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The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from — you also had Australia (Iggy Azalea), Ireland (Hozier), Canada (MAGIC! and Kiesza) Norway (Nico & Vinz), Sweden (Tove Lo) and Amsterdam (Mr. Probz) waving their flags high. It got us thinking that we hadn’t seen a foreign invasion of the American charts like this in 20 years.

So what else is it about 1994 that made it such an utterly memorable year, musically? Before we get to that, let’s first paint a quick picture of what life was like during this particular 12-month period when iTunes and YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist, nor did texting or Snapchatting — when being “social” meant driving (sans GPS or the Maps app) to meet up with friends in person, or, at the very least, putting a pen to paper and mailing a letter.

First off, when 1994 rolled around, Bill Clinton was entering his second year of the first term of his presidency. Cell phones were the size of bricks and e-mail and the Internet were sporadically-used luxuries. It was the days of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and the 1994 Winter Olympics. And CD-ROMs. We watched O.J. Simpson go on the run on live TV and also tuned into the first seasons of Friends, ER and Party Of Five. Tom Hanks was America’s favorite movie star. At the box office, The Lion King roared loudest, while Speed, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also packed movie-goers in. And when Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home on April 8th, it was, as they say, the end of an era…

…which brings us back to music. It would have been the easy way out for us here at Idolator to assemble a simple list of, say, the 20 best singles from 20 years ago, and dash out a a sentence or two on each one. But it turns out, when we really dug deep into what pop had to offer in 1994, there were just far too many good songs to leave out. From sultry slow jams to trip hop to synth-pop to Eurodance to Swedepop to alt-rock, it truly was an eclectic year when popular music produced something for everyone.

So instead, we gathered up the 50 best pop singles that made an impact in the year 1994 below, and reviewed and ranked them by their overall awesomeness. Most of these songs sprung up that year, but you’ll find that some first appeared on albums released in 1993 and didn’t get a single release until ’94, or perhaps were released as a single in late ’93 but their chart run carried into the next year. Whatever the case may be, they’re the tracks we felt left an unforgettable impression.

To add a bit of flavor, we reached out to some of the artists featured — Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy and Haddaway — and asked them to share their memories of what it was like contributing to the year 1994 in pop. Ready to hop into our time machine and step back 20 years? On your mark, set… More »

The 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards: The Complete List Of Winners

Queen Of The World

This year’s MTV Europe Music Awards were bigger than ever, as the show celebrated its 20th anniversary! It was broadcasted live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland today (November 9), and featured many of our favorite music artists — including Ariana GrandeCharli XCXKiesza, and Nicki Minaj.

The biggest winners of the night were Ariana Grande, who won Best Female and Best Song (“Problem”), and Katy Perry for Best Video (“Dark Horse”) and Best Look. Minaj, who did double-duty as the show’s host and musical guest, took away the award for Best Hip-Hop. Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne was presented the Global Icon Award.

View the winner’s list for the 2014 MTV EMAs in its entirety after the jump, and don’t forget to check out all of the night’s performances here! More »

The Diddy Curse: 8 Of The Best Artists Formerly On Bad Boy Records

Cursed, But Not Forgotten

There is no question that Diddy (or is it P. Diddy nowadays?) is a hugely influential music mogul, ever since his job as a record executive in the ’90s era. But there have been many instances where the businessman fell short of doing his job. Bad Boy Records is notorious for being the Bermuda Triangle of record labels. Sure, there were artists like Faith Evans, and Notorious B.I.G. who scored major success. But many others in the Bad Boy camp could not achieve the same.

So in light of Danity Kane‘s third and final studio album, DK3 (released on October 28), we’re taking a look back at eight of the most overlooked artists who unfortunately succumbed to the Bad Boy curse. but at least they had talent!

See which artists made the cut after the jump! More »

The Best and Worst Advice Taylor Swift Gave on ‘The Voice’ This Week: An Extremely Deep Analysis

“Anytime I watch a performance of any kind I’m taking notes,” declared Taylor Swift on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. Girl, we hear you, and are taking just as many notes on your mentoring stint during the Knockout Round. Judgment, after all, is a favorite pastime.

