Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1997

This is a list of Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1997.[1]

Elton John was 50 years old when his double-sided single topped the chart, which was "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" and the 1997 remake of "Candle In The Wind", although it only debuted in October 1997 and was also #1 for two weeks in the 1998 calendar year.

Jewel's "Foolish Games / You Were Meant For Me" was the second most popular song of the year, outperforming many number one singles. The song only reached number two for two weeks, but spent twenty-eight consecutive weeks in the top ten (then the longest running top ten single of all-time) and 65 weeks on the chart (then the longest run in history). It is also placed higher than both of the songs that prevented it from topping the Hot 100.

Although it wasn't dethroned until November 1996 and spent 60 total weeks on the chart, "Macarena" by Los Del Rio, which topped the 1996 year-end chart, is only ranked #82.

Amber's "This Is Your Night" despite peaking in the 1997 calendar year, and being in the 1996 installment, is not displayed in the 1997 installment.

No. Title Artist(s)
1 "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" Elton John
2 "Foolish Games" / "You Were Meant for Me" Jewel
3 "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112
4 "Un-Break My Heart" Toni Braxton
5 "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" Puff Daddy featuring Mase
6 "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly
7 "Don't Let Go (Love)" En Vogue
8 "Return of the Mack" Mark Morrison
9 "How Do I Live" LeAnn Rimes
10 "Wannabe" Spice Girls
11 "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" Backstreet Boys
12 "MMMBop" Hanson
13 "For You I Will" Monica
14 "You Make Me Wanna..." Usher
15 "Bitch" Meredith Brooks
16 "Nobody" Keith Sweat featuring Athena Cage
17 "Semi-Charmed Life" Third Eye Blind
18 "Barely Breathing" Duncan Sheik
19 "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" Az Yet featuring Peter Cetera
20 "Mo Money Mo Problems" The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase
21 "The Freshmen" The Verve Pipe
22 "I Want You" Savage Garden
23 "No Diggity" Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre
24 "I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face)" Rome
25 "Hypnotize" The Notorious B.I.G.
26 "Every Time I Close My Eyes" Babyface
27 "In My Bed" Dru Hill
28 "Say You'll Be There" Spice Girls
29 "Do You Know (What It Takes)" Robyn
30 "4 Seasons of Loneliness" Boyz II Men
31 "G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T." Changing Faces
32 "Honey" Mariah Carey
33 "I Believe in You and Me" Whitney Houston
34 "Da' Dip" Freak Nasty
35 "2 Become 1" Spice Girls
36 "All for You" Sister Hazel
37 "Cupid" 112
38 "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" Paula Cole
39 "Sunny Came Home" Shawn Colvin
40 "It's Your Love" Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
41 "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" Gina G
42 "Mouth" Merril Bainbridge
43 "All Cried Out" Allure featuring 112
44 "I'm Still in Love with You" New Edition
45 "Invisible Man" 98 Degrees
46 "Not Tonight" Lil' Kim featuring Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy Elliott and Angie Martinez
47 "Look into My Eyes" Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
48 "Get It Together" 702
49 "All by Myself" Celine Dion
50 "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Celine Dion
51 "My Love Is the Shhh!" Somethin' for the People featuring Trina & Tamara
52 "Where Do You Go" No Mercy
53 "I Finally Found Someone" Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams
54 "I'll Be" Foxy Brown featuring Jay-Z
55 "If It Makes You Happy" Sheryl Crow
56 "Never Make a Promise" Dru Hill
57 "When You Love a Woman" Journey
58 "Up Jumps da Boogie" Timbaland & Magoo featuring Missy Elliott and Aaliyah
59 "I Don't Want To" / "I Love Me Some Him" Toni Braxton
60 "Everyday Is a Winding Road" Sheryl Crow
61 "Cold Rock a Party" MC Lyte
62 "Pony" Ginuwine
63 "Building a Mystery" Sarah McLachlan
64 "I Love You Always Forever" Donna Lewis
65 "Your Woman" White Town
66 "C U When U Get There" Coolio featuring 40 Thevz
67 "Change the World" Eric Clapton
68 "My Baby Daddy" B-Rock and the Bizz
69 "Tubthumping" Chumbawamba
70 "Gotham City" R. Kelly
71 "Last Night" Az Yet
72 "ESPN Presents The Jock Jam" Various Artists
73 "Big Daddy" Heavy D
74 "What About Us" Total
75 "Smile" Scarface featuring 2Pac and Johnny P.
76 "What's on Tonight" Montell Jordan
77 "Secret Garden" Bruce Springsteen
78 "The One I Gave My Heart To" Aaliyah
79 "Fly Like an Eagle" Seal
80 "No Time" Lil' Kim featuring Puff Daddy
81 "Naked Eye" Luscious Jackson
82 "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" Los del Río
83 "On & On" Erykah Badu
84 "Don't Wanna Be a Player" Joe
85 "I Shot the Sheriff" Warren G
86 "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)" Brian McKnight featuring Mase
87 "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Madonna
88 "Someone" SWV and Puff Daddy
89 "Go the Distance" Michael Bolton
90 "One More Time" Real McCoy
91 "Butta Love" Next
92 "Coco Jambo" Mr. President
93 "Twisted" Keith Sweat
94 "Barbie Girl" Aqua
95 "When You're Gone" / "Free to Decide" The Cranberries
96 "Let Me Clear My Throat" DJ Kool
97 "I Like It" The Blackout All-Stars
98 "You're Makin' Me High" / "Let It Flow" Toni Braxton
99 "You Must Love Me" Madonna
100 "Let It Go" Ray J

