This is a list of songs that topped the Belgian Walloon (francophone) Ultratop 40 in 1996.
|January 6||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|January 13||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|January 20||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|January 27||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|February 3||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|February 10||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|February 17||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|February 24||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|March 2||"Gangsta's Paradise"||Coolio featuring L.V.|
|March 9||"Spaceman"||Babylon Zoo|
|March 16||"Spaceman"||Babylon Zoo|
|March 23||"Children"||Robert Miles|
|March 30||"Children"||Robert Miles|
|April 6||"Children"||Robert Miles|
|April 13||"Children"||Robert Miles|
|April 20||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|April 27||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|May 4||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|May 11||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|May 18||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|May 25||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|June 1||"Soirée disco"||Boris|
|June 8||"Con te partirò"||Andrea Bocelli|
|June 15||"Con te partirò"||Andrea Bocelli|
|June 22||"Con te partirò"||Andrea Bocelli|
|June 29||"Con te partirò"||Andrea Bocelli|
|July 6||"Con te partirò"||Andrea Bocelli|
|July 13||"Macarena"||Los del Río|
|July 20||"Macarena"||Los del Río|
|July 27||"Macarena"||Los del Río|
|August 3||"Macarena"||Los del Río|
|August 10||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|August 17||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|August 24||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|August 31||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|September 7||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|September 14||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|September 21||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|September 28||"Killing Me Softly"||Fugees|
|October 5||"Wannabe"||Spice Girls|
|October 12||"Wannabe"||Spice Girls|
|October 19||"Wannabe"||Spice Girls|
|December 7||"Freed from Desire"||Gala|
|December 14||"Freed from Desire"||Gala|
|December 21||"Freed from Desire"||Gala|
|December 28||"Freed from Desire"||Gala|
"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a song recorded by the American singer Tina Turner, released in 1984. It was taken from her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, and became Turner's most successful single.
2 Unlimited is a Dutch dance act founded by Belgian producers Jean-Paul De Coster and Phil Wilde in 1991 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch rapper Ray Slijngaard and Dutch vocalist Anita Doth fronted the act from 1991 to 1996. During the five years of 2 Unlimited's worldwide mainstream success, the act scored a total of 16 chart hits, including "Get Ready for This", "Twilight Zone", "No Limit", and "Tribal Dance". They have sold 18 million records worldwide. Although they enjoyed less mainstream recognition in the United States, many of their songs have become popular themes at American sporting events, particularly in the NHL and the NBA.
"Gangsta's Paradise" is a song by American rapper Coolio, featuring singer L.V. The song was released on Coolio's album of the same name, as well as the soundtrack for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. It samples the chorus and instrumentation of Stevie Wonder's 1976 song "Pastime Paradise".
"Until It Sleeps" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on May 21, 1996, as the lead single from their 1996 album, Load. It was the band's first number one song on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as their first and only song as of the release of Hardwired... to Self-Destruct to hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, debuting and peaking at number 10. Outside the US, the song topped the charts of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, and Sweden. Moby produced a remix of the song, titled "Until It Sleeps ".
"One of Us" is a song recorded by American singer Joan Osborne for her debut studio album Relish (1995). Written by Eric Bazilian of The Hooters and produced by Rick Chertoff, the song was released on February 21, 1995, as Osborne's debut single and lead single from Relish, and it became a hit in November of that year, peaking at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earning three Grammy nominations.
"If I Ruled the World " is a single by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill, released on June 4, 1996. Produced by Trackmasters, with some uncredited input by Rashad Smith, it is based on the 1985 hit of the same name by rapper Kurtis Blow and samples the beat of "Friends" by Whodini. The single was Nas's first Top 20 R&B hit, and was also nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. Lauryn Hill's verse interpolates the song "Walk Right Up To The Sun" by The Delfonics. The song's lyrics feature Nas discussing the various things he would do if he "ruled the world and everything in it". It is considered one of the greatest rap songs of all time by many publications. It was also ranked 88 on XXL's Best Songs of the 1990s.
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" is a song written by Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, and recorded by Adams for the film Don Juan DeMarco (1995). The melody is used as a musical motif through the film, and the song is featured three times in the movie, twice performed by other artists in Spanish, and finally performed by Adams himself during the closing credits. The Adams version of the song, which features flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, is featured on the soundtrack album and also on the album 18 til I Die, which was released over a year later.
"Macarena" is a Spanish dance song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1993 album A mí me gusta, it was an international hit and dance craze throughout the second half of the 1990s. The song got the group ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time" by VH1 in 2002. The song uses a type of clave rhythm. In 2012, it was ranked No. 7 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It also ranked at No. 1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs.
