The Number One Hits Of 1990

December 23, 1989 – January 19, 1990
Phil Collins
Another Day in Paradise
An English musician, Phil Collins has also ventured into acting and won numerous awards throughout his career, including eight Grammy Awards.
Another Day in Paradise was Collins’ seventh and final US No. 1 single, and it won the 1991 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
January 20, 1990 – February 9, 1990
Michael Bolton
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You
Michael Bolton is an American singer-songwriter known for his powerful vocals and emotional ballads.
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You was originally written by Bolton and Doug James for Air Supply, but it became Bolton’s first No. 1 hit as a solo artist.
February 10, 1990 – March 2, 1990
Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair
Opposites Attract
The Wild Pair is an American male duo known for providing background vocals and collaborating with artists such as Paula Abdul.
Opposites Attract is an upbeat pop song that features an animated cat named MC Skat Kat, and it won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.
March 3, 1990 – March 23, 1990
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Escapade is an infectious dance-pop tune that showcases Jackson’s ability to create catchy, memorable hooks and was inspired by the 1983 film “Risky Business.”
March 24, 1990 – April 6, 1990
Alannah Myles
Black Velvet
Alannah Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter best known for her distinctive, smoky voice.
Black Velvet is a sultry rock ballad that pays tribute to the late Elvis Presley, and it won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
April 7, 1990 – April 13, 1990
Taylor Dayne
Love Will Lead You Back
Taylor Dayne, born Leslie Wunderman, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who has sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Love Will Lead You Back is a powerful ballad written by Diane Warren that showcases Dayne’s emotive vocal range and became her first No. 1 hit.
April 14, 1990 – April 20, 1990
Tommy Page
I’ll Be Your Everything
Tommy Page was an American singer-songwriter best known for his pop hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I’ll Be Your Everything is a romantic ballad that became Page’s biggest hit and was co-written by Page, Jordan Knight, and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block.
April 21, 1990 – May 18, 1990
Sinead O’Connor
Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter known for her powerful voice and controversial statements.
Nothing Compares 2 U is a poignant ballad written by Prince that became O’Connor’s biggest hit and featured a close-up of her tear-streaked face in the music video.
May 19, 1990 – June 8, 1990
Madonna is known for her continuous reinvention and ability to push boundaries in her music and fashion.
Vogue is a dance-pop song inspired by the underground ballroom culture of New York City and popularized the voguing dance style.
June 9, 1990 – June 15, 1990
Wilson Phillips
Hold On
Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips.
Hold On was the group’s debut single, featuring harmonies and a positive message that resonated with listeners.
June 16, 1990 – June 29, 1990
It Must Have Been Love
Roxette is a Swedish pop-rock duo consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.
It Must Have Been Love was featured in the film “Pretty Woman” and became one of Roxette’s biggest hits worldwide.
June 30, 1990 – July 20, 1990
New Kids on the Block
Step By Step
New Kids on the Block is an American boy band that achieved success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Step By Step is the title track of their third studio album, featuring upbeat pop melodies and catchy lyrics.
July 21, 1990 – August 3, 1990
Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
She Ain’t Worth It
Glenn Medeiros is an American singer-songwriter, while Bobby Brown is an American singer, songwriter, and actor known for his work as a solo artist and with the group New Edition.
She Ain’t Worth It is a pop and R&B song that became a No. 1 hit for both artists.
August 4, 1990 – August 31, 1990
Mariah Carey
Vision Of Love
Mariah Carey has sold over 200 million records worldwide and is known for her incredible vocal range. Her self-titled debut album, released in 1990, included four No. 1 hits and earned her a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
September 1, 1990 – September 7, 1990
Sweet Sensation
If Wishes Came True
Sweet Sensation is an American female Freestyle-Dance music trio.
If Wishes Came True is a ballad that became the group’s biggest hit, reaching the No. 1 spot on the chart.
September 8, 1990 – September 14, 1990
Jon Bon Jovi
Blaze Of Glory
Jon Bon Jovi, an American singer-songwriter, is the frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi.
Blaze Of Glory is the theme song for the film “Young Guns II” and earned Jon Bon Jovi a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song.
September 15, 1990 – September 28, 1990
Wilson Phillips
Release Me
Their music and story have influenced pop culture, including a memorable cameo in the 2011 comedy film “Bridesmaids.”
Release Me is a pop ballad that became the group’s second No. 1 single, featuring their signature harmonies and a catchy chorus.
September 29, 1990 – October 5, 1990
(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection
Nelson is an American rock band formed by twin brothers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson.
(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection is the duo’s debut single, known for its catchy hooks and the brothers’ distinctive harmonies.
October 6, 1990 – October 12, 1990
Maxi Priest
Close To You
Maxi Priest is a British reggae vocalist best known for his fusion of reggae with R&B and pop music.
Close To You is a smooth reggae-pop song that became Priest’s most successful single, reaching the No. 1 spot on the chart.
October 13, 1990 – October 19, 1990
George Michael
Praying For Time
George Michael was an English singer-songwriter and a former member of the duo Wham!
Praying For Time is a socially conscious ballad addressing issues like poverty and injustice, and it became the lead single from Michael’s album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.”
October 20, 1990 – October 26, 1990
James Ingram
I Don’t Have the Heart
James Ingram was an American singer-songwriter known for his emotive voice and romantic ballads.
I Don’t Have the Heart is a heartfelt ballad that became Ingram’s second and final No. 1 hit on the chart.
October 27, 1990 – November 2, 1990
Janet Jackson
Black Cat
“Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” produced several hit singles, such as Miss You Much, Escapade, Alright, Come Back to Me, and Black Cat.
Black Cat is a departure from Jackson’s typical dance-pop sound, featuring a harder rock edge and showcasing her versatility as an artist.
November 3, 1990 – November 9, 1990
Vanilla Ice
Ice Ice Baby
Vanilla Ice, born Robert Van Winkle, is an American rapper, actor, and television host.
Ice Ice Baby is a hip-hop song known for its catchy hook and bassline, which samples Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure.
November 10, 1990 – November 30, 1990
Mariah Carey
Love Takes Time
Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York.
Love Takes Time is a heartfelt ballad that showcases Carey’s incredible vocal range and became her second No. 1 single.
December 1, 1990 – December 7, 1990
Whitney Houston
I’m Your Baby Tonight
Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, and model who was one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
I’m Your Baby Tonight is a pop and R&B song produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, which became the title track of Houston’s third studio album.
December 8, 1990 – January 4, 1991
Stevie B
Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
Stevie B, born Steven Bernard Hill, is an American singer-songwriter known for his work in the freestyle and dance music genres.
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) is a romantic ballad that became Stevie B’s most successful single, topping the chart for four weeks.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1990 include:
Aerosmith, After 7, Al B. Sure!, Babyface, Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Depeche Mode, En Vogue, Heart, Janet Jackson, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Stansfield, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Mariah Carey, M.C. Hammer, Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson, Motley Crue, New Kids on the Block, Pebbles, Phil Collins, Prince, Quincy Jones, Regina Belle, Roxette, Seduction, Stevie B, Sweet Sensation, Taylor Dayne, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Troop, Whitney Houston, Wilson Phillips

(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)


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