With Shania Twain on the brink of her fifth (and final?) album, BreatheHeavy takes a look at some of the country/pop crossover star’s best moments.
After an agonising 13 years, she’s back; yesterday on Good Morning America, Shania Twain announced that she’s back in the studio and that (after her farewell tour) she’ll be dropping her long overdue fifth album.
But why should you – the humble pop music fan – care? Shania’s just a country singer, right? Wrong. Incase y’all have forgotten, Shania Twain is more than just Canada’s biggest export since maple syrup, she’s also a pop goddess.
Still struggling? Let’s jog your memory with four of Shania’s best pop-crossover tracks (and one shamelessly country track that everyone should love as much as I do.)
1. “You’re Still the One”
Arguably the quintessential first-dance song, “You’re Still the One” is the track that propelled Shania from a star into legendary status – its parent album, ‘Come On Over’ has sold 40 million copies worldwide to date and is still the best-selling studio album of all time by a female artist, a feat that “You’re Still the One” helped ‘Come On Over’ to achieve.
More than just a love song dedicated to (now ex-)husband and country producer Mutt Lange, this song was so successful because of how human it was and how many people it touched. Although, yes, between Valentine’s Day compilations and proposal soundtracks, it’s been overplayed, there’s no denying that “You’re Still the One” is a pretty perfect love song.
2. “That Don’t Impress Me Much”
Even if you don’t remember this song, you’re pretty much guaranteed to remember its video. Stranded in the desert with nothing but a leopard-print cat suit and a hat box (because of course), this track ushered in one of Twain’s many iconic looks and cemented her status as a ’90s sex symbol.
It was the International Radio Mix of the track that pushed Shania further into pop territory, however, not the country original featured in the video. The instrumental had an overhaul and what we were left with was the budding superstar’s first proper dance moment – although it maintained some of that country twang, it’s international appeal relied on a much more modern sound (modern for the time, anyway.)
3. “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
So it should come as no shock to anyone that after the success of releasing a handful of tracks in two different formats – country and pop – team Twain elected to produce the entirety of her next (and most recent) album, 2002’s “Up!”, twice. Once for Shania’s country roots and once for the pop music consuming masses.
It was this duality that helped lead single “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” become one of Twain’s biggest hits, topping both country and mainstream charts across the world. The ‘Red’ (i.e. pop) version of the track is one of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s most catchy endeavours – between the rock influenced guitar riffs, light acoustic chorus and futuristic moments in the instrumental, it’s just a brilliant song.
4. “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
Don’t overthink this one, okay? Shania’s break-out country hit and a favorite amongst her more dedicated fans, this is most definitely not a pop crossover. It is, however, an absolutely awesome song that should remind everyone just how much damn fun Shania is, and how much damn fun music can be.
5. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that if Shania Twain would be remembered for just one number, this’d be it. Frivolous, flirtatious and unbelievably catchy, this bachelorette party anthem and karaoke favourite is probably the crowning glory of Twain’s discography.
Like all brilliant pop songs, it has an equally brilliant music video – featuring a band made up of Calvin Klein models, a single set and a strip tease as sexy as the playfully provocative song, this is one of Shania’s most memorable pop moments.
Indeed, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” is pretty much the embodiment of what we’re looking for next from Shania. We want hooks for days; we want something we can sing (read: scream) along to when we’re hammered; we want exclamation marks; we want her signature brand of pop crossover that today’s country frontrunners couldn’t even dream of; but above all else, we want to have fun.
Pop music in 2015 is a turgid landscape, cluttered with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, Rihanna’s apparent folk album, Sia co-writes everywhere… All theoretically wonderful things, but it can get heavy going. When you’re looking to let loose, to kick off your proverbial heels and just have a good time, who are you supposed to listen to? There’s a definite sense that it’s time to find the fun in pop music again.
And who’s more fun than Shania Twain?
Are you ready for the comeback?