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.
Next, we’ll fall in love all over again with criminally underrated R&B songstress Amerie and her inaugural hit single, ‘Why Don’t We Fall in Love.’ Meet us inside:
With 2002 having already introduced R&B to new faces Ashanti and Tweet by its midpoint, then-newcomer Amerie Rogers (better known mononymously) would help complete the trifecta with her summer-lifted debut single.
After earning buzz in the U.K., Rogers made an even bigger splash across the pond as American R&B lovers were falling in love with her tune, ‘Why Don’t We Fall In Love.’ A staple on rhythmic radio, the horn-laden ‘Love’ – which sampled ‘3 Days of the Condor’s soundtrack theme ‘I’ve Got You Where I Want You’ – was lauded for its boisterous arrangement of crashing drums and A’s uniquely layered harmonies.
By the time its Benny Boom-directed video really began running the video circuit, praise from critics was being echoed by music buyers as ‘Love’ landed at #23 [where it peaked] just weeks after its Stateside unveiling. Eventually leading its parent album, ‘All I Have,’ to a #9 debut on the Billboard 200, the Rich Harrison-produced tune may not have seen its success reflected by an RIAA certification but it remains a celebrated gem from the era of R&B and a fan favorite among the singer’s prized discography.
P.S. – Click here to read our ode to ‘Love’s parent album.
Curious who joined her in the top 25 this week 17 years ago? Look below to see:
Hot 100 This Week in 2002
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to read this week’s Billboard Hot 100 full top 40 on TGJ’s weekly segment, ‘Chart Check.’