Tag Archives: Elton John

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

Here were the European solo singers who broke the American market through entering the US top 10 singles charts:

Seal (United Kingdom)

Seal already scored hits in the period 1990-1994. While from 1995-1999, he scored 1 top 10 hit through the “Space Jam” theme song “Fly Like an Eagle” which peaked at the bottom 10. That’s his last US top 10 though.

Donna Lewis (United Kingdom)

Donna Lewis is one of the artist who had success with their first ever single. Her pop song “I Love You Always Forever” became a US number 2 hit for several weeks. She is considered as one-hit wonder there despite reaching the Hot 100 with another song. She was featured in a soundtrack right after.

Eric Clapton (United Kingdom)

After hitting #2 with “Tears in Heaven” in 1992, Eric Clapton returned to the US top 10 in 1996 through the Grammy award winning and number 5 hit “Change the World” which was co-penned by top producer and songwriter thenĀ  Babyface.

Elton John (United Kingdom)

Elton John is among the most popular UK artists of all time spanning career success in every decade. From 1995-1999, he only scored one top 10 but it can’t underestimated for spending 14 weeks at number and scored the biggest selling single ever worldwide which stands to 33 million with the single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind 1997”. It was a tribute to the late Princess Diana.

Robyn (Sweden)

Robyn is one of the Swedish singer who achieved success in the US. She actually scored 2 top 10 hit singles in the US with “Do You Know What it Takes” (#7), and “Show Me Love” (#7). Her album charted as well.

Eagle Eye Cherry (Sweden)

Eagle Eye Cherry, the brother of 1980’s hit singer Neneh Cherry, tried music and he had some remarkable success. In 1997, his first single “Save Tonight” charted worldwide including the US peaking at number 5.

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

European Solo Singers Who Reached the Top 10 in US (1990-1994)

European solo artists also had difficult time to create hits. During 1990 to 1994, there were lots of hits released solo artists. Here are those artists:

Phil Collins (United Kingdom)
Phil Collins is one of the biggest British artists who cracked the American market during 1980’s as well as early 1990’s. In the period 1990-1994, he had scored 3 Billboard top 10 hit. Those were the hits: “I Wish it Would Rain Down” (#3), “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (#4), and “Do You Remember?” (4).

 

Sinead O’Connor (Ireland)
Sinead O’ Connor is one of the few Irish acts who had hits in the US. However, she is considered as a one-hit wonder after reaching number with “Nothing Compares to U”.

 

George Michael (United Kingdom)
George Michael became successful in the US during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He had a lot of hits during 1990-1994. His top 10 hits included “Freedom! ’90” (#8) and “Too Funky (#10) as well as number 1 hits “Praying for Time” and his duet with Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.

 

Lisa Stansfield (United Kingdom)
Lisa Stansfield had a hit in 1989 but in 1990 and 1991, she had 2 number 1 hits which were “You Can’t Deny It” and “All Woman”.

 

Rick Astley (United Kingdom)
Rick Astley is one of the top British male artists during the second half of 19980’s. Nevertheless, he had his last US top 10 in 1990 via the number 7 hit, “Cry for Help”.

 

Seal (United Kingdom)
Seal achieved success in the US with 2 top ten singles. They were “Crazy” (#7) and the number 1 hit and his biggest hit “Kiss from a Rose”.

Eric Clapton (United Kingdom)
Eric Clapton is a legendary rock artists from several decades ago. His solo success continued in 1990s as from 1990 to 1994, he scored 1 big hit which is “Tears in Heaven” (#2).

 

Elton John (United Kingdom)
Elton John’ s success spans in a number of decades. In 1990-1994, he scored 3 top 10 hits. He topped the charts with George Michael for “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”. He achieved success to with “The One” (#9) and “The Lion King” theme “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” (#4).

Credits to Billboard / Wikipedia

Videos from YouTube

10 Songs With “Life”

“Life” is such a wonderful gift that we have from God. It is also used in songs and has a lot of meaning. Here’s the list I created which are the songs with “life”

The Fray- How to Save a Life
Wanting to save a “life”, this song might explain. It became The Fray’s biggest and first hit anywhere else. It was also used in “Grey’s Anatomy” TV show.

