Ranking Billboard top tens, 1997

The boy band made its pop comeback in 1997, and their songwriters proffered stronger material than, say, New Kids on the Block and Tiffany sang. A decidedly young persons’ chart, Hanson’s rewrite of Amy Grant’s “That’s What Love is For” with war horses Cynthia Weil-Barry Mann excepted. Elton John having the last cry with a double A-side that showed he could invest Bernie Taupin’s evergreen platitudes with the same concentration that he could new ones. If Babyface defined the shape of the R&B-pop crossover the last three years, Puff Daddy would do the same through the end of the decade.

I’d never heard R. Kelly’s Batman and Robin contribution, nor Somethin’ for the People’s “My Love Is the Shhh!” and Rome’s “I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face).”

The Hague

The Verve Pipe – The Freshman
Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 – I’ll Be Missing You
Meredith Brooks – Bitch
Paula Cole – Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
Seal – Fly Like an Eagle
Elton John – Something About the Way You Look Tonight
Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home
Jewel – Foolish Games
LeAnn Rimes – How Do I Live
Celine Dion – All By Myself
Az Yet featuring Peter Cetera – Hard to Say I’m Sorry

Meh

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Usher – U Make Me Wanna…
Madonna – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
Jewel – You Were Meant For Me
Allure featuring 112 – All Cried Out
Hanson – I Will Come to You
Monica – For You I Will
R. Kelly – Gotham City
New Edition – I’m Still In Love With You
Somethin’ for the People – My Love Is the Shhh!
Rome – I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face)
Puff Daddy featuring Mase – Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down
Whitney Houston – I Believe in You and Me

Sound, Solid Entertainments

B-Rock and the Bizz – My Baby Daddy
Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy
Mariah Carey – Honey
Hanson – MMMBop
Changing Faces – G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T
Spice Girls – 2 Become 1
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Look into My Eyes
Tim McGraw – It’s Your Love
Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons of Loneliness
Dru Hill – Never Make a Promise
Aqua – Barbie Girl
702 – Get It Together
The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems

Good to Great

The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
En Vogue – Don’t Let Go (Love)
Robyn – Show Me Love
Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
Backstreet Boys – Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)
Savage Garden – I Want You
Mase – Feels Good
LSG – My Body
Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Aaliyah – The One I Gave My Heart To
Robyn – Do You Know (What It Takes)

2 thoughts on “Ranking Billboard top tens, 1997

  1. My year livin in the USA!!
    I know all of these!! But my jam was from way back the farfisa 60’s. Walking On the Sun. I don’t care what thet say about it. It’s still stands. No top 10?? It was everywhere. Usually before Sugar Ray’s Fly and Too-too-too/Too-too-too-too… and an horrible mariachi for export experiment called How Bizarre. That wasn’t a hit, either? How Bizarre!!

    1. My enthusiasm for the song about pissing the nihjts away has dimmed to ZERO. You know, the Mekons would destroy these wannabes. But I danced to it, not gonna lie.

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