The Throwback Jam of the Day

Fun Facts and more about your favorite Star 94 hits! Catch the day's Throwback Jam in the 5pm hour every day.
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Jan. 14th: "Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy released “Party All The Time” in 1985, on his debut album How Could It Be. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was there for 3 weeks! It was written and produced by Rick James.

Eddie Murphy

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The song is certified Platinum, and Murphy went on to release a total of three studio albums. But Eddie Murphy’s success began in comedy, and spans beyond music across acting, comedy, writing, and singing, and still continues to this day! In 2020, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for hosting Saturday Night Live.

Jan. 12th: "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” was Lauryn Hill’s debut solo single. It debuted in 1997 at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the tenth song in the chart’s history to do so, the first debut single to do so, and the first female rapper to do so.

Lauryn Hill

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The song’s musical inspiration was pulled from elements of soul music and doo-wop. In the opening, you can hear elements of a 60’s soul hit “Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)” by Edwin Starr. The song’s music video also strongly pays homage to both classic R&B and doo wop, and hip hop. Lauryn Hill used a split-screen effect to stylize the video simultaneously, and Slant Magazine’s Paul Schrodt praised the video, saying it’s “the most flabbergasting testament to what the neo soul movement is all about.”

Jan. 11th: "Real Love" by Mary J. Blige
“Real Love” was released in 1992 and became Blige’s first top-ten hit! It peaked at No. 7, and was eventually certified Gold. It samples the song “Top Billin’” From Audio Two.

Mary J. Blige

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Today is Mary J. Blige’s birthday! Born in 1971 on January 11th, her career began in 1991 when she was signed to Uptown Records. Her first album What’s The 411? (which included “Real Love”) and Blige’s success just continued from there! She’s received awards like Billboard’s Most Successful Female R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years, and the Voice of Music award from ASCAP.

In the last 15 years she’s broken into movies and television as well. You may know her as the character Cha Cha from the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy! She was also in Trolls World Tour, and she will be in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.

Jan. 8th: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot
“Baby Got Back”, released in 1992, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart all the way down at number 75, but after 12 weeks climbing on the charts it hit Number 1! The song caused controversy for its outspoken sexual lyrics, and the video was even briefly banned on MTV, but none of that stopped the song’s success.

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Sir Mix-a-Lot actually wrote the song to “give love to full-figured women”, and to combat unhealthy beauty standards. In a 1992 interview he said:

“The song doesn’t just say I like large butts, you know? The song is talking about women who damn near kill themselves to try to look like these beanpole models that you see in Vogue magazine.”

Jan. 6th: "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released in 1981, “Let’s Groove” was meant to bridge the gap between disco and electronic, and its “post-disco feel” was a commercial success! It peaked at Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it landed in the top 20 in multiple other countries. As disco trended out of style, the full album, Raise! was Earth, Wind, & Fire’s transition to more electronic influences.

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The style of music video for “Let’s Groove” was the inspiration for Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”! The “Let’s Groove” music video used the Scanimate computer system, which made the iconic “vintage electronic” animation style you see in media throughout that time period.

Jan. 5th: "My Boo" by Ghost Town DJ's
“My Boo” was the only single ever released by Ghost Town DJ’s, released in 1996. The song peaked at 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996, and was also a big hit in New Zealand, peaking at No. 3 there!

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Remember Vine? If so, you’ll love this! The song “My Boo”’s actual highest peak on the Billboard Hot 100 was in 2016, twenty years after its release, and it’s all because of Vine.

In 2016, “My Boo” was re-popularized by the “Running Man Challenge” on Vine. The challenge took over social media and people everywhere were sharing short videos of themselves dancing, or “running” in place to a clip of “My Boo”. The original Vine was posted by high school students in Hillside, New Jersey, and popularized when two players of the University of Maryland Terrapins college basketball program filmed their own versions, spreading the meme and starting a viral sensation!

Jan. 4th: "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory
Released in 1990, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was instantly loved worldwide! It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed for 2 weeks, and it topped the R&B and Dance charts as well. It’s been all over pop culture since then and you’ve almost definitely heard it playing at sporting events throughout the years.

C+C Music Factory

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The band was only active for a total of 7 years, from 1989 to 1996. In that time they earned a total of 35 music industry awards worldwide, including 5 Billboard Music Awards! Unfortunately, in 1996 band member David Cole passed away from complications brought on by AIDS, and the band didn’t record again until 2010, when a new member, Eric Kupper, joined. But before David Cole’s death, by 1995 C+C Music Factory had already accumulated a total of 7 number-one dance songs! “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was included in the top-ten VH1’s “100 Greatest Dance Songs”.

