Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1996

Published: Thursday 8th Dec 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 believe it’s time to replay R. Kelly‘s biggest hit, ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’  The inspirational tune, featured on the Michael Jordan-led semi-animated film ‘Space Jam,’ made its debut on the Hot 100 this week 20 years ago.  Going on to serious chart glory in the following year, ‘Fly’ – despite never soaring to the top of the Billboard singles’ chart (held at bay from #1 by the historic reign of Toni Braxton‘s signature tune ‘Unbreak My Heart’) – would go on to be Kelly’s most successful release to date.

Hovering right under the 2x platinum mark, ‘Fly’ went on to earn the singer 3 Grammys at the 1998 ceremony.  Relive the song and tuck in below to see who joined Kelly this week on the Hot 100:


Billboard Hot 100 in 1996

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Billboard Hot 100 This Week

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Click here to read the full Chart Check: Hot 100 from this week.

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  1. Stanning Is Messy December 8, 2016

    When almost every song in the charts was a banger

  2. JOHNVIDAL December 8, 2016

    Wow so much better than nowadays charts it is not even funny. The diversity and especially the quality. Real big hits by Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton and Barbra to name a few. The difference in talent is monumental.

    That Sheryl Crow song is amazing. I love it sooo much. If it makes you happyyyyy… it can´t be that baaaAAAaaAd!

    • Fancy BISH December 8, 2016

      Finally I know one of your favorite songs lol…it’s a great song, and she won a Grammy for it!

  3. Fancy BISH December 8, 2016

    No Time at #23…UHHH, right back at cha, the one Cleopatra…diggin in ya STASH lol…this girl rapped the whole first verse of Not Tonight Album Version in class, line for line! The teacher just stood there in SHOCK…I just put my head on my desk, like LAWD lol…she asked, “WHAT is THAT?”…the whole class said, “LIL KIM” lol #1996
    http://giphy.com/gifs/lil-kim-KtUdnZnE2F7UY

  4. Heyyyyy Yaaaaa December 8, 2016

    Most of those songs are on my playlist that’s how good music was back then. R Kelly is the king of rnb can’t deny it but he still can go f8ck himself f8cking p***!!!!

  5. Bertie December 8, 2016

    When almost every song in the charts was a banger

  6. Bertie December 8, 2016

    Wow so much better than nowadays charts it is not even funny. The diversity and especially the quality. Real big hits by Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton and Barbra to name a few. The difference in talent is monumental.
    That Sheryl Crow song is amazing. I love it sooo much. If it makes you happyyyyy… it can´t be that baaaAAAaaAd!

  7. Bertie December 8, 2016

    Finally I know one of your favorite songs lol…it’s a great song, and she won a Grammy for it!

  8. Bertie December 8, 2016

    No Time at #23…UHHH, right back at cha, the one Cleopatra…diggin in ya STASH lol…this girl rapped the whole first verse of Not Tonight Album Version in class, line for line! The teacher just stood there in SHOCK…I just put my head on my desk, like LAWD lol…she asked, “WHAT is THAT?”…the whole class said, “LIL KIM” lol #1996

  9. Bertie December 8, 2016

    Most of those songs are on my playlist that’s how good music was back then. R Kelly is the king of rnb can’t deny it but he still can go f8ck himself f8cking p***!!!!

  10. Bertie December 8, 2016

    Doei kneusjes

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    Awesome

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