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Music 10 A’s: Alanis Morissette to Adele

1. Alanis Morissette

I love Alanis Morissette’s music especially with her album “Jagged Little Pill”. It is just a very honest record, and Alanis is a deep songwriter and a good vocalist.

2. Apologize
This is a song from Timbaland with real vocals of Ryan Tedder along with his band One Republic. Melody-wise and story-wise, it’s a good song. No doubt, it became a huge hit song.

3. Always Be My Baby
A song by Mariah Carey during mid-1990’s. American Idol winner David Cook had its own rock version, but Mariah’s version is way better.

4. All Saints
The time they came out, it was like move over Spice Girls. Ther were the new girl band at that time to watch. They became successful, though, not as successful as the Spice Girls. I love their R&B and pop style.

5. All the Right Reasons
Actually, the best selling album by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It generated a lot of hits and ny favorite was “Photograph”. Take note, it’s a different song from Ed Sheeran.

6. As Long As You Love Me
It is one of the earliest hits of Backstreet Boys in 1997. It was a pop song, and my cousin and sister loves it because they were Backstreet Boys fans. Justin Bieber had an “As Long As You Love Me” song as well, but a totally different song.

7. Aqua
Going back to the second half of 1990’s, that was the time when Danish group Aqua became popular. Surely, a lot danced with their hits like “Barbie Girl” and “Doctor Jones.

8. Always
Bon Jovi’s hit songs back in early 1990’s. It is a rock ballad which was one of their most notable hits. I always thought its title was “Romeo was Bleeding”. Lol!

9. America
Not referring to the country, rather, the band America. Surely, they based theor name with their country. I like their hit “Horse With No Name”, which was sampled by MIchael Jackson in a song, likewise Janet Jackson for her “Someone to Call My Lover” song. I always hear their music as my brother had a CD of them.

10. Adele
She is actually one of the best vocalist and most successful singer at this time. Well, her “25” LP just became the fastest selling album.

Video from YouTube / AdeleVEVO

All Saints- Saints and Sinners: Top 10 Singles in US and UK / Memorable Chorus of a Song

All Saints- Saints and Sinners
United States- All Saints may had some success over their previous album, their second album “Saints and Sinners” failed to made an impact and no singles accessed the top 10 or even the Hot 100. Unlike their previous album which was even certified hits. Efforts are not enough to score a hit from this album in the country.

United Kingdom- All Saints are able to manage and claimed their previous success with “Saints and Sinners” in United Kingdom. They were able to release three singles from the album and it seemed all did well. To see how those singles fared, check those top 10 hits:
Pure Shores-#1
Black Coffee-#1
All Hooked Up- #7
All Saints’ all three singles from the album reached the top 10. As obvious as it is, it had two number 1 singles “Pure Shores”, which was used for the movie “The Beach”, and the electronic driven “Black Coffee”. The electronic R&B song “All Hooked Up” was able to peaked at 7. After this album, they scored total of 8 top 10 singles, with 5 of those songs reached number 1.

The girls had two number 1 hits from the album, “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee”. Internationally, the former was a bigger hit. In UK, “Pure Shores” also was better based on sales. The single was even awarded platinum by BPI. That’s why I had chosen the song to share. Personally, it is my favorite single from the album because it gave the girls a new sound, different from their past album. So I am sharing the song now, and I hope you will enjoy it.

Pure Shores (Chorus)
I’m moving
I’m coming
Can you hear, what I hear
It’s calling you my dear
Out of reach
(Take me to my beach)
I can hear it, calling you
I’m coming not drowning
Swimming closer to you

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics from azlyrics.com and songwriters of the song ( William Orbit, Shaznay Lewis)

Video from YouTube / RHINO

All Saints- All Saints: Top 10 Singles in US and UK and Memorable Chorus of a Song

All Saints- All Saints
United States- All Saints at least achieved some success in the US. Aside from a platinum debut album “All Saints”, the girls scored one top 10 hit in the country. Here’s that single which reached the top 10 on Billboard Hot 100:
Never Ever- #4
It is pretty obvious that they only scored one top 10 hit from the album. The song was even awarded with Gold Record by RIAA for reaching a threshold of sales. The girls scored another song to chart in the country which was “I Know Where It’s At” peaking at number 36.

