The song that finally kicked that nasty Macarena off the Billboard Charts, No Diggity was a welcome liberator as far as the music industry is concerned. Too long has the masses been held captive by the tyrannical Macarena, that people rejoiced when Blackstreet gave a chill and cool track to bump and grind with.
Released in the midsummer of 1996, people just couldn’t get enough of No Diggity that it quickly rose up in the charts peaking at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canada’s RPM Dance Chart and #9 in the UK. Everyone were overjoyed when No Diggity finally took the #1 spot from Macarena in November 9, 1996.
And probably because of people just waking up from the Macarena slumber, No Diggity’s censored lyrics were easily forgiven and even relished. In 1998, the song was nominated for the Grammy’s Best R&B Song but lost to R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly. On the other hand, the track won Blackstreet a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.
The provocative beat and lyrics proved to be a dangerous mix as more than a decade later, No Diggity proves its enduring power by making it to the list of 100 Greatest Pop Songs for both Rolling Stones and MTV.