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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 »

I Got You Babe!: The 12 Best Duets By Real-Life Musical Couples From The Past 20 Years

Matches Made In Music Heaven!
Musicians have been dating each other for decades, and when they join together in the studio, the results are pretty magical. One of the first mainstream pop duets performed by a real-life couple was 1965′s “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher. This feel-good song has become the platform for the artists of today to create their own musical love stories.

Sure, there have been boatloads of artist collaborations, features, mash-ups and pair-ups in recent memory, but we decided to stick with real-life amore, and compile a list of the best duets from 12 musical lovebirds over the past 20 years. Get in the mood below! More »

Rihanna Hangs Out With Justin Bieber Impersonator: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Looking decidedly dressed down from her fishnets-and-leather Hackney Weekend ensemble, Rihanna took to Twitter to pose with a Justin Bieber-mask-wearing friend. The Only Girl In The World tweeted: “Me and the beebs yesterday! Shoutout to my photographer @jennnrosales” [PopDust]

:: 50 Cent, who recently collaborated with Wiz Khalifa, was involved in a car accident in New York early Tuesday  morning (Jun. 26). He was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for minor neck and back injuries. [MTV]

:: Taking a page from One Direction‘s book, “Domino” singer Jessie J expressed her desire to work with Ed Sheeran — as well as Rihanna and Beyoncé — on her next album. [Capital FM]

:: In an exclusive excerpt from his memoir, R. Kelly talks about meeting Notorious B.I.G. for the first time and making him cry with “I Believe I Can Fly“. [Rolling Stone]

:: Even after “Kush” and Coachella, we’re still waiting on word of an actual release for Dr. Dre’s Detox, among numerous other famously delayed albums. [Stereogum]

:: It’s been two months since Alicia Keys debuted her new song, but she’s finally ready for her new album. In a new video she posted online, the R&B singer-songwriter talked about her musical journey, telling fans,”When it comes to sharing music with you, I am like a caged animal dying to escape.” [Rap-Up]

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

Miley Cyrus Can’t Be Tamed But Can Be Hurt By Sharp Objects: Morning Mix

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:: Miley Cyrus was rushed to a hospital after her finger encountered the business end of a blender. [MTV]

:: Lil Wayne is splashed across the cover of the new XXL, which focuses on live performance. (Who were you expecting, 2Pac?) [XXL]

:: Speaking of fallen rap legends, a newly unearthed and previously unreleased interview with Notorious B.I.G. from the set of his “Warning” video finds him reflecting on the success of his album Ready To Die and his baby daughter. See you at the all-hologram Coachella. [Rap Radar]

:: Fast-rising rapper Azealia Banks has taken on a new professional adviser: Lady Gaga‘s manager, Troy Carter. Next up: Azealia in platform heels made of penguins. [Vulture]

:: There’s another new still image from Rihanna‘s “Where Have You Been” video. In a huge change of pace, she looks drop-dead gorgeous in this one. [Neon Limelight]

After the jump, we reveal which pop star will light up late-night TV tonight. More »

Lana Del Rey Gets Mashed Up With Notorious B.I.G. On ‘Born Ready To Die’

On the 15th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.’s death comes a mashup that may have him rolling in his grave —  DJ and mixtape artistTerry Urban has paired Biggie’s debut album Ready To Die with hipster chanteuse-du-jour Lana Del Rey’s divisive Born To Die. Genius, or heresy? Head to Mixstream to download or stream and see for yourself.

The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”: Still Hypnotic 15 Years After His Death

Today marks the 15-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death, and a decade and a half later his music continues to hypnotize. (Even Britney Spears referenced him on last year’s “Drop Dead Beautiful.”) On March 9, 1997, at age 24, Biggie (real name: Christopher George Latore Wallace) was gunned down in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting, his killer never apprehended. But the Grammy-nominated “Hypnotize” surged in popularity and hit #1 on the charts, as did his appropriately-titled posthumous album Life After Death. Recall one of the greatest hip hop singles of all time by watching the action-packed video (featuring helicopters, mermaids, and a car chase) below. More »

Rappers Know How To Spell, As Evidenced By This Video Montage

Fergie isn’t the only performer who would be a force to be reckoned with during a spelling bee. Pretty much every rapper – from Biggie (“B-I-G, P-O, P-P-A”) to Snoop Dog (“The S-N-double-O-P”) to Jay-Z (“H-O-V-A!”) and beyond – makes sure the world knows who they are by providing the correct spelling of their MC name in their songs. The W to the A to the T-C-H-B-E-L-O-W for the proof.  More »

Justin Bieber Freestyle Raps Over A Biggie Song

Justin Bieber is working on his flow again, as the “Fa La La” pop star freestyled over Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?” while appearing on Bootleg Kev’s radio show on Las Vegas’ Hot 97.5. However, our favorite part of Justin’s sit-down wasn’t his rap — his freestyle over “Otis” will be hard to top — but the red and green Christmas apron he was wearing. (Did someone just finish helping Grandma Bieber make gingerbread?) Check out Justin’s latest freestyle below. More »

Lil Kim Gets The Boot From Biggie’s Mom On A New Monica Track

Who’s a big fan of Lil Kim? Monica. Who’s not? Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace. That’s what we’ve taken away from the controversy over the “Love All Over Me” singer’s new single “Anything (To Find You),” which Lil Kim has already laid down her vocals for and Monica is happy with, but now may not be released as is. The Missy Elliot-produced track samples Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya,” and since his mother now controls the late rapper’s estate, she gets the final say on who appears on the cut — and it appears she’s playing for Team Minaj. Find out more below.

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The Morning Mix: Justin Timberlake Gives It Another Go With Jessica Biel

Did You Hear?

:: Though the two broke up in March, Justin Timberlake is reportedly back together with Jessica Biel. And we thought he only had eyes for MySpace. [PopCrush]

:: Pink explains the meaning of her daughter Willow Sage’s name. It’s cuter than you think. [Pink Is The New Blog]

:: Janet Jackson goes goth-lite for a recent performance. Did she fish that skull belt out of Avril’s closet? [MTV Buzzworthy]

:: In honor of their new video site, NME posted their picks for the 100 Greatest Music Videos Of All Time. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Robyn, Eminem and Kanye all appear on the list. Needs more OK Go on treadmills, though. [Stereogum]

:: The saga of the Notorious B.I.G.’s murder takes a new turn as someone steps forward with some new information as to who might have killed the rapper. [Billboard]

After the jump, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today. More »