A chat with the songwriting legend caps a top 20 countdown of the Hot 100 this week in 1996.
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Gary and Trevor count down Nos. 20 through 1 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week 22 years ago, on the chart dated March 23, 1996. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige highlight the success of pop/R&B divas at the time, while Smashing Pumpkins, Gin Blossoms and Alanis Morissette represent the commercial heights of '90s alt rock.
Joining the podcast is very special guest Diane Warren, who has authored 32 Hot 100 top 10s. Among her nine No. 1s is 1996's "Because You Loved Me," which became Celine Dion's second of four toppers and, with six weeks at the summit, is tied for her longest-leading No. 1.