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Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1996

You oughta know the top songs on Billboard's charts on this date in 1996. Take a trip back to the decade of Bill Clinton, "Seinfeld" and grunge.

ADULT ‘HOOD: Fourteen years ago today (March 16, 1996), Billboard introduced the Adult Pop Songs chart.

The radio airplay survey spun off from the Adult Contemporary list.

“In the past few years, the emergence of the adult top 40 format has seen modern rock, dance and R&B artists co-mingle with traditional AC acts,” wrote then-adult charts manager Steven Graybow.

“Splitting the old Adult Contemporary panel into two panels provides specific charts that better reflect the music being played at adult contemporary and adult top 40 stations.”

“One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men led both Adult Contemporary and the inaugural Adult Pop Songs chart this week in 1996, but the rest of each list’s top five sported unique titles.


On the former chart, Elton John’s “Blessed,” Rod Stewart’s “So Far Away,” Take That’s “Back for Good” and Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” rounded out the top five.

Below Carey and Boyz II Men’s ballad, the maiden Adult Pop Songs top five featured the more rock-leaning Goo Goo Dolls’ “Name,” Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Time,” Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Everything But the Girl’s “Missing.”

In the fourteen-year history of the Adult Pop Songs chart, Nickelback owns the most No. 1s (five), Goo Goo Dolls the most top 10s (13) and Madonna the most chart appearances (17).

PARTY ON, GARTH: This week in 1996, Garth Brooks rolled to his 15th No. 1 on Country Songs, as “The Beaches of Cheyenne” swelled 3-1.

The song became the second leader from Brooks’ album “Fresh Horses,” following “She’s Every Woman” in 1995. The collection marked Brooks’ sixth consecutive album to yield multiple No. 1s on Country Songs, dating to his self-titled debut in 1989. He would extend the streak with 1997’s “Sevens.” He boasts 19 No. 1s on Country Songs to date.

The RIAA’s all-time best-selling solo album artist with 128 million units certified, Brooks continues his planned five-year run of shows at the Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater. All concerts through August are sold out.

“I’m amazed at the presence of the people who are still there,” Brooks writes on his website. “It just shows me that I was part of a wonderful marriage between music and the people, and marriages like that are timeless.”

AND I’M HERE TO REMIND YOU: Following her intense, stripped-down performance of “You Oughta Know” at the 38th Grammy Awards (which was introduced by Ellen DeGeneres), Alanis Morissette made her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1996, as “Ironic” stormed the chart at No. 11.

Other notable debuts on the March 16, 1996, Hot 100 belonged to Radiohead, whose “High and Dry” (No. 83) introduced the band’s second album, “The Bends,” and Quad City DJ’s, whose “C’mon Ride It (The Train)” (No. 97) began a 42-week chart run. The dance anthem would peak at No. 3 in August 1996.

Here are the Hot 100’s top 10 singles on this date 14 years ago. At No. 1, “One Sweet Day” completed its record 16-week stay at the summit, a rule which remains the longest in the chart’s history. Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me” would take over at the top the following week.

Position, Title, Artist(s)
No. 1, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
No. 2, “Sittin’ Up in My Room,” Brandy
No. 3, “Not Gon’ Cry,” Mary J. Blige
No. 4, “Nobody Knows,” the Tony Rich Project
No. 5, “Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion
No. 6, “Missing,” Everything But the Girl
No. 7, “Down Low (Nobody Has to Know),” R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley
No. 8, “One of Us,” Joan Osborne
No. 9, “Follow You Down/Til I Hear It From You,” Gin Blossoms
No. 10, “Be My Lover,” La Bouche

Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1996

Hey Macarena! Los Del Rio's dance craze reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 13 years ago this week.

JUST DANCE: Thirteen years ago this week, a new No. 1 was crowned on the Billboard Hot 100, and weddings, graduations and family gatherings would never be the same.

Los Del Rio completed a 32-week climb (over two separate chart runs) with “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” the eventual top Hot 100 song of 1996. The song reached the summit in the issue dated Aug. 3 and remained in charge for 14 weeks through Nov. 2, 1996.

The song’s rise to No. 1 established the record that still stands for longest journey to the Hot 100’s pinnacle. Here is a rundown of the titles that have required the most weeks to command the chart:

32 weeks, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, 1996
31 weeks, “Amazed,” Lonestar, 2000
27 weeks, “With Arms Wide Open,” Creed, 2000
26 weeks, “Everything You Want,” Vertical Horizon, 2000
25 weeks, “Red Red Wine,” UB40, 1988

OUR BACK PAGES: In 1992, R. Kelly had notched his first No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs back-to-back with “Honey Love” and “Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ).” This week in 1996, he established a new career-best streak when “I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I)” rose 2-1. The song was his third of four straight leaders, in between “You Remind Me of Something,” “Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)” and “I Believe I Can Fly” …

The new No. 1 on the U.K. Singles chart was six months away from storming American radio, but Spice Girls‘ debut smash “Wannabe” made a 3-1 invasion to the British chart’s apex 13 years ago this week …

On page 114 of the issue dated Aug. 3, 1996, a then-Billboard staffer enjoyed a promotion, though not to a job that would include an audience of millions of viewers a week. “Kara DioGuardi has been promoted to Advertising Representative for the magazine’s classified section,” the article touted of the future “American Idol” judge …

GOLD RECORDS: Here is the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week in 1996. Outside the top 10, the chart’s Pacesetter award for largest percentage gain in sales belonged to John Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra’s “Summon the Heroes.” The companion collection to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta peaked at No. 62 the following week.

No. 1, Nas, “It Was Written”
No. 2, Alanis Morissette, “Jagged Little Pill”
No. 3, LeAnn Rimes, “Blue”
No. 4, Metallica, “Load”
No. 5, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “E. 1999 Eternal”
No. 6, Toni Braxton, “Secrets”
No. 7, Fugees, “The Score”
No. 8, Celine Dion, “Falling Into You”
No. 9, Tracy Chapman, “New Beginning”
No. 10, No Doubt, “Tragic Kingdom”