Tuesday, March 21, 2023

"With Every Beat of My Heart" by Taylor Dayne

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  4080
Date:  10/21/1989
Debut:  61
Peak:  5
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  With her 1988 debut album Tell It to My Heart, Taylor Dayne joined a small club of artists who were able to score four Pop Top 10 hits from one album. The successful LP would reach #21, go double platinum, and earn Dayne a pair of Grammy nominations. Hoping to beat the sophomore slump, Dayne entered the studio for a second time with producer Ric Wake and by the fall of '89 her second album, Can't Fight Fate, would be ready for release. This first single would be issued out and it would earn Dayne a fifth consecutive Pop Top 10 hit. The song would also get to #8 Dance and #22 AC. It was a solid start and things would get better with her next single.

ReduxReview:  Dayne didn't mess around with her hit making formula for her second album. This single was right in line with her previous upbeat hits and it seemed folks were still into it with the tune cracking the Top 5. It was another solid, memorable piece of dance-pop that was expertly sung by Dayne. Her next two singles were also well-crafted and added to her total of Top 10s. Unfortunately, she couldn't keep it up and her next LP just didn't have the right songs to get her back near the top of the chart. Still, the streak of hits from her first two albums was mighty impressive.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Thanks to her first album becoming a significant hit, Dayne was able to co-write a couple of songs for her next effort and gain access to top songwriters. She secured not just one, but three Diane Warren-penned tracks, which included the LP's second single, "Love Will Lead You Back." That tune would become Dayne's biggest hit reaching #1 at Pop and AC. It would be her third gold record. A third single from the LP, "I'll Be Your Shelter," was also a Warren written tune and it would become Dayne's seventh consecutive Pop Top 10 hit getting to #4 (#15 AC). Her Pop Top 10 streak would come to an end when her next single, "Heart of Stone," would halt at #12 (#8 AC). Can't Fight Fate would pretty much replicate the results of her Dayne's debut album topping out at #25 and going double platinum. She would return with her third album, Soul Dancing, in 1993. The LP's lead single, a remake of the Barry White classic "Can't Get Enough of Your Love," would get to #20 Pop/#15 AC/#2 Dance. It would end up being Dayne's last Pop Top 40 hit. The album would only reach #51 and stop at the gold level sales mark. Dayne wouldn't make another album until 1998. It would then take a decade for her to make another. Although she wouldn't get any singles on the Pop chart, she would earn nine further Dance Top 10s including a pair of #1s. Dayne would also branch out into acting and appear on several TV shows and in a few films. In 2001, Dayne would step into the role of Amneris during the Broadway run of the hit Elton John/Tim Rice musical Aida. She had also appeared in or competed in several reality TV shows including making the semi-finals on The Masked Singer in 2020.


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