Old School Fridays: Songs With “Heart” In The Title
I already posted two of my appropriate faves - Tevin Campbell’s “Always In My Heart,” and Brandy and Wanya’s “Brokenhearted,” – so now what? Well, for starters, that Mint Condition song that’s often called “Pretty Brown Eyes,” from 1991′s Meant To Be Mint, is really named “Breakin’ My Heart,” so there. Mint Condition is still at it and they’re slightly above average as a group, but this song has to be one of the best ever written and has really held up after 18 years. This of course, makes me feel rather old because I’d still call this a “fresh jam.”
Pet Peeve: when I hear a song that is supposed to have a rap verse during the bridge and wait patiently to hear said verse, only to find out that I’m already 2/3 of the way through the radio-friendly version which is, of course, devoid of any hip-hop influence whatsoever. 1990′s “Grove Is In The Heart,” by Dee Lite is a perfect example of the type of song this often happens with, which is why I made sure to post the version with Q-Tip on the bridge. Hmph!
OK can I let my inner white girl/80′s fiend/gay dance party lover out for 6-8 minutes? Will there ever be a song with the word “heart” in the title that’s more epic, more dramatic, more accessible to butchering through karaoke, and with a more over-the-top video than Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of The Heart?” from 1983? Nope, especially considering that the writer of this power ballad was inspired by the novel Wuthering Heights. Yep, it’s that classic!
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