#6 – Mariah Carey feat. Boyz II Men – “One Sweet Day” – (1995)

The #1 single on the Hot 100 on January 1, 1994, was “Hero” by Mariah Carey (4 weeks total). On January 1, 1995, it was “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men (also for 4 weeks). And on January 1, 1996, “One Sweet Day” was #1. But it stayed at the top spot for 16 weeks. Sixteen weeks. That’s almost a third of a year. It still holds the record for the longest time at the top. It also set a few other Billboard records, like making Mariah Carey the first person to have multiple debut #1’s (she’s got 3 so far). Mariah has 18 number one hits. That’s more than Elvis and second only to The Beatles (20). And this song was the biggest of them all. There is no question that Mariah Carey can do things with her voice that most people can only dream of. And when you combine that with the talent that was Boyz II Men, you’ve got some serious vocal firepower on tap. Some of Mariah’s other big 90s hits: 1994s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” 1991s “Can’t Let Go,” and 1997s “Honey.”