Our Top 10 Taylor Dayne Song looks at the great songs of a New York singer that broke big in the pop world in the late 1980s. Taylor Dayne turned a lot of heads in the late 1980s with the release of her debut hit single “Tell It To My Heart.” There was a fire to the song along with a freshness that had not been heard in dance music since the days of Donna Summer. And just like Donna Summer’s music there was a pop sensibility to the song that made it become a huge crossover hit. However, its was the spectacular vocals of Taylor Dayne and her jaw dropping performance in the video that really blew everyone’s mind. A star was born.
Taylor Dayne would prove to not be a one hit wonder as her debut album was loaded with hits. There weren’t all dance songs either. One of the most successful songs off the record was the grooving ballad “I’ll Always Love You.” Arista Records knew they had a big star in the making and brought on the big guns for her second album. Songwriters like Diane Warren contributed songs to the second record giving Taylor Dayne her first number one single in the song “Love Will Lead You Back.” The second album continued her run of hit singles.
Taylor Dayne’s third album was not as successful as her first two records. Still it was a strong album filled with great songs. Part of the album’s failure to hit it big was the four year wait between her second and third album. Additionally, grunge music had taken over the radio and the music scene had changed dramatically since Taylor Dayne ruled the airwaves in 1988 and 1989. Since her third album release in 1993, Taylor Dayne has released only two more albums with Naked Without You being released in 1998 and Satisfied in 2008.
Out Top 10 Taylor Dayne songs looks to offer a wide career perspective by trying to include a song from every album although we did not include anything from Naked Without You because of space limitations There were also some great songs released on movie soundtracks that we have also included.
# 10 – Original Sin
We open up our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list with the fabulous song entitled “Original Sin.” The song was released on the soundtrack album to the motion picture The Shadow which featured Alec Baldwin. This was the first and only time that Taylor Dayne collaborated with the brilliant songwriter Jim Steinman who composed all those great songs for Meat Loaf. It’s a shame they didn’t do more music together because it was a perfect match. The song didn’t chart in the U.S. but it a was a minor hit in the United Kingdom peaking at number sixty three on the UK music charts.
# 9 – I’ll Be Your Shelter
Continuing with our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list we present the rhythmic hit single entitled “I’ll Be Your Shelter.” Taylor Dayne sounds like Tina Turner on this soulful pop record. The song was released on the album entitled Can’t Fight Fate. The album was released in 1989. It was the third single released from the record and the third straight top 10 single from the album. The song was a massive hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number four. “I’ll Be Your Shelter,” went all the way to number one in Canada. “I’ll Be Your Shelter,” was composed by Diane Warren.
# 8 – Planet Love
In the number eight spot on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list we present the pulsating song entitled “Planet Love.” This is one of the songs that simply just got away. It should have been a much bigger hit than it was. Just listen to her amazing vocals on this smoking track. The song has a wonderful 70s retro feel in a sort of 80s Madonna Vogue way. And that’s all credited to the songwriter Shep Pettibone The song was released on the soundtrack album to the motion picture Flawless. The song was released in 2000. While it may not have charted in the United States, they loved it in Canada where it became a number one single.
# 7 – Beautiful
In the number seven position on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list is the gorgeous song entitled “Beautiful.” The song was released on the album entitled Satisfied. The album was released in 2008. It was the first single released from the album. Once again, Taylor Dayne had another number one single on her hands as the song went all the way to number one in Canada. The song has such an additive chorus that Taylor Dayne just nailed with her breathtaking voice. The song was composed by Taylor Dayne and Hitesh Ceon.
# 6 – Say A Prayer
Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list we present the energetic song “Say A Prayer.” The song was released on Taylor Dayne’s third album entitled Soul Dancing. The album was released in 1993. It was not released as as single from the Soul Dancing album. However, the song would be released as a single two years later when it appeared on Taylor Dayne’s Greatest Hits album.
# 5 – With Every Beat Of My Heart
At the halfway point on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list is the cheery song entitled “With Every Beat Of My Heart.” The song was issued on the album entitled Can’t Fight Fate. The album was released in 1989. It was the first single released from the album. This was the much anticipated follow up to Taylor Dayne’s smash debut album. There seemed to be a conscious effort to release more of a pop record than a dance record. It worked wonderfully for Taylor Dayne. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number five number making it Taylor Dayne’s fifth straight top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.
# 4 – Prove Your Love
At the number four spot on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list we present the song entitled “Prove Your Love.” The song was released on the album entitled Tell It to My Heart. The album was released in 1988. It was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number seven. It would also become Taylor Dayne’s first number one single in the US as it hit number one on the US Billboard Dance Charts. The video featured Taylor Dayne and Tommy Byrnes who would become the lead guitarist in Billy Joel’s touring band for many years. This was a hit single very much in the style of “Tell It To My Heart.”
# 3 – I’ll Always Love You
Moving along on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list we present the song entitled “I’ll Always Love You.” This beautiful loving emotional ballad would become a very popular first dance song for couples getting married in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The song was released on the album entitled Tell It To My Heart. “I’ll Always Love You,” was released as the third single from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number three making it Taylor Dayne’s highest charting single on the Hot 100 up to that point. The album’s fourth single entitled “Don’t Rush Me,” would reach even higher hitting number two.
# 2 – Love Will Lead You Back
Just of the top spot on our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list we celebrate the captivating song entitled “Love Will Leave You Back.” This beautiful ballad would become Taylor Dayne’s first and only one number one hit of her career on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was released on the album entitled Can’t Fight Fate. The album was released in 1989 It was the second single released from the album. The song was composed by the wonderful Diane Warren.
# 1 – Tell It To My Heart
We close out our top 10 Taylor Dayne songs list with the raging, magnificent song entitled “Tell It To My Heart.” This is the one that started it all for Taylor Dayne. It was the video that caught everyone’s eyes first as it went into heavy rotation on MTV. Soon everyone knew who Taylor Dayne was. The video seemed to be highly influenced by Madonna’s “Lucky Star,” video, Yet there was great originality to it with. And the song was to die for. One of the greatest hit singles ever released in the 80s in the genres of pop and dance music. Never get tired of listening to this one.
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