Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1994

Toni Braxton's 'Breathe Again' Blasts To Its Hot 100 Peak
Published: Thursday 18th Jan 2018 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 exhale to the sounds of ‘Breathe Again,’ the second single from Toni Braxton‘s mega-successful eponymous debut album.  A worthy successor to the singer’s inaugural Hot 100 top 10 hit, ‘Another Sad Love Song,’ ‘Breathe’ – written and produced by serial hitmaking trios Babyface, L.A. Reid, and Darryl Simmons – was launched to U.S. outlets in summer 1993 and was a runaway hit.  Eventually peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week 23 years ago, the tune’s radio reception and sales sailed it right to a Gold certification with the RIAA.

Going on to become the most successful single from her debut album, the song’s continued domination of charts led it to a top 10 placement on 1994’s Billboard Hot 100 Year-End charts.  Look inside to relive the magic of the fan favorite and see who joined Toni in the top 25 this week that year:

Hot 100 This Week in 1994


Hot 100 This Week

Click here to see this week’s full “Chart Check:  Hot 100.”

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  1. Cough Cough January 18, 2018

    Again, Hero, Breathe Again, Shoop, Can We Talk, Power of love…. all legendary songs, by one of a kind legendary talents, all in the top 10 in one week? Look at our top ten now, it’s literally trash with almost no talent and all smoke/mirrors/hype. Sad but this is a great reminder of how great the music industry was. Last great era of music

    • Me Again… January 18, 2018

      So true, so true….

    • JOHNVIDAL January 18, 2018

      I always say it. The 00s were already not half as good. The 90s was the last amazing time for the big music industry.

    • erica January 18, 2018

      don’t xscape mega hit also on this chart

  2. Paulo January 18, 2018

    Yaaaas Breathe Again still moves me to this day. Legendary

  3. RoyalKev January 18, 2018

    Toni’s smoky vocals are so captivating! No other woman can sing ballads like Toni!

  4. stan January 18, 2018

    possibly my favorite toni braxton song

  5. JOHNVIDAL January 18, 2018

    Wow Bryan Adams was killing it that year. Remember you couldn´t chart all the pucking songs of your album like the commercial artists can do now.
    Great top as expected from such year. The Cranberries and all. Just so much quality despite being commercial. Vocal greatness with Celien and Mariah, rock unique bands whose songs sounds as good in 2018 as they did 25 years ago, R&B, etc

  6. Suicide Blonde January 18, 2018

    Linger by The Cranberries is one of the best songs of the 90’s, Dolores O’riordan’s voice was just beautiful, nothing like the 90’s, so many childhood memories, the charts were so diverse back then, rock, hip hop, adult contemporary, you could find everything on the hot 100.

  7. SMH January 18, 2018

    25 years later & every song in that top 10 KILLS any song in the top 10 today.

  8. Jasmine January 18, 2018

    Music was great in the 90s. Toni looks like she has not aged a day since 1994. Nowadays literally everybody sucks besides a few like Bruno Mars.

  9. justafan January 18, 2018

    woah look at that top 4! So much real talent

  10. DanYiel Iman January 18, 2018

    Toni Braxton’s Libra album is my S***!!

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