Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we’re working on trying to keep still while listening to ‘Work It’ – the lead single from Missy Elliott‘s 2002 album, ‘Under Construction’ (read more about it here). Crafted by Elliott and longtime collaborator Timbaland, the synth-heavy bop leapt onto the mid-September charts of that year. Barely a month later it reached the #2 spot where it would stay for a record 10 weeks.
Held at bay by Grammy-winning rapper Eminem and his #1 hit ‘Lose Yourself,’ ‘Work’s inability to top the Hot 100 hardly made it a failure. With its charismatic video showing off Elliott’s jaw-dropping weight loss, creativity, and festive dance moves to help it, the tune went on to gain platinum status.
Relive the magic and tuck in below to see who joined Em and M.E. on the singles chart this week 14 years ago: