Dreamlover by Mariah Carey.

Surprisingly, I’ve never written about Mariah on here before. She should be mentioned though, she has incredible vocal range. I think her music has changed over the years but I guess that’s what comes with time. Anyways, here’s one of her classic hits from the 90’s.

Dreamlover was released as a single in July of 1993 from Mariah’s third album, Music Box. (It’s actually older than I thought – 20 years this July! Wow!) She co-wrote the lyrics with Dave Hall, a record producer. The music includes a sample of the hook from “Blind Alley” by The Emotions. It was the first track that pushed her into the pop scene, being that her previous album with gospel and 1960’s soul influences didn’t catch on in the music scene.

The single went to #1 on three Billboard charts: the Hot 100, Pop Songs, and Hot Dance Club Songs. It also went to #1 in Canada as well.

Above is a live performance from 1993.

Sweet Surrender by Sarah McLachlan.

It doesn’t mean much, it doesn’t mean anything at all. The life I’ve left behind me is a cold room. I’ve crossed the last line from where I can’t return, where every step I took in faith betrayed me…and led me from my home.

I woke up this morning with today’s song in my head. Why? I have no idea. I hadn’t heard it on the radio in long time. It wasn’t on a television show or movie I watched. It literally came out of nowhere. I don’t even listen to Sarah McLachlan. It’s a completely mystery. Either way though, I figured why not feature it for today’s entry.

Sweet Surrender was released as a single in March of 1998 from Sarah’s fourth album, Surfacing. It went to #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as #15 on the Top 40. In 2001, it was remixed by DJ Tiesto and went to #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Click HERE to listen.

Above is a live performance where Sarah also talks about a major influence behind the song: a movie called, Leaving Las Vegas, which starred Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue.

Erase/Rewind by The Cardigans.

Tonight’s song is self-explanatory. It’s about changing your mind about something after realizing it’s not right for you. Don’t you always wish you would have known better before? If only you could Erase and rewind…

Erase/Rewind was released as a single in March of 1999 from the band’s fourth album, Gran Turismo. It was featured in the ending credits of the movie, The Thirteenth Floor as well as during a dance scene in Never Been Kissed.

It didn’t make the charts in the United States but was well received in the UK at #7 on the Top 75 singles. It was also in the top 20 in Sweden, Norway, and Ireland.