Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history. This week we’ll reflect on ‘No Scrubs’ – the 1999 comeback hit of R&B super girl group TLC.
The first single from their third studio album, ‘FanMail’ [read our full ode to it by clicking here], the tune – written by fellow girl group Xscape‘s Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, came as a departure for the ladies as it was the first time group member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas sang lead vocals solely. The departure was apparently quite welcomed as, just weeks after its release, the ‘Scrubs’ shot to #1 and remained there for four weeks. Relieving the year’s other big comeback story, Cher, of her #1 run with her song ‘Believe,’ history would have it ‘Scrubs’ would be the group’s third run atop the Hot 100 [correction: a previous version of this post incorrectly indicated it was TLC’s last run].
Tuck in below to see who joined them in the top 25 this week 18 years ago:
Hot 100 This Week in 1999
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to read this week’s full Hot 100: Chart Check.