The Number One Hits Of 1991
|December 8, 1990 – January 4, 1991
Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
“Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” is a song by American freestyle and dance-pop artist Stevie B. Released as a single in September 1990, the song became one of Stevie B’s most successful hits. It is the lead single from his third studio album, “Love & Emotion.”
The song’s title, “The Postman Song,” was derived from its opening line, “If there’s something to say, you know it’s right from the postman.” The track, written and produced by Warren Allen Brooks, showcases Stevie B’s heartfelt and emotional vocal performance, which helped the song resonate with listeners.
|January 5, 1991 – January 18, 1991
Justify My Love
Madonna’s 1990 “Blond Ambition World Tour” was highly controversial due to its explicit content, which sparked protests in several countries.
Co-written by Lenny Kravitz, Justify My Love is a sensual, slow-tempo song with spoken-word lyrics and was accompanied by a controversial music video.
|January 19, 1991 – January 25, 1991
Love Will Never Do (Without You)
Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Love Will Never Do (Without You) is an upbeat, danceable track that showcases Jackson’s vocal range. The video won for Best Female Video and was nominated for Best Choreography and Best Art Direction at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. It ranked thirteen on Rolling Stone’s The 100 Top Music Videos, seventy-two on VH1’s 100 Greatest Videos, and eighty-eight on MTV’s 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.
|January 26, 1991 – February 8, 1991
The First Time
Surface was an American R&B/pop group formed by David Conley, Bernard Jackson, and David Townsend.
The First Time is a romantic ballad, and it became Surface’s only No. 1 single.
|February 9, 1991 – February 22, 1991
C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
C+C Music Factory is an American dance music group founded by producers Robert Clivillés and David Cole.
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) is a dance anthem known for its infectious beat and the powerful vocals of Martha Wash.
|February 23, 1991 – March 8, 1991
All The Man That I Need
Whitney received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including six Grammy Awards, 22 American Music Awards, and two Emmy Awards. She sold over 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists in history.
All The Man That I Need is a powerful ballad written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, originally recorded by Linda Clifford in 1982
|March 9, 1991 – March 22, 1991
Mariah Carey has won five Grammy Awards and numerous other accolades throughout her career.
Someday is an upbeat, dance-pop track with a catchy chorus, and it became Carey’s third No. 1 single
|March 23, 1991 – March 29, 1991
One More Try
Timmy T, born Timothy Torres, is an American freestyle and dance-pop singer.
One More Try is a heartfelt ballad that became Timmy T’s most successful single.
|March 30, 1991 – April 12, 1991
Coming Out Of The Dark
Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman who has received numerous awards throughout her career.
Coming Out Of The Dark is an inspirational ballad inspired by Estefan’s recovery from a near-fatal accident in 1990.
|April 13, 1991 – April 19, 1991
I’ve Been Thinking About You
Londonbeat is a British-American dance band comprising George Chandler, Jimmy Chambers, William Henshall, and Myles Kayne.
I’ve Been Thinking About You is a catchy, upbeat dance-pop track that became a massive international hit.
|April 20, 1991 – April 26, 1991
You’re In Love
Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips. Formed in 1989, the trio is known for their tight harmonies, polished pop sound, and impressive musical lineage. Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Brian Wilson, a founding member of The Beach Boys, while Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips from the iconic 1960s group The Mamas & The Papas.
You’re In Love is a romantic ballad that features the group’s signature harmonies, and it became their third and final No. 1 single.
|April 27, 1991 – May 10, 1991
Amy Grant is an American singer-songwriter known for her contemporary Christian music and pop hits.
Baby Baby is an upbeat pop track inspired by the birth of Grant’s first child and became one of her biggest hits.
|May 11, 1991 – May 17, 1991
Roxette was a Swedish pop-rock duo consisting of singer Marie Fredriksson, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Per Gessle. They formed in 1986 and gained international fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with several successful hit singles.
“Joyride” is the title track of Roxette’s third studio album, released in 1991. Written by Per Gessle, the song is known for its catchy melody, memorable chorus, and the distinctive sound of a car engine revving in the introduction.
|May 18, 1991 – May 24, 1991
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)
Hi-Five was an American R&B/hip-hop vocal group formed by Tony Thompson, Roderick Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley.
