by Alex Cosper (1/1/13)
The mainstream contiinued to be divided between the high rotation "contemporary hits" format that continued to crank out Mariah Carey hits and the alternative world that had bigger selling acts like Alanis Morissette, Pearl Jam or Green Day. The alternative format reached its market saturation and ratings peak in 1995. After that several factors led to the format's diminished influence including consolidation in the radio and records industries.
Electronic dance music continued to be big on the pop scene with songs like "The Sign" by Ace of Base and "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze. Many of the top hits of the period had an r&b flavor. The biggest hit of the era was a soulful ballad called "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men. TLC emerged as a young hit machine with "Creep" and "Waterfalls."
In 1996 Metallica had become the biggest band in rock and created controversy when they began getting airplay on alternative stations that previously leaned toward Seattle rockers. The song "Until It Sleeps" was a rock ballad that crossed over into adult formats. But the biggest hit that year was still a dance hit called "Macarena" by Los Del Rio.
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