Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1999
by Alex Cosper
BRIAN McKNIGHT - Back At One
MONICA - Angel of Mine
RICKY MARTIN - She's All I Ever Had
JEWEL - Hands
R. KELLY & CELINE DION - I'm Your Angel
SARAH McLACHLAN - Angel
CELINE DION - That's The Way It Is
SAVAGE GARDEN - I Knew I Loved You
MARIAH CAREY - I Still Believe
N'SYNC - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You
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SUGAR RAY - Every Morning
SANTANA featuring ROB THOMAS - Smooth
LOU BEGA - Mambo No. 5
JENNIFER LOPEZ - If You Had My Love
CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Genie In A Bottle
SHANIA TWAIN - Man, I Feel Like A Woman
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS - Bailamos
CHER - Believe
BACKSTREET BOYS - I Want It That Way
PHIL COLLINS - You'll Be In My Heart
SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER - Kiss Me
SMASH MOUTH - All Star
WHITNEY HOUSTON - Heartbreak Hotel
EAGLE EYE CHERRY - Save Tonight
BRANDY - Have You Ever?
GOO GOO DOLLS - Slide
WHITNEY HOUSTON - It's Not Right, But It's Okay
BACKSTREET BOYS - All I Have To Give
SHAWN MULLINS - Lullaby
98 DEGREES - The Hardest Thing
SUGAR RAY - Someday
SHANIA TWAIN - That Don't Impress Me Much
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Scar Tissue
WHITNEY HOUSTON - My Love Is Your Love
GOO GOO DOLLS - Iris
FAITH EVANS - Love Like This
LONESTAR - Amazed
SARAH McLACHLAN - I Will Remember You
WHITNEY HOUSTON & MARIAH CAREY - When You Believe
The significance of 1999 was that it was the last year the music biz could boast about several years of continued sales growth. But like an arrogrant boxer who thinks he'll be the champ forever, the music biz was caught off-guard and suffered a long lasting blow that would have an impact for many years.
The knock-out punch of the music biz came in the form of the internet and what was known as "peer-to-peer file sharing software" orchestrated by Napster. Although the CD format was still a big seller, its rival format, the mp3, was beginning to gain the attention of a new generation of music fans that preferred downloading music for free, rather than buying CDs.
By this point several music biz dreams had come true like a Cinderella fairy-tale. The pop scene had become dominated by hip hop, which were commercials for filling up corporate prisons, in which the music biz was a big investor. The alternative format had been blown up and was becoming more of a rap/metal/ska format that began to connect with the hip hop/corporate prison scene. The adult contemporary format was in the stages of gobbling up any kind of left-over pop sound that was otherwise hard to market. The rock world became the twin brother of the alternative format, giving rock records double exposure.
A Latin sound was also growing within the pop and other formats, elevating the careers of Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez. The music biz now could market music in many ways, except it didn't prepare itself for the internet. Instead of seeing internet as the future of everything, the music biz went on its arrogant way of trying to dominate pop culture with more and more emphasis on highly commercial formulas.
One of the formulas that surfaced in 1999 that would stay around long enough to annoy and alienate many pop music fans was autotune. Developed by oil giant Exxon for underwater drilling, this electronic effect was used to give music an even more electronic sound. Cher's hit "Believe" was the first to showcase the effect, although, it was only used sparingly in the production.
Eventually, autotune was used to mask real voices of novice singers, giving them a robotic studio sound instead of an organic authentic sound. Within a few years it became a standard gimmick on many pop releases. Whether or not it was one of the reasons that the music biz started to collapse financially in 2000 is still debatable, but it's very clear that it didn't help.
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