This band’s deceased lead singer had a gift for blending stunning strength with poignant fragility and this song, which was the group's 1992 debut single, was the best example of her gift.
Billboard has called this song, which only hit No. 42 on the Billboard 100, one of the best rock songs ever made, calling it the “Freebird of the 90’s”.
Among the reasons for the song's greatness, according to Billboard, are the verse harmonies. This group’s lead singer doubled up on her vocals on the verses to create a dreamy self-harmony.
Another unusual reason for the song’s standout greatness is that there's no real chorus to speak of. The double-tracked vocal sections feel like a sneak peek to a chorus that never shows up, and the only lyrics that repeat are the previously mentioned opening lines.
It works to the song's benefit, though, making it sound less verse chorus verse and, therefore, much more personal and unique.
Today’s song was written by the late singer of today’s band when she was just 20. A hopeful song about meeting a special someone who makes her deliriously happy. "I wrote that about my first love when I was living in Ireland," "It's about feeling really in love for the first time."
This song, together with "Linger," is an MTV-Cinderella story - the band saw only moderate success until they toured and MTV picked up their videos for the two singles and gave them heavy airplay. The new fame made it worth the while to re-release the two singles, which then shot into the charts.
Filmmakers just could not get enough of this song in the '90s because the song's anthemic vibe hits with such immediacy that its use in the background turns any onscreen moment into a pivotal one.