Before Taylor Swift proved that a country singer could dip their toes into pop music, Shania Twain showed the world she could easily be acclaimed in both genres. The Canadian singer-songwriter has been entertaining us since the early 80s, and really spread her wings during the 90s. She was a different kind of country gal to hit Nashville; not only because of her Great White North roots, but also because of the bold, honest, and super feminist themes in her music, as well as the stylish outfits she wore while performing (which were considered "provocative" by the conservative big wigs in Tennessee at the time).
It's true: she was an underdog at first. Twain's self-titled debut studio album was a huge commercial failure upon release in 1993. But after collaborating with producer and later husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Shania rose to fame with her second studio album, The Woman in Me (1995), which sold over 20 million copies worldwide and earned her a Grammy Award. She proved to be a superstar once she dropped her third studio album, Come On Over (1997). It became the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide.
Today, Twain has five Grammy Awards, a World Music Award, 27 BMI Songwriter Awards, stars on Canada's Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and inductions into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. According to the RIAA, she is the only female artist in history to have three (consecutive) albums certified Diamond, and is the sixth best-selling female artist in the United States. With her most recent album Queen of Me, she's proved that after almost 40 years in the business, she still knows how to write hits. The Shania renaissance (the "Shania-issance") is in full swing, and this is our very special Top 10 list of her hits to celebrate. We hope our picks impress you much!
10. "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"
Most of Shania Twain's biggest hits come from her 1997 LP Come On Over. "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" is the first one we're covering on our list. It's a song about possessiveness and jealousy in relationships, but it takes an unconventionally lighthearted approach to the situation.
In the song, Shania tells her lover that he has no need to be paranoid: he knows she loves him and she isn't going to do anything stupid to break apart their bond. There's two versions of this song: the first is more classic country rock in feel, while the second version (present in the song's official music video) introduces an EDM beat into the mix. With an earwormy chorus and wonderfully laid-back vocals from Twain, we'd be stupid not to include this song on our list.
9. "No One Needs to Know"
Pure, beautiful, soulful country music right here. Shania wears her heart on her sleeve in this 1995 tune off her record The Woman In Me. In the song, Shania adorably confesses she has a huge crush on someone, but she's deciding to keep it a secret from him and her friends because, well...no one needs to know right now.
Shania's vocals shimmer and soar in this track, and the backup harmonies from Robert John Lange add to their blissful impact. We also particularly love the music video for this track, in which Shania and her band perform the song while a storm rages closer to their abode. It just tells us that Shania is such a good performer, she makes the clouds cry and thunder clap for her.
8. "Honey, I'm Home"
A cute and underrated Twain song that is oh-so catchy and relatable. "Honey I'm Home" is a 1997 track that describes a stressful day where everything goes wrong for Shania. In order to stay positive, she anticipates her return home: where she can de-stress at the end of the day and see her honey.
Back and neck rubs, watching TV, and giving the dog a bone have never vocally sounded better than they do in this song. This is another hit song off Come On Over, and maybe Shania's most replayable song in our eyes. It may be simple in concept and structure, but it sounds just as good as your honey pouring a "cold one" into a glass for you after a hard day at work.
7. "I'm Gonna Getcha Good"
This Shania Twain leans more into pop compared to some of her other hits on this list. “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!,” is one of her most popular songs and the lead single from Up! It's about her determination to pick up a guy she fancies, and eventually to marry him. She's gonna get him: even if it takes all night.
The drony synth melody throughout the piece - as well as hardcore guitar and drum riffs help make this track stand out in Twain's catalogue. There's the standard Red Version (Pop) of the tune, as well as a Green Version (Country) and Blue Version (Bollywood). Twain also released what we believe to be her most ambitious music video for "I'm Gonna Getcha Good". It sees her in a futuristic world riding a motorbike and escaping the clutches of a giant destructive robot.
6. "Forever and for Always"
“Forever and for Always” is a song about eternal love. Shania has claimed she was inspired by the idea of couples falling in love in their youth, and are still in love as they grow elderly together. The song was released as the fourth single from Up! and became Shania’s fourth top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Besides the original pop rendition of this track, there is also a green country version and a blue Bollywood version. No matter which of the three you like most, you can't deny all three forms of "Forever and for Always" have fantastic vocals from Twain, a steady beat, and a super hooky pre-chorus and chorus.
5. "That Don't Impress Me Much"
A diss track to all the arrogant men of the world...and boy, do we love it. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” is the sixth single from Come on Over and the 12th track on the original, 1997 version of the album. It spent a week at number #8, its peak position, on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1999. The main takeaway of this song is that if you can't keep Shania warm in the middle of the night, she doesn't want to date you. Bye-bye.
