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1985
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A" is the best selling album in 1985.
1986
Whitney Houston
The best-selling album of 1986 is "Whitney Houston" by Whitney Houston.
1987
George Michael
George Michael's first solo ablum is "Faith". "Faith" spawns six top 5 singles that substantially help it dominate the chart of 1988. It wins the Grammy for Album Of The Year.
1988
Poison
Poison "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is the number 2 song at Top 40 radio for the year.
1989
Madonna
Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video attracts criticism for its use of Catholic iconography and for the use of cross burning imagery, but also garners praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith. Pepsi drops Madonna as a spokesperson out of fear the video will cause religious groups to boycott the company.
1990
Janet Jackson
The best-selling album of 1990 is "Rhythm Nation 1814" by Janet Jackson.
1991
Nirvana
The year 1991 is the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. Nirvana's "Nevermind", led by the surprise hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit", becomes the most popular U.S. album of the year.
1992
Guns N' Roses
"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses enters the world record when it becomes the longest single, at 8 minutes, 57 seconds, to reach the US Top 20. The single's video had a budget of over $1.5 million, becoming the most expensive video at the time.
1993
4 Non Blondes
Before becoming a songwriter for everyone from Pink to Katy Perry, Linda Perry was in a 90's one hit wonder band called 4 Non Blondes.
1994
Aerosmith
Alicia Silverston and Liv Tyler make Aerosmith videos super popular.
1995
Hootie and the Blowfish
The best-selling album of 1995 is "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie and the Blowfish.
1996
Vh1's Pop Up Video
This fan favorite launches and becomes one of VH1's highest rated programs ever.
1997
Radiohead
Radiohead release "OK Computer" to huge critical acclaim.
1998
Celine Dion
The theme from "Titanic" proves to be as big of a hit as the movie.
1999
Britney Spears
Britney Spears releases her debut album, "...Baby One More Time". The album hits number one on the charts. The title track and first single released from the album, also hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999.
2000
NSYNC
NSYNC breaks the previous record of 1.1 million with a 2.4 million debut of "No Strings Attached", which is also the first album to sell over 800,000 copies in 2 weeks.
2001
George Harrison
George Harrison, the shy Beatle, dies.
2002
The Osbournes
The Osbournes, a series featuring the domestic life of Ozzy Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly and premiered on March 5, 2002. The series was quickly a hit and grew to be one of the most-viewed series ever on MTV.
2003
Summer Tours
Soon to be mega-pop stars, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera kicked off their summer Justified & Stripped tour.
2004
Usher
Usher releases his " Confessions " album selling 1.1 million copies its first week , making him the first R&B artist to ever accomplish this. The album goes on to be the top seller of the year with four number one singles.
2005
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood wins season 4 of American Idol. She will become a multi-platinum recording artist and later will become a mulitple Grammy Award winner.
2006
Gwen Stefani
"The Sweet Escape" is the second solo studio album by No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani.
2007
Jay-Z
Highly anticipated , Jay-Z performs in "VH1's Storytellers" and tells the stories behind his music. This becomes one of the most talked about and memorable performances yet.
2008
New Kids On The Block
90's hit boy band, New Kids On The Block release their album "The Block". It is their first studio album in 15 years.
2009
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, dies. His death would later be ruled a homicide.
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