50 Years - 50 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1997

 

By Jack Sharkey, May 19, 2017

 

1997

Nineteen ninety-seven was not an especially groundbreaking year for music, but the year saw some incredibly huge hits with updated versions of monster hits from the 80s and 70s. Music was kind of safe, but there were still some really great and timeless hits to off-set some of the more mindless fare. 

 

I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly Hollywood was basically in charge of the culture in the late 90s, and movie soundtrack hits, even from movies starring great athletes with marginal acting skills and cartoon rabbits, ruled the airwaves. Except for Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On in 1998, no movie song was bigger than I Believe I Can Fly from Space Jam.

 

 

Wannabe - Spice Girls Look, if I had my way, the only songs that would ever chart would either be from Miles Davis or the Skatalites, but hate me all you want, you'll be taunting your co-workers and families with this hook for the rest of the weekend. Pay close attention at how much difficulty Ginger Spice has walking around in those platforms.

 

 

If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow The Spice Girls success made Sheryl Crow necessary, but it was Crow's string of hits that laid bare all of her anger and sadness that made her important.

 

 

Fly Like An Eagle - Seal In case you'd forgotten how big the movie Space Jam was, here's another hit from the soundtrack. Seal was the king of the movie soundtrack in the mid-90s plus he was married to one of the judges from America's Got Talent. Seal's version paid homage to the 1976 original by the Steve Miller Band which was every bit as funky and edgy.

 

 

I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy and Faith Evans ft. 112 Sean Comb's heartfelt eulogy for Notorious B.I.G reworked The Police's 1983 hit I'll Be Watching You and took it back to the top of the charts for an entirely new audience. 

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