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Battle of Same Song Title: Mariah Carey vs Enrique Iglesias / Bryan Adams vs Whitney Houston

Two divas are battling with two male singers, in the two battles. Let’s check who wins below:

Mariah Carey vs Enrique Iglesias
“Hero”

This “Hero” song of Mariah Carey has been one of her most popular and one of her numerous number one singles in the US. It was also a hit in several countries. It is an inspirational song which inspired many and often sang in singing competitions. It was covered by some artists too.

Enrique Iglesias had his “Hero” song too. However, it is not about being heroic to some people, rather, about being a hero for the girl you love” It was a big hit after reaching number one worldwide and top 5 in some countries including a number 3 peak in the US.

Verdict:
Mariah Carey- Hero
Melody and Lyrics- 4.25 / Success- 3.5= 7.75

Enrique Iglesias- Hero
Melody and Lyrics- 3.75 / Success- 4.25= 8.0

Winner: Enrique Iglesias won against Mariah Carey with a small gap in this “Hero” song battle.

Bryan Adams vs Whitney Houston
“Run To You”

Bryan Adam’s “Run to You” is one of his earliest hits. The rock song went to the top 10 in the US while it failed the top ten in UK as it settled at number 11. The song though is about infidelity, like choosing the other woman over the real partner. Not a good message for me.

Whitney Houston had this track from her “The Bodyguard” soundtrack album as a released single. It had charted moderately in the charts but it was a very recognized Whitney Houston song. It is one of the most sang Whitney Houston songs in singing competitions. It is a love song in R&B and pop mood.

Verdict:
Bryan Adams- Run to You
Melody and Lyrics- 1.75 / Success- 3.0= 4.75

Whitney Houston- Run to You
Melody and Lyrics- 2.5 / Success- 3.0= 5.5

Winner: Whitney Houston is taking the champ for “Run to You” battle against Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

Credits: Wikipedia / YouTube
Video from YouTube

Songs that are more popular on YouTube than as a single- 1(Billion views)

There were a stockpile of music videos which billion/s of views. However, there are songs which became more popular on YouTube than as a single itself. Here are some of them that I had compiled in this list.

Psy- Gangnam Style
This song became a huge international hit worldwide and the biggest K-Pop song ever. However, it can still be considered as a bigger YouTube hit than as a single. Why? The success of the song can be attributed to its YouTube success. As it went viral on YouTube, it has become a craze. And the total views? It is more than 2.5 billion and remains the most viewed video ever.

Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris- Baby
The video of “Baby” once held the record for the most viewed video on YouTube. Right now, it was overtaken by a number of videos and was taken off from top 5. Then why it is a bigger YouTube hit than as a single? It may have sold millions but it neither reached number in UK and US. It topped the charts in some countries though, and top 10 in most countries. Views exceeded 1.29 billion.

Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona- Bailando
Enrique Iglesias has been successful both in English and Spanish market. This song may have been a big hit in Spanish market, but not as huge in English markets. In US, it failed to reach the top 10. While in UK, it barely cracked the top 75, whereas in YouTube, it reached 1.26 billion views. Well, it is one among Billion Views Club.

Sia- Chandelier
This song has been a sleeper hit in the charts, but it only went to number one in few countries.Still, it reached the top 10 in majority of countries in entered. But it was a bigger hit on YouTube when it reached 1.11 billion in views.

Maroon 5- Sugar
This is one of the most memorable music video last year. It has been a huge single too, but not a number one hit on Billboard Hot 100 and UK charts. It went to top 10 in several territories though. Views was stellar though as it reached more than 1.02 billion.

Credits to YouTube / 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.

Boybands
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

Top Latin Singers During the Last 20 Years

During the last 20 years latin artists topped music charts around the world. The most notable year was 1999 when Latin singers released English language albums which sold millions and gained lots of fans. The following were the Latin singers who dominated the charts not just in certain territories.

Ricky Martin

He may have been known in the 80s with Menudo and did lots of projects but his glbal success came in 1998 when Vuelve was officially available worldwide. That same year it was among the biggest selling albums, while in 1999 with the release of his first English language album (self-titled), it set him to superstardom status with the success of “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. In 2000, he had success with “Sound Loaded” too.

Jennifer Lopez

She’s one of the Latin artists who’s very much active until now. Her debut was released in 1999 with “On the 6”. She had multiple multi-platinum albums and number one singles, which the latest hit she did was “On the Floor”. She’s not just one of the successful Latin singers but also as an actress too.

Enrique Iglesias

Who forgets the emotional hit from 2001-2002 “Hero”? He might had number 1 hit with his first English album in 1999 but “Hero” took him to the heights. Well, he’s still in as his song from last year “Bailando” was huge in sales, and wait, look at the YouTube how many hits it has received.

Christina Aguilera

From a teen pop star who broke the charts in 1999 and turned raunchy in 2002. Well, Christina has sold over 100 million records according to a post in her website. She’s often seen on TV recently.

Shakira

She’s very successful in Spanish speaking country until she decided to crossover English album released in 2001 through “Laundry Service” which sold millions worldwide and even multi-platinum in non-Spanish speaking counties. Her most notable song recently was “Waka Waka”.