Lauryn Hill - Doo-Wop (That Thing)
Released: July 7th, 1998
Album: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Doo-Wop (That Thing) was the debut single off of Hill’s one and only solo album. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (only the 10th song to ever do so) and won the 1999 Grammy Award for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” and “Best R&B Song.”
Interesting Facts: Columbia Records considered RZA from the Wu Tang Clan to produce the album, as well as Wyclef Jean and other big names, but Hill was adamant about writing, arranging and producing the entire album herself.
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Released: June 16th, 1997
Album: Urban Hymns
Bittersweet Symphony reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Both Rolling Stone and NME named it “Single Of The Year” for 1997.
Interesting Facts: Coldplay’s Chris Martin describes it as “the greatest song ever written.”
Robyn - Show Me Love
Released: October 28th, 1997
Album: Robyn Is Here
This was Robyn’s second single released in the US, but certainly the one she’s best known for. It peaked at #7 in the US and #8 in the UK. The song is also certified Gold by the RIAA.
Interesting Facts: Robyn attributes her ever changing look to growing up with two parents that led an independent theatre group. She loved the constant wardrobe changes.