Politics lurches to the right and Madonna reins it in, but Mariah Carey goes Hip-Hop and Billboard names a Gangsta Rap song #1 on the year. Meanwhile, Hootie & The Blowfish are ubiquitous on radio, Jam Bands thrive, Euro-Dance crosses over and… chart dysfunction! as The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There for You (Theme from Friends)” becomes the first #1 Airplay hit barred from the Hot100 for not being out on a single.

#1 Song of the Year   

Seal – Kiss from a Rose

Artists of the Year   

  1. Hootie & The Blowfish
  2. TLC
  3. Boyz II Men

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • TIE: TLC/Green Day (4)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 30.1 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Boyz II Men – On Bended Knee (December ’94, 11 wks)
  2. Madonna – Take a Bow (February, 9 wks)
  3. Dionne Farris – I Know (April, 7 wks)
  4. Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry (June, 1 wk)
  5. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You (June, 8 wks)
  6. Seal – Kiss from a Rose (August, 10 wks)
  7. Mariah Carey – Fantasy (October, 7 wks)
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