Women of the 90s | Countdown | Winner Revealed ["It should win the Best Video Award"]


Shanice | I Love Your Smile | 41 Points

Reminder that the middle-eight spoken lyrics are in actuality not "Blow, Branford, blow!" but "Those pants are gross!"

And this absolute ANTHEM has been done so wrong.
When I first got into country in the late 90s, Faith Hill was one of my faves. Didn't get any points from me because this rate is a list of 120 classics, and I found myself with a list of 50 songs I couldn't bear to part with after brutally trimming down the 120, so at least 10 songs I love got the boot.

Also randomly "This Kiss" came up in discussion when drunk one night, my friend Kay and me were discussing songs that were at important moments - she lost her virginity to "This Kiss" by Faith Hill, I lost mine while playing Mazzy Star's "So Tonight That I Might See" album (my paramour had insisted I change it from Maria McKee - I should've known this relationship wouldn't last).


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The way I would have participated in this rate not only for the other great music but mostly to give this my 11, had I only known...
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You can’t actually give out 11s in this rate. The lack of a regular scoring system is definitely responsible for some of these songs leaving early... which I prefer to the chaos of watching certain tasteless users handing out zeroes to some of these classics.
I know I'm gonna jinx it

But now you said it, which makes it a little easier to do-

No, not today. Today is 'cull day'. Every rate has one where one album/era/section/radio station/etc. that everyone expected to sustain some early damage finally aligns itself to that narrative, if only briefly.

Let's continue with the country crossover artists if we must. *shakes my head* Is this the beginning of "Balladphobia: 90s Edition"?


17/21 Songs Remaining

#114, 113, 112


LeAnn Rimes | How Do I Live | 44 Points

12 | @Ezz, @marie_05 (We've only had two 12's eliminated total before this!)
5 | @Hazey's Mom, @MollieSwift21
3 | @phoenix123, @TheBakersSon
2 | @DJHazey, @Robsolete

Released | May 27, 1997 (US) February 23, 1998 (UK)

Genres | Pop

Writers | Diane Warren

Producers | Chuck Howard, Wilbur C. Rimes, Mike Curb

Peak Chart Performance | #2 in US, #7 in UK, #4 in NED, NOR

Year End Charts | #9 in US (1997), #5 in US (1998), #6 in UK (1998)

Decade Charts | #12 on 1990s Billboard Chart

All-Time Charts | #5 on Billboard All-Time, #1 for females

Top Certifications | 3x Platinum in US, Platinum in UK, Gold in NED and NOR

12s Given | @Ezz | Year 10 me was absolutely obsessed by LeeAnn Rimes, it's just the ultimate power ballad and is now the source of many happy drunken taxi memories. Can anyone pull off the 'how do I ever survive' line?

If an Artist Could Have 10 Songs | LeAnn Rimes | @Ezz | For self-indulgence sakes, more LeeAnn Rimes

Background and Facts | This song written by Diane Warren is the biggest ever hit in the UK not to get in the top 5 of the singles chart. "How Do I Live" broke chart records in America too, spending 32 weeks in the US Top 10, 58 weeks in US Top 50 and 69 weeks in US Top 100, all longest-running records. In addition, it spent 200 weeks on the American Country chart, the first single to reach the 200 mark on any chart and it was the first multi-platinum country single selling over 3 million copies.

LeAnn Rimes originally recorded this for the soundtrack of the Nicolas Cage movie Con Air, but its producers preferred Trisha Yearwood's version, which reached #23 in the Hot 100.

At the 1998 Grammy Awards for the first time in history, two different artists were nominated for the same song in the same category. LeAnn Rimes performed the song at the award show, and Trisha Yearwood won the Best Country Vocal Performance Grammy for the song. Trisha won the Grammy, but we'll give LeAnn the performance video here.


Billie Myers | Kiss the Rain | 44 Points

10 | @Ezz (Someone pray for them after this back-to-back!)
7 | @berserkboi, @funkyg
5 | @MilesAngel, @unnameable
4 | @Aester
3 | @Markus1981
2 | @idratherjack
1 | @daninternational

Release Date | September 23, 1997

Genres | Pop Rock, Alternative Rock

Writers | Billie Myers, Eric Bazilian, Desmond Child

Producers | Desmond Child

Peak Chart Performance | #4 in UK, #15 in US, #2 in CAN

Year End Charts | #46 in US, #87 in UK

Top Certifications | Silver in UK

Favorite Discovery | @MilesAngel

Background and Facts | Desmond Child, who produced the album, got the idea for the title after hearing the Bush song "Glycerine" on the radio. Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale has a thick accent, and Desmond thought he was singing "Kiss The Rain." When he found out he wasn't, he decided to use "Kiss The Rain" for a song he was working on with Myers.

Eric Bazilian on how the song developed: "I was at a songwriting camp at a castle in France - Miles Copeland used to do these things. That's where I met Desmond Child. I'd spoken to him a few times before, but we'd never actually met. He would tell me about this artist he was working with, sort of developing and writing with named Billie Myers. He was trying to convince me to stop in London on my way back to the United States with him to meet her and write a song. He told me he wanted to write a song called "Kiss The Rain," and we started writing it. At that point, I just had to go with him to London, so we got a small conference room at the Halcyon hotel in London. I had my Roland VS-880 workstation with me, which was a brand new thing at the time. I had just gotten it and was figuring out how to use it, and we recorded a demo on that, most of which is the record. The guitars were played that day, the keyboards, most of her vocals are all on that record."

This was one of the first hit songs made using Pro Tools, a digital audio workstation that became the industry standard. Desmond Child was an early adopter and worked with Digidesign, the company that made it, to troubleshoot it.

