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Chart Flashback: 1994

Seventeen years ago, the country was still reeling from Kurt Cobain’s suicide and O.J. Simpson’s arrest. Thank the pop gods that we had Elton, Coolio, and Ace of Base to keep us sane

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1. All-4-One, ”I Swear”
The L.A. quartet’s prettily harmonized promise of the moon and the stars spent 11 weeks at No. 1 — and 9 million hours at subsequent weddings. B

2. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories, ”Stay (I Missed You)”
Sweet Lisa, all dressed up in your horn-rims and your Reality Bites baby-doll. Could you have been any Gen-Xier? Oh, wait, Ethan Hawke directed your video? Yes, yes, you could. B+

3. Coolio, ”Fantastic Voyage”
Eventually, the rapper born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. would slide-slide-slippity-slide into pop-culture-punchline town, but on his breakout hit, life was but a bottomlessly funky dream. A-

4. Janet Jackson, ”Any Time, Any Place/And On and On”
Miss Jackson, you are nasty! Janet’s steamy, slow-snap ode to sex in public (and its less-scandalous B side), um, climaxed at No. 2 on the charts. B

5. Elton John, ”Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
Can you feel the Lion King Oscar love? Elton took home a golden statuette for his soaring Simba tribute. A-

6. Warren G & Nate Dogg, ”Regulate”
Any man can tell the tale of prostitutes, dice games, and exploded gats on the mean streets of Long Beach. But only two can sample Michael McDonald’s 1982 soft-rock überjam ”I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near).” A

7. Ace of Base, ”Don’t Turn Around”
Though Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, and U.K. reggae stars Aswad recorded it first, it took four tinkling Swedes (and one very hardworking Casio) to unleash its full cheez-pop flavor. B

8. Da Brat, ”Funkdafied”
Years before she landed on the VH1 reality payroll (The Surreal Life, Celebrity Fit Club), Da Brat was a rap-radio star, all smooth boasts, beats, and baby braids. B+

9. Aaliyah, ”Back & Forth”
R. Kelly penned this first hit for his then-15-year-old rumored paramour — a languid, new-Jill-swinging weekend warm-up. A-

10. John Mellencamp & Me’Shell NdegéOcello, ”Wild Night”
Ooh-wee! What could be wilder than Me’Shell and the Cougs tearin’ up some circa-’71 Van Morrison? B

Source: Joel Whitburn Presents The Billboard® Hot 100® Charts—The Nineties