Diana Ross Hits #1 with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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Today in 1970 Diana Ross hit #1 for three weeks with her remake of the song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. According to thisdayinmusic.com this was the singer’s first solo No.1 since leaving The Supremes.

The song was originally written and by Ashford & Simpson. According to songfacts.com Nick Ashford was inspired by an experience when he first moved to New York. The site states that he was walking down a Manhattan thoroughfare, determined that New York City would not get the best of him.

This song was originally sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. Songfacts.com states Uriel Jones of The Funk Brothers, who played the drums on Gaye and Terrell’s original version, recalled in Mojo magazine February 2009: “Ashford and Simpson had written the song and they always came to the studio with charts. This time was no exception; they came with the song fully written out. The lyrics were written out too. They were one of the few producers and writers who had full charts and made us work from them.

Songfact.com states that Amy Winehouse’s 2007 single “Tears Dry On Their Own” is based around the backing instrumentation of this song. Ashford & Simpson were also credited on Jessica Simpson’s 2006 transatlantic Top 20 single “A Public Affair,” as towards the end of the song. No matter what generation someone was born they have heard a version of this song. Below is a video of Diana Ross performing this song live.

10 Best Love Songs

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Music is a way to express thoughts and feelings. These are especially heard in love songs. The singer or group voice emotion towards a special someone he, she, or they can’t live without. Love songs can be so powerful and they can trigger memories of a special someone in a person’s life. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day the special day where couples express and show their love for each other. Here are the 10 best love songs.

10. Amy Grant Baby Baby- According to songfacts.com Grant is a very popular singer in the world of Christian music, but this was her first big secular hit as a solo artist.

9. The Supremes Baby Love- Songfacts.com states this turned out to be The Supremes’ only UK #1, though they had many more in the US.

8. Minnie Riperton Lovin’ You- According to songfacts.com Riperton wrote this with her husband, Richard Rudolph. The site also states Riperton died of cancer in 1979 at age 31. While this was her only hit, she was held in high regard in the music community.

7. Janet Jackson That’s The Way Love Goes- It was the first single released under Janet Jackson’s record-breaking $32 million contract with Virgin Records, the largest recording deal in history until Janet’s brother Michael signed a whopping $50 million deal with Epic not long after according to songfacts.com. The site also states this song earned Janet Jackson a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

6. Whitney Houston The Greatest Love of All- This was written by songwriters Michael Masser and Linda Creed. Linda Creed was recovering from breast cancer when they wrote the song in 1977 according to songfacts.com. The site also mentions originally recorded by George Benson, his version went to #24 in the US.

5. Tina Tuner What’s Love Got To Do With It -This won Grammys in 1985 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance according to songfacts.com. The site also states at the second MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, this won for Best Female Video.

4. Captain & Tennille Love Will Keep Us Together- Songfacts.com states this was Captain & Tennille’s first #1 hit, and it was the biggest Pop hit of 1975. The site also mentions they did very well as a team, and have been together for more than 30 years.

3. Mariah Carey Vision of Love-  she was 17 years old according to songfacts.com. The site states  this won the 1990 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

2. Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love- At first, this was not released in the US. Since the album was not out yet, radio stations there started playing import copies of the single states songfacts.com. The site also mentions this section took on a poignant edge after Mercury’s death when the song was performed with guest singers, as the lyric was never altered regardless of the vocalist.

1. Boyz II Men I’ll Make Love to You- Songfacts.com states in the US, this was the biggest hit of 1994. The site also mentions this won the 1994 Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

Valentine’s Day is all about expressing the feeling of love to a special someone, and this is exactly what these songs do. So on this day spend time with a special someone and listen to song of L-O-V-E.