Chart Rewind [Hot 100]: Anita Baker’s ‘Sweet Love’ Soared To Its Top 10 Peak This Week in 1986

Published: Friday 30th Oct 2020 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

This week, we’d love to take it back to ‘Sweet Love’ – the breakthrough and inaugural top 10 hit of Queen of Quiet Storm Anita Baker.

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After earning considerable buzz for her 1983 debut solo album, ‘The Songstress’ (featuring hits ‘Angel’, ‘You’re the Best Thing Yet’, and more), Anita Baker was determined to pen even more successful chapters in her solo career after Chapter 8 (her first group).

Tapping the group’s founding member, Michael J. Powell (responsible for the song ‘No More Tears’ found aboard ‘Songstress’), to helm her sophomore effort, the two would lead the crafting of the project later christened, ‘Rapture.’  A collection of R&B gems masterfully fused with elements of Soul and Jazz (assisting the cementation of a genre later known as Quiet Storm), ‘Rapture’ was kicked off by the Baker-penned ‘Sweet Love.’

Released in May 1986, the mid-tempo ballad had already won radio listeners over by the time its romantic yet haunting music video arrived.  As if earning the honor of becoming her first charting single on the Hot 100 wasn’t enough, by October 23 that year the song had cracked the tally’s top 10.  In the week that followed, it peaked at #8 – a testament to Baker’s growing success.

By the time the dust settled, the tune helped its parent album push Anita to superstar status – placing her name in mention with the day’s biggest divas like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and more.  Eventually, it soared to 5x Platinum status in the U.S. and earned the songstress her first pair of GRAMMYs.

On this side of history, ‘Sweet Love’ not only shines as her signature song but one of the most celebrated R&B classics of the last 40 years.

Hot 100 This Week in 1986


Hot 100 This Week



Click here to see this week’s full ‘TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100.’

Click here to read our ode to the ‘Rapture’ album.

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  1. Fancy BISH October 31, 2020

    I want to remind y’all of something…Anita Baker was 28 years old when she dropped this masterpiece! ❤️💯 Let that sink in, Positions 🤣 Let that sink in, Tekoochiie 😂 Let that sink in, Camicky 🤣 You can’t hide behind your age, either you got it or you DO NOT lmaoooooooooooooooooo 🤳🏽

  2. wehate…bbll n whyy..the party October 31, 2020

    anita has retired from music leave her alone at what point do you leave people alone she shouldnt ve on here unless its instgram ..megn won big at hip hop awards but you refuse to celebrate that ,,,yal jealous of her just like rihanna

  3. Zion October 31, 2020

    She looked old all her life

    • Fancy BISH October 31, 2020

      Well, she certainly didn’t make that childish music that we hear today 😂 Sade was 24 when she dropped her debut, George Michael was 23…these grown artists today make some childish ish lmaooooo…I don’t buy it 🤳🏽 I don’t care what you look like, you better get in that studio and cook up some music that lasts more than a good week lol 💯 A good 7 days is all some of these lil songs get 🤣 I’m still listening to Sweet Love like it came out yesterday!

  4. 1988 (Celebrating the return of the 88′ L.A. Dodgers!) October 31, 2020

    These MONSTER TROLLS on this site don’t know what they are even trying to say anymore. Haven’t WON ANYTHING in 2020 (that matters). A decade of drought will do that to some people. Keep slaying Ariana. Winners know how you feel. 🙂

    #WINNINGEVERYTHING (and I know what’s coming next) 🙂

  5. Fancy BISH November 1, 2020

    WINNING on EVERY LEVEL including LIFE 😂 Stay following and reading cause I said what I said! Flavor ON LOCK AND KEY 🔐 🤣🤳🏽

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