20 Albums 20 Years Later

With A Single Album, Shania Twain Shattered Expectations For Female Singers And Crossover Artists Alike

Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” turns 20 this year.

20 Albums 20 Years Later remembers and explores the music that touched us back then and still resonates today. Join A Plus as we take another listen to albums released in 1997 and celebrate their contributions not only to the charts but to our lives.

With a single album, Shania Twain earned a spot in music history forever. Come On Over — released on November 4, 1997 — is the No. 6 best-selling album in the United States (not to mention the best-selling country music album, the best-selling studio album by a female act, and the best-selling album by a Canadian), ensuring the now 51-year-old's title as the biggest country-pop crossover star on the face of the planet.

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Come On Over — which is only bested by Michael Jackson's Thriller, Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Their Greatest Hits by the Eagles, and AC/DC's Back in Black in terms of album sales in the U.S. — was certified 20-times platinum by the RIAA (making it a twice diamond-certified album) in 2004, and continued to dominate the charts for multiple years and in numerous countries worldwide.

Every song on the album was written by Twain — whose real name is Eilleen Regina Edwards — and Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Twain and Lange met in June 1993 and married soon after in December 1993, beginning a working and personal relationship that would last until the couple separated in 2008 and divorced in 2010. The reason for the split was that Lange had an affair with Twain's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, and just months after the divorce was finalized, Twain became engaged to Frédéric Thiébaud (yes, the former best friend's ex-husband) and married on New Year's Day 2011.

Given the love story behind the album, having worked together on Twain's 1993 self-titled debut album and the 1995 follow-up The Woman in Me — not to mention the post-Come On Over offering Up! in 2002 — there was a big personal connection to Come On Over for Twain. The album's success made Twain an international success, and that's largely thanks to Twain and Lange seeking to break what was deemed "country" and explore its potential to cross over into the world of "pop." The two were successful as many outlets report that the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

Let's take a look at the album's singles and their music videos:

“Man! I Feel Like A Woman”

"Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" is a country pop song — inspired by drag queens, no less — that instantly became a female empowerment anthem. It peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, hit No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and eventually won Twain a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2000. It's been widely reported that the music video, directed by Paul Boyd, was inspired by Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible" clips as it took them, flipped the gender roles, and featured Twain going through various wardrobe changes while standing in front of buff and dead-eyed men who were all dressed alike. The song was sang by Carrie Underwood during season 4 of American Idol and you might remember it from the 2002 cult classic Crossroads, starring Britney Spears.

“Love Gets Me Every Time”

The lead single for Come On Over is "Love Gets Me Every Time," and it was decided on after much debate and a title change from "Gol' Darn Gone and Done It." The song rose to No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and actually topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The music video was directed by Timothy White and was actually filmed during the photo shoot for the album's cover art.

“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)”

"Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" was another big hit for the Canadian singer. It's not as loved critically as the others on the album, but that didn't stop it from getting up to No. 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart or No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The music video, directed by Larry Jordan, is a departure from others on the album because it capitalizes on the Riverdance craze of the time by including Irish dancers who clog dance throughout the clip. Twain joins these dancers, who were found via auditions, on a stage covered with water and, by the end, everyone is soaked thanks to the sprinklers coming on. The version of the song used in the music video is a remix of the one found on the album.

“From This Moment On”

"From This Moment On" is a country pop ballad that Twain actually wrote while at a soccer game in Italy with Lange and, after first thinking it would be a good fit for fellow Canuck Celine Dion, kept it to herself. It was originally recorded as a duet with fellow country singer Bryan White, but that later fizzled out when White backed out. This song got a lot of love and rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and made it up to No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart — but notably it actually topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The music video was also directed by Boyd and features Twain — wearing a long dress and a bindi — walking down a hallway trying to open various doors to no avail. Upon finally finding one that was unlocked, Twain enters and finishes the song with the help of an orchestra.

“Come On Over”

"Come On Over," the album's title track, only hit No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but it was No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and eventually earned Twain a Grammy for Best Country Song. The music video was taken directly from Twain's 1999 Live special from Dallas with directing credits given to Jordan.

“When”

The only single not to be released in the United States, "When" made a much smaller impact than Twain's other songs. It charted well in Canada and the U.K., and apparently went on to become the theme song for a Japanese drama titled Cheap Love. The music video, directed by Markus Blunder, shows Twain's character appearing to die and become an angel. The spirit figure goes around New York City following a love interest who, at the end of the clip, places a note under the woman's door. Twain's character opens the note, sees a butterfly drawing, and rejoins with the body on the bed to show that it was all just a daydream.

“You’re Still the One”

"You're Still the One" is the biggest single to be released from the album — and remains Twain's biggest hit. The inspiration for the song was for it to be a response to the criticism over Twain and Lange's relationship, as many didn't have faith in it or believed that Twain became romantic with Lange solely as a means to an end. It's a song honoring their union, talking about how they didn't listen to critics and didn't pass up on a chance at finding love. Even after Twain and Lange's divorce, Twain shifted the song to be about her mother and her stepfather's relationship.

The music video, directed by David Hogan, is quite simple, featuring Twain (mostly on a beach) and model John Devoe (mostly shirtless while bathing) as characters who come together at the end. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song was also nominated for four Grammy Awards itself and went on to win two of them: Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It lost Record of the Year and Song of the Year to Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. The song has appeared on TV shows such as The Sopranos, Dharma and Greg, Family Guy, and was performed by American Idol season 9 winner Lee DeWyze.

“Honey, I’m Home”

"Honey, I'm Home" was successful on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 1, but didn't land on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at all because there was no commercial single released. The music video for the song features footage from Twain's concert in Louisville, Ky., and was also directed by Jordan.

“That Don’t Impress Me Much”

"That Don't Impress Me Much" is another one of Twain's biggest hits. The song describes three suitors who, well, don't impress Twain that much: a guy who knows it all, a guy obsessed with his hair, and a guy obsessed with his car. While a guy might have those things, Twain sings that she is looking for a guy with "the touch" who can "keep me warm in the middle of the night." The song rallied to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also made showing on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and Adult Contemporary chart (reaching No. 8 on both). The accompanying music video, directed by Tag Savage, was shot in the Mojave Desert and features Twain wearing a hooded leopard-skin outfit with a matching suitcase while hitchhiking. Twain is approached by a slew of hot guys — one of whom is Devoe from the "You're Still the One" music video — who offer a ride, only to get turned down one by one.

“You’ve Got a Way”

"You've Got a Way" isn't one of Twain's bigger hits but you might just recognize it from the Notting Hill soundtrack, a 1999 rom-com featuring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Scenes from the film made their way into the music video, also directed by Boyd, which features Twain in a flower dress in a springtime garden — with the setting revealed to be just a music video set at the end. The song reached No. 49 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, No. 6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and No. 13 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

As someone who attended Twain's 2015 tour, titled the Rock This Country Tour, I can confirm that many of Come On Over's biggest hits — aka basically each and every song — were still clamored for by the audience and were spread throughout the setlist. It was billed as a farewell tour for Twain, but that was quickly thrown out the window. Perhaps the biggest news, though, was that Twain had planned to release new music — the singer's first album in 15 years — since the big 5-0 was coming up. That promise has been kept and Twain is set to release Now — with singles "Life's About to Get Good" and "Poor Me" already out — on September 29, 2017.

Twain may have been quiet for a few years but there is still a lot of love for this performer. And fans — including myself — are anxiously awaiting to get another taste of this crossover superstar's endless talent.

Come On Over is available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Spotify.

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