Dec. 22nd: "Every Little Step" by Bobby Brown
“Every Little Step” was released in 1989 and hit number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. This single got Bobby Brown his first Grammy Award for best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1990!

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The song was originally written for a group called Midnight Star, but Bobby Brown instantly loved the demo and included it in his next album. There’s drama when it comes to the recording though. New Edition’s manager claims that additional vocals on the song were actually recorded by New Edition member Ralph Tresvant, because Brown was allegedly “strung out”. Brown denies this though, saying “That wasn’t us. We were a bunch of brats, but we wasn’t into drugs, we wasn’t into liquor. We was into girls.”

Dec. 21st: "Lucky Star" by Madonna
“Lucky Star” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single that started Madonna’s record-breaking string of 16 consecutive top-five hits!

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Madonna believed “Lucky Star” along with “Borderline” were the perfect foundations for her album. But when working on the songs with producer Reggie Lucas, tensions rose and Madonna was unhappy with the way the final version turned out, saying Lucas didn’t take her ideas seriously. So, Madonna got her then-boyfriend John “Jellybean” Benitez to remix the songs! He later said “She was unhappy with the whole damn thing, so I went in and sweetened up a lot of music for her…I just wanted to do the best job I could for her.”

Dec. 18th: "Believe" by Cher
Released in 1998, “Believe” was the first single released from Cher’s 22nd album of the same name. It topped the Billboard Hot 100, and doing so set the record for the longest gap between number one singles for one artist! There was a gap of 33 years and 7 months between “I Got You Babe” and “Believe” reaching number one.

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This song featured the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, distorting Cher’s vocals and creating what became known as the “Cher effect”. Although Auto-Tune was meant for subtle corrections to correct sharp or flat singing, the use of it in “Believe” was purposefully exaggerated. The producer said it was “the most nerve-wracking part of the project, because I wasn’t sure what Cher would say when she heard what I’d done to her voice.” But Cher approved of the effect, and even defended it when Warner Bros Records wanted it removed.

Dec. 17th: "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc
“Funky Cold Medina” was released in 1989 and rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over a million copies and became the second ever platinum-certified rap single, after the song “Wild Thing” from the same album became the first.

Tone Loc

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The phrase “cold medina” wasn’t new when the song was written! Flavor Flav was using the phrase about a year earlier, the Beastie Boys used it as a nickname for the Fuzzy Navel drink. Flavor Flav allegedly told Tone Loc to use the catchphrase in a song.

After the song became popular, several different cocktails were introduced using the name ”Funky Cold Medina.”

Dec. 16th: "Together Again" by Janet Jackson
"Together Again" was released in 1997 and was a commercial success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks! The single sold six million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Janet Jackson

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“Together Again” was inspired by Jackson’s private discovery of losing a friend to AIDS, as well as a piece of fan mail she received from a young boy who had lost his father, and she intended for the song to be a tribute to AIDS victims and their families worldwide. “Together Again” was originally meant to be a ballad, but it was reworked into a dance song. With most of her music, Jackson wanted it to apply to anybody, and worked to make it a musically joyous song.

Dec. 15th: "Cool It Now" by New Edition
Released in 1984, “Cool It Now” was the first single from New Edition’s second album. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart! It was the group’s first top 10 pop single.

New Edition

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By 1996, the members had been working on solo careers or side projects for a while, but since they promised fans there would be a reunion (and they were contractually obligated to give MCA records another album) the group reunited to record the album Home Again, and it became the most commercially successful of their albums! Reaching double platinum status in the US.

But, the Home Again Tour proved disastrous. After almost a decade apart, old rivalries resurfaced and eventually led to an on-stage fist fight. Two members of the tour left early, and the six members didn’t professionally work together for over a decade.

Dec. 14th: "I Feel For You" by Chaka Khan
This cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan was immensely popular, and won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The song was released in 1984 and helped relaunch Chaka Khan’s career. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100!

Chaka Khan

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Chaka Khan’s cover featured some incredible musicians! Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is featured, The System’s David Frank played the synth, and Stevie Wonder played the chromatic harmonica.

In 1998, Chaka Khan toured with Prince and they performed “I Feel For You” as a duet. Imagine that show!

