B96 year countdown playlists – classicb96 wiki

Arguably, B96’s most successful period occurred during the 1990s after evolving from a standard top 40 station a decade earlier to a very dance-leaning Rhythmic CHR station. The station provided an enjoyable balance of R&B, Hip Hop, Freestyle, Euro-Dance, House, Techno, and Rhythmic-leaning Pop music. Throughout most of the decade, B96 focused largely on dance artists, such as Black Box, Technotronic, Dee-Lite, CeCe Peniston, Real McCoy, Lil Suzy, La Bouche, Rozella, Crystal Waters, Culture Beat, Corona, Cathy Dennis, Daft Punk, and many others. Even local talent, such as Fast Eddie, LaTour, Dajae, Cajmere, Max-a-Million, 20 Fingers, and the Outhere Brothers received heavy airplay on B96.

Under this direction B96 would see ratings skyrocket out of nowhere and through most of the decade would set the standard as a cutting-edge leader regarding dance acts, making it one of the rare major market, full signal commercial stations in the U.S. to find success with that formula during that decade.

In addition to dance music, crossover R&B and rap artists like SWV, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Coolio, TLC, Bobby Brown, Blackstreet, Brandy, 2pac, the Notorious BIG, Boyz II Men, among others also received airplay on B96 as well. Finally, traditional pop artists like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston were also represented. Occasionally, B96 would play ballads, ranging from pop, R&B, & freestyle, in addition to Adult Contemporary artists, such as Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. However, it was extremely rare for B96 to hard rock or alternative tracks that were hits at the time. The station was also most notorious for their mix shows, aired throughout the day (and night), providing its listeners with obscure remixes of hit songs, as well as lesser-known gems.

By 1998, B96’s primary playlist eliminated much of the ‘dance’ component and focused more on the Top 40 ‘pop’ format, ranging from the teen pop acts, such as Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Christina Aguliera, Robyn, and the Spice Girls to rock-leaning artists such as Jewel, Aerosmith, Third Eye Blind, Sugar Ray, Hanson, and the Goo Goo Dolls. However, R&B and hip hop artists, such as Usher, Mary J Blige, Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Will Smith, and Mya, would soon become the station’s focus. As this happened, dance music was restricted to their mix shows, which by then were starting to shut down. By 2001, B96 was largely a Hip Hop and R&B-leaning top 40 station as many of the teen pop acts of 1997-2000 began to decline in popularity. Featured artists during this period included Ludacris, Eminem, 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Eve, Nelly, Alicia Keys, Ashanti and Justin Timberlake. By 2008, B96 began to tone down the amount of hip hop in its playlist and returned as a top 40/CHR station, playing the current top names in music, such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Kayne West, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and so on.

Annually, B96 celebrates the new year by counting down the top 96 songs of the outgoing year. The reason for 96 songs is an obvious reference to B96’s frequency, 96.3. Note that the earliest available year of the top 96 countdown is 1995, which was opened by Coco Cortez, handed to Terry Fox and then closed with then-morning show hosts George McFly and Frankie "Hollywood" Rodriguez. The earliest known year of B96’s Top 96 yearly countdown is 1990, the first year the station used the famed "Killer Bee" slogan and became a dance-leaning Rhythmic CHR. The 1991 Top 96 of B96 countdown was hosted by Eddie and Jobo. B96 most likely did a top 96 year-end countdown in 1992, 1993, and 1994.

It is still uncertain if B96 did a year-end countdown at some point during the 1980s during its mainstream, pre-rhythmic phase. The station’s top rival at the time WYTZ 94.7 "Z95", however, did present a year-end countdown with the top 95 songs, referencing its slogan name, during the late 1980s. Z95’s last countdown occurred in 1990 as the station flipped to talk the following year, simulcasting sister station WLS-AM 890. Before flipping to talk in 1989 due to fledgling ratings and the popularity of Top 40 radio moving away from AM signals and into FM signals, "The Big 89" WLS 890 AM (Z95’s top 40 predecessor) also presented a year-end countdown from 1967 until 1986, the same year Z95 made its debut. Every New Year’s Eve, WLS AM counted down the top 89 songs, a reference to the first two numbers on its frequency "890."

Below are song that were played at some point on B96 during a specific year but did not make the station’s "Top 96 of the Year" countdown. The data is based on the available airchecks and airplay song lists in various radio & music trade magazines, such as Billboard, Radio & Records (R&R), and the Gavin Report. The songs are listed in alphabetical order by artist name.

Since the following years below are missing, here is a mockup of what B96 Top 96 countdown would possibly look like based on what the station played during each of those years. It is confirmed that B96 did a top 96 countdown in 1998 and 2007 and most likely did the same in the early half of the 1990s. It is unknown if B96 did a year-end countdown from its inception as a top 40 station in 1982 through the remainder of the decade during its mainstream top 40 phase before its shift to a dance/rhythmic format in the 1990s.

Note that each playlist is listed based on alphabetical order of the artist. Also, some lists meet at or exceed 96 songs total, meaning that some of the songs listed below did not actually make the final countdown. In addition, there may also be songs that are not listed that may have made the final countdown instead. Finally, some tracks are featured in more than one list likely because it was added late in one year and continued to receive airplay the following year. For example, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston was released as a single in the fall of 1992 and was likely featured in both the Top 96 of 1992 and the Top 96 of 1993 since the single continued to be popular in early 1993. 1990