United Kingdom- All Saints became superstars in their country, United Kingdom. Despite the popularity of Spice Girls then, they still built a name of their own and became one of the top girl bands there at the time. Their album had released five singles from the album and see which went to top 10.
I Know Where It’s At- #4
Never, Ever- #1
Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade- #1
Bootie Call- #1
War of Nerves- #7
Since there were five singles released from the album and as shown, all of the singles released from the album went to top 10. Three singles even went to number 1. Their biggest hit has been “Never Ever” which even sold more than a million in the country.

In both countries, only “Never Ever”was the standout as it is the only single charted in US which only charted in UK. It is considered their biggest single ever. The song is just a sad song which is about coping the pain after a heartbreak. Now, enjoy the chorus lyrics and the music video below:

Never Ever (Chorus)
Never ever have I ever felt so low
When you gonna take me out of this black hole?
Never ever have I ever felt so sad
The way I’m feeling yeah, you got me feeling really bad
Never ever have I had to find
I’ve had to dig away to find my own peace of mind
I’ve Never ever had my conscience to fight
The way I’m feeling, yeah, I just don’t feel right


Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia
Lyrics from azlyrics.com and songwriters of the song (Shaznay Lewis, Robert Jazayeri, Sean Mather

Video from YouTube / RHINO

Album’s Singles Review: “Saints and Sinners” and “Studio 1” by All Saints

Saints and Sinners (album)
All Saints took quite awhile to release their second album, which was released about 3  years after their debut album’s release. There are changes of sound in the album from their debut. “Saints and Sinners” has lots of electronic music which was similar to Madonna’s sound in her “Ray of Light” album. The album became the girls’ only number 1 album in United Kingdom and has gone 2x platinum by BPI.

Pure Shores
“Pure Shores” is actually used for the movie “The Beach” which starred the talented Leonardo DiCaprio. It was eventually included for their album “Saints and Sinners”. The song is an electronic pop track which is a change for the group’s sound. It was the most successful single for the album as it reached top 10 in several countries and a number 1 position in UK.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Black Coffee
“Black Coffee” is actually the official carrier single for “Saints and Sinners. The song is somewhat relaxing and it is the only kind of music you rarely hear. The single was a top 10 hit particularly in Europe. In United Kingdom, it was a number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

All Hooked Up
“All Hooked Up” was the final single for All Saints’ second album”. It is a fusion of electronic and R&B which is catchier than the previous single. It charted in some countries and reached number 7 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Studio 1 (album)
“Studio 1” is the comeback album by All Saints after 6 years. The album contains pop, R&B and elctronic sounds. It reached number 40 in United Kingdom.

Rock Steady
“Rock Steady” was the first single from “Studio 1”. It sounds quite different from their othet sound. It charted in some countries and it was a number 3 hit in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Chick Fit
“Chick Fit” was the last single from “Studio 1. It is a R&B pop song which didn’t do well in the charts, the least popular single by the girls.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Credits: OCC / Wikipedia

Video from YouTube / RHINO

Girlbands Who Had Number 1 Albums in US and UK: All Saints / Destiny’s Child / Sugababes / Atomic Kitten


All Saints
United States- All Saints had released an album in the US but it didn’t reach number 1, but peaked at number 40 with self titled album.
United Kingdom- All Saints had been very successful in their country, United Kingdom. They had scored a number 1 album with “Saints and Sinners” their second album. Nonetheless, they achieved more sales with “All Saints” which sold more than the double of “Saints and Sinners”. “All Saints” album peaked at number 2.

Destiny’s Child
United States- Destiny’s Child is one of the biggest groups in the US. Their third album “Survivor”, though, is the only number 1 album they had. “Writing’s on the Wall” – their second album- which peaked at number 5 remained their biggest seller though after becoming a sleeper hit.
United Kingdom- Destiny’s Child was successful in UK too. But they only had 1 number 1 album as well which is “Survivor”. They had 3 top 10 albums too and gone platinum and multiplatinums.