"Firestarter" is a song by the British band the Prodigy, released on 18 March 1996. It was the first single from their third album The Fat of the Land, and their tenth single overall. It was the group's first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, staying on top for three weeks, and their first big international hit, topping the charts in the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, and Norway.
"Breathe" is a song by English band the Prodigy. It was released in November 1996 as the second single from the album The Fat of the Land. The song became the group's second consecutive number-one in the United Kingdom and also topped the charts in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. The song features a drum break from the song "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed" of the group Thin Lizzy. The whiplashing sword sound effect is a sample of the song "Da Mystery of Chessboxin", by Wu-Tang Clan. As in "Firestarter", Jim Davies played the guitar in the song. In 2003, Q Magazine ranked "Breathe" at number 321 in their list of the "1001 Best Songs Ever".
"Nocturne" was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, performed in Norwegian by Secret Garden representing Norway. It was the second time Norway won the contest, after it had won in 1985 with Bobbysocks! song "La det swinge". For their performance at the Contest the Secret Garden duo of Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Løvland featured three guest musicians; Norwegian vocalist Gunnhild Tvinnereim, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen on penny whistle and Swedish nyckelharpist Åsa Jinder.
"The Voice" was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, performed in English by Eimear Quinn representing Ireland. The music was composed, and the lyrics were written, by Brendan Graham, who had also written and composed "Rock 'N' Roll Kids," the Irish winner from the 1994 Contest. The victory, which was Ireland's fourth in five years, was their seventh Contest victory, which remains a record for the most contests won by a single country.
"Born Slippy .NUXX" is a song by British electronic music group Underworld. It was released in July 1995 as the B-side to an unrelated instrumental track, "Born Slippy". The fragmented lyrics, by vocalist Karl Hyde, describe the perspective of an alcoholic. After it was used in the 1996 film Trainspotting, "Born Slippy .NUXX" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. It has been named one of the best tracks of the 1990s by numerous publications. The song does not feature on an Underworld album, but it was included as a bonus track on re-issues of Second Toughest in the Infants (1996).
"Mysterious Girl" is the second overall single and third British single from singer-songwriter Peter Andre's second studio album, Natural. The song was written by Glen Goldsmith, Philip Jackson, Ollie Jacobs and Andre, and produced by Jacobs. The song features guest vocals from Caribbean rapper Bubbler Ranx. It was first released as a single by Melodian Records in Australia on 14 August 1995 but was not released in the United Kingdom until May 1996 due to problems regarding the administration of Andre's UK record label, Mushroom Records.
Ultratop is an organization which generates and publishes the official record charts in Belgium. Ultratop is a non-profit organization, created on the initiative of the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), the Belgian member organization of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Two parallel set of charts are concurrently produced and published, one on behalf of Belgium's mainly Dutch-speaking Flanders region, and the other catering to the nation's mainly French-speaking region of Wallonia.
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" is a French-language song by Canadian singer Celine Dion, recorded for her French studio album, D'eux (1995). It was released as the lead single on 13 March 1995 in Francophone countries and in September 1995 in other European countries. In Canada it was a radio only release. The song was also released in Japan in October 1996. According to Dion, it is the biggest song of her French career. She also recorded it in English as "If That's What it Takes" and included it on her 1996 album, Falling into You.
"Why" is a song by 3T. It was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jackson and produced by Michael Jackson. This single comes from the album Brotherhood and it was released in 1996. The song was selected to be part of Jackson's ninth album HIStory, but it was taken out and Jackson decided to give it away to his nephews. This song was well received in European and Asian charts.
"I Need You" is a song by American music group 3T, from the album Brotherhood. The song was written by Eric Carmen and was originally released in 1977 by Frankie Valli on his album Lady Put the Light Out. It was released in 1979 by the Euclid Beach Band. Their rendition reached #81 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
"The X-Files" is a 1996 instrumental recorded by American film and television composer Mark Snow. It is a remixed version of the original theme Snow composed for the science fiction television series The X-Files in 1993. Released in March 1996 in several countries, it achieved major success, particularly in France, where it reached number one on the singles chart. The composition has since been covered by many artists, including DJ Dado and Triple X; DJ Dado's version was a major hit in Europe while Triple X's version reached number two in Australia.
"Too Hot" is a R&B/Soul song recorded by the American band Kool & the Gang for their 1979 album, Ladies' Night. It was written by George Brown and Kool & the Gang, and produced by Eumir Deodato and Kool & the Gang. The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.