1999 in Rock & Roll History:

The internet impacts the music industry as peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster is launched allowing users to share MP3 music files online.

Teen pop, boy bands and girl groups such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, B*witched have a major impact on the pop charts.

Country music continues to cross over to the pop charts with Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill scoring major pop hits.

Music fesivals Woodstock '99 and the first Coachella Festival are held, with the former marred by violence and the latter losing money.

Top 40 Singles of 1999
Worldwide:
 
1   Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
2   Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
3   Rob Thomas & Santana - Smooth
4   Lou Bega - Mambo # 5
5   TLC - No Scrubs
6   The Backstreet Boys - I Want it That            Way
7   Christina Aguilera - Genie in a Bottle
8   Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love
9   Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)
10  Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
11  Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
12  Will Smith - Wild Wild West
13  Mariah Carey - Heartbreaker
14  Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me        Much
15  Madonna - Beautiful Stranger
16  The New Radicals - You Get What You        Give
17  Savage Garden - I Knew I Loved You
18  Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
19  Sugar Ray - Every Morning
20  TLC - Unpretty
21  Smash Mouth - All Star
22  The Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
23  Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy
24  Whitney Houston - My Love is Your              Love
25  Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos
26  Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like a               Woman!
27  2Pac - Changes
28  Phil Collins - You'll Be in My Heart
29  Blondie - Maria
30  Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
31  R Kelly - If I Could Turn Back the                Hands of Time
32  The Vengaboys - Boom, Boom,                   Boom, Boom
33  Celine Dion - That's the Way it Is
34  Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
35  The Backstreet Boys - Larger Than              Life
36  Marc  Anthony - I Need to Know
37  Brandy - Have You Ever?
38  Britney Spears - Sometimes
39  Ronan Keating - When You Say                  Nothing At All
40  Ricky Martin - She's All I Ever Had

Top 50 Albums of 1999
Worldwide:

1   Santana - Supernatural
2   The Backstreet Boys - Millennium
3   Red Hot Chili Peppers -                              Californication
4   Celine Dion - All The Way... A Decade         Of Songs
5   Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
6   Ricky Martin - Ricky Martin
7   Moby - Play
8   Creed - Human Clay
9   TLC - Fanmail
10   Christina Aguilera - Christina                      Aguilera
11   Macy Gray - On How Life Is
12   Sting - Brand New Day
13   Rage Against The Machine - The                 Battle of Los Angeles
14   Limp Bizkit - Significant Other
15   Andrea Bocelli - Sogno
16   Offspring - Americana
17   Destiny's Child - The Writing's On The         Wall
18   Savage Garden - Affirmation
19   Metallica - S&M
20   Dr Dre - 2001
21   The Cranberries - Bury The Hatchet
22   The Chemical Brothers - Surrender
23   Lou Bega - A little bit of Mambo
24   Jamiroquai - Synkronized
25   Blur - 13
26   Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
27   The Dixie Chicks - Fly
28   Korn - Issues
29   Mariah Carey - Rainbow
30   Jennifer Lopez - On The 6
31   Travis - The Man Who
32   Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
33   Beck - Midnite Vultures
34   Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
35   Cher - Cher's Greatest Hits
36   Eric Clapton - Clapton Chronicles
37   Live - The Distance to Here
38   Genesis - Turn It On Again - The Hits
39   Tom Waits - Mule Variations
40   The Eurythmics - Peace
41   Tom Jones - Reload
42   Bloodhound Gang - Hooray For                   Boobies
43   Suede - Head Music
44   2Pac - 2Pac's Greatest Hits
45   Original Soundtrack - The Matrix
46   Counting Crows - This Desert Life
47   Boyzone - By Request
48   Tina Turner - Twenty Four Seven
49   Original Soundtrack - Notting Hill
50   George Michael - Songs From The             Last Century