United States- Sugababes haven’t got the chance to break the American market.
United Kingdom- Sugababes has been very successful in UK which they had hit albums going platinum and multiplatinum. They scored 2 number 1 albums which are “Taller in More Ways” and “Change”. They had four more albums which went top 10 including a compilation album.

Atomic Kitten
United States- There are attempts for Atomic Kitten to access the American music market but failed, so they were not able to score a number 1 album.
United Kingdom- Atomic Kitten is very successful in their homeland. They had released 3 official albums, which the 2 went to number 1. These albums were “Right Now” and “Feels So Good”. The two albums went double platinum as certified by BPI, while “Ladies Night” was a top 5 album and also went platinum.

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia
Video from YouTube / emimusic

Album’s Singles Review: All Saints “All Saints”

All Saints released their first and self titled album in 1997 but the album achieved international success in 1998. They may be associated with the Spice Girls, the top act at the time, being a girl group. However, their style and sound is different. They were like a combination of Spice Girls (as a group and pop sound) and TLC (R&B and hip-hop sound). The album went platinum in the US while it was multiplatinum in UK.

I Know Where It’s At
This is just a party song and it reminds me of TLC with the rap part. It’s music video is just simple, not a lot of graphics. It reached the top 40 in the US while a higher peak in their home country, United Kingdom, at number 4.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Never Ever
This is one of the most memorable heartbreak songs during 1990’s. It is a beautiful R&B and soul track with pain on its lyrics. It became the group’s biggest single ever after being one of the top singles of 1998. It was number one in UK, while it managed a top 5 peak in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10

Under the Bridge
All Saints sang their own version of this Red Hot Chilli Peppers hit. However, it was not released as an official single. I like their version as it sounded hip from its original slow rock sound.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Lady Marmalade
This is another remake single from All Saints after “Under the Bridge”. Its structure is different from the original because of the rap parts but the melody is still the same with the Labelle original. The song became the group’s second UK number one hit.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Bootie Call
This is the hippest single released from the album. I love the hip-hop style as well as its music video. It turned out as their third UK number one hit.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

War of Nerves
This is the last single from the album released. It is a soul and ballad song and sounds like a downgraded “Never Ever”. It went to the UK top ten, but didn’t do well internationally.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

Credits: Wikipedia / OCC

Video from YouTube

European Groups Who Reached the Top 10 in the US (1995-1999)

European groups are very much alive during 1995 to 1999 through these artists who reached top 10 in Billboard:

U2 (Ireland)

U2 had successful albums globally at that time. But they only had 1 single to reach top 10 which is “Discotheque”  peaked at 10.

Take That (United Kingdom)
Being one of the top boybands during their time, it was at the last part of their current when Take That scored their very first top 10 with the song “Back for Good”. It peaked at number 7.

Everything But the Girl (United Kingdom)\
Everything But the Girl became known globally including the US through their song “Missing” which settled at number 2. They were considered as one-hit wonder though.

Oasis (United Kingdom)
Oasis had songs entered the Billboard Hot 100, but they only had 1 top 10 hit through the #8 peaking song “Wonderwall”.

Spice Girls (United Kingdom)

Spice Girls is the top British group at that time not just in the US but worldwide. The girl group scored 4 top 10 hits namely: “Wannabe” (#1), “Say You’ll Be There” (#3), “2 Become 1” (#4), and “Too Much” (#9).

Chumbawamba (United Kingdom)
Chumbawama is also among those considered one-hit wonder in the US after their hit “Tubthumping” reached number 6 Billboard Hot 100.

All Saints (United Kingdom)
All Saints emerged after the success of fellow girl group Spice Girls. They had scored hits in the US but with only 1 top 10 hit through “Never Ever” which reached number 4.

Aqua (Denmark)
Aqua is the most successful Danish group ever who graced the US singles chart. Their single “Barbie Girl” became a hit when it peaked at #7.

