Grammy winning songwriter Sheryl Crow has a career that goes back to the 80s before her international success. With the debut of her first album Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow blew up the scene and won three Grammy Awards including Best New Artist. Since then she's gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide and as of late she's transitioned to the country scene, touring with Gloriana and Rascal Flatts. Here's a look back at 10 great songs from her two-decade solo career.
10. "All I Wanna Do"
Taken from her debut album, "All I Wanna Do" is the hit that bolstered Crow to the top winning her a Grammy for Record of the Year (artist/producer award for a single track). It peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and soon became one of the most recognizable songs of the 90s.
"Home" comes from 1996's self-titled album that won Best Rock Album. "Home" is a melancholy song of a long love that has been faded into yesterday. "I woke up this morning/ And now I understand/ What it means to give your life to just one man," she sings. "Afraid of feeling nothing/ No bees or butterflies/ My head is full of voices and my house is full of lies."
"Change" is a song you have to look at line by line to get the meaning. At first it sounds random but it seems each part of the song has a theme of situations that could use some working on before she's finally thrown her hands up and says 'Okay enough!' with lyrics "I've been thinking 'bout catching a train/ Leave my phone machine by the radar range/ "Hello it's me, I'm not at home/ If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone."
7. "My Favorite Mistake"
That hypnotic guitar, that catchy chorus, "My Favorite Mistake" was nominated for a Grammy from 1998's The Globe Sessions. It was the lead single and is about an unfaithful relationship. All the songs on this particular album were written in a first person perspective.
Originally on Kid Rock's album Cocky, "Picture" was also released on Crow's The Very Best Of. Kid Rock's label was unable to obtain permission from Crow's label to release the song as a single so the song was re-recorded with Allison Moorer. However, radio basically threw that out the window and played the original version anyway so as a result, it charted with the name featuring Crow or Moorer. It remains Kid Rock's highest charting Hot 100 song peaking at No. 4.
5. "Soak Up the Sun"
"Soak Up the Sun" was released March 2002 as the lead single from album C'mon C'mon. It peaked at No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 and ended up being a spring and summer hit with the windows rolled down taking in the rays.
4. "Diamond Ring"
Maybe one of the most heart on your sleeve songs in Crow's catalog, "Diamond Ring" appears on 2008's Detours. Clearly the song is about relationship with Lance Armstrong. The couple were engaged in late 2005 and in 2006 they jointly announced their split. Crow writes "Diamond ring/ Don't mean anything/ Diamond ring/ F*cks up everything."
3. "God Bless This Mess"
Also found on Detours, the album was about things that are going on in this world. The song depicts the look on her brother's face returning home, the chaos of people "doing this and doing that," and even takes a jab at W. Bush singing of the towers came down and how America was put into a war full of lies.
2. "Letter to God"
"Letter to God" appears on 2005's Wildflower. Profound, insecure, Crow is questioning her faith and the existence of a god. In the live DVD, she introduces the song saying "I think She's wonderful." Filled with doubt, she's looking for strength, for a sign and wonders if everyone is wrong about what happens when we go.
No Sheryl Crow list would be complete without one of her biggest hits, the Grammy winning "If It Makes You Happy." Riddled with alternative guitars and blaring vocals, "Happy" stands out as one of the best songs of the entire decade--coming from her self-titled hit rock album.