All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.
Jan '99
Jan '99
Jan '99
Jan '99
UK singer and former Take That member Robbie Williams tops the UK album charts with his second album, I've Been Expecting You. (more)
California band Sugar Ray release their third album 14:59 and score a #3 US, #10 UK hit single with "Every Morning". (more)
Following up on her debut #1 hit single "Baby One More Time", 16 year old Britney Spears releases her debut album which goes to #1 US, #2 UK. (more)
Jan '99
Brooklyn, NY hip-hop artist Foxy Brown releases her second album Chyna Doll which debuts at US #1 led by the single "Hot Spot". (more)
Jan '99
UK DJ Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, tops the UK charts with the single "Praise You" and the album You've Come A Long Way Baby. (more)
Jan '99
American Singer/Actress Brandy tops the US charts (#13 UK) with the single "Have You Ever?" penned by Diane Warren. (more) 
Feb '99
New York City band Blondie hit #1 in the UK (#82 US) with the single "Maria" twenty years after their first #1 single "Heart of Glass". (more)
Feb '99
Detroit rapper Eminem co-produces with Dr. Dre and releases his major label debut The Slim Shady LP on Interscope, which charts at #2 US. (more)
Feb '99
Cher goes to #1 in the US & UK with the eurodance influenced single "Believe". She also becomes the oldest female artist to have a #1 hit at age 52. (more) 
Feb '99
Fullerton, CA alternative rock band Lit release their major label debut album A Place In The Sun charting at #31 US led by the single "My Own Worst Enemy". (more)
Mar '99
UK band Blur move away from the Britpop sound on their sixth album, 13, which goes to #1 in the UK, #80 US. (more)
Feb '99
Atlanta, GA singer Monica tops the US charts with her single "Angel of Mine" a cover of UK girl group Eternal's song. (more)
Mar '99
After a five year hiatus, American girl group TLC return to the top of the US charts (#7 UK) with the album Fanmail, led by two US #1 singles "No Scrubs" (#3 UK) and "Unpretty" (#6 UK). (more)
Mar '99
Irish girl group B*witched have their fourth consecutive #1 single in the UK with "Blame It On The Weather" from their debut album. (more)
Mar '99
Welsh alternative band Stereophonics top the UK charts with their second album, Performance and Cocktails, led by three UK Top Five singles including "The Bartender and the Thief". (more)
Apr '99
Rock band Staind, from Springfield, MA release their debut album Dysfunction and have a modern rock hit with the single "Mudshovel". (more)
Apr '99
May '99
Apr '99
Signed by Simon Cowell, the debut single from Irish boy band Westlife hits #1 in the UK, #20 US. This would be the first of thirteen #1 UK singles for the band. (more)
Tal Bachman, son of Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, has a #14 US, #30 UK hit with the single "She's So High" from his debut album. (more) 
American boy band The Backstreet Boys release the album Millennium which goes to #1 US, #2 UK led by the #1 single (US & UK) "I Want It That Way". (more)
Apr '99
Los Angeles hard rock band Buckcherry climb to #71 US with the release of their debut album along with the single "Lit Up". (more)
May '99
Snoop Dogg's fourth album No Limit Top Dogg is held to #2 US by Ricky Martin, but scores a top ten US single with "B*tch Please". (more)
May '99
May '99
May '99
San Diego, CA pop punk band Blink-182 hit it big with their third album Enema of the State which goes to #9 US, #15 UK led by Top Ten single "All The Small Things". (more)
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin switches to English on his fifth album and scores big with a # 1 US album (#2 UK) and #1 single (US & UK) "Livin' La Vida Loca". (more)
Bronx, NY actress turned singer Jennifer Lopez hits #1 US, #4 UK with the single "If You Had My Love" from her debut album On The 6. (more) 
Jun '99
Jun '99

Jun '99
Darien, CT native Moby takes dance music to the masses with his breakthrough fifth album Play which makes a slow climb to #1 UK, #38 US led by the single "Natural Blues". (more) 
Jun '99
UK band Jamiroquai release their fourth album Synkronized which tops the UK charts, but fails to chart in the US. (more)
Napster, an online file sharing service is launched, allowing users to easily share music mp3 files. (more)
UK singer Dido releases her debut album No Angels in the US, but the UK release is delayed until 2001. The album charts at #4 US, #1 UK led by singles "Here With Me" and "Thank You". (more)
Jun '99

