100 ERYKAH BADU - ON & ON
Reached #12 [April]
Probably Erykah's best known song in the UK, she's a huge force, a legend even, in Neo Soul, though I'm not convinced she's ever crossed over to being considered legendary worldwide.
99 PUFF DADDY F/MA$E & NOTORIOUS BIG - BEEN AROUND THE WORLD
Reached #20 [November]
Sampling Rochdale's own Lisa Stansfields Billboard top 3 hit "All Around The World", the Bad Boy family scored another hit with this towards the end of the year, they were an unstoppable force in 1997, more to come from them and Lisa too..
98 CLOCK - IT'S OVER
Reached #10 [March]
I don't know why I had a thing for cheesy 90s covers band Clock. This time it was a cover of a 1983 top 10 hit by Funk Masters.
97 JAMIROQUAI - ALRIGHT
Reached #6 [May]
I'm a big JK fan, though I'm not sure this is exactly one of his best. Funky and fresh as usual, but not quite as catchy as the likes of "Space Cowboy" or "Canned Heat".
96 MONICA - FOR YOU I WILL
Reached #27 [May]
Quite cheesy for Monica, but then it was on the same soundtrack as "I Believe I Can Fly". Sang beautifully, this was a song I didn't hear til I started checking out her earlier material after falling in love with "The Boy Is Mine".