Musically, "That Don't Impress Me Much" is also, well...impressive. We adore the swirly guitar riffs, the cowbell, and the subtle harmonies on the pre-chorus and chorus. Shania admitted to Billboard she wrote this song after learning about the Brad Pitt playgirl scandal in the 90s, and not understanding what the fuss was all about. To us, "That Don't Impress Me Much" truly is "something special" and "something else".
4. "From This Moment On"
This is one of the most intricate ballads we've ever heard, and Shania makes singing this sound easy! "From This Moment On" is a track from Come On Over with two versions. The first version is the original version, which features vocals from Bryan White (it was his first duet collaboration on a song), and was released on the original edition of Come On Over. The second version of the song appears on the international edition. It has more of a pop feel to it and does not include vocals from Bryan White.
“'From This Moment On' was a real departure that I never anticipated singing myself. I wrote that song without an instrument; I just wrote it in my head," Shania told Billboard in 2017. "I was writing that song, to be honest, thinking about Celine Dion – and dreaming in my wildest dreams that she would record that song. And it was Mutt [Lange] at the time that felt really, really strongly about it being on the album, and that I had to be the one to record it."
We're so happy Lange convinced Twain to sing "From This Moment On" despite her reluctance. The lyrics are simple but heartfelt, and the music production feels so airy, buttery, and upbeat. Shania doesn't push herself too hard vocally, but every note she sings is crisp and pitch-perfect. It's a bold love song that's sweet, but never too syrupy.
3. "You're Still the One"
Another beautiful ballad from Twain. Seriously - she's a master at them. We feel "You're Stil the One" is her best. Not only is it wonderfully-crafted, but the song's release also took down nasty press speculation about Twain's marriage. Basically, the tabloids claimed she was only married to her husband Robert John Lange solely to piggyback off his successful record producing career and that their marriage wouldn’t last very long.
To combat the hate, both of them wound up writing a song to deal with the criticism. It culminated into this ballad - which had Shania professing that Robert was still the one she loves. Once released, "You're Still the One" became Shania’s biggest hit in the US, and paved its way for lasting international pop success for the female country crossover artist.
The song was eventually nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1999, winning two. (“Best Country Song” and “Best Female Country Vocal Performance”.) We wouldn't be surprised if after this song's massive success, Shania and Robert kept saying, "Looks like we made it / Look how far we've come, my baby."
2. "Any Man of Mine"
This is one of those early Shania Twain songs that, when played, makes every listener fall in love with her. Her 1995 hit "Any Man of Mine" immediately became a country classic when it was released. Over bright fiddles and a booming beat, she details the qualities she seeks in a man – from his habits to his behavior around her. It's spunky, it's sophisticated, and everyone goes crazy once that soaring chorus starts.
Despite its age, "Any Man of Mine" still receives considerable airplay on country stations nationwide and is spun often at country dance clubs and honky-tonks. Kelly Clarkson even did a stunning Kellyoke cover of it recently on The Kelly Clarkson show. "Any Man of Mine" was a song from Twain's sophomore record The Woman in Me that really put her on the map. Can we also just state that Shania looks both totally free and gorgeous in the music video? It's so mid-90s and we love it. "Any Man of Mine" shows just how beautiful she really is - both inside and out.
1. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
"Let's go girls!"
Once you hear those opening seven notes, you're immediately hooked into this hoedown. "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" is a vibrant lady anthem right up there with Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and Beyoncé's "Who Run the World (Girls)". The way this Shania song unapologetically embraces femininity and makes us want to "let it all hang out" on the dancefloor can't be beat.
“Man! I Feel like a Woman!,” was included as opening track from Twain's third studio album, Come On Over. As a single, the song peaked for two weeks at #4 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks the year it was released. The music video for the song, which features Shania with a microphone on a stand and five handsome men pretending to play musical instruments, is a role-reversed version of the iconic video for “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer. Shania also dresses up in the coolest looks we've ever seen her in.
Shania Twain has talked to Billboard about how this song appeals to both men and women during live shows. “'Man! I Feel Like a Woman' never gets old. The audience entertains me more than I entertain them, I think, on that song...there’s a lot of gay men out there that just sing that song from the bottom of their heart, and they take it on as an anthem – it’s got such a beautiful spirit in that sense. I just love it. Everybody gets into it in their own way, and it’s got an anthemic quality to it that is so beyond what I ever could have imagined it would develop into. For men, for women. For women, it’s their party song. It comes to life every night, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it."
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Article Image: Arms spread apart, Shania Twain belts into a microphone during a during an opening ceremony performance at the US Open Championships day 1, 2017. (lev radin via Shutterstock.)