This installment of Way Back Wednesday offers double the nostalgia, double the fun with a look at the hit songs, movies, and events of 1992 and 2002. Here’s what was hot 10 and 20 years ago this month.
Top Songs of August 1992
“Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lot
“This Used to be My Playground,” Madonna
“Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus
“Just Another Day,” Jon Secada
“End of the Road,” Boyz II Men
“November Rain,” Guns N Roses
Where Are They Now?
Most of the hot art artists of 1992 are still alive and kicking, though they’re not as popular as they once were. Here’s what they’re up to:
Sir-Mix-A-Lot released a new song, "Carz," in 2010 and is reportedly working on album called Dun 4got About Mix.
Madonna released MDNA last March and is on tour to promote the new album.
John Secada will release a new single, “I’m Never Too Far Away,” later this month.
Boyz II Men received a Hollywood Star in January, and released their last album, Twenty, in 2011.
TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car accident in 2002, though the group may bring her back in holograph form for future concerts.
Billy Ray Cyrus starred in Hannah Montana with his far more famous daughter, Miley Cyrus.
The estranged Guns N Roses were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and Slash received a Hollywood Star last month.
Top Songs of August 2002
“Hot in Herre,” Nelly
“Complicated,” Avril Lavigine
“Dilemma,” Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
“Hero,” Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott
“I Need a Girl (Part Two),” P. Diddy & Ginuwine Featuring Loon, Mario Winans & Tammy Ruggeri
“Just a Friend 2002,” Mario
“Gangsta Lovin,” Eve featuring Alicia Keys
Where Are They Now?
Nelly is working on his seventh album, M.O., which is slated for release later his year.
Avril Lavigne released an album, Goodbye Lullaby, in March 2011 and is reportedly working on another with Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger. Nickelback is currently on their Here and Now tour.
P. Diddy, aka Sean Combs, is now worth an estimated $500 million, making him the richest person in hip hop.
Mario has released four albums since 2002, and is reportedly working on a fifth, Restoration.
Eve is also working on an album, though the project has been repeatedly delayed. Alicia Keys, meanwhile, has released three albums since 2002.
Top Movies of 1992, 2002
The top movies in August 1992, meaning those that cracked the top five, include Unforgiven, Death Becomes Her, Rising Cain, 3 Ninjas, A League of Their Own, Single White Female, Stay Tuned, Rapid Fire, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Pet Sematary II.
Ten years later, in 2002, the top five August movies were Signs, Goldmember, The Master of Disguise, Martin Lawrence Live: RunTelDat, The Road to Perdition, xXx, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Blood Work, Blue Crush, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and FearDotCom.
I wonder how many of these will be remade, rebooted, or re-released?
In the News, August 1992
Hurricane Andrew, the third costliest hurricane in U.S. history, battered South Florida and Louisiana, killing 26 people and causing $26.5 billion in property damage.
August 1992 saw the births of Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and Demi Lovato, a popular musician and actress.
In the News, August 2002
August 2002 was marked by violence between Israelis and Palestinians and a volatile stock market (some things never change). '
What were you doing in 1992?