Ace of Base (Sweden)
Ace of Base had notable success during the first half of 1990’s. In the second half, they had scored a top 10 with their own version of “Cruel Summer” which reached the tenth position.

5ive (United Kingdom)
5ive is one of the British boybands who entered teh US top 10. They only had 1 though through the number 10 hit “When the Lights Go Out”.

B*Witched (Ireland)
B*Witched emerged to the charts after  the Spice Girls’ hiatus. They had scored 1 top 10 hit in the US with “C’est La Vie” (#10).

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

Trends and Cliches in Mainstream Music (1995-1999)

In music, there are different kinds of styles that are often followed by other artists. As it becomes a trend, new artist will come out in the same genre or style, or even established artists follow suit.

From 1995-1999, there are a lot changes in mainstream music world. Pop music has been dominating the era as new artists came out and putting those established artists behind. Here are some of the trends and cliches from 1995 to 1999.

Female rockers
In 1995, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette dominated the record sales off her hit album “Jagged Little Pill”. With her success, other female artists doing pop/rock released some records. Sheryl Crow may had success with her debut album, but it was just a light album. Her second album sounded edgier apparently in her song “If It Makes You Happy”. On late 1997, Natalie Imbruglia released her first album “Left Off the Middle, and her 1998 single “Big Mistake” sounds like an Alanis song.

Different boybands existed like mushrooms from 1995-1999. Some bands though, failed to attain success. The most popular boyband this era was Backstreet Boys, while in Europe and Asia, Boyzone and others, did well too. In 1999, Irish boyband Westlife scored 3 UK number one hits which led to further successes. NSYNC achieved success in 1999 especially in US.

Girl Power phrase / Girl groups
British girl pop group Spice Girls became the most relevant artist during this era which their success was compared to The Beatles. However, the group took hiatus too early after Geri bidded goodbye. Girl power remains a relevant phrase until now. Girl groups though became a trend too. We heard and seen another UK girl group All Saints. Despite their edgy sound, they followed the Spice Girls as the second top girl group at that time, eventhough the Spice’s success was miles apart from them. Other girl groups who had short success were She Moves, Solid Harmonie, etc.

Movie Soundtrack Hits
Songs from a motion picture has become a trend in 1998 after Celine Dion’s hit from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On”. Other soundtrack hits whicg followed suit were Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from “City of Angels”, Marc Anthony and Tina Arena “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which became second most successful soundtrack in 1999.

Teen female stars
In 1999, we saw the success of Britney Spears from her album and singles. She eventually became one of the biggest female artist of all-time. After her success, Christina Aguilera topped the charts worldwide too. Then we saw the birth in music of Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Latin music
Latin music became a trend again as we saw Ricky Martin climbs the chart in 1998, and popularity heightened in 1999 with his first English album. We also the success of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. All of these three artists achieved success with millions of records sold.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Artists With Successful Debut 1995-1999

For many music artists, starting or entering the music industry is very difficult to make a good shot. There were other artists who did very well with their first single but turned out as one-hit wonder. However, there were artists who did very well with this debut single and their album did well too.

Since 1995, there were some artists which did very well with their first albums. Some had maintained their success but not everyone did well in their succeeding releases. Most in the list below were pop artists, do there were those with rock and R&B sound. Pop music just had a major change with bubblegum pop rose to popularity.

Alanis Morissette
Alanis may already had releases back then in her own country, her first album internationally became the biggest selling album by a newcomer. Based on estimates listed in Wikipedia, her debut album “Jagged Little Pill” became a record setter as it sold about 33 million. Her second album went #1 too but due to changes in music landscaped, it sold below than predecessor.

The Fugees
The Fugees is leading the hip-hop scene in 1996 via “The Score” album. It was multi-platinum worldwide when it became one of the biggest sellers in 1996, which was also assisted by their successful cover of “Killing Me Softly”. They haven’t released a follow-up after that.

