Tuesday, March 5, 2019

"Nothin' At All" by Heart

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2698
Date:  04/19/1986
Debut:  65
Peak:  10
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Heart's makeover into a mainstream 80s pop/rock act was fully complete when "These Dreams," the third single from their self-titled album, made it to the #1 spot. It was the first chart topper of their career. Its success prompted a fourth single to be released and this mid-tempo soft-rocker was selected. It ended up being another winner for the band getting into the Pop Top 10 while reaching #6 at Rock and #40 at AC. This gave Heart four Top 10 hits in a row, a feat they had never accomplished before and would not repeat.

ReduxReview:  This was another winner from the band. It was just a straight forward pop tune, but the production and Ann Wilson's voice gave it the oomph to make it a hit. Heart arguably were at their most popular during the mid to late 80s and I did enjoy a lot of the material they recorded. However, when I truly want to listen to the band I either go back to their early albums or their late career works like Red Velvet Car that had Ann and Nancy Wilson writing their own songs again. You just can't compare pleasant pop fluff like this (which I do like) with biting rock tracks like "Barracuda" or "Crazy on You." Yet I'm glad they took the detour into the mainstream as these songs might not have found as good of a voice as the Wilson sisters.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Mark Mueller. Mueller would compose songs for many artists including NSYNC, Amy Grant, Justin Timberlake, The Pointer Sisters, El DeBarge, and George Benson. Perhaps his best known and biggest hit came in 1998 when singer Jennifer Paige recorded "Crush," a song Mueller co-wrote with Andy Goldmark, Berny Cosgrove, and Kevin Clark. The song would reach #3 at Pop and go gold. It would end up being Paige's only song to reach the Pop chart making her a true one-hit wonder.


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