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) is a catchy, up-tempo R&B track that became the group’s biggest hit.
|May 25, 1991 – June 7, 1991
I Don’t Wanna Cry
Mariah Carey has collaborated with numerous artists, including Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, and Justin Bieber.
I Don’t Wanna Cry is a soulful ballad showcasing Carey’s powerful vocal range and emotional delivery.
|June 8, 1991 – June 14, 1991
More Than Words
Extreme is an American rock band consisting of Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt, Pat Badger, and Kevin Figueiredo.
More Than Words is a heartfelt acoustic ballad that showcases the band’s softer side and became one of their most popular songs.
|June 15, 1991 – July 19, 1991
Paula Abdul is an American singer, choreographer, dancer, television personality, and actress, born on June 19, 1962, in San Fernando, California. She began her career as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader before transitioning into choreography, working with major artists such as Janet Jackson, George Michael, and Duran Duran.
Rush Rush is a romantic ballad that marked a departure from Abdul’s usual dance-pop sound and topped the charts for five weeks.
|July 20, 1991 – July 26, 1991
EMF was a British alternative rock band consisting of James Atkin, Ian Dench, Derry Brownson, Mark Decloedt, and Zac Foley.
Unbelievable is a high-energy, danceable track that features a distinctive sample from comedian Andrew Dice Clay.
|July 27, 1991 – September 13, 1991
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Bryan Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer who has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You is a power ballad featured in the film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and became a massive international hit.
|September 14, 1991 – September 20, 1991
The Promise of a New Day
In 1995, Paula released a workout video called “Paula Abdul’s Get Up and Dance!”
The Promise of a New Day is an upbeat, dance-pop track with a positive message, and it became Abdul’s sixth No. 1 single.
|September 21, 1991 – October 4, 1991
Color Me Badd
I Adore Mi Amor
Color Me Badd was an American R&B vocal group formed by Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Sam Watters, and Kevin Thornton.
I Adore Mi Amor is a romantic ballad that became the group’s second No. 1 single.
|October 5, 1991 – October 11, 1991
Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch was an American hip-hop group led by Mark Wahlberg, who later became a successful actor.
Good Vibrations is an upbeat dance track featuring a prominent sample from Loleatta Holloway’s Love Sensation.
|October 12, 1991 – November 1, 1991
She once worked as a waitress and a coat-check girl before her music career took off.
Emotions is an upbeat, dance-pop track that showcases Carey’s incredible vocal range, particularly her whistle register.
|November 2, 1991 – November 8, 1991
Karyn White is an American R&B singer who succeeded significantly in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Romantic is a danceable, up-tempo track that became White’s third No. 1 single on the R&B chart.
|November 9, 1991 – November 22, 1991
Prince & The New Power Generation
Prince was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer known for his eclectic style and innovative approach to music.
Cream is a funky, guitar-driven track that became one of Prince’s most successful singles in the 1990s.
|November 23, 1991 – November 29, 1991
When A Man Loves A Woman
Michael Bolton is an American singer and songwriter known for his powerful vocals and a string of hit ballads.
When A Man Loves A Woman is Bolton’s cover of the 1966 Percy Sledge classic and became one of his biggest hits.
|November 30, 1991 – December 6, 1991
Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
P.M. Dawn was an American hip-hop and R&B duo consisting of brothers Attrell “Prince Be” Cordes and Jarrett “DJ Minutemix” Cordes.
Set Adrift On Memory Bliss is a laid-back, melodic track that features a prominent sample from Spandau Ballet’s True.
|December 7, 1991 – January 24, 1992
Black Or White
Michael received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including 13 Grammy Awards and a record 26 American Music Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice—once as a member of the Jackson 5 and once as a solo artist.
Black Or White is an uptempo pop-rock track with a message of racial unity, and it was accompanied by a groundbreaking music video directed by John Landis.
The Biggest Pop Artists of 1991 include:
(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.)