We may be 16 years past the whole Y2K fiasco, but incredibly, some of the musical artists who were ruling the airwaves more than a decade and a half ago are still delivering chart-toppers today. Considering how fickle the music industry is, maintaining a consistent track record of hits is perhaps even more difficult to accomplish than ever before. Here are five artists who launched their careers in the ’90s but remain at the top of their game.
The former frontwoman of multiplatinum R&B group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé first gained notoriety for hits like “Say My Name” and “Survivor” before starting her solo career in 2003. Ever since, she has left an impressive trail of hits in her wake, including ubiquitous anthems like “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and “Drunk in Love.” Whether on her own or alongside husband Jay-Z — another ’90s artist still racking up hits like the 2013 track “Holy Grail” — the “Flawless” singer shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
2. Justin Timberlake
Just like Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake rose to fame thanks to a singing group of his own. However, after NSYNC went on indefinite hiatus, the singer’s fame seemed to only increase. Balancing a burgeoning acting career with his music, Timberlake has landed atop the charts numerous times since launching his solo career in 2002. Back-to-back albums in 2013 yielded top 10 hits, “Suit & Tie,” “Mirrors,” and “Not a Bad Thing,” even after a seven-year gap in between albums. At this point, Timberlake’s devoted fanbase has essentially made him a modern pop icon.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez famously started her career as a “Fly Girl” dancer on TV’s In Living Color, but after lip-syncing as the late Mexican songstress Selena in the 1997 film by the same name, the actress/singer/dancer established a music career of her own. Early hits like “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight” remain favorite throwback jams of the late ’90s. Moreover, Lopez has never stopped delivering party music, with “On the Floor,” “Dance Again,” and “Booty” among her more recent dance floor hits. Even after all these years, “Jenny from the Block” is still one of her most well-known hits.
4. Enrique Iglesias
After emerging as a breakout star with his Spanish-language debut album in 1995, Enrique Iglesias conquered the pop music world in North America with number-one tracks like “Bailamos” and “Be with You.” Today, he still remains one of the biggest Latin pop stars on the planet and a staple of U.S. radio with monstrous hits within the past few years, such as “I Like It,” “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” and “Bailando.” While so many artists from the 1999 Latin pop explosion have disappeared from the spotlight, Iglesias has managed to keep fans coming back for more.
One of the most controversial artists to ever blast onto the airwaves, Eminem translated his dark sense of humor and lyrical wit into becoming an Academy Award-winning performer and one of the best-selling artists of all time. Years after songs like “My Name Is” and “The Real Slim Shady” indoctrinated listeners into his brutally honest storytelling, the rapper continues to captivate listeners. Since 2010, he has scored a number of top 10 hits, including chart-topping “Not Afraid,” “Love the Way You Lie,” and “The Monster.”
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