To mark Metro Weekly‘s 20th anniversary — and our 3rd Annual Music Issue — we offer chronological roundup of the songs that were the biggest hits during the summer — one per year over the last 20 years — as recorded by Billboard through its Hot 100 Singles Chart. Naturally, there are a few omissions, which Doug Rule highlights in a separate column exploring some of the traits that make for a “Song of Summer.”
All-4-One “I Swear”
No. 1 May 21 through July 20
The California quintet snatched a country hit by John Michael Montgomery and turned it into a smoldering R&B ballad. It was inescapable during the Summer of 1994, spending an impressive 11 weeks at the top. Unfortunately the public generally viewed the group as Boyz-II-Men-lite, and All-4-One only had one more major hit: the ballad “I Can Love You Like That” hit No. 5 in 1995.