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