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 think it’s best to reflect on ‘I Learned from the Best’ – the last official single from Whitney Houston‘s ‘My Love Is Your Love’ album. Meet us inside:
Despite its parent album, Houston’s long-awaited fourth studio album ‘My Love Is Your Love,’ earning the Pop icon her lowest debut placement on the Billboard 200 to date when it premiered and peaked at #13, its staying power on the chart was nonetheless quite impressive and undoubtedly fueled by the success of its singles. Beyond launching on the back of the powerhouse Mariah Carey duet, ‘When You Believe,‘ the project charted three back to back top 5 singles in the forms of ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘It’s Not Right But It’s Ok,’ and its title track. Its fifth and final offering, ‘I Learned from the Best,’ came as the set’s first solo ballad to be released as a single.
Penned by Diane Warren (also responsible for a number of other tracks on the album), the searing slow jam showed a darker side of Whitney – much like ‘Hotel’ and ‘Ok’ before it – and demonstrated an empowered songstress ready to overcome the trauma of a failed relationship. Believed to be aimed in part at the highly publicized woes of her marriage to R&B bad boy Bobby Brown, the tune’s critical acclaim was mirrored by its commercial success. Albeit the only single from the project to miss the top 20 on the Hot 100, it peaked at #27 this week in 2000.
Later going Gold and becoming a prized part of Houston’s impeccable discography, the song stands as her last appearance in the Hot 100 top 40 [with a new single]. Look below to see who joined her in the top 30 this week 19 years ago:
Hot 100 This Week in 2000
Hot 100 This Week in 2019
Note: Houston did earn a top 40 placement when her 1991 ‘Star Spangled Banner’ single was re-issued and re-peaked at #6 in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, the absence of “remixing” barred the two appearances (#20 and #6 respectively) from being counted as separate.
Click here to read this week’s full “Hot 100 chart check,” as presented by That Grape Juice.
The quality of music since 2000 has been DOWNHILL. Look at all the talent on this chart.
A little bit too much t*** buble music around 2000 though. Back Street, N Sync, Britney and so on. But yes overall still great
Finally a fresh Rewind of yours. You always do them with teh same songs and albums. I always loved this Whitney song.
and damn it at the list!This was the time when Santana absolutely killed it with that Diamond album of his full of great singles-songs and tons of grammys to the bag.
And oh gosh that SONIQUE song!!!! lol Years and years since I heard it for the last time. No matter the genre it was good music in general. Now 90% is trashh in the current hot 100.
Wttff do bobby have to do with this one.. And Marian Carey w still is riding her ctails….. We all know Whitney did not need a song with her.. She still can’t sing like Whitney.. From bodyguard waiting to exhale, preacher wife’s.. Fuc Marian carey the drug addict who can’t keep a man but y’all keep with Whitney Houston legacy wtf about that, you don’t rest in peace to Whitney or happy bday alllll year.she was whopping Janet jaclson ass to when poetic just justice wasout. Again y’all b****. AgaAgain yall bitchess still do not have the winds like Whitney
MY love is your love & #1s were released the same day. Mariah debuted at #4 with an album of mostly greatest hits and Whitney debuted by at #12 with a new album.. Whitney doesn’t have the success Mariah’s has
Fast forward to 2009, I Look To You beat Memoirs selling more than double in the long run. And Mariah still doesn’t have an album that has outsold The Bodyguard. And Whitney is on her way to having THREE diamond albums. Stop with this narrative already.
Mariah has you pressed sis. Mariah Carey’s name was the selling point for WYB, lets not. Whitney Houston may have the range/voice, but she was beneath Mariah’s caliber.
Such a good time for music. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like it again. Hip-hop and rap is mostly all we get now.