This song became a hit at home in the UK and in Australia when first released in 1998 as a single from the album Sunshine On Leith. The song retained its popularity through use in movies and TV shows. When it appeared in the 1993 movie Benny and Joon, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" became a top 3 smash in the US. In 2007 the song was re-recorded by the Proclaimers with comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas. It hit #1 on the UK pop charts as the Comic Relief charity single of the year.
Interestingly, "What's Up?" does not include that phrase in the lyrics. The phrase, "What's Goin' On?" is very prominent. The title, "What's Goin' On?" was not used in order to avoid confusion with the Marvin Gaye classic of the same name. 4 Non Blondes lead vocalist and songwriter Linda Perry launched what has been a highly successful career with this song.
The music video for "Runaway Train" is a powerful one that had significant impact on many lives. It essentially depicts in many ways the epidemic of missing children. The clip helped reunite a number of families, but it also seems to have influenced some situations where people returned to negative situations. The song brought the group Soul Asylum massive acclaim and "Runaway Train" went to #5 on the pop singles chart.
It is the dancing "bee girl" in the music video for "No Rain" that many remember most about the song. However, the upbeat sound of the song is fondly remembered as well. The song topped the mainstream and modern rock charts in the US then landed in the pop top 20. It helped Blind Melon's self-titled debut album shoot into the top 3 in advance of the tragic death of lead vocalist Shannon Hoon.
UK group Us3 put together a unique fusion of hip hop and jazz. This single is built around a sample of Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island." "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" was certified gold for sales in the US, landed in the top 10 on the pop chart, and Us3 never again reached the top 40.
It is part novelty song and part a rap anthem. "Whoomp! (There It Is)" was also one of the key songs laying the groundwork for what would come to be known as jock anthems, pop and rap hits that became favorites to play during breaks at sports events. The prominent sample in the song comes from Kano's disco classic "I'm Ready."