Hop in Billboard's time capsule with Vanilla Ice, yo!

92925__ice_lWhat we’re gonna do right here is go back. Way back — 15 years ago, to be specific — and peruse the Billboard album chart for Nov. 24, 1990. Ch-ch-check out the top 10.

10- INXS, X

9- George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1

8- Bette Midler, Some People’s Lives

7- Wilson Phillips, Wilson Phillips

6- ZZ Top, Recycler

5- AC/DC, The Razor’s Edge

4- Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints

3- Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey

2- M.C. Hammer, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em

1- Vanilla Ice, To the Extreme

Funny enough, three of the acts — Vanilla Ice (left), MC Hammer, and INXS — have all gone the reality TV route, appearing on Hit Me Baby One More Time, The Surreal Life, and Rock Star: INXS respectively. And only one, Carey, is currently in the top 50, as The Emancipation of Mimi hangs tough at No. 15. (To be fair, though, Midler’s latest, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, just falls short, as it sits at No. 51).

What I want to know, though, is whether any of the above discs ever make the rotation in your CD (or tape!) player? If I’m being honest, I think my copy of Please, Hammer got tossed sometime in the mid-’90s, but I’ll be darned if ”Freedom ’90” doesn’t sound as good today as it did back when I was a college freshman.

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  • Scott

    Though I don’t even own any tapes now, in 1990 I had the Vanilla Ice, Mariah Carey, MC Hammer and Wilson Phillips albums all on tape. To be fair, I was in seventh grade at the time….

  • Kristy

    I didn’t have any of those albums and I was in high school at the time. I guess I’ll never be one of the cool kids.

  • Sandy

    I still have the cassette copy of Listen Without Prejudice, but I use the CD now. It still holds up well in my opinion too. Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints is a fund one to pull out every once in a while too.

  • Chris

    Listen Without Prejudice AND Mariah Carey are in my car at this very moment!

  • brandon

    The only one of the group I own is the INXS cd. It doesn’t get much play time anymore though. Listen Like thieves is the only INXS cd that gets rotation nowadays.

  • Tim

    George Michael “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1″ was the first CD I ever owned. It lasted alot longer than the CD player that I purchased with it, but alas I don’t know where it is now. But just thinking about it, I would definately still give it some play today.

  • sasha

    I listen to Rhythm of the Saints almost every morning in the shower… It’s beautiful. Not so much with the others, though.

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    Wilson Phillips is the soundtrack to Dante’s Inferno.

  • Steve

    No surprise to me that Mariah would still be in the TOP 15 some 15 years later! Her voice is gorgeous and is not defined by a specific decade (along with Bette’s)…it has longevity. I saw Mariah in concert and she was much better live! Go Mimi! Hope she (Mariah) wins some AMA’s tonight!

  • Bertie

    What’s funny is how some people deny that they ever owned some of these albums. I’ll admit it, that’s what was popular when I was 12 or 13. It’s cool because some of these songs you can remember exactly what you were doing or how you’ve changed. A slumber party, a breakup, a telephone call from the person you NEVER thought you’d talk to or a school dance…ahhh memories…”Yo Vanilla, kick it one time boyyyyyy..”

  • Manuel

    “Freedom 90″ is simply one of my favorite songs. period.

  • Rajan

    Man, that MC debut album is still a classic. I listen to that jaunt all the way through at least once a week or so. One listen to “Vision of Love” and it’s no surprise she’s still here, churning out chart topping singles and albums

  • Kareem

    yeah Scott, I was also in the 7th grade in 1990. At the time I was really into Vanilla Ice but I never owned the album. I did own MC Hammer’s tape well actually I stole it from my older brother. My sister’s owned Mariah Carey’s tape. I can remember singing “vision of love” with them. That record was a breakthrough for Mariah. Its Ironic that 15 years later my favorite cd of 05 is the Emancipation of MiMi and I can still listen to “vision of love” today. You Go Mariah!!

  • djm

    “Waiting for that day” from Listen Without… is one of my all-time favorite songs, so yeah, I still have a soft spot for that cd. I also was listening to Mariah’s #1’s the other day – does that count? At the time I owned George, Bette, Mariah, and Wilson Phillips.

  • Rob

    Holy flashback Batman!!! This was my freshman year of high school! “Please Hammer…” and “To the Extreme” have both found their way OUT of my CD collection, and Mariah Carey and Wilson Phillips get an occasional listen, but “Listen Without Prejudice” is still in my top 10 albums of all time. Underrated track: “Mother’s Pride” is simply haunting.

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