Welcome to a brand new strand on The Phoenix Remix. Whilst I adore writing about Forgotten Pop, I have been writing it every week for 2 years so I felt that it was time to mix it up and look at the topic from a different perspective.
There are so many songs that are out there everywhere then all of a sudden they disappear and you only hear from them on cheesy countdowns run by music channels over Christmas if you are lucky.
So roll up and welcome to Forgotten Songs where we celebrate these forgotten wonders.
Let Me Love You – Mario
If this song played now you would turn to me, think it is catchy and ask me who sung this song. How do I know that? I know this because it has happened to me recently. In the early noughties however, it was a completely different story – it was everywhere – people had it as their ringtones on their phone, people were constantly singing it and you just couldn’t escape it!
The song Let Me Love You was a single by the American R&B singer Mario. The song is classed as a blaad and it was written by Shaffer Smith, also known as the singer Ne-Yo. If you listen carefully you can actually hear him singing the backing vocals!
The single was released 16th November 2004 and went to the top of the charts in many countries including Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, the US (both the Billboard Hot 11 and Hot R&B charts) and the UK. It was so popular it lead to many certifications as well including Platnum in the UK (where it sold 600,000 copies) Silver in France (where it sold 100,000) and 2x Platnum in the United States (selling 2,000,000 copies). As well as doing well on the music charts it did really well as a ringtone too and it went Platnum for selling so well, it sold 1,000,000 times!
In 2008, Billboard did a chart of All Time Top 100 Hot Singles of the first 50 years of the charts and it ranked at number 45. It was also nominated as well as won many awards including Hot R&B Single of the Year and Hot R&B Airplay Single Of The Year at the MTV Europe Awards.
Listening to the song now, it still holds up and I can listen to it now and understand why it was as big as it was. The musical interlude is addictive and a very catchy earowrm and the chorus is like one of those songs that when you start listening to it, you get it stuck in your head.