Our top 10 Exposé songs list looks back at an all female vocal group that had an incredible run of hit singles in the late 1980s and early 90s. Utilizing elements of freestyle, dance music, pop and rock, the songs of Exposé enjoyed success on a mass scale over the course of two very successful albums. The core three singers who celebrated that popular success were Jeanette Jurado, Ann Curless and Gioia Bruno. The three popular singers recorded two albums together entitled Exposure and What You Don’t Know. After the success of both of these albums, Gioia Bruno was forced to leave the group due to vocal problems caused by a benign tumor on her vocals chords. Singer Kelly Moneymaker replaced Gioia Bruno for the group’s third album which was nowhere as successful as the group’s first two albums.
The key to the success of their first two albums besides the star power and talents of Jeanette, Ann and Gioia, was the talents of songwriter and producer Lewis Martineé who was responsible for the material and production of most of the first two albums. While he was involved on the third, Arista Records brought in guest producers and songwriters such as Dianne Warren on their third record in an attempt to broaden the group’s musical output, which pretty much failed. They should not have messed with the formula.
Our top 10 Exposé songs list most focuses mostly on the first two albums as those were the records that turned this group into one of the most successful female vocal acts of the 20th century
# 10 – Let Me Down Easy
We open up our top 10 Exposé songs list with the killer dance track “Let Me Down Easy.” The songs is the only Exposé song on this list to not have been released as a single. Nonetheless, it’s such a great song that defines the groups sensual, emotional spirit so perfectly, we thought it was a great way to open up this list. The lead vocals were performed by the fabulous Gioia Bruno
# 9 – Stop, Listen, Look & Think
Continuing with our Top 10 Exposé songs list we present the dance pop track “Stop, Listen, Look & Think.” The song was released on the group’s second album entitled What You Don’t Know. The lead vocals on the track were performed by Ann Curless. The song was released as the final single from the album.
# 8 – When I Looked At Him
Expose’s most commercially successful song from their first album entitled “Seasons Change,” was a ballad. The group tried to repeat that success again on their second album with the release of this wonderful ballad “When I Looked At Him.” While the song did not hit number one like “Season Change” did, it still was a pretty big hit peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lead vocal was performed by Jeanette Jurado.
# 7 – I Specialize In Love
The song “I Specialize In Love,” was released on the groups third album. The group’s sounds very different on their third album. The 90s Madonna Vouge dance groove rules the beat behind this one. The song was never released as a radio single but it was promoted heavily in the dance clubs. This is Expose minus Gioia Bruno and that makes us sad. Still, this is a great track.
# 6 – Tell Me Why
Not many bands in history can say that they released seven straight top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Exposé is one that can. The killer track “Tell Me Why,” was the third single released from their sophomore album What You Don’t Know. People loved this band, they were so popular at the turn of the decade from the 80s into the 90s. It seemed the hits would never end, but sadly they did as their top 10 streak would end with their next single.
# 5 – Let Me Be The One
At the halfway point on our top 10 Expose songs list is one of our favorite Exposé songs. The sensual song “Let Me Be The One,” was released on the group’s debut album. The song was sung by the stunning Gioia Bruno. (our favorite). “Let Me Be The One,” was the third of four top 10 singles from the album.
# 4 – Seasons Change
At the number four spot on our top 10 Expose songs list is the groups only number one single of their career. While they had already hit number one on the dance charts multiple times, “Seasons Change,” would become their first and only number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. That’s a big deal. While we don’t believe it’s their best song, it was their most commercially successful single release. The song was released on their debut album Exposure. It was the final single released from their debut album setting up high expectations for their follow up sophomore record.
# 3 – What You Don’t Know
And speaking of their follow up record. The fantastic single “What You Don’t Know,” served as the album’s opening single from their second album entitled What You Don’t Know. This was a smoking dance pop tune complete with a fabulous horn section and a killer lead vocal by the incredibly beautiful Gioia Bruno. The song was a smash hit breaking the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 peaking at number five. The group released a follow up album that was just as strong as their debut at least from an artistic point of view. In many ways it was a much better album filled with many more songs than their debut album as it took full advantage of the relatively new CD format.
# 2 – Point Of No Return
As we begin to wind down our top 10 Expose Songs list we turn to one of the groups biggest hits. It’s also a song that was record by Expose twice in two different versions of the group. The original version of “Point Of No Return,” was released in 1985. The song was sung by Alejandra Lorenzo on lead vocals with Sandra Casanas, and Laurie Miller on backup. The 1985 version hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance charts. Two years late, a brand new lineup of three female singers named Jeanette Jurado, Ann Curless, and Gioia Bruno, replaced the original three and reformed the band that would become famous. The new trio would re-record the song “Point of No Return,” for their 1987 debut album entitled Exposure. The song would be re-released as a single and once again hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance charts while also becoming a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
# 1 – Come Go With Me
We close out our Top 10 Expose Songs list with their classic pop dance track “Come Go With Me.” If there was one song that represented the late 1980s Latin Dance pop sound it was this classic track from Expose. “Come Go With Me,” was the song that broke the band in the United States. The song was Expose’s first hit to not only break into the Billboard Hot 100, but also become a top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 10 reaching all the way up to number five. On the dance charts, Expose found themselves with their second number one hit. Jeanette Jurado sang lead vocals on the track with Gioia Bruno and Ann Curless performing harmonies. The song was written by Lewis A. Martineé. The song “Come Go With Me,” was the first single released from Expose’s debut album entitled Exposure.
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