Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1997 #TBT

Published: Thursday 31st Jan 2019 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 believe it’s time to pay tribute to Whitney Houston‘s ‘I Believe In You & Me.’  Penned in 1982 and first brought to fame by  The Four Tops, ‘Me’ -a moderate success for the legendary R&B group – was revamped and revitalized once Houston put her signature belt on it.  Tapped to kick off the singer’s third soundtrack album in less than 4 years, The Preacher’s Wife’ (starring Houston & Denzel Washington), the tune was released in December 1996.  Less than a month after its release it shot to the top 10 of the Hot 100 where it would meet a #4 peak this week in 1997.

Marking a personal milestone for the pop icon as her 16th top 5 hit, ‘Me’ eventually earned a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America and lodged itself as a “fan favorite” among the singer’s most prized hits.  Look inside to relive the tune and see who joined Houston in the top 25 this week 22 years ago:


Hot 100 This Week in 1997

Hot 100 This Week (2019)

Click here to see this week’s full list on ‘TGJ Chart Check.’

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  1. JOHNVIDAL January 31, 2019

    WOW What a list. The one from today is absolute forgetable crapp.

    LOve those Jewel songs. And the Sheryl one omg I love it. And hair raising Unbreak My Heart on top. And WHitney! And Celine´s monumental vocals on the list too. I mean… I could go on.

    • CHINA January 31, 2019

      Whitney Houston at peak vocals – 1980-1995 – Greatest Vocalist of all time.

  2. Sae January 31, 2019

    Wow how back then music was such a joy to listen to. Smh look at how far the qulity of music has dropped……….

  3. Lmfao_Hoe January 31, 2019

    It sad I rather listen to those classics before even attempting with today’s bs on the charts like damn every genre back then rather it be r&b, soul, hip hop, pop, rock, gospel, ect the Quality was the standard and talent at the forefront

  4. DanYiel Iman January 31, 2019

    Wow how awesome was these times to what’s being made now in “2018” ??‍♂️

  5. Marie Laveaus Braids January 31, 2019

    I remember growing up in this era! Being able to experience it first hand was so great! As a kid we don’t appreciate things the way we should! I wish i would’ve fully sat in all of this goodness back then

  6. thanosoftitan January 31, 2019

    Oh how I miss the ’90s! Look at that chart list. Full of great songs and classics. Modern day music can’t compare. No contest!

  7. Kurtz January 31, 2019

    Amazing era of music. Charts are crap now mostly. This is one of my fave Whitney songs. And that’s my fave Whitney movie and also album
    Yup I prefer it over bodyguard.

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