Ranking ’90s film soundtrack top ten singles

Fewer soundtrack items charted top ten in the 1990s, but I blame “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” for casting such a pall on the next nine years that contenders hid under tables in terror until, Disney aside, Barbra Streisand did her thing for The Mirror Has Two Faces, co-written and co-sung with…Bryan Adams.

The Hague

Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven (Rush)
UB40 – Can’t Help Falling in Love (Sliver)
Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams – I Finally Found Someone (The Mirror Has Two Faces)
Bryan Adams, Sting, Rod Stewart – All For Love (The Three Musketeers)
Eric Clapton – Change the World (Phenomenon)
Elton John – Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
Gloria Estefan and ‘N Sync – Music of My Heart (Music of My Heart)
Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson – Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)


MC Hammer – Addams Groove (The Addams Family)
Janet Jackson – Again (Poetic Justice)
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris (City of Angels)
Vanessa Williams – Colors Of The Wind (Pocahontas)
Roxette – It Must’ve Been Love (Pretty Woman)
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Armageddon)
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories – Stay (I Missed You) (Reality Bites)
Sarah McLachlan – Angel (City of Angels)
Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing (The Bodyguard)
Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin)

Sound, Solid

Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up (New Jack City)
Tina Turner – I Don’t Wanna Fight (What’s Love Got to Do With It)
Go West – King of Wishful Thinking (Pretty Woman)
Puff Daddy featuring Jimmy Page – Come With Me (Godzilla)
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (Benny and Joon)
CĂ©line Dion – My Heart Will Go (Titanic)
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson – The Best Things in Life Are Free (Mo’ Money)
Prince – Thieves in the Temple (Graffiti Bridge)
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard)
Madonna – This Used to Be My Playground (A League of Their Own)

Good to Great

Warren G featuring Nate Dogg – Regulate (Above the Rim)
Brandy – Sittin’ Up in My Room (Waiting to Exhale)
Maxwell – Fortunate (Life)
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game (Wild at Heart)
Mary J. Blige – Not Gon’ Cry (Waiting to Exhale)
Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop) (Waiting to Exhale)
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Wayne’s World)
Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
Madonna – I’ll Remember (With Honors)
Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman (The Bodyguard)

Ranking ’80s film soundtrack top ten singles

A Star is Born and especially Saturday Night Fever may have introduced record execs to the financial possibilities of the soundtrack, but the concept took off in the eighties. Footloose, Beverly Hills Cop, and goddamn Dirty Dancing, of course, Prince scored a coup by himself (Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon). Strange pairings were the norm. If you thought Ann Wilson and Mike Reno, or Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin had no right to share a microphone, then I hope you understand that Sylvester Stallone had no right to share camera space with anyone but himself.

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Ranking the Best Picture nominees, 1980s edition

“Don’t say ‘penis’ in this house!” Ron Kovak’s mom could not have known that her command epitomized a decade in which the good and great sometimes looked merely sound and solid, and, indeed, mainstream cinema passed itself off as sound and solid when it was often dreadful or worse. Continue reading