This song helped earn Myers a spot on the Lilith Fair the next year, which was a tour featuring female singer/songwriters like Sarah McLachlan and Tracy Chapman.




Jewel | You Were Meant For Me | 47 Points

12 | @berserkboi, @invertedbutterfly
7 | @Aester, @saviodxl
6 | @Hazey's Mom
2 | @DJHazey (I guess y'all hate my 2-pointers, third one in a row!)
1 | @unnameable

As for @pop3blow2


Released | November 12, 1996

Genres | Folk Pop

Writers | Jewel Kilcher, Steve Poltz

Producers | Ben Keith, Peter Collin

Peak Chart Performance | #2 in US, #32 in UK, #2 in CAN

Year End Charts | #2 in US and CAN (1997), #87 in US (1998)

Decade Charts | #4 on 1990s Billboard Charts

All-Time Charts | #20 on Billboard All-Time Charts

Whew, we're losing some chart-classics between this and "How Do I Live"

Top Certifications | Platinum in US and AUS

Prominent Covers | Irish girl group Bellefire in 2004

Underdog Choice | @Aester | I get the sense that Jewel's songs are going to be new to a lot of non-US voters. I love both of them, but especially "You Were Meant for Me," and I hope it doesn't bow out too early for being slow and unfamiliar!

Let's all pray for "Foolish Games" as I also love both songs but in my case love "Foolish Games" more.

Background and Facts | Jewel wrote this song with Steve Poltz from The Rugburns, who also appeared in the video with Jewel - they were a couple at the time. At a 2007 concert in Sydney, Poltz explained that he wrote the song with Jewel while in Mexico, and at one point the lyrics flew out of the car window when they were driving. He went back to get it, but almost abandoned it. Poltz would go on to start the "Frasier Fair" in 1998, which was a male response to the Lilith Fair.

Poltz told Entertainment Weekly that this song was "written on a drug bust in Mexico." He and Jewel met a couple of cops who agreed to take them whale-watching until duty called. "We were way out on the water and they got a call and said, 'We don't have time to drop you off. We're trying to catch these drug smugglers, and there might be a shoot-out.' They asked us if we wanted AK-47s, so we had guns, and they caught the guys. We helped them load the pot back onto the boat and they took us back to shore." Luckily, no shots were fired.

This was Jewel's second single, providing a follow up to her debut hit "Who Will Save Your Soul?" and quickly taking her out of one-hit-wonder consideration.

This was the most played song on US radio in 1996.

At the time, this was the biggest-selling single in the history of Atlantic Records, and Jewel became the label's first artist to grace the cover of TIME magazine (July 21, 1997).

Jewel recorded this song three times before she found a version that made her and her record label happy. She told Billboard of the original version: "When I got my album in my hands for the first time, I sat down crying because I hated the way I sang the song so much. The choruses really bothered me. To hear that it was going to be the single, it was like, no, that's my worst nightmare come true I was appalled." After a lukewarm remix that spawned the Sean Penn-directed video, Jewel still wasn't satisfied and insisted on recording the third and final version, which became a hit.

Jewel wrote the song during the time she was homeless and living in her car. During that period she started having panic attacks and anxiety, and came up with her own way of coping, using mindfulness exercises to retrain her brain. In an interview with ABC radio, she said the line, "Dreams last for so long even after you're gone" is about "the love of fantasy versus the actual reality."

Two music videos were made. The original was directed by Sean Penn in 1996 and featured the less popular "Juan Patino Radio Mix."

Lawrence Carroll directed a second video for the hit "radio version," which features Jewel and Steve Poltz as lovers struggling to be together. Jewel has said the "shedding" of her clothes in the video symbolizes "being free with a lover or friend. Being stripped and surrender yourself to them." The Lawrence Carroll-directed video won the award for Best Female Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

The Pistol Annies, a country music trio featuring Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley, joined Jewel on this track for her 2013 Greatest Hits album.
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You can’t actually give out 11s in this rate. The lack of a regular scoring system is definitely responsible for some of these songs leaving early... which I prefer to the chaos of watching certain tasteless users handing out zeroes to some of these classics.
I was actually talking about the Quirky Pop Rate @soratami is running... Wanting to vote for CRJ. I'm participating in this rate and fully believe in Mariah Supremacy.
Oh my first casualty! Poor Jewel!
I love You Were Meant For Me, but honestly I learnt how to appreciate it with time. Pre-teen me disliked it automatically for being too "adult contemporary", but after she went full pop circa 2003 I kinda revisited some of her singles and realised I was acting out of prejudice and finally embraced some of her more mellow tracks.
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My personal rankings:

How Do I Live #73
Kiss The Rain #64
You Were Meant For Me #97

You’re all hell-bent on cutting out my middle-ranking songs, aren’t you?

Incidentally, the Grammy being awarded to Trisha Yearwood for How Do I Live happened right after LeAnn’s performance. LeAnn performed and then they immediately presented the award... to Trisha for the same song. Poor LeAnn.
Well, that figures. I wish the video mix of "You Were Meant for Me" were on Spotify. I think Jewel was right about her voice on the chorus of the album version. I still love it, but it's definitely rougher.

I adore Bjork, but I've never been all that wild about "Human Behaviour." Gave "Hyperballad" many points instead.
I'm okay with all three of these eliminations. Had never heard of Billie Myers before. How Do I Live didn't ring a bell by name alone but when I heard it definitely sounded familiar. But yeah doesn't do much for me.

The only LeAnn Rimes song I fuck with is the song Piper Perabo wrote in Coyote Ugly. And i'm more of a fan of Jewel's early 2000s stuff.