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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 the second year of his first term as President. 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 silver screen 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 off the list. 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 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, get set… More »

Beastie Boys’ ‘Ill Communication’ Turns 20: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

Even Ken Jennings looked stumped. On May 14, Jeopardy! featured a category titled “The 1990s Rap Song.” And to the surprise of no one, Jennings nearly swept it. A decade prior, the Seattle native won a record-breaking 74 games and $2.52 million on the show. He completed the title of Notorious B.I.G.‘s 1997 anthem (“What is ‘Mo Problems’?”), named the Digital Underground‘s “Humpty Dance” and rattled off MC Hammer‘s “U Can’t Touch This.” But no one buzzed in when host Alex Trebek recited the lyrics to a 1994 Beastie Boys song: “I can’t stand it, I know you planned it … listen y’all, it’s a – ”. Jennings gazed to his left, trying his best to recall, while the other contestants were silent.

To be fair, Trebek’s delivery was all wrong. He was jittery, while the Beasties (Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock) practically barreled through the defiant, thrashing hit “Sabotage,” the song in question off the group’s fourth album Ill Communication. As that record turns 20 today (May 23), it’s worth examining why exactly it’s a must-hear album, and how it helped shape the era even though it often gets overshadowed by other landmark releases from that year. More »

Beastie Boys’ ‘Hello Nasty’ Turns 15: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

While revisiting Beastie Boys‘ Hello Nasty in the shadow of Adam Yauch‘s death ahead of the LP’s 15th anniversary, I realized that the 1998 album was the last true taste of the trio in carefree, happy-go-lucky mode. The Beasties’ following effort, To The 5 Boroughs, grappled with 9/11 and its aftereffects, and final album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two sounded fun, but it was released (and much of it was put together) as MCA underwent cancer treatment.

But Hello Nasty, released on July 14, 1998, can be approached in a vacuum, providing us our final opportunity to hear the three Boys being boys. And yet, among the frenetic beats and jokey rhymes, Hello Nasty slips in some engagingly weird and poignant moments, making it arguably their most intriguing effort. More »

Pink Responds To Hate Mail After She Cancels Birmingham Concert: Morning Mix

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:: After Pink canceled her April 22 concert in Birmingham, Ala., she was diagnosed with chest and ear infections — and she received hate mail in the process. “I am a human being, therefore I am able to catch illness. It is beyond my control and I can’t apologize for that,” she replied. [Official website]

:: E!’s Twitter account was hacked Saturday night, and it began to spread rumors that Justin Bieber was gay and Selena Gomez supported his decision. “This account @eonline was compromised and some incorrect information was sent out. We’re working with Twitter now to fix this.” [Mashable]

:: Growing up in New York, Beastie BoysAdam Yauch played in Brooklyn’s Palmetto Playground. In tribute to his legacy — Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of his death — the playground was renamed the Adam Yauch Park. [Rolling Stone]

:: Michael Buble isn’t the only one who loves belting Frank Ocean‘s “Super Rich Kids.” On Saturday at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest, Ocean cued the channel ORANGE track and instructed the crowd to sing nearly every chorus. [YouTube]

:: South Africa, Venezuela, Ghana —these countries, plus others, boast nine new EDM genres worth hearing. [VIBE]

After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »

Snoop Lion & Tony Bennett Team Up To Promote Gun Control: Morning Mix

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:: How’s this for an odd couple? Snoop Lion and Tony Bennett have teamed up (along with numerous other celebrities) to support Voices Against Violence. VAV is a campaign that aims to petition and persuade members of Congress to vote in favor of the gun control measures that have recently been proposed. [Twitter]

:: Jay-Z has joined the group of developers hoping to renovate the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, NY. Jay’s Roc Nation was highly involved in building Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. Coincidentally, the main tenant of the Coliseum — the New York Islanders — will be moving to Brooklyn in 2015. [Billboard]

:: Deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) will be remembered in his hometown of Brooklyn Heights today (May 3), when the Palmetto Playground is renamed for the rapper. The special dedication ceremony will include fellow Beastie Adam Horovitiz (Ad-Rock). [Rolling Stone]

:: Frankie Sandford of British girl group The Saturdays announced via Twitter today that she is expecting a baby with her fiance, soccer player Wayne Bridge. It seems like The Saturdays have caught a bit of baby fever: Rochelle Humes is also pregnant, and Una Healy had a daughter last year. [BBC]

:: Gucci Mane has been released from jail after almost three weeks. The rapper was arrested on aggravated assault charges after allegedly smashing a bottle over someone’s head in an Atlanta nightclub. [TMZ]

After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »

Beastie Boys Book: Adrock & Mike D To Write “Multidimensional” Band Memoir

Surviving Beastie Boys members Adam Horovitz (“Ad-Rock”) and Michael Diamond (“Mike D”) have signed a deal to write a memoir about their hip-hop trio, which also included Adam Yauch (“MCA”), who died last year after a bout with cancer. Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau, the publishers behind Jay-Z‘s Decoded, took on the still-untitled project, which is set for a fall 2015 release.

According to the publisher, Horovitz and Diamond are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience.” So what exactly does that mean? Well, the book “will be loosely structured as an oral history. It will also have contributions by other writers, as well as a strong visual component.” More »

Alicia Keys Names New Album ‘Girl On Fire’: Morning Mix

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:: Following in John Legend‘s footstepsAlicia Keys is the latest artist to announce her new album — just in time for her upcoming VMA performance. Echoing The Hunger Games, the R&B songstress’s forthcoming LP is titled Girl On Fire. [Rap-Up]

:: American Idol winner Scotty McCreery took a hard fall off a stage during a live set. “Dagum ‪@BradPaisley pranked me again,” tweeted the singer after his tumble. “He narrowed up the stage on me for my last song….. ‪#MeetTheCrowdNight ‪#ImOk.” [Celebuzz]

:: It looks like there are two new faces for COVERGIRL: Janelle Monae joins Pink as the newest spokesmodel for the beauty brand. [Vogue]

:: Did you think Jason Derulo was the only one who name-dropped in all of his tracks? Watch this compilation of Atlanta MC 2 Chainz‘s 50 cameo appearances in videos from Nicki to Kreayshawn. [Spin]

:: Months after writing a heartfelt tribute to Adam Yauch, The RootsQuestlove has released a demo medley of the Beastie Boys‘s greatest classics. [Fact]

After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »

Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy Drink For Using Their Music

The Beastie Boys will fight for their right to protect their music. The group is suing Monster Energy Corp. for illegally using several of their songs in a series of ads, against the wishes of the trio’s late member, Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Yauch, who died in May after a long bout with cancer, stipulated in his will that his image and music could not be used for advertising purposes. His wife, Dechen Yauch, has the right to sell and manage his artistic property, as long as his music and image not be used for commercial use.

Monster’s 2012 Ruckus in the Rockies promo video appeared on the company’s website in May 2012, and used Beastie songs like “Sabotage,” “So What’cha Want” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun.” Mike D, Ad-Rock and the estate of Yauch are seeking unspecified damages, alleging copyright infringement and a host of other intellectual property violations. [Via MTV]

Lollapalooza’s 10 Most Epic Moments In Pop

Some of the biggest names in rock, dance and pop will descend on Chicago for Lollapalooza on August 3-5, including everyone from Frank Ocean to Florence + the Machine to Fun. But Lolla wasn’t always this inclusive: It began as a the leading authority on alt-rock in the early ’90s, a traveling caravan of flannel and ripped jeans that brought Seattle’s grunge and Cali’s trash-glam to the masses. That iteration of the touring fest folded after ’97, but Lolla was resurrected in 2005 as a single-weekend Chicago festival, and slowly but surely it has opened its loving arms to the sounds of pop music. To get you ready for the fast-approaching festival, here are Lolla’s 10 most epic pop moments. More »

Best Of Bonnaroo: 11 Great Pop Moments In The Festival’s History

This weekend marks the 11th iteration of Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. At the inaugural fest in 2002, it was a jam-band paradise, heavy on the noodling but light on the zeitgeist. Each year, though, it has expanded in size and scope, and this year’s lineup is the biggest and arguably the most eclectic yet. Featuring everyone from Bon Iver to Skrillex to Das Racist, Bonnaroo clearly has its finger on the pulse of pop music. So ahead of Bonnaroo’s 11th running, here are 11 great pop moments in the festival’s history, in no particular order. More »