Growing up in small-town Arkansas, I wasn’t very accustomed to listening to Top 40 radio. My favorite song growing up rotated between “Blackwater” by the Doobie Brothers and “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. We listened to Brooks and Dunn and Garth Brooks, but no real mainstream music like what was on MTV (and what most of my friends were listening to). Today, this equivalent would be like a 12-year-old having no idea who or what One Direction is or only having a faint of idea that there might be a song called “Shake It Off” out there somewhere.
All of this to say, I vividly remember the day in 1995 when I heard the song, talked about it with my friends on the playground and convinced my mom to buy the cassette tape single. To my knowledge,it was the first time I knew a song kids were talking about that was current and not something my dad listened to in college.
We’ve now come full circle because Bette Midler has recorded a version of “Waterfalls” for her new album, It’s The Girls! She performed it for Jimmy Fallon and it’s beautifully weird and altogether wonderful.
“Waterfalls” spent 7 weeks as the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and finished as the No. 2 song on Billboard’s year-end chart for 1995. The song also garnered two Grammy nominations at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
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