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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 »

Miley Cyrus Is Rumored (Again) To Be Dating Mike WiLL Made It: Morning Mix

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:: Miley Cyrus has been dating producer Mike WiLL Made It for nine months, according to multiple (unnamed) sources. The two have been rumored to be seeing each other since Bangerz lead single “We Can’t Stop” dominated radio, though they’ve maintained that they’re just friends. [Us Weekly]

:: fun. will appear on Beck‘s long-awaited Song Reader, out July 29 on Capitol. Beck previously released the sheet music to Song Reader in 2012, with hopes that fans would record their own versions of those songs. [Stereogum]

:: Weezer will release its ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, on September 30. The band teamed with Ric Ocasek, the producer behind Weezer’s landmark records The Blue Album and The Green Album. [EW]

:: Justin Bieber was charged with one count of misdemeanor for allegedly egging his neighbor’s Calabasas home. Other neighbors have since accused Bieber of throwing loud parties and driving recklessly. [Rolling Stone]

:: Nicki Minaj will appear on Home Shopping Network on July 11 at midnight to promote her latest fragrance, Minajesty Exotic. Fans will also be able to call in to speak with the Pink Print star herself. [Instagram]

:: When Jay Z asks if his two-step is off, Beyonce will speak the truth. [Instagram]

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Justin Bieber Briefly Covers Usher’s “Climax”: Morning Mix

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Bieber Brings His Falsetto To Climax
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:: Justin Bieber can “Climax” really well, it turns out. The pop star busted out his falsetto to cover his mentor Usher‘s Looking 4 Myself single during a sit-down with KIIS FM. [Vulture]

:: R. Kelly was forced to cancel a series of promotional appearances and a book launch party for his memoir Soulacoasta: The Diary Of Me in New York after suffering from complications from the throat surgery he had last year. The R&B singer was rushed back to Chicago for medical treatment. [Rolling Stone]

:: Fiona Apple has added even more tour dates to her extensive North American tour. She’s obviously making up for all those years of being a hermit. [A.V. Club]

:: Snoop Dogg was detained in Norway for carrying a small amount of marijuana and a large amount of cash. We’re just surprised it was only a small amount of marijuana. [Arts Beat]

:: Weezer will be touring a series of festivals in the second half of 2012, performing their two most beloved albums Pinkerton and The Blue Album. [Spin]

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

Former Weezer Bassist Found Dead — Morning Mix

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:: Weezer’s former bassist Mikey Welsh, who performed with the band from 1998 to 2001, was found dead in a Chicago hotel room on Saturday. Authorities suspect narcotics were involved in his death. A message on Weezer’s website called Welsh “a unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father, and a great artist is gone, but we will never forget.” [EW Music Mix]

:: Pop Justice held a contest that required Britney Spears fans to send in a papier mache head of the pop star. Here are the amazing results. [Pop Justice]

:: Nicki Minaj and Rihanna’s “Fly” gets remixed by… Steve Jobs?! This may be the most motivational thing you’ll hear today. [PopCrush]

:: RedOne, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta and Dr. Luke are just a handful of the producers on Taio Cruz’s upoming album TY.O. [Rolling Stone]

:: Frankmusik remixes Erasure’s “When I Start To (Break It All Down)”. [Arjan Writes]

Head below to find out which music acts will be taking over your tube today.
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Hear OK Go, Weezer And Hayley Williams Pay Homage To The Muppets

It’s time to play the music — of the Muppets cover compilation The Green Album, that is. As we’ve previously mentioned, the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational LP won’t be hitting stores until next Tuesday August 23. However, you can preview every track, including OK Go’s “Muppet Show Theme” and the “Rainbow Connection” collaboration from Weezer and Hayley Williams, over at NPR. While we’re sure Statler and Waldorf will hate this album, we’re loving these reworkings of infamous Muppet tunes.

The Morning Mix: Beyonce Is Not Interested In Hit Singles

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:: Hit singles are not a priority for Beyonce at the moment. Apparently, the VMA-snubbed superstar is more interested in reviving the sweet soul music she grew up listening to. [Hip-Hop Wired]

:: Anthony Kiedis wants the world to know he cried while watching Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never concert documentary. [Spinner]

:: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo shows his musical diversity by covering “Tonight” from classic musical West Side Story. [MTV Buzzworthy]

:: We’re sure Wiz Khalifa rolled a lot of paper at the party his label threw to celebrate Gold album sales. [Rap-Up]

:: Jay-Z and Kanye West take the stage at a Young Jeezy show. Talk about stolen thunder. [Vulture]

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

The Morning Mix: Demi Lovato Rockets To #1 On iTunes

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:: Demi Lovato has bounced back bigger and better than ever with her Toby Gad-produced comeback single “Skyscraper” soaring all the way to number one on iTunes in less than 24 hours. [Music & Lyrics]

:: Adam Lambert’s favorite jamming partner Nikka Costa has unveiled the video for her sexy new single “Nylons In A Rip”. [Soul Bounce]

:: Platinum Hit judge Jewel and her bull rider husband Ty Murry are celebrating the birth of their first child, Kase Townes. [Pop Bytes]

:: Breathe easy, Ciara fans! The “Goodies” singer, who left Jive Records after the lackluster performance of her latest album, has found a new home at Epic Records under the tutelage of former boss L.A. Reid. [Rap-Up]

:: Weezer is organising the first indie-rock cruise vacation – at least that we’ve heard of! The ship sets sail in Miami on January 19 and arrives in Cozumenl, Mexico four days later. Cue a reference to “Island In The Sun” right… now. [Pop Dust]

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Hayley Williams, Weezer, OK Go & More Cover The Muppets On ‘The Green Album’

Jason Segel’s upcoming The Muppets is said to host a handful of cameos from pop artists (such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry), but it’s the film’s tribute compilation that has us really humming. Muppets: The Green Album features 12 songs originally performed by the furry cast of characters, reinterpreted by the likes of OK Go (who handle the “Muppet Show Theme”), Weezer and Paramore’s Hayley Williams (who both contribute to a cover of “Rainbow Connection”). Jump below to see what other acts are going green.

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The Best Cover Art Of 2010 (PHOTOS)

We’ve been a bit moody this week, detailing the major fails of pop music in 2010 — which includes these 10 terrible album covers. We don’t want to be an office full of Scrooges so close to Christmas, though, so we decided to focus on the positive and pick what we thought were the 10 Best Album Covers from the past year. Some were funny, others were thought-provoking, and many were just straight-up gorgeous — flip through to see some of the most striking paintings and photos to hit CD sleeves the past 12 months, ending with our (candy-scented!) favorite. And congrats to Kanye, who appears on both our Best and Worst Cover Art list! As if he hadn’t already received enough accolades this year.

Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison And More Tribute ‘Rocky Horror’ (PHOTOS)

Last night, a star-studded cast took the stage at L.A.’s Wiltern Theater to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live tribute show. Recast in the musical’s infamous roles were Glee‘s Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison (playing Brad and Janet), Danny Devito, Jack Nicholson, the poisonous Nicole Scherzinger, Julian McMahon as Dr. Frank N. Furter, Evan Rachel Wood as Magenta, and the face of Weezer’s Hurley album, Jorge Garcia, as Eddie! Even late night host George Lopez donned a pair of fishnets for the production, which benefited The Painted Turtle organization.

Anyone else weirded out by seeing McKinley High’s star glee club member smooching onstage with her teacher?