See also


  1. ^ "1997: Year-End USA Charts (Singles)". Retrieved 2008-08-29.
All by Myself

"All by Myself" is a song by American artist Eric Carmen released in 1975. The verse is based on the second movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. In a romantic sense the tune was famously used as a refrain in the central section of the 1945 British film "Brief Encounter". The chorus is borrowed from the song "Let's Pretend", which Carmen wrote and recorded with the Raspberries in 1972.The power ballad was the first single from Carmen's first solo LP after leaving the power pop group the Raspberries and was released in December 1975, to great acclaim. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, both Love Machine by The Miracles and December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by The Four Seasons, kept the song from #1. "All By Myself" did reach #1 on Cash Box Top 100 Singles and #3 in Canada. The single sold more than one million copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA in April 1976. "All By Myself" was Carmen's first of eight US Top 40 hits. In the UK, however, this was his only Top 40 success, peaking at number 12. In a 2006 poll for UK's Five programme Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs, Eric Carmen's version of this song was voted seventeenth.

Rachmaninoff's music was in the public domain in the United States and Carmen thought no copyright existed on it, but it was still protected outside the U.S. Subsequent to the release of the album, he was contacted by the Rachmaninoff estate and informed otherwise. An agreement was reached in which the estate would receive 12 percent of the royalties from "All by Myself" as well as from "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", which was based on the third movement from Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.Carmen has stated that he also incorporated part of another melody into this song. The melody was taken from his previous hit with the Raspberries, "Let's Pretend", as noted above.Carmen's original version has spawned numerous cover versions by such artists as Rico J. Puno in 1976, Sheryl Crow in 1993, Babes in Toyland in 1995, Celine Dion in 1996, Frank Sinatra, Igudesman & Joo, Il Divo, and Only Men Aloud!.

The slide guitar solo was performed by studio guitarist Hugh McCracken.

It's All Coming Back to Me Now

"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" is a power ballad written by Jim Steinman. According to Steinman, the song was inspired by Wuthering Heights, and was an attempt to write "the most passionate, romantic song" he could ever create. The Sunday Times posits that "Steinman protects his songs as if they were his children". Meat Loaf had wanted to record "It's All Coming Back..". for years, but Steinman saw it as a "woman's song". Steinman won a court movement preventing Meat Loaf from recording it. Girl group Pandora's Box went on to record it and it was subsequently made famous through a cover by Celine Dion, which upset Meat Loaf because he was going to use it for a planned album with the working title Bat Out of Hell III. Alternately, Meat Loaf has said the song was intended for Bat Out of Hell II and given to the singer in 1986, but that they both decided to use "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" for Bat II, and save this song for Bat III.The song has had three major releases. The first version appeared on the concept album Original Sin, recorded by Pandora's Box. It was then recorded by Celine Dion for her album Falling into You, and her version was a commercial hit, reaching No. 2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. Meat Loaf eventually recorded it as a duet with Norwegian singer Marion Raven for Bat III and released it as a single in 2006. This version reached No. 1 in Norway and No. 2 in Scotland.

A music video was produced for each of the three versions; death is a recurring theme in all of these videos, fitting in with the suggestion in Virgin's press release for Original Sin that "in Steinman's songs, the dead come to life and the living are doomed to die". This is particularly evident when the dead characters seem to be resurrected in the memories of the main vocalist. Although in the case of Celine Dion's video, the theme is less about the living being doomed and more about a lost love.

List of Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles in 1997

This is a list of singles that charted in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 during 1997. During this year, How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes became the longest-running top-ten single, breaking a record for 32 weeks (a record that went unmatched for over nineteen years).


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