Saturday, May 16, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 32. Can't stay away from you (Gloria Estefan)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #32, we find Gloria Estefan's beautiful ballad, Can't stay away from you (#1 in 1989). In the charts, the song was billed alternately as a Gloria Estefan solo record or one with her band the Miami Sound Machine. Effectively, this is a solo effort though, the exciting Caribbean rhythms of the Sound Machine having been replaced by lush instrumentation. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).