The '90s on 9 channel on Sirius XM recently counted down the top hits of this week back in 1990 and listening to the show made me realize what a great year for music this was. It not only brought us Madonna's iconic hit "Vogue," but other house hits by Snap and Technotronic.
It was the year Sinead O'Connor scored her first hit with "Nothing Compares 2 U," a song written by Prince. The simple and emotional video won several awards for O'Connor, who ruined her career by tearing up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live in late 1992.
Janet Jackson ruined her career in 2004 by purposely exposing her breast at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. In 1990, she was still hot property and her most enduring hit that year was the ballad "Come Back to Me." She followed that up with several more hits, though less memorable.
Madonna hit her peak of popularity in 1990 and her biggest hit that year was "Vogue." The release of the song, inspired by gay culture, is often seen as the beginning of the modern day gay rights movement. In fact, Madonna originally wanted to sing, "It doesn't matter if you're gay or straight," but Warner Brothers backed down. However, that didn't stop Madonna from her gay rights activism.
Here is my list of the top five songs from 1990. Let me know what you think I missed in the Comments section.