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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1999 #TBT

Published: Thursday 6th Apr 2017 by Rashad

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.

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  1. DD1G April 6, 2017

    1999 was better than 2017, for sure… but I’m not all that impressed by that chart. A lot of it was fluff.

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  2. Chaz Williams April 6, 2017

    TLC actually has 4 #1’s on BB Hot 100. “I’m pretty” was there fourth and final number one.

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    • Chaz Williams April 6, 2017

      *Unpretty

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  3. Walker April 6, 2017

    “No Scrubs” was not TLC’s last number one single. “Unpretty” topped the charts after it.

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  4. Mike April 6, 2017

    Ok this new layout? ummmm .. I don’t know about it

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  5. Meteorite April 6, 2017

    Alright this new layout is a headache 🤕

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  6. PeaceMaker April 6, 2017

    TGJ Get Your facts straight. Unpretty was their 4th #1.

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  7. #TeamTinashe Stan April 6, 2017

    Nowadays, you don’t see R&B songs in the top 10 nor the top 100 on Billboard 100. Unless, if it contains profanity.

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  8. Caleb April 6, 2017

    Alright come on. Update this post already staying
    “A previous version of this post inaccurately stated “No Scrubs” was TLC’s last run at #1 on the hot 100. Later that same year “Unpretty” from FanMail would have its debut at the top spot.”

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  9. Reminder April 6, 2017

    TLC has 4 #1 hits on the hot 100. Unpretty went number one too. Get it correct

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