Dec. 11th: "Like A Virgin" by Madonna
“Like A Virgin” was released in 1984 and it became Madonna’s first number one single in the US and multiple other countries! It has sold over five million copies worldwide, and scholars have credited “Like A Virgin” as the song which cemented her position as a pop culture icon.

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The song wasn’t written with Madonna in mind, so when the songwriters presented the two songs “Like A Virgin” and “Material Girl”  to Madonna to sing she said: “I liked them both because they were iconic and provocative at the same time but also unlike me. I am not a materialistic person, and I certainly wasn’t a virgin, and, by the way, how can you be like a virgin? I liked the play on words; I thought they were clever. They’re so geeky, they’re cool. I never realized they would become my signature songs.”

The song has been all over pop culture since its release! “Weird Al” parodied the song with “Like A Surgeon”. The song was featured in the movie Reservoir Dogs, it was covered in the film Moulin Rouge! and an episode of Glee as well.

Dec. 10th: "O.P.P." by Naughty By Nature
“O.P.P.” was released in 1991 and was hugely successful! It was one of the first rap songs to become a pop hit, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Spin Magazine named it one of the greatest singles of the 1990’s and there was a whole lot of positive reception for the song.

Naughty By Nature

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“O.P.P.” helped to kick off a successful decade for Naughty By Nature. By 1999, they had released 5 albums, started Illtown Records, and their album Poverty’s Paradise won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album!

But by 2002 things got rough for about a decade. They broke up, largely due to financial disagreements, and while they reunited for a few events (Including in 2011 being the first hip-hop group to perform at Fenway Park!), it took until about 2015 for the group to “resolve” their issues. In 2019, they joined Salt-N-Pepa, NKOTB, and Tiffany for the Mixtape Tour.

Dec. 9th: "All Around The World" by Lisa Stansfield
“All Around The World” was released in 1989 and became Lisa Stansfield’s biggest hit. It hit Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and critics loved the song, writing that it was “sultry and heartbreakingly beautiful”. Entertainment Weekly wrote that Stansfield “might be hurling right to the top of the charts. Can we listen to her soberly?”

Lisa Stansfield

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Despite the deep and emotional reaction from listeners, the song’s creation itself was quick, and even a bit silly! It was recorded in only two takes and on a low budget. Stansfield recalled “Ian was messing around at the piano. He had a melody, and I just started singing: ‘Been around the world and I, I, I…’ Everyone laughed but Ian said ‘Wait it’s really good, that.’ It was nonsense, but had a really good feel to it. We’d no idea how massive it would become.”

Dec. 8th: "Upside Down" by Diana Ross
Released in 1980, “Upside Down” hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as Number 1 on the Billboard Soul and Disco charts! It held down the No. 1 spot for 4 weeks, and it’s listed as Number 77 on Billboard’s “Greatest Hot 100 Songs of All Time”

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The recording of this song did not go very smoothly. At first, all seemed great! The song writers, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, said “Diana Ross was the first big star we ever worked with and we took it very seriously.” But when it came to recording, things got rough. Ross didn’t like the final mix results and gave specific requests for remixing. Eventually she reworked the entire album with a different producer. By the end, even though the LP became a platinum-selling Number 1, Diana Ross left Motown records for RCA.

Dec. 7th: "Take On Me" by A-ha
Released in 1984, “Take On Me” is considered A-ha’s signature song, and it became the only one of theirs to top the Billboard Hot 100. The music video, featuring the iconic pencil-sketch live-action style, won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards!

A-ha

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The song’s central synth riff was originally created by member Magne Furuholmen when he was only 15 years old! The song “Take On Me” was originally punkier and had two different names and versions before becoming what we know it as today.

The song has since been all over pop culture, from Deadpool to Spongebob, to The Simpsons and a number of video games!

Dec. 4th: "Killing Me Softly" by Fugees
"Killing Me Softly" was composed in 1971 and covered by a number of artists! The version by Fugees was released in 1996 won the 1997 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.

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Fugees' version was so popular that the track was "deleted", (no longer being supplied to retailers) while it was still in the top 20, in an effort to draw attention to their next single. In 2008, "Killing Me Softly" was ranked No. 25 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Dec. 3rd: "Come Go With Me" by Exposé
“Come Go With Me” was released in 1987, and was Exposé’s third single from their album Exposure. It became Exposé’s first single to reasch the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 5! It remained in the top 40 for 12 weeks.

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Exposé’s earlier club hits “Point of No Return” and “Exposed to Love” had completely different singers! Between 1985 and 1986, the three original members left the group. By the time the album was released though, the first two songs were re-recorded with the new singers.

