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Top 100 Songs of 1996

Below is a list from Billboard magazine’s Top ear-End Hot 100 songs for 1996. Chart © by Billboard, a part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. All Rights Reserved. Learn more about Billboard here.

Top 100 Songs of 1996


Top 100 Songs of 1996

1 Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

2 One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

3 Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project

4 Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

5 Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) – Los Del Rio

6 Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

7 Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman

8 I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis

9 You’re Makin’ Me High/Let It Flow – Toni Braxton

10 Twisted – Keith Sweat

11 C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City Dj’s

12 Missing – Everything But The Girl

13 Ironic – Alanis Morissette

14 Exhale (Shoop Shoop) – Whitney Houston

15 Follow You Down/Til I Hear It from You – Gin Blossoms

16 Sittin’ Up In My Room – Brandy

17 How Do U Want It/California Love – 2Pac

18 It’s All Coming Back to Me Now – Celine Dion

19 Change the World – Eric Clapton

20 Hey Lover – LL Cool J

21 Loungin’ – LL Cool J

22 Insensitive – Jann Arden

23 Be My Lover – La Bouche

24 Name – The Goo Goo Dolls

25 Who Will Save Your Soul – Jewel

26 Where Do You Go – No Mercy

27 I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I) – R. Kelly

28 You Learn/You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette

29 One of Us – Joan Osborne

30 Not Gon’ Cry – Mary J. Blige

31 Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

32 Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) – R. Kelly

33 Before You Walk Out of My Life / Like This and Like That – Monica

34 Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

35 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin’ New) – Coolio

36 No Diggity – BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre)

37 Why I Love You So Much/Ain’t Nobody – Monica

38 Count On Me – Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans

39 Fantasy – Mariah Carey

40 Time – Hootie and The Blowfish

More 60 Top Songs of 1996

    1. Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla
    2. Wonder – Natalie Merchant
    3. Only You – 112 featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
    4. You’re the One – SWV
    5. Sweet Dreams – La Bouche
    6. The World I Know – Collective Soul
    7. Anything – 3T
    8. 1979 – The Smashing Pumpkins
    9. Diggin’ On You – TLC
    10. Kissin’ You – Total
    11.  You’ll See – Madonna
    12.  Last Night – Az Yet
    13.  Mouth – Merril Bainbridge
    14.  The Earth, The Sun, The Rain – Color Me Badd
    15.  All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do) – Joe
    16.  Wonderwall – Oasis
    17.  Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check/Everything Remains Raw – Busta Rhymes
    18.  Tell Me – Groove Theory
    19.  Elevators (Me & You) – Outkast
    20.  Hook – Blues Traveler
    21.  Doin It – LL Cool J
    22.  Fastlove – George Michael
    23.  Touch Me Tease Me – Case featuring Foxxy Brown
    24.  Tonite’S Tha Night – Kris Kross
    25.  Children – Robert Mile
    26. Theme From Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
    27.  Closer to Free – Bodeans
    28.  Just a Girl – No Doubt
    29. If Your Girl Only Knew – Aaliyah
    30.  Lady – D’angelo
    31.  Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) – John Mellencamp
    32.  Pony – Ginuwine
    33.  Nobody – Keith Sweat
    34.  Old Man & Me – Fairweather Johnson – Hootie and The Blowfish
    35.  If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow
    36.  As I Lay Me Down – Sophie B. Hawkins
    37.  Keep On, Keepin’ On – MC Lyte
    38.  Jealousy – Natalie Merchant
    39.  I Want to Come Over – Melissa Etheridge
    40.  Who Do U Love – Deborah Cox
    41.  Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
    42.  This Is Your Night – Amber
    43.  You Remind Me of Something – R. Kelly
    44.  Runaway – Janet Jackson
    45.  Set U Free – Planet Soul
    46.  Hit Me Off – New Edition
    47.  No One Else – Total
    48.  My Boo – Ghost Town Dj’s
    49.  Get Money – Junior M.A.F.I.A.
    50.  That Girl – Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy
    51.  Po Pimp – Do Or Die
    52.  Until It Sleeps – Metallica
    53.  Hay – Crucial Conflict
    54.  Beautiful Life – Ace Of Base
    55.  Back for Good – Take That
    56.  I Got Id / The Long Road – Pearl Jam
    57.  Soon As I Get Home – Faith Evans
    58.  Macarena – Los Del Rio
    59.  Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and The Blowfish
    60.  Don’t Cry – Seal

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Top 100 Songs of 1996 – Final Thoughts

The top 100 songs of 1996 were an eclectic mix of genres, reflecting the diverse tastes of music listeners at the time. The list included pop ballads, R&B hits, alternative rock anthems, and hip-hop tracks that defined the sound of the era. Artists such as Mariah Carey, 2Pac, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, and No Doubt dominated the charts, with memorable songs that continue to be popular today.

The music of 1996 also reflected important cultural and social issues, with songs addressing themes such as love, heartbreak, social justice, and identity. Overall, the top 100 songs of 1996 showcased the dynamic and vibrant musical landscape of the time.

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About Paul Thompson

Paul loves guitars, guitarists, and music made with a guitar to an almost worrying extent. But he didn't start out playing the guitar and was a good pianist until the age of nine when 'Rock' entered his life. Since then, he has also become accomplished on a range of other instruments, but Guitar is still his number one love!

He has played in a lot of bands over the years, the majority of them rock bands and mainly playing guitar. He has a substantial home recording studio and enjoys recording his own and other people's music as often as he can.

His passion for the guitar always comes through in his writing, and he hopes to continue to preach the importance of guitar music for decades to come.

He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Pam and lots and lots of guitars!

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