Late 90's Dance Divas Rate: WINNER ANNOUNCED

Island

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Hello and welcome to the Late 90's Dance Divas rate hosted by yours truly and the legendary @WowWowWowWow, who made these awesome graphics! After months of throwing out ideas for this rate and bombarding @WowWowWowWow's inbox, we have successfully chosen an eclectic array of songs and albums that fit perfectly with this rate! The Dance charts and the main singles charts in the US and the UK were scoured to complete this rate. We wanted to highlight 5 iconic late 90s dance albums as well as some extras that fit perfectly. The only criteria (outside of the album tracks) was that each song had to be an original solo credited dance song released from 1995-1999. This means no covers (extras section only), dance remixes of non-dance songs, and no "DJ featuring Artist" or "Artist featuring DJ" tracks. But, Radio or Single edits/versions of already existing dance songs were allowed.

What other rate would have Cher, Gina G, Dannii, Gloria Estefan, Tina Cousins, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Kristine W, Amber, Whigfield, and Ultra Naté in it? Let's begin!

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  • Rate each song on a 0-10 scale. Quarter (0.25, 0.75) and Half (0.5) points are allowed. One (1) 11 may be given to your ultimate favorite most divalicious poppers o'clock song of your choice!
  • Be fair with your scores. No trolling and no intentionally tanking songs/albums/artists.
  • Every song must be given a score.
  • Commentary is welcome!
  • Submit your scores to BOTH @Island and @WowWowWowWow by May 22!
 

Island

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Cher - Believe
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Believe
The Power
Runaway
All Or Nothing
Strong Enough
Dov’è L’amore
Takin' Back My Heart
Taxi Taxi
Love Is The Groove
We All Sleep Alone





Dannii Minogue - Girl
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All I Wanna Do
Heaven Can Wait
So In Love With Yourself
Am I Dreaming?
Everybody Changes Underwater
Everything I Wanted
If It Moves - Dub It
Disremembrance
It's Amazing
Movin' Up
Keep Up With The Good Times
Someone New
Coconut




Gina G - Fresh!
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Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit
Fresh
Ti Amo
Every Time I Fall
Follow The Light
Gimme Some Love
Rhythm Of My Life
Missin' You Like Crazy
I Belong To You
Higher Than Love
It Doesn't Mean Goodbye




Gloria Estefan - gloria!
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Heaven's What I Feel
Don't Stop
Oye
Real Woman
Feelin'
Don't Release Me
Don't Let This Moment End
Touched By An Angel
Lucky Girl
I Just Want To Be Happy
Cuba Libre




Tina Cousins - Killing Time
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Killin' Time
Pray
Angel
Live & Breathe
Forever
Breathless
Nothing to Fear
Turn Back Time
The Fool Is Me
Until The Day




EXTRAS:
Alexia – “Number One”
Amber – “This Is Your Night”
Amber – “Sexual (Li Da Di)”
Barbara Tucker – “Stay Together”
Berri – “Shine Like A Star”
Billie Ray Martin - “Running Around Town”
Billie Ray Martin – “Your Loving Arms”
Dana International – “Diva”
Diana Ross – “Take Me Higher”
Dina Carroll – “Without Love”
Donna Summer – “Love Is The Healer”
Eve Gallagher – “You Can Have It All”
Gala – “Freed From Desire”
Hannah Jones – “You Only Have To Say You Love Me”
Imaani – “Where Are You”
Jocelyn Enriquez – “Do You Miss Me?”
Joi Cardwell – “Run To You”
Judy Cheeks – “Respect”
Juliet Roberts – “So Good”
Kim Wilde – “Breakin’ Away”
Kristine W – “One More Try”
Kym Sims – “We Gotta Love”
Leila K – “Electric”
Martha Wash – “Catch The Light”
Mary Kiani – “When I Call Your Name”
Pandora – “On A Night Like This”
Papaya – “Hero”
RuPaul – “Snapshot”
Samantha Fox – “Let Me Be Free”
Tania Evans – “Prisoner Of Love (La Da Di)”
Ultra Naté – “Found A Cure”
Ultra Naté – “Free”
Ultra Naté – “New Kind Of Medicine”
Whigfield – “Sexy Eyes”
Whigfield – “Think Of You”


