Before turning her back on fame, the Fugees singer-songwriter went straight to No. 1 with the first single from her 1998 solo LP.

In 1998, Lauryn Hill, thenĀ 23, debuted at No. 1 on the Nov. 14 Billboard Hot 100 with "Doo Wop (That Thing)," the lead single from the hip-hop singer-songwriter's debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. At the time, it was only the 10th song to bow atop the chart. (Fourteen more singles have since managed that feat.)

The piano- and horn-accented "Doo Wop," in which Hill sings and raps, was a self-respect anthem, a warning against succumbing to the pitfalls of "that thing," whether it be sex, money or the streets.

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