1994 Chart Flashback | EW.com


1994 Chart Flashback

Nineteen years ago this week, Ace of Base saw ''The Sign,'' Celine and Mariah battled for ballad supremacy, and Snoop Dogg sipped his favorite fruity beverage.

1 Ace of Base
”The Sign”
In which four belly-shirted Swedes bewitched America with their tinkly Euro synths and adorably obtuse lyrics. Side effects included uncontrollable dancing, sudden cravings for ankh-pendant chokers, earnestly explaining to your junior-high boyfriend why ”life is demanding without understanding.” A-

2 R. Kelly
”Bump N’ Grind”
We were all on board when Kelly crooned, ”I don’t see nothin’ wrong with a little bump n’ grind,” because we were still about eight years away from knowing just how elastic his idea of ”nothin’ wrong” was. B+

3 Mariah Carey
”Without You”
Badfinger wrote it and Harry Nilsson made it a hit, but it took Mimi to give ”Without You” the 17 extra syllables and four additional octaves it never knew it needed. B+

4 Celine Dion
”The Power of Love”
So Celine is all ”I see you, Mariah, and I raise you — with THE POWER OF LUNGS.” B

5 Salt-N-Pepa feat. En Vogue
”Whatta Man”
If you had a man circa 1994 who was ”smooth like Barry, and his voice got bass/A body like Arnold with a Denzel face,” you and your six closest famous girlfriends would have gotten together to pay musical tribute too. A

6 All-4-One
”So Much in Love”
While new jack’s I-wanna-sex-you-up swing faded like a flattop haircut, these R&B throwbacks kept hitting with marriage-minded ditties like this little a cappella wonder, so sweet it could top a sundae at a malt shop. A-

7 Richard Marx
”Now and Forever”
Wow, Richard Marx was still crushing top 10 ballads the same year that Nirvana’s Unplugged and Biggie’s Ready to Die came out? The Force is strong with that one! B

8 Snoop Dogg
”Gin and Juice”
Because if there’s anything we’ve learned about Snoop, it’s that his greatest vice is a juniper-based cocktail with high vitamin C content. A-

9 US3
”Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)”
Remember that hot minute when jazz-rap was totally a thing? No? But you do remember all the horns and the ”biddybiddybop” and then that guy going, ”Funkay funkay.” See? Told you. A

10 Toni Braxton
”Breathe Again”
Poor Toni, with all her love-induced medical distress. Before she landed in the romance ER with ”Un-Break My Heart,” she was in triage with a woeful case of don’t-leave-me-this-way respiratory arrest. Inhale that man while you can, girl. B