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’ll exhale to the sounds of ‘Breathe Again,’ the second single from Toni Braxton‘s mega-successful eponymous debut album. A worthy successor to the singer’s inaugural Hot 100 top 10 hit, ‘Another Sad Love Song,’ ‘Breathe’ – written and produced by serial hitmaking trios Babyface, L.A. Reid, and Darryl Simmons – was launched to U.S. outlets in summer 1993 and was a runaway hit. Eventually peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week 23 years ago, the tune’s radio reception and sales sailed it right to a Gold certification with the RIAA.
Going on to become the most successful single from her debut album, the song’s continued domination of charts led it to a top 10 placement on 1994’s Billboard Hot 100 Year-End charts. Look inside to relive the magic of the fan favorite and see who joined Toni in the top 25 this week that year: