presents The Top Pop Songs
Of All Time !
We have ranked the top pop songs that have charted over the past
50+ years on The ARC Weekly Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100, and
come up with
a definitive list that will continue to expand as we add to it,
and continue to modify as new songs chart on The ARC Weekly Top
"The ingredients are prayer and
unity and four creative minds willing to lay our
differences aside to get things done." - Wanya, Boyz II
It's hard to believe that
Boyz II Men have only been on the music scene
since 1991. In such a short time the quartet has
sold millions of LPs and have spent 29 weeks at
#1 with 6 #1 hits. Boyz II Men originally hit the
music charts under the guidance of Bell
Biv Devoe's Michael Bivins. Their sound
combines the sounds of the soul from the 60s and
70s with a touch of New Jack swing and acapella
arrangements. Boyz II Men are: Nathan "Alex
Vanderpool" Morris, Michael "Bass"
McCary, Shawn "Slim" Stockman, and
Wanya "Squirt" Morris. All 4 hail from
Philadelphia where they formed as a group.
boys met in 1988 at the High School of the
Creative and Performing Arts, practicing their
harmonies in the bathroom, and originally calling
themselves "Unique Attraction." They
eventually got their name from a New
Edition song called "Boys To
Men." The band was originally five members:
the fifth member, Mark Nelson, dropped out to
pursue a solo career and is now with Az Yet. The boys sang "Can
You Stand The Rain" for Michael Bovines
after they snuck backstage at a Philadelphia
concert, and two months later Bivens offered to
manage the boys.
August: Boyz II Men released
their second LP, II, and found even greater
commercial and popular success, but parted way
with Michael Bivens. The LP was produced by Babyface, Jimmy Jam, and Terry
Lewis and gave the boys 3 more #1 hits: "I'll Make Love To You (written by Babyface)," "On Bended
Knee," and "Water Runs Dry (also written by Babyface)." They also had
chart success with the tracks "Thank You" and "Vibin'."
August 27: Boyz II Men topped the
Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, Hot 100 Singles
Sales chart for 11 weeks, Hot R&B Airplay
chart for 9 weeks, and Rhythmic Top 40 chart for
12 weeks with "I'll Make Love To You."
December 2: Boyz II Men topped the
Billboard Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, Hot 100
Singles Sales chart for 11 weeks, and Hot Dance
Music Maxi-Single Sales chart for 3 weeks with Mariah
Careywith "One Sweet Day."
September: The Boyz' next LP, Evolution, was released. Tracks on
the LP have been produced by power-houses Jimmy
Jam, Terry Lewis, Babyface, and Puffy
Combs. The LP debuted on the Billboard LP
chart at #1.The second single, "A Song For
Mama" could also be found on the Soul
Foodsoundtrack. Shawn told MTV: "We felt
like we were growing as men... We were growing as
people that were very different from the past
endeavors with Cooleyhighharmony and with the album II. We've noticed the changes
in ourselves and each other. We felt like Evolution is like the perfect name
because of the fact that we were able too... the
year and a half gave us the time to kind of
accept the changes and put on that suit, and get
it tailored and get it fitted for us so we could
kind of acknowledge it, understand it and grow
February: It was announced that
Boyz II Men will participate in an anti-smoking
competition that will have teenagers write and
produce anti-smoking related features. The boys
teamed up with the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention and the contest will be called
"Smoke Free - It's The New Evolution."
December: Stockman appeared on the
soundtrack for Down
In The Deltawith the track, "Just
A Little Luv."
The boys won 2 NAACP Image
Awards for Outstanding Duo or Group and
Outstanding Song ("A Song For Mama") and nominated were
for a MTV Movie Award for Best Song and a Soul
Train Award for Best R&B/Soul Album.
Circle Released: July, 2002 Rolling Stone: - Entertainment
C Tracks: "Whatcha
Need" - "The Color Of Love" -
"That's Why I Love You" -
"I'll Show You" - "Roll Wit
Me" - "Relax Your Mind"
(featuring Faith Evans) - "Woman Don't
Cry" - "Right On Time" -
"Oh Well" - "You're My
Baby" - "Make Sure (I'm OK)" -
"Lovin' You" - "Howz About
It" - "Ain't A Thang Wrong"
Throwback Released: August, 2004 Billboard peak: # 52 Rolling Stone: Tracks: "Let It
Whip" - "Let's Stay Together"
- "What You Won't Do For Love" -
"Cutie Pie" - "Close The
Door" - "For The Love Of You"
- "Sara Smile" - "Human
Nature" - "Time Will Reveal" -
"I Miss You" - "You Make Me
Feel Brand New"
A Journey Through Hitsville USA Released: November, 2007 Billboard peak: # 27 Entertainment Weekly: C- Tracks: "Just My
Imagination" - "It's The Same Old
Song / Reach Out I'll Be There" -
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" -
"The Tracks Of My Tears" -
"Money (That's What I Want)" -
"Easy" - "I Was Made To Love
Her" - "All This Love" -
"Ribbon In The Sky" - "Ain't
Nothing Like The Real Thing" - "Got
To Be There" - "War" -
"End Of The Road"
Love Released: November, 2009 Tracks: "I Can't Make
You Love Me" - "Amazed" -
"If You Leave Me Now" - "Misty
Blue" - "Time After Time" -
"Iris" - "Cupid" -
"Shining Star" - "In My
Life" - "Open Arms" -
"When I Fall In Love" - "Back
Note: Song title and position
links lead you to the song's ARC Weekly Top 40 chart run, LP links take
you to Amazon.com for that LP's info (often
including track listings and track samples), and
single cover art takes you to Amazon.com for that CD single (if
available). Songs charting prior to 1980 have
information from Billboard magazine.