Sing It With Shania Twain – Queen Of Country Pop



Shania Twain



 

Country music like its artists has always had an enthralling and profound influence on our musical inclination. Even though music has a variety of genres yet country music is one such genre that captivates you every single time. It gives you butterflies in the stomach and you feel swept off your feet.

 


Of late, if there is one female artist whom we associate with country music, it is Taylor Swift and it can be safely assumed that she is the current queen of country music.

 


So, let’s just take you back to your childhood years when you were growing up and someone was making waves in the genre of country music. Long before the Taylor Swifts and Carrie Underwoods came into being, a female country music artist ruled the charts throughout the mid to late 90’s and was rightfully proclaimed as the “Queen Of Country Pop”. You must have guessed her name by now but even if you haven’t, the following lines will make you remember her.

 


“You’ve got a way with me
Somehow you got me to believe
In everything that I could be
I’ve gotta say-you really got a way
You’ve got a way it seems
You gave me faith to find my dreams
You’ll never know just what that means
Can’t you see… you got a way with me.”
~You’ve Got A Way

 

Yes, today we are going to talk about Shania Twain. This Canadian country-pop queen reigned the airwaves during the 90s and epitomised the feel of country music with her sensitive love ballads. From her soulful voice complimented delightfully by her heart-warming lyrics, she left her fans spellbound and craving for more. Not just her music, but also her sassy attitude made her an icon for many and her name became synonymous with country music.

 


Shania Twain was the self-titled debut album by Shania Twain, that released in 1993. Though not a runaway hit when it was originally released, it managed to cross the one million mark and was certified Platinum in the US. “You Lay A Whole Lot Of Love On Me” is a notable mention from this album.

 


Her second album, The Woman In Me that released in 1995 made people sit up and take notice. It was a massive success and brought her into the limelight and on the cusp of superstardom. Certified 12X platinum, this album earned her numerous nominations and awards and was the stepping stone to her massively successful career. “No One Needs To Know” and “You Win My Love” are some good ones from this album.

 


But it was her third album, Come On Over released in 1997 that ensured that she was here to stay and rule the charts. The album was a blockbuster success, becoming the biggest-selling studio album of all time by a female artist, the biggest-selling country music album ever, the biggest-selling album by a Canadian act and one of the biggest-selling albums in music history. The album was successful in incorporating a substantial influence of rock music without losing or giving up on its country sensibilities. This album paved the way and laid the carpets for her swift and smooth sail towards her destined success. “Come On Over”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, “Honey I’m Home” and “You’re Still The One” are my favourites from this album.

 


Her fourth studio album, Up! that released in 2002 repeated the success of her previous album both commercially and critically.  On September 23, 2004, the RIAA certified Up! at 11X Platinum, giving her the distinction of being the only female artist to have three consecutive Diamond albums released in the United States. “Forever And For Always” and “Ka-Ching” are worth listening to from this album.

 

“You’re still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You’re still the one I want for life
(you’re still the one)
You’re still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You’re still the one I kiss good night.”
~You’re Still The One

 


This is my favourite Shania Twain song and inarguably is the true anthem of love. With emotions oozing from each and every pore and love flowing all along, this is one of the greatest songs in the world. This is one song that you can sincerely dedicate to the love of your life on any day and expect that day to be no less than a Valentine’s Day.

 


Beautifully woven by the engrossing lyrics and carefully wrapped by Shania Twain’s mesmerising voice, this song spells romance with a capital R.
If you didn’t know who she was before this song, you did after.

 

“(I’m gonna getcha)
I’m gonna getcha while I gotcha in sight
(I’m gonna getcha)
I’m gonna getcha if it takes all night
(Yeah, you can betcha)
You can betcha by the time I say “go,” you’ll never say “no”
(I’m gonna getcha)
I’m gonna getcha, it’s a matter of fact
(I’m gonna getcha)
I’m gonna getcha, don’tcha worry ’bout that
(Yeah, you can betcha)
You can bet your bottom dollar, in time you’re gonna be mine
Just like I should – I’ll getcha good.”
~I’m Gonna Getcha Good!

