Sunday, January 28, 2018

"Lucky in Love" by Mick Jagger

Song#:  2299
Date:  04/27/1985
Debut:  65
Peak:  38
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Jagger's debut solo album, She's the Boss, generated his first major hit when "Just Another Night" nearly got into the Top 10 (#12). The #1 Rock track would help spur the album to platinum sales. For a follow-up, this next song was selected. Jagger wrote it with frequent David Bowie collaborator/guitarist Carlos Alomar. Once again, Rock enjoyed the tune and it went to #5. Just like the previous single, it also reached #11 on the Dance chart. However, it wasn't quite a match at Pop and the single stalled just inside the Top 40. While not a great result, it wasn't bad either as the song kept sales of the album steady.

ReduxReview:  This song has a slick blues-rock groove and a good chorus, but overall it just wasn't as strong as it needed to be to really break through on the Pop chart. This was the case with most of the songs on the album. They were good, but not excellent or truly memorable. Thanks to "Just Another Night" and all the hype surrounding Jagger stepping out on his own, She's the Boss remains his best-selling solo disc. However, it would not be his best.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In addition to the first two singles doing well on the Rock chart, another song would also make an impression there. The album opener "Lonely at the Top" would get enough airplay to make it peak at #9 on the Rock chart. The song is credited as being written by Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards. The song was actually first recorded by the Stones in 1979. The song was a contender for their 1980 LP Emotional Rescue, but it did not make the cut. Jagger decided to revive the tune for his solo album. Four other songs recorded during the Emotional Rescue sessions that also failed to get used were later updated for their next album Tattoo You, including the #20 Pop/#2 Rock hit "Hang Fire."


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