Spice Girls
Spice Girls led the music scene during this era because of their contribution not just through record sales but also in pop culture. Their debut album “Spice” was believed with sales of 30 million (according to Wikipedia) scored 4 UK number 1s and 3 US top 5s. Their second album was very successful as well, though, it became their last studio album when Geri Halliwell departed from the group.

The Hanson brothers priorly released independent albums but success came in 1997 when their first mainstream album “Middle of Nowhere” went multi-platinum by which its success was attributed to the stellar hit “Mmmbop”. Despite their success, no other albums from them became as successful.

Savage Garden
The Australian duo scored success with debut single “I Want You”, however, bigger succeed came with the ballad “Truly, Madly, Deeply” when it settled to the top. The album then caught up in sales and became one of the top sellers of 1998.

The cartoonish songs and videos of Danish pop group Aqua made them very popular. Apart from “Barbie Girl” which had estimated 8 million in sales helped their first LP “Aquarium” go multi-platinum worldwide. They also had multiple hit songs for the album. However, their second album was just moderately successful.

All Saints
The four-piece British girl group was said to be the rival of Spice Girls, though, success of the Spices was never matched by All Saints. Still, they became successful with their self-titled album which went multi-platinum in UK and Europe. It received a platinum award from RIAA which helped the album’s status after the hit “Never Ever”. Their second album had limited success.

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia became a household name with her global smash “Torn”. Her album “Left of the Middle” became as successful with platinum and multi-platinum successes elsewhere. It took several years for her to release her second album which was less successful.

Lauryn Hill
Despite the success of The Fugees, the members of the group pursued solo careers like Lauryn Hill did. Her debut album ” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had multi-million sales which was preceded by her successful hip-hop jam “(Doo Wop) That Thing”. She never released a studio album after that.

Britney Spears
It was 1999 when young female pop artists became popular which was first led by Britney Spears. Her song “…Baby One More Time” was extremely popular as well her album with the same title. The album estimatedly sold 30 million as claimed according to Wikipedia. She became a legend with her prolonged success and her succeeding albums went multi-platinum and had multiple number 1 albums.

Christina Aguilera
Coming from the same genre with Spears when she released her first album, Christina Aguilera was believed as Spears’ closest competitor. Christina never failed as her debut single went to number one worldwide. Her self titled album, according to the number of sales in her website, had sold 17 million which is a hefty amount of records. She had successful album right after too.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez became famous with her single “If You Had My Love” which spent several weeks at number 1. Her album “On the Six” became multi-platinum. She remained successful with all her other albums.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Memorable song lines: All Saints

British pop and R&B girl band was known for their unusually cool sound, something that isn’t common to other girl bands. The group had party songs, however, they made songs that’s emotionally charged like the heavy R&B ballad “Never, Ever”.

Here are the five songs of them with notable lyrics:
I Know Where It’s At
” Cos its party time you’ve gotta get your groove up
I know you wanna dance from night to dawn”
This one is a party song from the gals. With the words above, I don’t know with what they mean with dancing from night to dawn. Hmmm (eyes roll)

Never Ever
” Conversations, hesitations in my mind
You got my conscience asking questions that I can’t find”
In some heartbreaks, there are questions that we can’t find and keep asking for answers. Such a sad song from the girls.

Bootie Call
” Good loving is not always from the heart
You gotta be smart”
Exactly! Brain should always be used, not the heart alone when it comes to any kind of loving referred here.

Pure Shores
” Many faces I have seen
Many places I have been”
At some moment when you are looking for the place you really belong to, it may be hard, but you will eventually find it.

Black Coffee
” And pour a cup of black coffee out 
I love to watch you do that every day
The little things that you do”
I don’t have any idea what’s the meaning of this song. Nevertheless, the lines above just show that simple things done are fine.

All Hooked Up
” Don’t send me flowers, they wont do (no, no, no, no)
Don’t give me diamond rings, cos I’ll take them and call you a fool!”
There are some men that only wants something like physical touch or actions with the girl. But the girl are wise enough to know the real intention.

Lyrics from azlyrics.com