Top 40 Charts: This Day In History

March 2, 1996

I enjoy taking a look back at the “old days.” I was 12 when these tracks hit the charts. Talk about nostalgia. I’ll give you the videos for the top 10, then list out the next 30.

1. Mariah Carey ft. Boyz II Men – One Sweet Day

Confession. Boyz II Men‘s album II was the first CD I ever purchased. That was my JAM back then. And Mariah is one of those divas who’s legacy will never die. Their voices blended perfectly.

2. Mary J Blige – Not Gon’ Cry

From the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, Mary showed off those smooth vocals. I honestly forgot about this song, so I’m glad I went back and checked the charts!

3. Brandy – Sittin’ Up In My Room

Another song from Waiting To Exhale. That soundtrack was absolute fire. I always had the hots for Brandy. Total babe.

Side note: Donald Faison, also known as Christopher in Scrubs is Brandy’s love interest in the video.

4. The Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows

Another classic R&B vibe. Pretty sure I sang this song in my bedroom after my “girlfriend” at 13 broke up with me after dating for like 2 days. This is the perfect breakup song.

5. Everything But The Girl – Missing

Someone in the YouTube comments described it perfectly:
1 year ago : There was once a time, before the internet, when people could vanish from your life forever and you relied on music like this to fill the void they left..

Damn, that’s deep. And so true.

6. La Bouche – Be My Lover

La da da da da da de da da. I need to sample that into. This song is SO 90s and I love it. And that rap break…as 90s as it gets.

7. George Michael – Jesus To A Child

Nobody had a voice like George Michael. He really showed it off in this song. So smooth. Nobody had a goatee like George Michael either. He invented the “flavor saver.”

Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

She finally exhaled. This is the 3rd track in the top 10 from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack. “For every win, someone must fail.” What a great line. And Whitney looked radiant in this video. Goddammit, Bobby Brown.

9. Joan Osborne – One Of Us

What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us. Just a stranger on a bus?

I am not a religious man, but that’s some solid lyric writing right there. This song is going to be stuck in my head all day now.

10. Gin Blossoms – Till I Hear It From You / Follow You Down

I used to love the Gin Blossoms. Hey Jealousy is such a good song. This one is pretty good too. I have to share the first comment in the comments section on YouTube. It describes this video perfectly.

John Napier
3 months ago: The Gin Blossoms are like if the show “Friends” was a band, lol

You are not wrong, John. Not wrong at all.

That does it for the top 10 hits on March 2, 1996. Here is the rest of the top 40.


11. LL Cool J – Hey Lover
12. Oasis – Wonderwall
13. Goo Goo Dolls – Name
14. Monica – Before You Walk Out Of My Life
15. 3T – Anything
16. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
17. Kriss Kross – Tonight’s The Night
18. Hootie & The Blowfish – Time
19. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
20. Collective Soul – The World I Know


21. Natalie Merchent – Wonder
22. R. Kelly Featuring Ronald Isley – Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)
23. Blues Traveler – Hook
24. Melissa Etheridge – I Want To Come Over
25. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
26. Total – No One Else
27. Madonna – You’ll See
28. Bush – Glycerine
29. Joe – All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do
30. Junior M.A.F.I.A. Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. – Get Money


31. Groove Theory – Tell Me
32. Faith Evans – Soon As I Get Home
33. Seal – Don’t Cry
34. Fu-Jee-La – Refugee
35. Planet Soul – Set U Free
36. TLC – Diggin’ On You
37. Mariah Carey – Fantasy
38. Sophie B Hopkins – As I Lay Me Down
39. Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome
40. Deborah Cox – Who Do You Love


That wraps up our Top 40 for the week of March 2, 1996. We’ll be doing this more often. Let me know what year you’d like to see in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe!

The next post will be an interview from Russian dark pop artist, ya.

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