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 want to reflect on ‘What a Girl Wants’ – the second Hot 100 #1 single of powerhouse vocalist Christina Aguilera.
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Rubbing out the biggest hit of summer 1999 with her inaugural chart-topper, ‘Genie in a Bottle,’ and seeing its parent album hop to the top of the Billboard 200 just months later may have been wishes come true for Christina Aguilera, but those wins were also accompanied with pressure to keep the momentum going.
Instead of following the innuendo-laden ‘Bottle’ with a tune of its repressed vocal ilk, Aguilera’s team – also burdened with drawing clear lines between the singer and her former Mouseketeer castmate/Pop sensation Britney Spears – opted to showcase the teenager’s USP by selecting a track that demonstrated her powerhouse chops.
The choice? The Guy Roche-produced ‘What a Girl Wants.’
Cloaked in some sonic aspects of the Bubblegum Pop that made ‘Genie’ a dream come true, ‘Wants’ housed more noticeable R&B undertones than its predecessor that not only helped it appeal to radio stations of both genres around the world but also to distance her from the sounds of her teen contemporaries.
Released November 28, 1999, by the time the song’s Diane Martel-directed/Tina Landon-choreographed music video surfaced it was already burning up global charts. Just 8 weeks after its Hot 100 premiere, ‘Wants’ was whisked to #1 on the tally – becoming the first new chart-topper of the 2000 and her second career chart-topper following ‘Genie.’
When the dust settled, ‘What a Girl Wants’ stayed atop the chart for 2 weeks, was certified Gold in the United States, and helped Aguilera’s self-titled parent project to sales of nearly 10 million in the same territory.
Hot 100 This Week in 2000
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to see this week’s full TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100.