Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Number One Hip-Hop Singles of 1990

Posted by Billyjam, March 24, 2015 09:31pm | Post a Comment
The following list of number one hip-hop singles from 25 years ago is based on a combination of sales and radio airplay and comes care of Billboard magazine who calculated the initially published charts throughout 1990 in the weekly music magazine. Some were culled from albums released in 1989 but all singles charted in '90 with Salt-N-Pepa's "Expression" (remembered by many by its repeated catchy hook "express yourself") holding down the number one slot for the longest at eight consecutive weeks from mid January through mid March that year. Meanwhile Candyman's pop rap single "Knockin' Boots" spent five weeks at number one. Interestingly Vanilla Ice's ever-popular mega hit "Ice Ice Baby" only spent one week at number one on the hip-hop charts in 1990. However it soon crossed over to the separate pop singles chart where it enjoyed much more success going to number one for 13 weeks. The East Bay based, Tommy Boy act Digital Underground's biggest hit single of their career "The Humpty Dance" was number one for five straight weeks beginning on St. Patrick's Day, 1990. BDP artist D-Nice's "They Call Me D-Nice" spent four weeks at number one as did "We're All In The Same Gang" by the appropriately named West Coast Rap All-Stars, featuring Ice-T, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Young MC, Digital Underground, MC Hammer, King Tee, Body & Soul, Def Jef, Michel'le, Tone-Loc, and Above The Law's Cold 187um & KMG, which spent a month at number starting on July 21st. Meanwhile Ice Cube, with his debut solo post N.W.A. single "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" from the album of the same name, spent three straight weeks at number one beginning on June 9th, 1990 - but never had an official video made for it.  Most of the others spent one or two weeks at number one. For exact number of corresponding weeks at number one to individual hip-hop single see number in brackets following title of song, all below in video format in chronological order of release as singles.

The D.O.C. "The D.O.C. & The Doctor" (2)

Salt-N-Pepa "Expression" (8)

Digital Underground "The Humpty Dance" (5)

Above The Law "Murder Rap" (2)

Kid 'N Play "Funhouse" (3)

Public Enemy "911 Is A Joke" (2)

Ice Cube "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" (3)

Snap "The Power" (3)

The West Coast Rap All-Stars "We're All In The Same Gang" (4)

Above The Law "Untouchable" (1)

Luke featuring The 2 Live Crew "Banned In The U.S.A." (1)

D-Nice "Call Me D-Nice" (4)

Father M.C. "Treat Them Like They Want To Be Treated" (1)

LL Cool J "The Boomin' System" (2)

Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby" (1)

Candyman "Knockin' Boots" (6)

Monie Love "Monie In The Middle" (2)

Father M.C. "I'll Do 4 U" (2)

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