One thing I noticed when we had the final songlist was just how much Ireland @Verandi
had scammed into the rate. Unfortunately for him and the fans of those songs, they're dropping like flies. This one almost got points from me. Too bad "Breathless" was a 2000 release huh? Maybe we'd be talking Top 20 smash.
18/21 Songs Remaining
The Corrs | Runaway | 50 Points
12 | @Verandi
(I contemplated having this on WKEY 93.2 The Code, but figured The Corrs are his band, so let him have this.)
10 | @Epic Chocolat
8 | @londonrain
7 | @livefrommelbs
4 | @soratami
3 | @girlsaloudjunkie
1 | @Ezz
, @Holly Something
| September 1995
| Pop Rock, Folk Rock
| The Corrs
| David Foster, Jim Corr
Peak Chart Performance
| #49 in UK, #68 in US, #10 in AUS and IRE (Original), #2 in UK (Tin Tin Out remix)
Year End Charts
| #27 in AUS
| Gold in AUS (Original), Gold in UK (Tin Tin Out Remix)
Background and Facts
| The song was written by Andrea Corr, Sharon Corr, and Caroline Corr. Andrea has said the first time she sang it in front of her parents, she was embarrassed because of the line "make love to me through the night". She noted that she knew her mother would be thinking "where did she learn that?!"
The song was re-released in 1999, remixed by Tin Tin Out, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart, held from the top by Britney's "...Baby One More Time". Atypical of Tin Tin Out's usual output and their previous remix of the Corrs' song "What Can I Do", the remix for "Runaway" is a lighter, more folk-oriented recording which utilizes a stripped back live band arrangement with a simple drum kit, a rhythmic bass guitar and a strummed acoustic guitar, retains Sharon Corr's fiddle from the original recording (Hazey - the best part of the song), features orchestral strings in the latter half of the song performed by the Duke Quartet and removes the rhythm change present in the original version.
sent me a songlist of his favorite songs on Spotify a while back and this has become my favorite from that group:
(bet you didn't have that one pegged)
Time for one of the 'big time' artists to take their first hit. We all know the story by now, but hey I literally just went by the votes in the Google Forms for this rate and had to honor those. She certainly had other songs I figured would get the nod before this one, but at least you can know you all made my Mom's day by including it. Her first 12 to go!
16/21 Songs Remaining
Mariah Carey | Hero | 55 Points
12 | @Hazey's Mom
8 | @Dangerous Maknae
7 | @phoenix123
6 | @MollieSwift21
5 | @GimmeWork
3 | @funkyg
2 | @livefrommelbs
1 | @Filippa
| October 19, 1993
| Pop, R&B
Writers and Producers
| Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff
Peak Chart Performance
| #1 in US, #7 in UK, #2 in NOR and NZ
Year End Charts
| #58 in UK (1993), #5 in US, #19 in FRA (1994)
| #53 on Billboard 1990s
| #435 on Billboard All-Time
| 2x Platinum in US, Silver in UK, 2x Platinum in AUS
| 2008 British X-Factor Finalists | #1 in UK, SCO, IRE and 2x Platinum in UK
| @Hazey's Mom | This is a powerful song that provides the true definition of a hero. Anyone can be a hero though, even a person who feels discouraged, fearful, hopeless, or lonely. All you have to do is find your inner strength and you will find a “hero lies in you”
Background and Facts
| Mariah isn't waiting for a "Dreamlover" to come rescue her on this song because she's her own hero. She explained in a promo video for the album: "'Hero' is a song that's basically about looking inside yourself and being your own hero, like not always having to look for some kind of hero to come along and save you, but you can save yourself by looking inside yourself and trying to making it through any situation by really just having yourself to depend on first and look up to, like being your own role model."
Mariah performed this live for the first time during a small concert at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York, as part of her 1993 Thanksgiving special for NBC. In her 2020 memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey
, the singer said it was the first time she realized her popularity. Upon arriving at the venue, she was surprised to see police officers and barricades and wondered if there was something wrong. She was shocked to learn they were preparations for her throng of fans. Despite releasing two hugely successful albums, Mariah hadn't understood the magnitude of her work. Her movements were tightly controlled by her husband, Tommy Mottola, and she spent most of her time in the studio or in seclusion at their mansion in upstate New York. She wrote: "He had my life, but I had my music. It wasn't until that moment in Schenectady that I began to realize the degree of my popularity. I had fans! And soon they would become another source of my strength."
Carey claims this was intended for the 1992 Dustin Hoffman movie, also called Hero
. The producers of the movie used Luther Vandross' "Heart Of A Hero" instead. Walter Afanasieff explained in Fred Bronson's Billboard Book Of #1 Hits
that the original intention was that Gloria Estefan would be asked to sing the title theme. He was recording the Music Box album with Carey at the time, and during a break he "was sitting at the piano and told Mariah about this movie. Within two hours, we had this incredible seed for this song, 'Hero.'
" Afanasieff added: "It was never meant for Mariah to sing. In her mind, we were writing a song for Gloria Estefan for this movie. And we went into an area that Mariah didn't really go into - in her words, it was a little bit too schmaltzy or too pop ballady or too old-fashioned as far as melody and lyrics."
When it was nearly finished, they played the song to the president and COO of Sony Music Entertainment and Carey's fiancé Tommy Mottola (later her husband), explaining that it was a song for the film Hero
. Afanasieff recalled that Mottola responded, "Are you kidding me? You can't give this song to this movie. This is too good. Mariah, you have to take this song. You have to do it."
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Carey re-recorded this as a medley with her Glitter track "Never Too Far" and released it as a charity single. She told MTV
of the project: "We made it into a medley and kinda put them both in the same key and just made it work, and people responded really well to it. It's been interesting for me, since the events of September 11, the way people have been playing 'Hero' and talking to me about 'Never Too Far', 'cause that song is also about loss. I figured that it would be a nice thing to do, to put them both out for Christmas. ... I feel like it's our responsibility to do what we can right now in terms of music, just being artists and being human beings."
A limo driver named Chris Selletti sued Carey, claiming he wrote the lyrics and has them in an envelope he mailed to himself in 1990. His suit was dismissed in court, proving that the "mail it to yourself" technique of copywriting a song doesn't hold up.
Carey didn't like this song at first, feeling it was too sappy. After receiving letters from fans claiming it touched their lives, she came to realize it was a very powerful song and appreciate it for the feelings it brings out in people. Carey later said it was one of her favorite songs to perform. She explained on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
: "It's usually the last song I do if I do it, and everybody's holding up their lighters or their phones and I get a little bit emotional." ... "I'm like, 'How many times have I done this song?'" Carey continued. "But there's always a specific person out there that has a specific memory associated with the song and I wrote it, so it makes me proud."
This was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards, but lost to the #125 Women of the 90's song - Sheryl Crow's " All I Wanna Do".