Originally from Sedona, Arizona, Michelle Branch has been an actress, singer, and songwriter that has so far released four studio albums, and two extended play (EP) that has seen a total of twelve singles where most of them realized charting success. At least this is what’s featured on her resume as a solo artist. Prior to this, Branch had formed the Wreckers in 2005, a band that specialized in recording and releasing music that catered to the country genre. She, along with Jessica Harp, recorded and toured together until 2007 where they disbanded to pursue music careers as soloists.
Born and raised in Arizona, Branch already began to take a dedicated interest in singing when she enrolled for voice lessons at the Northern Arizona University at the age of eight years old. As a teenager, she was gifted her first guitar that would lead to Branch pouring more focus into building a music career, something of which both her parents fully supported. They were instrumental in helping their daughter book and perform at local gigs that would lead to her discovery. They also funded her first album, Broken Bracelet, which was released as an independent label on July 1, 2000, a day before she would turn seventeen years old. Between that and a pair of songs she sent to Rolling Stone’s website in 1999, recognition of her talent is what would pave the way for Michelle Branch to become a chart-hitting country music star.
Top 10 Michelle Branch Songs
#10 – I’m Feeling You (featuring Santana)
Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, as the Wreckers at the time, performed “I’m Feeling You” with Carlos Santana for his 2005 album, All That I Am. The song served as one of two occasions Branch and Santana worked in collaboration on a song. Despite some of the issues both Branch and Harp issued about some of the circumstances revolving around the song and its recording, it was still performed well enough where it earned decent chart rankings between Canada and the US. I’m Feeling You peaked at number five on the charts of Canada’s Radio & Records and the US Billboard Adult Contemporary. On the Adult Top 40 Airplay, the song charted at number six, as well as number fifty-five on the US Billboard Hot 100.
#9 – Loud Music
“Loud Music” comes from the EP of the same name in 2011, the song was originally intended for a studio album that never did get released. With retro-style of Loud Music may bring fans of the 1980s pop-rock culture back into an era that had a decent talent pool of female artists that could have just as easily played this song at the peak of their careers and gotten away with it. Much reference is made within the lyrics of the song that bring up some of the classic hits brought forth by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones.
#8 – Hopeless Romantic
Although the song didn’t appear on any billboard charts, “Hopeless Romantics” the laid-back feel to it illustrates Michelle Branch’s true talent as a songwriter without the pressure to appease the critics. Nevertheless, some of the critics seemed to love it anyway as they make comments about Branch’s smooth delivery as a vocalist. Also noted is the style of guitar play Branch is also known for as soft parallels in perfect harmony with the theme of being a hopeless romantic enjoying a song that is designed to be a relaxing, feel-good musical moment. The album, which shares the same title as its leading track, was released on April 7, 2017, making it the fourth studio album recording to Branch’s credit.
#7 – Breathe
The second single from Michelle Branch’s album, Hotel Paper, is “Breathe.” On the US Billboard Dance Club Songs, it peaked at number three. On the US Billboard Adult Top 40, it charted at number thirteen, and at number eighteen on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40. The US Billboard Hot 100 featured “Breathe,” rank as high as number thirty-six while on Australia’s Recording Industry Association’s chart at number forty-five. The guitar-dominant song brings a listener to an era where greats such as Sheryl Crow dominated the music charts with some of her classic hits. Branch’s vocals is as smooth as silk, which makes this song an easy-listening favorite.
#6 – Goodbye to You
The third and final single from Michelle Branch’s 2001 album, The Spirit Room, was “Goodbye to You,” which was originally recorded for her debut album, Broken Bracelet, but later re-recorded. In 2002, the song peaked at its highest on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 at number eleven. On the US Billboard Adult Top 40, it charted at number fifteen, and on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number twenty-one. The Recorded Music off New Zealand saw Goodbye to You chart to number thirty-two and on the Single Top 100 in the Netherlands, at number seventy-nine. The lonely tone associated with the ballad not only showcased the talent behind Branch’s vocals but her guitar play as well. It makes for a great breakup song without coming across as hateful or spiteful.
#5 – Are You Happy Now?
On the US Billboard Adult Top 40 Airplay, “Are You Happy Now?” peaked at number four. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song charted at number sixteen. The first song released from Michelle Branch’s third studio album, Hotel Paper, also earned international charting success as it peaked as high as number four on Belgium’s Ultratip chart. Among the nations of Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and the UK, the song appeared within the top 40 of their respective music charts. Are You Happy Now? was nominated for the Grammys Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 2004, but Pink’s Trouble earned the win instead.
#4 – All You Wanted
From the first major-label album, The Spirit Room, which was recorded by Michelle Brand in 2001, “All You Wanted” was the second single to be released. It was one of three songs from the album to realize chart success as it peaked as high as number two on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40, number four on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 Airplay, and number six on the US Billboard Hot 100. Overseas, All You Wanted charted as high as number three on New Zealand’s official music chart and at number thirty-three on the UK Singles Chart. Inspirational despite the heartbreak theme, had Branch’s fairytale-like approach to the subject through her vocals and music play come across as a bit of a soul-soothing tune.
#3 – Leave the Pieces (as the Wreckers)
Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp briefly formed the country band, the Wreckers, and recorded the single, “Leave the Pieces”, that would dominate the music charts in 2006 as it peaked number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and Billboard Canada’s Country chart. It also became certified gold as of 2008 by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song also became a crossover hit by charting at number thirty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100. Leave the Pieces belongs to the Wreckers’ first studio album, Stand Still, Look Pretty. There is a classic country feel to the song, that features the best of the vocal talent of Branch and Harp, as well as the violin and guitar play.
#2 – Everywhere
“Everywhere” was the first single for Michelle Branch that would appear on the music charts. It also remains as one of her best-recognized hits associated with the artist as a soloist. In 2001, the song and the album, The Spirit Room, realized more than just billboard success. While Everywhere did peak at number five on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and at number twelve on the US Billboard Hot 100, it also won the Viewer’s Choice award during MTV’s 2002 Video Music Awards. Internationally, the upbeat, guitar-heavy, pop-rock classic impressed the fans within the nations of Belgium and New Zealand the most as the song peaked as high as number two on their charts. It also appeared within the top forty charts among the nations of Australia, Netherlands, Italy, Scotland, and the UK.
#1 – Game of Love (featuring Santana)
In 2003, “Game of Love” earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals as Michelle Branch and Carlos Santana brought forth what has been the most recognized single credited to Branch’s discographic portfolio. For Santana, the single was one of the tracks featured on his 2002 album, Shaman. Originally, the song was recorded by the New Radicals while with Santana, but the album producer, Clive Davis, felt the song would sound better with a woman’s vocals instead.
Before Michelle Branch, the song was recorded by Macy Gray, but Davis still felt the song could do better. In comes Michelle Branch, whose voice and rhythm guitar served as a perfect match to Carlos Santana and his Latino contribution to the rock music industry. The single became a number one hit on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary and US Billboard Adult Top 40. The US Billboard Hot 100 peaked the song at number five. Game of Love was also an internationally recognized hit as it charted as high as number two on Belgium’s Ultratip chart. It also broke into the top ten official music charts belonging to the nations of Canada, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, and Spain. On the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number sixteen.
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