There are many songs that speak to the feeling of searching. Some are famous, and some aren’t. Some are country songs, rock songs, or pop songs. Some of the best songs about searching come from the 1990s and 2000s. You’ll find songs by artists like Annie Lennox, Journey, and Jason Mraz.
Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey is one of the best-selling songs of all time. The band’s signature song was released nearly 40 years ago and is still a fan favorite today. It was one of the band’s first hits, reaching the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then, it has become even more popular. Roben Farzad, host of member station VPM, tells the story of this song’s impact on American culture.
Journey’s “Don’t Stop Beading” was inspired by an unexpected event. Journey guitarist Neal Schon had been noticing a lounge singer in the Philippines singing Journey ballads and decided to give him a chance to perform. Arnel Pineda, who had been homeless, was discovered by Journey and flew to the U.S. to sing with the group.
The band toured extensively in support of the album, and “Don’t Stop Believin'” is the band’s biggest single. In 1981, the band interrupted their tour to open for the Rolling Stones, their first North American tour. It also became the anthem for the Chicago White Sox during the World Series. Shilpa Gangisetty, who is Indian-American, loves Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” because it reminds her of her immigrant parents.
The iconic lyric, “You have to believe” was written by Cain, while he was struggling to make ends meet. While he was trying to get his music career off the ground, he heard his father tell him, “Don’t stop believing, or you’ll be done!” The words of his father paid off his bills.
The song is popular not only in America, but around the world. Its catchy chorus has been heard at weddings, high school dances, and college bars, among other places. The song has also been featured in various movies and TV shows. The 2007 TV movie The Sopranos featured it during its memorable end-credit scene. It was also covered by the show choir Glee.
The song first peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The track was subsequently featured in a scene on the popular TV show The X Factor. It then went on to spend seven weeks in the top 10 and eventually reached number six.
Tori Amos’ “Under The Pink”
Under the Pink is Tori Amos’ second studio album. It was released in January 1994 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The album featured the hit single “Cornflake Girl.” It reached number 12 in the US. It received critical acclaim and has since become one of Amos’ most popular albums.
The album was recorded at a New Mexico hacienda. The music on Under the Pink is more acoustic and emotional than Amos’ earlier piano-only live performances. Still, Pink’s outtakes don’t quite match the brilliance of the album’s standout tracks.
Tori Amos’ second solo album explores religion, gender, and sexuality through the lens of piano-driven rock songs. While Little Earthquakes dealt with religious issues, Under the Pink deals with more abstract issues, like the relationship between religion and sexuality. The album also contains experimental song structures and Debussy-inspired piano lines.
Under the Pink was certified double platinum by the RIAA in October 1999 and sold more than two million copies in the US. It was also the 61st best-selling album of 1994 in the UK. The UK release of the album was a double-disc set, commemorating Amos’ Australian tour. The disc included a second disc called More Pink, which contained a mix of B-sides from her 1992 album Little Earthquakes and some Christmas songs. The disc contained all songs written by Amos, except for track one (Joni Mitchell).
Since the release of Under the Pink, Amos has branched out into a wide range of musical projects. She’s also taken on a number of cover songs and orchestral arrangements in recent years. She’s a multi-talented singer whose versatility is undeniable.
Amos’ adolescent piano bar training has helped her develop discerning interpretive skills. Her 1992 treatment of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” accentuates Kurt Cobain’s desperation while showcasing her exquisite phrasing. The singer is able to isolate the melody from the rest of the song while releasing buried notes. She even seethes when she holds back.
In 1992, Tori Amos released her first solo album, Little Earthquakes, a self-produced, acoustic album that had been rejected by Atlantic Records. That was a time when Nirvana was making waves in the mainstream. Despite the rejection she received, Amos went on to become one of the most influential artists of her generation.
Soundgarden’s “Place In This World”
This Soundgarden song was written with Chris Cornell in mind and is a tribute to his friend and traveling companion. It is also one of the band’s most aggressive songs, largely due to its instrumentation and length. The drum pattern, which dominates the song, is frenetic, and evokes an air of mechanism. Drummer Kirk Cameron compared the groove to that of a helicopter’s blades.
Soundgarden took their name from a permanent installation in Seattle, called “A Sound Garden.” This installation consisted of 12 steel towers with organ pipes, each of which produced a different tone as wind passed through. The installation was intended to represent the monumentality of sound and the power of industrialization.
One of the best songs on the album is “The Day I Tried to Live.” It features great vocal melodies and a dark theme, but it’s also surprisingly upbeat. The song is a great example of the band’s versatility as a whole.
The band straddled the line between modern rock and hard rock. Their music combines elements of both to create a powerful sound. On “Sonic Highways,” for example, Soundgarden incorporates the clavinet, a traditional instrument from funk music. This adds an acoustic element to the track, which makes it sound more singular.
Like shoegaze, Soundgarden’s music is aggressive yet vulnerable at the same time. They combined grinding riffs and lacerating solos with ethereal atmospheres that suggested intimacy. It’s no wonder that Chris Cornell died of an apparent suicide on May 17, 2017. Nevertheless, his voice lives on in recordings.
“Loud Love” is one of the high points on Soundgarden’s second album. Its muted feedback intro sets the stage for a catchy anthemic rocker that the band would continue to refine over the years. It also shows just how good Soundgarden was at crafting heavy grooves. Despite the fact that “Loud Love” is the heaviest track on the album, it still manages to be radio-friendly.
While it’s not considered a single from the band’s first album, “Hands All Over” remains one of the band’s most iconic songs. The song has become a live favorite over the years.
Rihanna’s “You’re So Unique”
Rihanna’s “You’re so Unique” is one of the most important pop songs of the decade. The song combines a powerful, yet enigmatic, voice with a strong and unique message about the power of individuality. Rihanna’s unique style and charisma make her a cultural icon, despite the fact that her wildly original personality may not suit everyone’s taste. Her wildly individualistic personality fits the Enneagram Four or Myers-Briggs personality type. This type of personality does not succumb to peer pressure. She is a fashion icon who starts trends and a makeup line that is one of a kind.
The song was released through Rihanna’s label Westbury Road Entertainment, named after her Barbados home. The label distributes her music through Universal Music Group. Rihanna is a billionaire according to Forbes, and has a wealth of success in both the music and fashion industry. Rihanna has also collaborated with many artists over the years, including Drake, Britney Spears, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, and Shakira.
Since the release of “Take Care,” Rihanna’s style and sound have evolved and become more distinctive. Rihanna’s vocal range has shifted from soulful to brassy. Despite the change in style, Rihanna continues to push the boundaries of her artistry and era. Her vocal take on Drake’s “Take Care” in 2011 was raspy, and her witty, vulnerable sound on “We Found Love” at the Grammys was brassy and joyful.
Rihanna is one of the most popular and successful women in the world. She has a distinct fashion sense, and her music is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Rihanna is also known for her renowned beauty lines. She has earned several Guinness World Records for her work.
Rihanna’s music videos have often explored themes of abuse, substance abuse, and love triangles. She has also used her videos to explore her transition from childhood to adulthood. Her “Disturbia” video has been compared to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In the “Russian Roulette” video, Rihanna and her partner play roulette in a padded room.
Rihanna’s 2016 album cover was designed by Roy Natchum. The artwork features a young Rihanna, holding a balloon. Red paint drips from the top corner of the canvas. Over the image is a poem written by Chloe Mitchell.