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Michael McCary. “One Sweet Day” was produced by Carey and Afanasieff for her fifth studio album, Daydream, and was released as the album’s second single on November 14, 1995. The song speaks about death of a loved one, how the protagonist took their presence for granted and misses them, and finally about seeing the person in heaven. Both Carey and Boyz II Men wrote the song about specific people in their lives, being inspired by sufferers of the AIDS epidemic, which was globally prevalent at that time.
“One Sweet Day” received widespread acclaim from critics, many of whom praised its lyrical content and vocals, as well as calling it a standout track from Daydream. It was ranked first in Rolling Stone’s reader’s poll for the Best Collaboration of All Time. The song spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming the longest running number one song on the chart. Subsequently, “One Sweet Day” became the Billboard’s most successful song of the 1990s, topping the Hot 100 decade-end chart. Internationally, the song topped the charts in Canada and New Zealand, and reached the top-ten in Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Carey performed “One Sweet Day” live alongside Boyz II Men at the 38th Grammy Awards ceremony, held on February 26, 1996. Additionally, the song was performed at Princess Diana’s memorial service in September 1997. “One Sweet Day” was part of the set list on several of Carey’s succeeding tours, making its debut during the album’s accompanying set of concerts, the Daydream World Tour. It is featured on her compilation albums, #1’s (1998), Greatest Hits (2001), The Ballads (2008), and #1 to Infinity (2015).
The music video for “One Sweet Day” was filmed in February 1995, and features snippets of Carey and Boyz II Men in and around the studio, and recording the song. The busy schedule of both Carey and Boyz II Men did not allow time to record a proper video. The singer later said that she was content a real music video was never filmed, fearing that no video could truly capture the song’s strong lyrical message. Critics felt the video choice was wise, and agreed that the simple concept paid homage to the song’s selfless message.