Some of the 1989 singer’s advice was solid, some was weak, and some was downright bat-ish crazy. Following the first week of Tay Tay’s stint on The Voice, here are the highlights of her mentoring wisdom. More »

The 5 Worst ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performances From The Past 10 Years: Did The Artists’ Careers Bounce Back?

Beg For It To Stop

Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)

We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.

Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »

Halloween Playlist: The 13 Creepiest Horror Movie/TV Show Theme Songs From The Past 50 (Or So) Years

Chills!

What scares us onscreen is pretty subjective. The stop-motion skeletons that got granny a-shiverin’ and a-shakin’ under her slip might not faze someone weaned in a world ruled by House-Of-Wax Plastic-Surgery-Chic like The Thing That Melted Meg Ryan.. Music, however, never loses its ability to scare us and the best, most classic horror themes can creep us all out, every time. Well, that and photographing Ariana Grande’s right side:

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Do you like scary movies? Hang up that absurdly large 90s phone, crank the volume and…wait…what was that noise? You’d better go investigate… More »

Pop Music Wishlist: 10 Blondes Who Need To Make A Comeback

Blondes Have More Fun!

When Gwen Stefani and Fergie announced their musical comebacks this year, the pop world was ecstatic. Apart from her work with No Doubt on 2012′s Push And Shove, Stefani has not put out any solo projects since 2006′s Sweet Escape. Fergie, on the other hand, kept herself busy with the Black Eyed Peas. But her 2006 debut, The Dutchess, was in dire need of a sophomore follow-up.

Along with their incredibly catchy tunes, they were also known for their bright blond locks – which definitely added to their bold and confident personalities. Eight years later, these two ladies are aiming to take over the pop scene as solo artists once again. But there are a few more blondes who deserve another shot at music stardom.

In no particular order, here are 10 blond-haired divas from yesteryear who should make a comeback sooner than later! More »

Katy Perry Leads 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards Nominations: See Who All Is Up For What

Mark your calendars, pop fans, as Sunday, November 9 will bring the MTV Europe Music Awards to the network’s channels across the globe. The event will be broadcast live from Glasgow, Scotland’s The SSE Hydro arena.

It’s usually a given that American acts dominate the nominees for the MTV Europe Music Awards, and this year is no exception: Katy Perry leads the pack with seven nods (including the categories of Best Song, Best Pop, Best Female, Best Live and Best Video, among a couple others), while Ariana Grande has six. Naturally, award show favorite Pharrell Williams is represented heavily, as well, with five nominations of his own.

The full list of nominees lies in wait below. More »

13 Great Pop Albums That Were Overlooked & Underrated In Their Time: From Gina G To Little Boots

Flopped But Not Forgotten!
At some point or other, we, as pop fans, all fall hard for an album that completely tanks on the charts. Sure, the artist in question may eke out a hit single or two, but for whatever reason, the universe seems to reject the notion of the parent album finding any major success. Sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen.

But that’s where we, your music-loving pals at Idolator, come in. Because in the few spare moments when we’re not cranking out the daily goings-on with your favorite artists currently tearing it up in the land of pop, we often pine away wistfully for the days of yore, when we’d champion our own personal fave flops in vain. Eventually at one point we decided, screw that — let’s just make a list!

So head below to find our roundup of 13 overlooked pop albums from the past 20 years that deserve to be revisited. More »

MTV VMAs 2014: The Complete List Of Winners

Thirty years ago, in 1984, the very first MTV Video Music Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Actor/Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd and actress-singer Bette Midler co-hosted, Madonna gave her infamous “writhing around in a wedding dress” performance of “Like A Virgin,” The Cars won Video Of The Year for “You Might Think” and David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper won Best Male Video (“China Girl”) and Best Female Video (“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”), respectively.

A lot has changed in that time, and he 31st annual VMAs was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, just south of Los Angeles. Beyonce and Iggy Azalea were tied for the most nominations, with eight apiece, while Bey received the Video Vanguard Awards (an honor bestowed upon David Bowie, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester at that very first ceremony in 1984).

Below, is the full list of winners from the 2014 MTV VMAs, where you can see who all took home a Moonman after the latest installment of MTV’s annual music blowout. More »