Evanescence- Bring Me to Life
When it feels you are dead and wanting someone to resurrect you to “life”. This song was very popular worldwide due to its hard rocking sound and haunting voice of Amy Lee.

Third Eye Blind- Semi-Charmed Life
It’s about a “life” you initially thought to be good but will bring you down. This song was a big hit accross America and Asia, as well.

Backstreet Boys- Larger than Life
What the guys’ fans did and gave for the success of the group made them larger than “life”. It went to top 10 in many countries but failed a top 20 position in the US.

Green Day- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
It’s like having this good “life” and enjoying it. This song became a hit in the second half of 1990’s.

Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
Wanting to be independent and doesn’t need other people’s opinions and just do what you want in your “life”. This song became a big comeback for the band in 2000.

The Beatles- In My Life
Reminiscing about your “life” back, this is a good song to listen to. I became one of the most known songs of the legendary band.

Ronan Keating- Life is a Rollercoaster
We may face some anxieties that makes “life” is like a rollercoaster. This song became a hit in Europe and Asia.

Elton John- Circle of Life
This song is about “life” and how it revolves. It was used as one of the main songs of the hit film and sountrack, “The Lion King”. It was a top 10 and 20 hit internationally.

Des’ree- Life
Apparently, it’s about “life”. Though, the lyrics was often criticized for some lines then. The song still became a hit in 1998.

Some facts from Wikipedia

10 Songs With “Sun”

As the sun goes up, it was like giving us another day and another hope. It gives us smile that we live with another day. Nice to hear some songs with sun as mostly were positive. In this list, includes songs with “sunshine” as it also refers to “sun”.

Natasha Beddingfield- Pocketful of Sunshine
If you are in such a difficult situation, instead staying in darkness, why not go out and escape and enjoy a pocketful of “sunshine” that can light up your day. This song was made a successful top 5 entry in Billboard Hot 100.

Gabrielle- Sunshine
When you really love someone, you compare them to the “sun” which serve as our light and guide after dark evenings. This became Gabrielle’s comeback UK top 10 hit.

The Corrs- Summer Sunshine
Been to recent cold days and missing this person you love like the heat of summer “sun” which was locked up during winter. This song brought The Corrs to the top 10 in many countries.

Katrina and the Waves- Walking on Sunshine
Just nice to listen to in a summer time and the sun is up and walk in the beach. This has became one of the great summer tunes as it went to the top 10.

Stevie Wonder- You are the Sunshine of My Life
Loving a girl which is like a “sunshine”, why not serenade her with this big number one song from Stevie Wonder?

Elton John and George Michael- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Being in a troubeld relationship and fed up of giving light like the “sun”. Well, it is a realization for Elton John which took him to the top of the chart with George Michael.

Len- Steal My Sunshine
The “sunshine” is on you, but don’t let them steal that as it is like your happiness. This song went to the top 10 inseveral countries in 1999.

Gabrielle- Don’t Need the Sun to Shine
Some people can easily be please. If “sunshine” can please them, something under can still make them smile. This hit from Gabrielle (again) went to UK’ s top 10.

The Beatles- Here Comes the Sun
I just love this song as it is fun to listen to like having fun as the “sun” is up. This song has become one of The Beatles’ countless big hits.

Colbie Caillat- Brighter than the Sun
When in live with someone, and clearly love each other, you will feel that, that love is brighter than the “sun”. This song went to the top 50 in Bilboard.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Top 15 Boyband Hits of 2000s to Present

Boybands may have gone hiatus during the first half of 2000s but some of them remained while others existed during the last five years. Here are the biggest hits from them during the said period.

One Direction- Live While We’re Young
Being dubbed as the biggest boyband of their time, this song carried their second album which was a big seller. It hit the top 10 of many countries as well as UK and US both peaking at number 3.

NSYNC- This I Promise You
One of the most romantic ballad from a boyband, this song which was Richard Marx penned, propelled to US top 5 in late 2000.

Five- Let’s Dance
This may be from the last album of the group but it still became a huge dance hit topping UK’s official chart.

One Direction- One Thing
This song was from 1D’s debut LP and hit the top 40 and top 10 in US and UK, respectively. But it was a bigger hit accross Asia. Also, the video is among any boyband and 1D’s most watched videos on YouTube.

