Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, 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’ve got the August 1990 Hot 100 in our view. There, we find pop icon Mariah Carey reigning with her introductory hit ‘Vision of Love.’ Located on her self-titled debut album, ‘Vision’ not only helped hoist its eponymous parent project to #1 on the Billboard 200 (where it enjoyed 11 weeks, the longest run of her career to date), but also helped itself to a four week reign on the singles chart. Unknown to many at the time, the soaring ballad would be the first of a record-setting 18 tenancies she’d have atop the Hot 100.
Kicking off a now-legendary career, ‘Vision’ continues to influence an army of pop and R&B singers while simultaneously remaining one of the hardest songs to sing (effectively) in pop music history. An enduring fan favorite nearly three decades after its release, let us tell it the tune remains our favorite MC cut here at TGJ HQ as well.
Tuck in below to see Madonna, Janet Jackson, and all the others who joined Mimi in the top 25 this week 26 years ago: