Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
Released: June 22nd, 1999
Album: Christina Aguilera
Genie In A Bottle was Christina’s debut single and peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, staying at #1 for 5 consecutive weeks. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Interesting Facts: Prior to recording the song, there was a lot of interest for the rights to the track by up and coming girl group “Innosense” who thought they could make the song a hit. Innosense was a group that briefly included Britney Spears before she left to pursue a solo career. Things didn’t go so well for Innosense.
Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life
Released: October 27th, 1998
Album: Vol.2…Hard Knock Life
Hard Knock Life was certified Gold and at the time was Jay-Z’s most successful commercial release. It was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards in 1999 but lost to Will Smith’s Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.
Interesting Facts: While the song reached #15 in the United States, it achieved far more success in other countries, including the United Kingdom where it reached #2
Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
Released: July 18th, 1997
Album: Fush Yu Mang
While Smash Mouth is known for their heavily made fun of single “AllStar”, Walkin’ On The Sun was actually their first single and reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts.
Interesting Facts: The song was written as a social and racial battle cry, and Walkin’ On The Sun was a euphemism for the world being on fire.