Yay, it’s that time again. Throwback Thursday is back!
Lets recap last week, shall we?
Renee’s pick was the legendary Mariah Carey’s 1990 hit Vision of Love.
Newcomer Yetunde’s pick was Justin Timberlake’s 2006 Love Stoned/I think she knows.
Here’s whats on the deck for this week:
Yetunde: Sade– Smooth Operator – (1984)”Coast to Coast LA to Chicago/Western Male” “Across the North and South to Key Largo/Love for Sale”. These famous lines are classic and still resonates with me today. Although I was too young to understand the meaning of those lyrics (a cheating man breaking hearts across the country); upon seeing the video, I remember I was captivated with Sade Adu (I was a little ‘Stan’ in the making). What stood out to me the most was her signature pulled back single braid and red lipstick. Her swag was and still is undeniable!
In 1985, the single “Smooth Operator” from the album Diamond Life marked the bands breakthrough hit into the US market. Everything about the song and video was great. From the great saxophone intro to Sade playing the sexy songstress performing in a seedy bar, while watching her “smooth operating” boyfriend conduct business with gangsters. “Smooth Operator” is still one of my favourite 80’s tunes.
Charts: In 1985, this song debuted at number 5 on BillBoard’s Hot 100 and also spent 14 weeks on the Top 40 charts.
Renee: The Power Of Love – Celine Dion (1995) – When you think of power ballad love songs, the first thing to come to my mind at least is, Celine Dion. Specifically The Power Of Love! It’s just an amazing song. Amazing production, lyrics, vocals. This song just takes me to another place. It’s the definition of a classic.
Charts: The song rose to the top of the charts in the United States, Australia and Canada. In the U.S. it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, the first Céline Dion single to do so. It also went to number 1 for 5 weeks on the Hot 100 Singles Sales and to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. It was also number 1 for 4 weeks on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
Okay, maybe this song isn’t as old school as the aforementioned ones, but I’m pretty sure this was everyone’s song when it was initially released in 2008. “No Air” was so good, it earned Jordin Sparks her very first GRAMMY Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” at the 51st Grammy Awards.
Chris Brown hadn’t lost his mind back when it was released so this was basically the go to song for people in love, or at least people who thought they were in love. I was watching the music video the other day and wondering why it still isn’t VEVO certified. Turns out, pre-vevo, it had over 5 million views. Post-VEVO, it has over 96,000,000. In other words, it is technically VEVO certified.
This song is the reason I’m forever mad at Jordin Sparks for taking a hiatus(?) from music. Her debut album was nothing short of amazing.
Charts: In today’s not-so-shocking news, “No Air” is a 3x platinum certified song. “No Air” debuted on Billboard Hot 100, charting as high as No. 3. In countries like New Zealand and Australia, it landed atop the charts, at No. 1.
Sarah: Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone (2004)
Kelly releases her new album Piece By Piece today and along with buying it I thought it would be a good time to throwback to this absolute tune. It is one of Kelly’s best known songs and continues to slay me as the years go by. It is also my go-to karaoke song – apologies to anyone who ever hears me sing it! Kelly won the Best Pop Vocal Performance for this song.
Since U Been Gone was the lead single from Kelly’s brilliant second album ‘Breakaway’. It was originally offered to Pink and Hillary Duff but they both turned it down. Rolling Stone included it in its list of the 500 Best Songs of All Time in 2010!
Charts: Since U Been Gone reached No. 2 on the Billboard 100, unable to shift 50 Cent from the No. 1 spot. It went top 5 in various countries around the globe including Australia & It was certified platinum in the U.S. and Australia also.