Category Archives: 4Ever Songs

4Ever Songs: Swing Out Sisters ‘Breakout’

Arriving in the mid-80s, Swing Out Sister stood out with a unique style of sophisticated cinematic jazz-infused pop. The group started as an instrumental duo comprising Andy Connell on keys and Martin Jackson on drums, before being joined by fashion designer to add vocals.

Prior to releasing their debut album, they put out the single Blue Mood in 1985 and it didn’t chart, but they would become known across the world just a year later with the song Breakout. It reached No 4 in the UK in the autumn of 1986, and rose to No 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and also resulted in a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

4Ever Songs: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

After the release of “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” nothing was ever the same for Guns N’ Roses. Their debut albumAppetite For Destruction, hit the shelves in July 1987 and initially struggled to make an impact. The album debuted at No 182 on the Billboard 200 and its first two singles, “It’s So Easy” and “Welcome To The Jungle” didn’t do much better. 

The stage was set for a breakthrough single, and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” couldn’t have been more perfect. From guitarist Slash’s luminous opening riff to its skyscraping chorus, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was a big-hearted rock anthem with depth and an air of melancholy, demonstrating the beating heart beneath GNR’s sleaze-rock exterior. It was released as a single in June and topped the US Billboard chart. All of a sudden, Guns N’ Roses had become the biggest rock band of their generation.

4Ever Songs: Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” 

“If You Leave Me Now” resonated in many ways that no other Chicago song has ever done. Released as a single in 1976 off the American rock group’s album Chicago X, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed there for two weeks, making it the first No. 1 hit for the group. Remarkably, this song was one of only five “non-disco” songs to make it to No. 1 in the United States in a nine-month period during that year. In addition to that, it also hit No. 1 on the Easy Listening charts.

It was also Chicago’s biggest hit internationally, topping the charts in other countries such as Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, where it maintained the No. 1 position for an impressive three weeks.

4Ever songs of the week: Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”

Daryl Hall & John Oates are an American musical duo. Known as one of the most popular duos in modern musical history, they achieved their greatest fame from the late 70s to the mid-80s, having a fusion of rock and roll with rhythm and blues that they dubbed “rock and soul”. They are best known for their six #1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100: “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Maneater”, and “Out of Touch”, as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40.

4Ever Songs: Mumford & Sons ‘I Will Wait’

Mumford and Sons‘ honest and revealing lyrics gave their hit song ‘I Will Wait’ a shot with a genre that is typically nervous around outsiders. The folk-rockers from England have offered their gold single to country radio four months after releasing it as the lead single from their Grammy-nominated ‘Babel’ album.

 4Ever Songs: Antonio Carlos Jobim ‘Águas de Março’

 ‘Águas de Março’, Is Brazil’s Most Popular Song, according to newspapers, journalists, scholars, and Brazilian music fans everywhere. It happened on a rainy day in March 1972 when Jobim was frustrated with the stormy weather. Things were not going his way. So, he sat down and began to write. ‘Águas de Março’ tells the story of the cycle of life. The song’s simplicity is also what makes it popular worldwide. There’s meaning in each phrase.

There are thousands of versions in more than a dozen languages, but Jobim’s duet with the legendary Elis Regina is the most famous, and the one that makes it Brazil’s most popular song!

4Ever Songs: Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Otherside’

Otherside is a song by American alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The single was released in early 2000 from their comeback album Californication, which was released in June, 1999.

The song was one of the first songs that the band had written together with their ex-guitarist John Frusciante. John was previously in the band from the year 1988 to 1992, and was a huge influence on the band’s core sound in the albums – Mother’s Milk and the legendary Blood Sugar Sex Magik.