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1996's Most Popular Song Hits

1. Grease Megamix - Olivia Newton John & John Travolta
"This car is automatic, systematic, hydromatic, why its Grease Lightning"
"You're the one that I want"
"Did she put up a fight?"
"Tell me more, tell me more..."

2. Macarena - Los Del Rio
"Now don't you worry about my boyfriend
The boy who's name is Vitorino
I don't want him, couldn't stand him
He was no good so I... hahahah!"

3. Maria - Ricky Martin
"Un, dos, tres un pasito pa'lante, Maria
Un, dos, tres un pasito pa'atras.
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres
Es que me tiene loco
She's the one that always turns me on
Sexy angel fallen from heaven
She's the one that always drives me wild
In her arms she's driving forever"

4. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
"For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby"

5. California Love - 2Pac
"California knows how to party.
In the citaaay of L.A.
In the citaaay of good ol' Watts
In the citaaay, the city of Compton.
We keep it rockin! We keep it rockin!"

6. Champagne Supernova - Oasis
"Today was gonna be the day
But they'll never throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you're not to do"

7. I Will Remember You - Sarah McLachlan
"I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories"

8. Sweet Dreams - La Bouche
"Sweet dreams of rhythm and dancing
Sweet dreams of passion through the night
Sweet dreams are taking over
Sweet dreams of dancing through the night "

9. I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
"I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly"

10. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
"And I said 'What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?'
She said 'I think I remember the film
And as I recall, I think we both kinda liked it'
And I said 'Well, that's the one thing we've got'"

11. Be My Lover - La Bouche
"La da da dee da da da da
La da da dee da da da da
La da da dee da
La da da da dee da
La da da dee da da da da da
Be my lover
want to be me lover"

12. Ironic - Alanis Morissette
"Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
'Well isn't this nice...'
And isn't it ironic ... don't you think"

13. What I Got - Sublime
"Well, life is too short, so love the one you got
'Cause you might get run over or you might get shot
Never had to battle with no bulletproof vest
Never start static I just get it off my chest
Take a small example, take a tip from me
Take all of your money, give it all to charity"

14. Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
"Who will save you soul when it comes to the flower
Who will save you soul after all the lies that you told, boy
Who will save your soul if you won't save you own?"

15. Missing - Everything But The Girl
"I'm walking down your street again and past your door
But you don't live there any more
It's years since you've been there
But now you've disappeared somewhere like outer space
You've found some better place
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain"

16. Ready To Go - Republica
"From the rooftops shout it out
It's a crack, I'm back yeah standing
On the rooftops having it
Baby I'm ready to go
I'm back and ready to go
From the rooftops shout it out, shout it out"

17. No Diggity - BLACKstreet
"I like the way you work it
No diggity, I try to bag it up, bag it up"

18. Tha Crossroads - Bone thugs-n-harmony
"God bless you working on a plan to Heaven
Follow the Lord all 24/7 days, GOD is who we praise
even though the devil's all up in my face
But he keeping me safe and in my place, say grace"

19. Only You - 112
"I need you in my life,
Where do we go,
What do I do,
I can't live without your love"

20. Wonderwall - Oasis
"Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do"

21. Killing Me Softly - Fugees
"Strumming my pain with his fingers
(one time, one time)
singing my life with his words
(two time, two time)
killing me softly with his song
killing me softly with his song"

22. Satellite - Dave Matthews Band
"Satellite in my eyes Like a diamond in the sky "

23. Don't Speak - No Doubt
"Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts
Don't speak"

24. Name - Goo Goo Dolls
"If you could hide inside me, maybe for awhile
and I won't tell no one your name
and I won't tell 'em your name"

25. Daughter - Pearl Jam
"Don't call me daughter not fit to
the picture kept will remind me "

26. Just A Girl - No Doubt
27. Set U Free - Planet Soul
28. My Maria - Brooks & Dunn
29. I Finally Found Someone - Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams
30. Ain't Nobody - Faith Evans
31. Betcha By Golly Wow - Prince
32. Jealousy - Natalie Merchant
33. I Remember - Boyz II Men
34. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
35. Wonder - Natalie Merchant
36. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
37. Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
38. Get Together - Big Mountain
39. (Party Time) You'll Be Mine - Gloria Estefan
40. C'Mon Ride The Train - Quad City DJ's
41. The World I Know - Collective Soul
42. That Girl - Maxi Priest
43. Stayin' Alive - N-Trance
44. One Of Us - Joan Osborne
45. Change The World - Eric Clapton
46. Closer To Free - BoDeans
47. Spiderwebs - No Doubt
48. Too Much - Dave Matthews Band
49. Last Night - Az Yet
50. Oh Virginia - Blessid Union Of Souls
51. Where It's At - Beck
52. Blue - LeAnn Rimes
53. Forever - Mariah Carey
54. Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
55. Stupid Girl - Garbage
56. Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
57. Reach - Gloria Estefan
58. Caught A Lite Sneeze - Tori Amos
59. 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin New) - Coolio
60 Heartspeak Dollarsign - Everclear
61. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
62. Pepper - Butthole Surfers
63. DJ Girl - Katalina
64. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
65. Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey
66. No Woman No Cry - Fugees
67. You Learn - Alanis Morissette
68. Counting Blue Cars -Dishwalla
69. They Don't Care About Us - Michael Jackson
70. The Distance - Cake
71. Old Man and Me - Hootie and the Blowfish
72. How Do U Want It - 2 Pac
73. Time - Hootie and the Blowfish
74. Nobody - Keith Sweat
75. Tonight, Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
76. Jesus To A Child - George Michael
77. So Much To Say - Dave Matthews Band
78. You're The One - SWV
79. Until It Sleeps - Metallica
80. So Far Away - Rod Stewart
81. Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
82. Keep On, Keepin' On - MC Lyte
83. Sittin' Up In My Room - Brandy
84. Lady - D'Angelo
85. My Boo - Ghost Town DJ's
86. Nobody Knows - Tony Rich Project
87. Not Goin' Cry - Mary J. Blige
88. Flood - Jars Of Clay
89. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) - John Melloncamp
90. Glycerine - Bush
91. Cumbersome - Seven Mary Three
92. In The Meantime - Spacehog
93. Amish Paradise - Weird Al Yancovic
94. Santa Monica (Whatch The World Die) - Everclear
95. Whoever You Are - Geggy Tah
96. Reach - Gloria Estefan
97. Big Bang Baby - Stone Temple Pilots
98. Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
99. Mother Mother - Tracy Bonham
100. Bulls On Parade - Rage Against The Machine

Not On The List...
(The Groove-Yard of forgotten hits)

What can we say? They all made the it to Billboard's Top Ten in 1996, but nobody (or very few people) ask to hear them any more. You can change that! Vote, suggest or complain about your favorite song from 1996 not being included on the PCM List!

Billboard Peak # 1. Youy're Making Me High - Toni Braxton
Billboard Peak # 2. It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion
Billboard Peak # 2. Twisted - Keith Sweat
Billboard Peak # 3. Loungin - LL Cool J
Billboard Peak # 3. Hit Me Off - New Edition
Billboard Peak # 4. Mouth - Merril Bainbridge
Billboard Peak # 4. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) - R. Kelly
Billboard Peak # 5. Where Do You Go - No Mercy
Billboard Peak # 5. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) - R. Kelly
Billboard Peak # 6. Pony - Ginuwine
Billboard Peak # 6. This Is For The Lover In You - Babyface
Billboard Peak # 6. Free As A Bird - The Beatles
Billboard Peak # 7. Theme From: Mission Impossible - Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
Billboard Peak # 8. Count On Me - Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans
Billboard Peak # 8. Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check - Busta Rhymes
Billboard Peak # 8. Fastlove - George Michael
Billboard Peak # 9. Follow You Down - Gin Blossoms
Billboard Peak # 9. Why I Love You So Much - Monica
Billboard Peak # 9. Doin It - LL Cool J
Billboard Peak # 10. Keep On Keepin On - MC Lyte

With The Macarena, Unbreak My Heart, Always Be My Baby and that dang song from Titanic owning most of the airwaves, there wasn't much more room for other other long-lasting pop hits.

Would you belive that The Beatle's Free as A Bird never got a single request/suggestion/ vote for our Top Requested Songs of 1996 list? The song was written by John Lennon in 1977- Yoko and Paul decided that it could be finished and recorded by the remaining Beatles.

Yoko said "It was all settled before then, I just used that occasion to hand over the tapes personally to Paul. I did not break up The Beatles, but I was there at the time, you know? Now I'm in a position where I could bring them back together and I would not want to hinder that. It was kind of a situation given to me by fate."
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