Westlife- Uptown Girl
This song topped UK and parts of Europe and Asia in 2001. The Billy Joel original was intended for Comic Relief in UK for 2001 and eventually became the group’s seventh UK chart-topper.

NSYNC- Girlfriend
This is officially the last single from the boyband and was huge closing for them as it was hit as it hit topped 5 in several territories including US and UK.

98 Degrees- Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)
The guys tried something different incorporating Latin music is a success for them when this song peaked inside the top 5 in the US and some countries.

Blue ft. Elton John- Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
This song failed the US charts but the impact in Europe is too wide and even stretched to Asia. It was the biggest hit from the pop/R&B group which featured the original singer of the song.

Backstreet Boys- Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
Taken from their 1999 album, this one was released during the wake of 2000. It was a top ten hut in many territories which was a good opening for the decade for BSB.

NSYNC- It’s Gonna Be Me
Following the success of “Bye, Bye, Bye”, this song never failed and even became the group’s first number one hit on Billboard. It was top ten hit in major charts worldwide.

The Wanted- Glad You Came
When this song was released, it seems another boyband will break records. But this song was not duplicated by The Wanted. Still, it was multiple platinum in the US after number 3 peak and number 1 hit in UK.

Backstreet Boys- Shape of My Heart
As a carrier single for BSB, this song will surely be a big hit for them. It was huge in major charts but was a number 9 hit in US. Lowest among their top 10 hits.

One Direction- Story of My Life
Due to incorporating folk in this song, it was well received by many people. Even non-Directioners loved the song which was a top ten hit globally.

NSYNC- Bye, Bye, Bye
Who can forget the fastest selling album of all time in US? This song propelled the album’s sales as it was a top ten hit worldwide. The video was very iconic that made it a big impact in music industry.

One Direction- What Makes You Beautiful
The song was the boyband’s first single and yes, it topped their native UK and top 4 of US. It was a sleeper hit as the song eventually became the biggest selling boyband single ever. It is also the most watched boyband video on YouTube ever.

Top 8 Disney Songs Since the 1990s

At least many of us had watched any Disney movie, and of course, we heard some of their theme songs. Whenever we hear Disney songs, we can name which movie that song was taken. Since I am a 1990s kid, I created this list of top Disney themes heard since 1990s.

8. Circle of Life (performed by Elton John for The Lion King)

The soundtrack album was made possible through Elton John while some of musical scores were done by Hans Zimmerman. This song’s theatrical sound and epic sounding melody were the reasons why I included the song in this list.

7. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (performed by Eltow John for The Lion King)

Back to back from another Lion King song was this love song which was the theme song of Simba and Nala. This is also the main and carrier song of the OST.

6. For the First Time in Forever (performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel for Frozen)

It was sung the time when Elsa will be declared as the new queen, Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) sung the most part of it. It was not an easy song to sing because of its pace on stanzas but the two artistw sung it really well.

5. Beauty and the Beast (performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the OST of Beauty and the Beast and Angela Lansbury in the film as Mrs. Potts)

This is one of the most memorable love songs from Disney. Celine and Peabo had a great tandem while Angela as Mrs. Potts in the film delivered it well.

4. Reflections (performed by Christina Aguilera for Mulan, Lea Salonga from the film itself)

Lea Salonga’s voice has always been perfect especially in these kind of songs. Christina’s version was released as the single which shown her vocal prowess. The song was exactly about the protagonist of the film.

3. Colors of the Wind (performed by Vanessa Williams for Pocahontas as lead single, Judy Kuhn for the film)

The song really fits the nature as Pocahontas is a Native American woman in the film. Both versions of the artists were superb.

2. A Whole New World (performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Bell for Alladin as lead single, Lea Salonga and Brad Kane for the movie)

Peabo and Regina’s version has soul in it but Brad and Lea’s voice sounds more theatrical. The song was a number one hit then.

1. Let it Go (performed by Idina Menzel for Frozen, Demi Lovato as a single)

This deserves to be the number one apart from being the biggest selling Disney single ever. Idina Menzel sang it very well with her high range. Demi’s version was more of a pop song.