Favourite Scar by Leona Lewis.

If you’re a fan of 80’s music or of simply Tears for Fears, you’ll definitely recognize the sampling used in today’s song. Did you guess it yet?

Well, jet back to June of 1985. It’s “Head Over Heels” from the popular Tears for Fears album, Songs from the Big Chair.

At first, I didn’t know what to think of her version. I didn’t like it nor dislike it. But it’s grown on me. I see it as a “modern day” version of the original, with a woman’s point of view. I like how she incorporates lyrics from the original song “La la la la la la” and “Funny how time flies.”

Leona recorded “Favorite Scar” for her third album, GlassHeart, in October of 2012. It hasn’t been released as a single but if it ever is, I think it would be beyond awesome to get Roland and Curt in the video. Take a listen and see what you think.

Do you notice her first line? “Whatcha wanna talk about?” Now recall the original in which Roland says, “I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather.” I liked that connection too.

Interesting job, Leona.

Never Should Have by Ashanti.

I stumbled on today’s song by accident. I was looking for another Ashanti song and saw that she had a new single out. It’s a song about a relationship that didn’t turn out the way she thought it would. The typical story: she thought it would be happily ever after, that he would never hurt her. But in the end, she was wrong. Sure, it’s a common theme in music but it’s also one that people will never stop relating to…

Never Should Have will be featured on Ashanti’s fifth studio album, BraveHeart, which will be released in July 2013. According to Wikipedia, the singles from this album have not climbed the Billboard chart, thus placing below the Hot 100.

So this brings a question to mind: Ashanti fans, where are you?

Above is the official music video.

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.