Cher – “Believe”
Cher – “The Power”
Cher – “Runaway”
Cher – “All Or Nothing”
Cher – “Strong Enough”
Cher – “Dov’è L’amore”
Cher – “Takin’ Back My Heart”
Cher – “Taxi Taxi”
Cher – “Love Is The Groove”
Cher – “We All Sleep Alone”
Dannii Minogue – “All I Wanna Do”
Dannii Minogue – “Heaven Can Wait”
Dannii Minogue – “So In Love With Yourself”
Dannii Minogue – “Am I Dreaming?”
Dannii Minogue – “Everybody Changes Underwater”
Dannii Minogue – “Everything I Wanted”
Dannii Minogue – “If It Moves – Dub It”
Dannii Minogue – “Disremembrance”
Dannii Minogue – “It’s Amazing”
Dannii Minogue – “Movin’ Up”
Dannii Minogue – “Keep Up With The Good Times”
Dannii Minogue – “Someone New”
Dannii Minogue – “Coconut”
Gina G – “Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit”
Gina G – “Fresh”
Gina G – “Ti Amo”
Gina G – “Every Time I Fall”
Gina G – “Follow The Light”
Gina G – “Gimme Some Love”
Gina G – “Rhythm Of My Life”
Gina G – “Missin’ You Like Crazy”
Gina G – “I Belong To You”
Gina G – “Higher Than Love”
Gina G – “It Doesn’t Mean Goodbye”
Gloria Estefan – “Heaven’s What I Feel”
Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Stop”
Gloria Estefan – “Oye”
Gloria Estefan – “Real Woman”
Gloria Estefan – “Feelin’”
Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Release Me”
Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Let This Moment End”
Gloria Estefan – “Touched By An Angel”
Gloria Estefan – “Lucky Girl”
Gloria Estefan – “I Just Wanna Be Happy”
Gloria Estefan – “Cuba Libre”
Tina Cousins – “Killin’ Time”
Tina Cousins – “Pray”
Tina Cousins – “Angel”
Tina Cousins – “Live & Breathe”
Tina Cousins – “Forever”
Tina Cousins – “Breathless”
Tina Cousins – “Nothing To Fear”
Tina Cousins – “Turn Back Time”
Tina Cousins – “The Fool Is Me”
Tina Cousins – “Until The Day”
Alexia – “Number One”
Amber – “This Is Your Night”
Amber – “Sexual (Li Da Di)”
Barbara Tucker – “Stay Together”
Berri – “Shine Like A Star”
Billie Ray Martin - “Running Around Town”
Billie Ray Martin – “Your Loving Arms”
Dana International – “Diva”
Diana Ross – “Take Me Higher”
Dina Carroll – “Without Love”
Donna Summer – “Love Is The Healer”
Eve Gallagher – “You Can Have It All”
Gala – “Freed From Desire”
Hannah Jones – “You Only Have To Say You Love Me”
Imaani – “Where Are You”
Jocelyn Enriquez – “Do You Miss Me?”
Joi Cardwell – “Run To You”
Judy Cheeks – “Respect”
Juliet Roberts – “So Good”
Kim Wilde – “Breakin’ Away”
Kristine W – “One More Try”
Kym Sims – “We Gotta Love”
Leila K – “Electric”
Martha Wash – “Catch The Light”
Mary Kiani – “When I Call Your Name”
Pandora – “On A Night Like This”
Papaya – “Hero”
RuPaul – “Snapshot”
Samantha Fox – “Let Me Be Free”
Tania Evans – “Prisoner Of Love (La Da Di)”
Ultra Naté – “Found A Cure”
Ultra Naté – “Free”
Ultra Naté – “New Kind Of Medicine”
Whigfield – “Sexy Eyes”
Whigfield – “Think Of You”

Spotify:
http://spotify.com/playlist/7qLSY9M3ytfFIAd46FTv5g?si=vABlj_EcQ1mofI0wXdcJ1Q&nd=1
Missing: Eve Gallagher - You Could Have It All; Juliet Roberts - So Good; Kym Sims - We Gotta Love; Martha Wash - Catch The Light; Tania Evans - Prisoner Of Love (La Da Di)

YouTube Playlist:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLzrKYVksdTVCZkrRtqxgbQNUOOwKuENu
 

Island

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90) Dannii Minogue – “If It Moves – Dub It”
89) Gina G – “Missin’ You Like Crazy”
88) Dannii Minogue – “Everybody Changes Underwater”
87) Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Release Me”
86) Cher – “Takin’ Back My Heart”
85) Dannii Minogue – “Coconut”
84) Gloria Estefan – “Feelin’”
83) Papaya – “Hero”
82) Joi Cardwell – “Run To You”
81) Barbara Tucker – “Stay Together”

80) Dannii Minogue – “It’s Amazing”
79) Kim Wilde – “Breakin’ Away”
78) Tina Cousins – “The Fool Is Me”
77) Tina Cousins – “Turn Back Time”
76) Gloria Estefan – “Touched By An Angel”
75) Eve Gallagher – “You Can Have It All”
74) Gloria Estefan – “Cuba Libre”
73) Cher – “Love Is The Groove”
72) Gloria Estefan – “Oye”
71) Gloria Estefan – “I Just Wanna Be Happy”

70) Judy Cheeks – “Respect”
69) Juliet Roberts – “So Good”
68) Dannii Minogue – “Heaven Can Wait”
67) Berri – “Shine Like A Star”
66) Gina G – “Every Time I Fall”
65) Donna Summer – “Love Is The Healer”
64) Jocelyn Enriquez – “Do You Miss Me?”
63) Gloria Estefan – “Real Woman”
62) Gloria Estefan – “Lucky Girl”
61) Martha Wash – “Catch The Light”