The 17th album from Santana, Supernatural, uses guest vocalists and tops the UK and US charts, as well as scoring two #1 singles "Smooth" and "Maria Maria". (more)
Jun '99
Icelandic band Sigur Rós break through internationally with their second album Ágætis byrjun featuring a more ambient and dream pop sound. (more)
Jun '99
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers release their seventh album Californication which goes Top Five in the US and UK and generates the Top Five single "Scar Tissue". (more)
Jun '99
Slipknot, a costume wearing metal band from Des Moines, IA release their debut album and chart at #37 UK, #51 US. (more) 
Jun '99

The self-titled debut album from Detroit alternative rock band The White Stripes is released reaching #142 UK, but failing to chart in the US. (more)
Jul '99
Washington DC alternative band Vertical Horizon hit #40 US, #42 UK with the single "Everything You Want" from their third album. (more)
Jul '99
Sarah McLachlan's live version of "I Will Remember You" reaches #14 US. The single is from her live album Mirrorball recorded on the Lilith Fair tour. (more) 
Jul '99
California based R&B/Soul singer Macy Gray releases her successful debut album On How Life Is which goes to #4 US, #3 UK led by Top Five single "I Try". (more) 
Jul '99

Jacksonville, FL rock band Limp Bizkit top the US charts with their second album Significant Other. The singles "Rearranged" and "Nookie" score high on US Modern Rock charts. (more)
Jul '99
The Woodstock 99 Festival in Rome, NY is covered live by MTV. Headliners include Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Fires, violence and sexual assualt marr the event. (more)
Aug '99
Pittsburgh, PA actress/singer and former mouseketeer Christina Aguilera releases her debut album which goes to #1 US, #14 UK and spawns three #1 singles including "Genie In A Bottle". (more) 
Aug '99
NY Rapper Puff Daddy (Sean Combs) goes to #2 US, #9 UK with his debut solo album Forever. (more) 
Aug '99

German musician Lou Bega goes to #1 UK, #3 US with his remake of Perez Prado's "Mambo #5 (A Little Bit Of…)". (more)
Aug '99
The fourth album from R&B singer Mary J. Blige moves away from hip hop to a more classic soul sound. The album goes to #2 US and #9 UK. (more)
Aug '99
Filter, a Cleveland, OH industrial rock band, returns with new members and a second album which hits #30 US led by the #12 US single "Take a Picture". (more)
Sep '99
Sep '99

Miami based latin music star Enrique Iglesias has his first US #1 pop hit with "Bailamos" from the movie soundtrack "Wild Wild West". (more)
Sep '99
Sep '99
Human Clay is the second album released by Tallahassee, FL rock band Creed. The album tops the US charts (#29 UK) and generates a US #1 single "With Arms Wide Open". (more)

Italian Eurodance group Eiffel 65 go to #1 UK, #6 US with the single "Blue (Da Ba Dee)". (more)
The third album by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, The Fragile, tops the US album charts (#10 UK). (more) 
Oct '99
60's singer Tom Jones tops the UK charts with his album of cover songs entitled Reload led by the #3 single "Sexbomb". (more) 
Nov '99
Rap metal band Rage Against The Machine release their third studio album The Battle of Los Angeles and go to #1 US, #23 UK. (more)

Oct '99
The first Coachella Festival is held in Indio, CA with headliners Tool, Beck, Morrissey, The Chemical Brothers and Rage Against The Machine. (more)
Nov '99

Country/Pop artist Faith Hill releases her fourth album Breathe and tops the US album charts and generates a #1 US single with the title track. (more)
Nov '99
Dec '99
Issues is the fourth album by American nu metal band Korn. The album goes to #1 US, #37 UK. (more) 
The debut album by Abilene, TX pop singer Jessica Simpson is released and leads to a #3 US single "I Wanna Love You Forever". (more)
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