Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1996 #TBT

Published: Thursday 21st Apr 2016 by Rashad
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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, 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 will show a little love to ‘Because You Loved Me,’ Celine Dion‘s megahit from 1996.  Originally pitched to Toni Braxton by songwriting legend Diane Warren, the song would land in the hands of Dion after L.A. Reid decided ‘Unbreak My Heart,’ another tune penned by Warren, was a better fit for the ‘Another Sad Love Song’ singer.  The “switcheroo” would prove a lucrative decision as both divas earned career-defining hits out of the deal…

For Celine, this week 20 years ago saw her continue to fend off steep competition from another chart-topping diva, Mariah Carey, whose hit ‘Always Be My Baby’ was making serious advances up charts.  Interestingly, it was Carey who Dion had to dethrone to become #1 (see:  ‘One Sweet Day’).  While the Canadian diva eventually relinquished the position to ‘Baby,’ her six week consecutive run atop the Hot 100 was nothing to shake a stick at.

Walk down memory lane with us below and see where many of your favorite “divas o’ the day” landed on the singles’ chart this week in 1996:

Hot 100 This Week In 1996

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Hot 100 This Week

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Click here to see this week’s full chart check.

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  1. HailBeysus April 21, 2016

    The talent from the 90s is just not the same when you look at todays chart (sigh)

  2. Bitchpleaseeeeeee??? April 21, 2016

    I knew Brandy is some where on the BB in 96?????????

    • HELP April 21, 2016

      yeah number 198

      • StarXavi April 21, 2016

        It clearly says #7

  3. christinastherealtalent April 21, 2016

    These retro rewinds are bittersweet! Rest in peace to the days when true talent dominated the charts!!!

  4. Natasha3 April 21, 2016

    DAMN!!! Most if not all of those songs could have easily gone to #1! Some many talented and gifted artist on the same chart.

  5. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? April 21, 2016

    Although I was only 4 i do remember my mom jamming to a lot of these. Music will never be like it was in the 90’s ever again.

  6. Danny Bey April 21, 2016

    Wow! All three of the holy trinity of the greatest voices were in the top 10 at the same time! Celine, Mariah, Whitney! I was 7 years old and remember loving everything on the charts at that time. What a time to be a music lover.

  7. #JACKIE April 21, 2016

    Where’s johnvidal’s old bitter ass?

  8. SBC19 April 21, 2016

    Music is dead. Everything about it today is a joke. The 90s had R. Kelly and Celine and CDs , the 10s has Bieber and Rihanna and Spotify.

    • Lea April 22, 2016

      Ummm, no PillowTalk serves!

  9. JOHNVIDAL April 23, 2016

    My God yes just yes!!! Vocals for days everywhere and quality music. Now it is total crap. Almost everything in mainstream is total crap now.

  10. Ciah’s Turtle April 25, 2016

    that chart just took me bacckkk

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