60) Mary Kiani – “When I Call Your Name”
59) Tina Cousins – “Until The Day”
58) Cher – “The Power”
57) Billie Ray Martin – “Running Around Town”
56) RuPaul – “Snapshot”
55) Leila K – “Electric”
54) Dannii Minogue – “Keep Up With The Good Times”
53) Dannii Minogue – “Everything I Wanted”
52) Tina Cousins – “Breathless”
51) Dannii Minogue – “Movin’ Up”

50) Dina Carroll – “Without Love”
49) Kym Sims – “We Gotta Love”
48) Samantha Fox – “Let Me Be Free”
47) Gina G – “It Doesn’t Mean Goodbye”
46) Ultra Naté – “New Kind Of Medicine”
45) Cher – “We All Sleep Alone”
44) Whigfield – “Sexy Eyes”
43) Gina G – “Higher Than Love”
42) Tina Cousins – “Live & Breathe”
41) Gina G – “Follow The Light”

40) Diana Ross – “Take Me Higher”
39) Tania Evans – “Prisoner Of Love (La Da Di)”
38) Cher – “Taxi Taxi”
37) Tina Cousins – “Nothing To Fear”
36) Hannah Jones – “You Only Have To Say You Love Me”
35) Gina G – “Fresh”
34) Cher – “Dov’è L’amore”
33) Dannii Minogue – “Am I Dreaming?”
32) Kristine W – “One More Try”
31) Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Let This Moment End”

30) Dannii Minogue – “Someone New”
29) Dannii Minogue – “So In Love With Yourself”
28) Gina G – “Gimme Some Love”
27) Gina G – “Rhythm Of My Life”
26) Cher – “Runaway”
25) Gala – “Freed From Desire”
24) Ultra Naté – “Found A Cure”
23) Amber – “Sexual (Li Da Di)”
22) Whigfield – “Think Of You”
21) Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Stop”

20) Gloria Estefan – “Heaven’s What I Feel”
19) Tina Cousins – “Angel”
18) Alexia – “Number One”
17) Pandora – “On A Night Like This”
16) Gina G – “Ti Amo”
15) Dannii Minogue – “Disremembrance”
14) Ultra Naté – “Free”
13) Billie Ray Martin – “Your Loving Arms”
12) Imaani – “Where Are You”
11) Amber – “This Is Your Night”

10) Tina Cousins – “Killin’ Time”
9) Gina G – “I Belong To You”
8) Dana International – “Diva”
7) Cher – “All Or Nothing”
6) Tina Cousins – “Forever”
5) Cher – “Strong Enough”
4) Dannii Minogue – “All I Wanna Do”
3) Tina Cousins – “Pray”
2) Cher – “Believe”
1) Gina G – “Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit”
 
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Throughout the voting period, we’d like to also spotlight some songs that didn’t make the final list. Some may be new to you; others, you may be putting the finishing touches on your @WowWowWowWow-dartboard because they were excluded from the countdown.

This time, meet us under the covers so we can discuss this batch of songs that failed to make the cut because of our “No Remakes In The Extras” policy.

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Donna Summer – “I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)”



After winning the inaugural Grammy award for Best Dance Recording with a new remix of “Carry On,” Donna Summer held a live concert, televised for VH1. “Live and More Encore” also included two new songs – “Love Is The Healer” is one of our Extras and produced by Thunderpuss 2000, while “I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)” was a cover of the worldwide hit by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman and produced by Hex Hector.

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Nicki French – “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”



In 1983, Bonnie Tyler scored her first #1 hit in the UK and the USA with “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” Twelve years later, Nicki French managed to reach the top 5 with her own version. Or versions, in fact—the mix that I have included above was the one that I was always familiar with, but apparently it is itself a remix of this version. Nicki French went on to represent the UK at Eurovision 2000, coming 16th. Thirteen years later, Bonnie Tyler would represent the UK at Eurovision 2000, coming 19th. Payback? Maybe!

And of course, we must say RIP Jim Steinman! A gargantuan loss for the music industry.

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Jennifer Lopez – “Waiting For Tonight”



J-Lo’s second English-language single remains one of her most popular hits and was actually almost locked in for this rate until we remembered that it was first recorded by 3rd Party (whose lead singer Maria Christensen was also one of its co-writers).

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Berri – “The Sunshine After The Rain”



Berri’s UK Top 5 single “The Sunshine After The Rain” was a re-release of a 1994 single, featuring Berri on vocals. By then, the song was more than 25 years old, having initially been recorded by Ellie Greenwich in 1968 and remade by Elkie Brooks in 1977.

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Amber – “Do That To Me One More Time”



Am I going to find a way to shoehorn an Amber song into all of these posts? You bet your ass I will. Germany appears to be the only country where “Do That To Me One More Time” was released, a bit odd considering the original version by Captain & Tennille only peaked at #33 there. Meanwhile, the song topped the charts in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States in 1980, and also graced the UK top 10. I think we can all agree... rather this than a remake of “Muskrat Love,” n’est-ce pas?​
 
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