A “Walk” down memory lane.
New in the CHR/Pop top 40 this week is the song “Be Right There” by producers Diplo and Sleepy Tom, the first charting song for the latter performer out of British Columbia and yet another hot hit for the former, originally from Mississippi. The release is a big hit in big markets, and it seems to have survived the annual freeze well, as it’s still holding onto a triple digit bullet. It’s also a notable streaming success, with 42 million plays on Spotify and several more million on YouTube. However, this new entry is also a part of an interesting historical occurrence, one that’s been gaining a lot of steam since the start of the decade.
If you’re a pop music buff, especially when it comes to the 90’s, you know that “Right” samples the biggest hit on the pop radio list for the girl group Jade. “Don’t Walk Away” was the second song for Joi Marshall, Tonya Kelly and Di Reed to become a top 40 hit (following “I Wanna Love You”, which went to #11 in September 1992) and it was a smash, spending 20 weeks on the chart, two of those weeks at #6 in late March and early April 1993. Keep in mind, this was during a time before the plays-per-week era, and the total it achieved (along with “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors) hadn’t been reached since the 70’s.
Though their name was lost in the many forgotten female groups that scored during the early part of the decade (Yes, I’m looking at you Boy Krazy, Sweet Sensation and The Cover Girls, etc.), they suddenly find themselves back in the spotlight with that great song. It got me thinking about other singles to hit the CHR/Pop chart that also sampled singles that peaked in 1993, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found at least six more singles from that year that have endured in other songs. Most of them are still on the airwaves in their original form, if only for a mix show or syndicated weekend program. Let’s see how many you remember!
(Radio & Records statistics are provided for all songs prior to the summer of 2006, while Mediabase 24/7 peaks and weeks are provided after that date.)
DR. DRE featuring SNOOP DOGG, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang” (#24 – March/April, 12 weeks)
sampled in 2001/2’s “Livin’ It Up” by Ja Rule featuring Case (#8 – January, 19 weeks)
sampled in 2007’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS (#11 – April, 18 weeks)
It’s a G-funk classic, and though it was a bigger hit on the Hot 100, this did its “Thang” on a fairly conservative panel for the time.
HADDAWAY, “What Is Love?” (#5 – October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “No Love” by Eminem featuring Lil Wayne (#20 – December, 12 weeks)
The act from Trinidad and Tobago managed to score one additional hit on the pop chart in 1994 with “Life”, which peaked at #12.
JANET JACKSON, “Again” (#1 – October/November, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “Solo” by Iyaz (#17 – May, 13 weeks)
The janet. era was huge, launching six songs into the pop top ten. Jackson made a big return in 2015 with the album Unbreakable.
ROBIN S, “Show Me Love” (#3 – July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo (#10 – June/July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2014’s “Show Me” by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown (#19 – March, 18 weeks)
“Love” remains one of the quintessential house records of that era. A second single, “Love For Love”, went to #38 for two frames.
SWV, “Right Here (Human Nature)” (#3 – September/October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “She Ain’t You” by Chris Brown (#17 – August, 13 weeks)
This remains the trio’s last top ten single to date on the pop survey, but they’re currently on Urban AC radio with “Ain’t No Man”.
ZAPP & ROGER, “Slow And Easy” (#37 – December, 4 weeks)
sampled in 2000’s “Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z featuring UGK (#32 – September, 12 weeks)
They had plenty of R&B hits, but this was their only crossover entry, and a minor one at that. It’s a cut from All The Greatest Hits.
(Listen to our 93 From ’93 playlist on Spotify, including all the big pop hits from that year in music!)
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