Chart Rewind: ‘What a Girl Wants’ Won Christina Aguilera Her Second Hot 100 #1 This Week in 2000

Published: Friday 15th Jan 2021 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 want to reflect on ‘What a Girl Wants’ – the second Hot 100 #1 single of powerhouse vocalist Christina Aguilera.

Join us inside:

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

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  1. Susan January 16, 2021

    We don’t know her. And that’s on Mary had a little lamb. Purrrrrrrr

    • Fancy BISH January 16, 2021

      If you don’t know her then you are just dumb and why bother comment on someone that you don’t know. You are obviously just a hater.

  2. Erica January 16, 2021

    The fact that Britney always has to be mention I’m Christina success story’s says a lot

  3. Sigh January 16, 2021

    God the music nowadays is complete and utter trash :/ it’s so sad, really.

  4. eric January 16, 2021

    I was really disappointed when she talked down about this album when promoting Stripped as a better piece of work. Her debut yielded great music, great videos and great performances, but she distanced herself from it like it was way off the mark. JoJo, Pink and other artists say the same thing: ‘They made me do this, that and the other on my first album’ like it didn’t make them a success. We probably wouldn’t even know their names today had they done things their own way right out the gate. I think we can all agree Christina hasn’t done well calling the shots in recent years.

    • BoiNice January 16, 2021

      I think she should’ve compromised with her team a little bit & found a common ground like artistic freedom & growth is wonderful for artists BUT hits & sales are very important in da business she’s in

  5. Taylor Swift 1989 January 16, 2021

    Yay! I love this Xtina!

    What a girl wants, what a girl needs
    What a girl wants, what a girl needs
    Yeah, c’mon
    Ooh, oh yeah, oh yeah
    I wanna thank you for giving me time to breathe
    Like a rock, you waited so patiently
    While I got it together, oh
    While I figured it out (yeah-yeah)
    I only looked but I never touched
    ‘Cause in my heart was a picture of us
    Holdin’ hands, makin’ plans
    And it’s lucky for me you understand

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) January 16, 2021

      What a girl wants = 💰 💴 💵 what a girl needs = 🍆🍆🍆

  6. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) January 16, 2021

    Xtina used to be a natural blonde beauty💋 now she turned in to a thick cut slice of 🐷 ham Steak. Y’all noticed her chest was flat back then, now she has double Ds

  7. Lisa February 13, 2021

    Love this song and her vocals so much!

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