Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1995 #FBF

All Four of the 90s Leading Ladies in the Top 10
Published: Friday 15th Dec 2017 by Rashad

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’ll run it back to 1995 where all four of the 90’s leading ladies – Whitney Houston (‘Exhale’), Madonna (‘You’ll See’), Janet Jackson (‘Runaway’), and Mariah Carey (‘One Sweet Day,’ ‘ Fantasy’) – were all found in the Hot 100’s top 10…

For Carey, who occupied two of the top 5 spots with week 3 of her historic 16 week run at #1 with ‘One Sweet Day’ and ‘Fantasy’ (the first song by a female to debut at #1 on the Hot 100) at #4, the domination had become commonplace as she’d earned a chart-topper every year from her 1990 debut up to that point (and would continue to do so until the decade’s end).  For Houston, Jackson, and Madonna the appearances were that much more commendable as their popularity spilled over well from the previous decade with Whitney – boasting 10 years from her debut album – having the shortest tenure among the three.

Their respective grips on charts remained fairly in tact throughout the rest of the decade as each of them nabbing at least two more Hot 100 top 5 hits before the 90’s closed.  For this week in 1995, however, they all shared billing in its upper dectet.

Look below to see who joined them this week that year:


Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1995

Hot 100 This Week

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  1. TGJ’sTrash December 15, 2017

    90s leading ladies? hmm…that’s strange i dont see toni braxton or celine dion anywhere on this list


    • jen December 15, 2017

      well because she wasn’t charting duh dont you read dumb ass

    • king z December 15, 2017

      @tgj’s trash

      you’re trash. celine didn’t really “pop off” (so to speak) until 96. yeah she had a few hits and even the beauty and the beast but she wasn’t THE CHART FORCE that put her in the category with whitney and mariah until 96’s fallin into you


    • G7Pat December 15, 2017

      Celine had huge event albums. Not as many radio hits as these ladies

    • ? + ✈ = ? December 16, 2017

      TLC had a big year in 95

    • RoyalKev December 16, 2017

      Wow, this is incredible to see! I didn’t realize that the big 4 were on the BB charts so many times together (TGJ did a similar post like this one some time ago)! The only artists absent from this (in the same caliber) would be Celine Dion and Toni Braxton, but these 4 women mentioned did kick off the 90’s decade (right at the start of it)! It’s amazing to see that Janet and Madonna still racking up #1 albums this decade (more 30 years after their debut)! Mariah, being the force that she was on the singles chart, is still placing a song inside the top 10 with her Christmas melody and Whitney’s last studio album was the last album from this group of legendary women to go platinum! These are some truly iconic divas! As for Bey and even Rihanna, I personally think they’ve become special in their own way! I’m not comparing them to the greats or trying to be all mushy about things! lol … but they’re a part of a small group of artists these days that will be remembered and cared about 10 years from now! #Facts

  2. Suicide Blonde December 15, 2017

    Iconic ladies but the best songs on that chart were “Missing” and “Gangsta’s Paradise”.

  3. Stephy December 15, 2017

    Mariah needs to hurry up and discount AIWFCIY so it’ll chart even higher, it’s already projected to peak at #7 next week.

  4. M December 15, 2017

    22 years later and Mariah’s still about to leap back into the top 10. The power of Mimi!

  5. Lmfao_Hoe December 15, 2017

    MY God the charts than compared to today is sad.

  6. I MightNate December 15, 2017

    The charts were so legendary once upon a time.

  7. Heaven December 15, 2017

    Every single song on this 95 chart is legendary.

    • madbrax December 16, 2017

      and now look at the charts. so sad.

  8. Sean December 15, 2017

    All queens. Madonna and Janet are still slaying the stage better than girls 1/3 their age and Mariah is finally back on track. RIP to Whitney “the voice” Houston. Love Bey, Gaga, Adele and P!nk but today’s artists are never on the level of peak Madonna, Whitney, Mariah and Janet

    • @Nate December 15, 2017

      Peach! But all the girls were bad in the 90’s! Look at this chart, rather you were talking about POP,R&B,Rock/alternative,Country,dance even…. those ladies were all bosses!

      • @Nate December 15, 2017

        ….and not basics. You could tell them apart back them..

    • Keith December 16, 2017


  9. Dingell jones December 15, 2017

    When all female artist could rule the charts together and each female had a different sound

  10. @Nate December 15, 2017

    Another thought….. no wonder why award shows actually mattered then.. Now, its so useless, I’d rather hear about it in a blogpost.

  11. RebelBoy December 16, 2017

    What an amazing era in music. Those 4 legends were dueling every other month on the charts. Exciting times. Madonna’s “You’ll See” is by far one her greatest ballads. The vocals are phenomenal. The visual was spellbinding. It should have been #1!!! I miss the days when these ladies were being played on the radio and on the charts.

  12. Bad_B December 16, 2017

    Our charts are so random now! You can have some unknown soundcloud rapper called Yung Xxq having a #1 single just like that. Its now a chart of one hit wonders and thats really sad. 98% of the singers on that list show no promise at all. I mean Camilla Cabello?Seriously people? Lmao music is literaly a joke now. I got palpitations seeing the 95 chart version. 98% of the singers had incredible talent and were true musical icons. Just wow!

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