In “Come Go With Me”, even though the original singers were replaced, their some of their original vocals still remain in the song! The final version was a combination mix of original and new members’ voices.

Dec. 2nd: "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" by The Gap Band
"You Dropped a Bomb On Me" was released in 1982, it reached Number 2 on the Billboard R&B charts, and Number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100!

Gap Band

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The song has shown up all over pop culture. Sports fans might recognize it as the home run song played by the San Fransisco Giants, the Houston Astros, and the Miami Marlins. And video game fans might recognize it from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas! It's one of the songs that plays on the in-game radio station Bounce FM.

Dec. 1st: "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica

"The Boy Is Mine" was released in 1998 and was the first number one pop hit for both artists, and became the best-selling song of the year in the US! It was even listed in Billboard's 2008 All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs chart, at No. 54.

Brandy

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Brandy originally recorded the song solo, but she thought it would work better as a duet, inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's 1982 duet "The Girl Is Mine". Brandy requested that Atlantic Records approach fellow R&B singer Monica to collaborate.

There were claims that the two had a rivalry, and although both artists denied any actual rivalry between them, they eventually had to release a joint statement to combat it. Producers claimed both singers "didn't get along," but in a 2012 interview with Monica, she said "We were young. She and I are polar opposites and instead of embracing that, we used our differences as reasons not to be amongst each other."

Nov. 30th: "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" by New Kids on the Block

“You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, released in 1988 by New Kids on the Block, was the second single of their second album, and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100! It also topped the UK charts. In 1989 the single was certified Gold, and it is regarded as one of the band’s signature songs.

NKOTB

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The song has been making its way through pop culture, movies, and TV since it was released. In 1992, “Weird Al” Yankovic parodied the song! He released “The White Stuff”, as an ode to the white filling in Oreos.

The song has also been featured on Family Guy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fuller House, Adam Sandler’s movie That’s My Boy, and it was even in Steven King’s It movie back in 2017.

Nov. 27th: "Show me Love" by Robin S
"Show Me Love" was originally released in the UK in 1990, and in 1993 it was released in the US. It hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the Dance chart!

The song gained Robin S. the reputation of a "dance-floor diva" and brought the genre of House music to the forefront of popularity. TMZ described the song as "infectious" and since it's release it's been named in a number of best dance hit-type lists. In 2000, VH1 placed "Show Me Love" at No. 73 in its list of 100 Greatest Dance Songs. In 2014, Complex included it in their "Songs Every Dance Music Fan Should Know" writing "'Show Me Love' is indicative of the soul and heart that resided within the house scene for awhile."

Nov. 25th: "Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q
"Two of Hearts" was released in 1986 and became one of the highest-selling singles of the year. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was originally produced for Sue Gatlin, and Stacey Q originally didn't want to record a song she didn't write, but she changed her mind and recorded a version for her EP and another for the debut single for her first album!

Stacey Q

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Stacey Q's band, SSQ, actually released a full-length album this year! It's called "Jet Town Je T'aime" and was released in January 2020. It's got her signature electronic pop feel, and includes a song called "AirPods On", (which if it didn't include the term "airpods" you'd think it came right out of the 80's!)

Nov. 24th: "Hey Ya!" by Outkast
"Hey Ya!" was written in 2000, and recorded two years later in 2002. The song became a commercial success, reaching number one in the US, Canada, and countries all over the world. It topped the Hot 100 chart for 9 weeks and is certified platinum!

Outkast

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André 3000 wrote and recorded the majority of the song, and started recording in a studio right here in Atlanta, GA! Named Stankonia Studios. He later worked out of a studio in LA as well. André experimented with various sound effects, and did up to 30 or 40 takes per line!

Also, the lyric "shake it like a Polaroid picture" helped to revitalize the Polaroid Corporation! Polaroid went on to sponsor parties for Outkast, and gave out Polaroid cameras at events.

Nov. 23rd: "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
Released in 1987, “So Emotional” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it became Whitney’s sixth consecutive number one, and a dance chart hit!

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When “So Emotional” became her sixth consecutive number-one single, it put her in a three-way tie with The Beatles and The Bee Gees for the same achievement!

Somehow though, the song didn’t catch everyone’s heart. A harsh criticism from the St. Petersburg Times said, “‘So Emotional’, the record’s token rock offering, is hollow and contrived, as if the trumped-up power guitars are supposed to give the song some guts."

Ouch! That's harsh. Sounds like someone was probably just jealous...