 

A very peppy and catchy fun song apt for a perfect dance number, this song has an undeniable Indian feel to it reminiscent of the Indian style orchestral and percussion parts.

 


Shania Twain has virtually redefined the niche of country music by taking it to its next level of popularity where country and pop are apparently indistinguishable and her crossover from country to pop justifies that.

 

“(I do swear that I’ll always be there
I’d give anything and everything and I will always care.
Through weakness and strength, happiness and sorrow,
for better for worse, I will love you with
every beat of my heart.)
From this moment life has begun
From this moment you are the one
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on.”
~From This Moment On

 

Shania Twain’s vocals blend perfectly with those of Bryan White to create a love song that is so pure and endearing that they make you believe that love is to be shared through good times and bad and this declaration of unending love is a stark reminder of this collaboration made in heaven.

 

Classic, elegant and timeless, this song will stand the test of time for sure

 


Women empowerment songs have been an indispensable part and parcel of each of her albums and she does justice to prove her stand with a dash of girl power thrown in for good measure.

 

“This is what a woman wants…
Any man of mine better be proud of me
Even when I’m ugly he still better love me
And I can be late for a date that’s fine
But he better be on time.

 

Any man of mine’ll say it fits just right
When last year’s dress is just a little too tight
And anything I do or say better be okay
When I have a bad hair day.

 

And if I change my mind
A million times
I wanna hear him say
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah I like it that way.”
~Any Man Of Mine

 

Any girl would lay claim to this song. The message too is crystal clear.  Whether she’s late for a date or has a bad hair day, whether she is not in the mood or ruins your day, whether she is angry or burns your dinner, you need to walk the line with a smile on your face because you are lucky to have her, you are lucky to have your girl.

 

Everything about this song is perfection.

 

“I’m not always strong
And sometimes I’m even wrong
But I win when I choose
And I can’t stand to lose
But I can’t always be
The rock that you see
When the nights get too long
And I just can’t go on

 

The woman in me
Needs you to be
The man in my arms
To hold tenderly
Cause I’m a woman in love
And it’s you I run to
Yeah the woman in me
Needs the man in you.”
~The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)

 

This song tugs at your heartstrings and nurses your tender heart. Shania here talks about letting go with the hope that her man would balm her bruised soul and comfort her vulnerable self. One of the most thoughtful yet underrated songs of Shania Twain.

 

“Let me make it clear
To you my dear

 

If you’re not
In it for love (baby)
If you’re not
Willin’ to give it all you got
If you’re not in it for life
If you’re not in it for love
Let me make it clear
To you my dear
If you’re not in it for love
I’m outta here!”
~(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!

 


This is yet another song that delves deep into the psyche of every girl about the commitment they want from their partner.

 


Man! I Feel Like a Woman! is yet another timeless classic of Shania Twain.

 


“Honey, I’m home and I had a hard day
Pour me a cold one and oh, by the way
Rub my feet, gimme something to eat
Fix me up my favorite treat
Honey, I’m back, my head’s killing me
I need to relax and watch TV
Get off the phone-give the dog a bone
Hey! Hey! Honey, I’m home!”
~Honey, I’m Home

 

This is a song every working woman can relate to. It’s a song where every working woman aspires to be treated with delicacy by their partner once they return home after a bad day at office. It inevitably restores the fact that she needs to be loved by and is dependent on her partner for that much required and anticipated love, care and affection. Call it a guilty pleasure.

 

Her songs are so engrossing and intriguing that listeners can find themselves surrounded and within these tales. The high emotional quotient of her songs hooks you and you feel the myriad of emotions dangling and clutching on to you as if you were on a roller coaster ride of sweeping emotions.

 


Her songs are her reflection or to put it in an easy way, they are vintage Shania; rendered and nurtured with personality, a soulful country pop flavour and undeniable charisma. Most of her songs comprise sassily upbeat stuff.

 

The sheer exuberance is an integral and inherent part of every song of hers. Her albums like her musical talent have a wide repertoire – everything from dance numbers to ballads. There’s something oddly hypnotic about her songs — pop, country, or somewhere in between.

 


Shania Twain has been dubbed the “Queen of Country Pop” and befittingly so. Need I say more?

 

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