When the Canadian-born Alannah Myles released her debut album, “Alannah Myles,” in 1989, she became an overnight sensation. The title track to that album went on to be a multi-platinum hit, climbing to #4 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling over 500,000 copies. The album went on to be multi-platinum, and she followed it up with “Black Velvet,” which also went platinum domestically. Unfortunately for Alannah, though, many people still think of her Canadian breakthrough hit first and have given little chance to some of her great songs that came after. Here are the top 10 Alannah Myles hits of all time.
10. Family Secret 1995
Alannah Myles released “Never Love You Enough” as the first single from her follow-up album, “Alan-nah.” It reached #8 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart and was a moderate hit in several other countries as well. Even though it was a successful follow-up to “Black Velvet,” she was still toying with the idea of what direction she wanted to take her music. So, she decided to release a song from the movie “Jerry Maguire” called “Family Secret” for the second single. The song was a moderate hit in Canada and did well on several other countries’ international charts. It didn’t get the push from the single that it needed to be a huge hit, though, and probably was held back by being featured in a movie instead of being its own thing.
9. Long, Long Time
“Long, Long Time” is a song on Alannah Myles’ debut album. It was written by Tom Petty and Scott Thurston, who recorded it together in 1987 under the band name “Full Moon Fever.” The song was re-released as a single after being reworked by Alannah herself in 1989 for her album. It was released as the second single from the album and reached #14 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart. It performed even better internationally, reaching #5 in Australia, and did well in several other countries.
8. Our World, Our Times (from Rockinghorse, 1992)
Alannah Myles released her album “Rockinghorse” in 1992. It was supposed to be a return to the complex rock sound that she had been known for previously, but it didn’t do as well as she needed. The first single from the album was called “Our World, Our Times” and charted moderately well in Canada, reaching #32 on the RPM Top Singles chart. Internationally, it was a moderate success and did reasonably well in several countries, reaching the top 10 in New Zealand and charting in other countries such as Australia and Sweden.
7. Bad 4 You (from A Rival, 1997)
Alannah Myles released her fourth album, “A Rival,” in 1997. The first single released was the album’s title track which reached #17 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart. Following it up as the second single was a song called “Bad 4 You,” It reached even higher than its predecessor, peaking at #9 and earning a gold certification in Canada. It did even better internationally, reaching #11 in the United Kingdom and charting elsewhere as well, such as in Australia and Italy.
6. Sonny Say You Will (from Rockinghorse, 1992)
“Sonny Say You Will” is the fourth track on Alannah Myles’ album “Rockinghorse.” The song was written by Kim Mitchell, who had also written her previous hit single, “Black Velvet,” and was released as the second single from the album. It reached #13 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart and did well in other countries, reaching #14 in Australia and charting in several others.
5. Song Instead of a Kiss (from Rockinghorse, 1992)
“Song Instead of a Kiss” is the third track on Alannah Myles’ album “Rockinghorse.” It was written by Tom Petty and Scott Thurston, who had also written Myles’ first hit single, “Black Velvet,” and this song was released as the first single from the album. It peaked at #11 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart and did very well in the U.K., reaching #2 and earning a silver certification in that country alone. It also hit Australia and New Zealand, reaching the top 10 in both countries.
4. Love Is (from Alannah Myles, 1989)
“Love Is” was the first and only single from Alannah Myles’ self-titled album. It was released in 1989, peaked at #3 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart, and spent four weeks at #1 in Australia, earning a platinum certification there for sales of over 70,000 copies. It also charted well in the U.K., peaking at #12 on their Top Singles chart, and did well in several other countries.
3. Everybody’s Breaking Up (from A-lan-nah, 1995)
Alannah Myles released her self-titled album in 1995, and it was initially supposed to be called “Famous Last Words.” The song “Everybody’s Breaking Up” appeared on this album and did well on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart, peaking at #15. It also performed exceptionally well in Australia, reaching #2 on their Top Singles chart. Additionally, it was also a top 10 hit in the U.K., going #9 on that country’s Top Singles chart
2. Break the Silence
Alannah Myles released her self-titled album in 1995, and it was initially supposed to be called “Famous Last Words.” The song “Break the Silence” appears on this album and is a ballad that has been described as having a strong folk influence. It is one of four songs from this album recorded with Daniel Lanois. The song was released as the third album, reaching #34 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart and peaking at #31 in Australia.
1. “Black Velvet” (from Alannah Myles, 1989)
“Black Velvet” is the debut single from Alannah Myles and was released in 1989. It reached #1 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart, where it spent five weeks at that spot. It also did very well in many other countries, reaching #2 in Australia (where it also stayed for five weeks) and #5 in New Zealand. The song was written by Canadian musicians Colin James and Lynsey de Paul, who had also written hits for other artists such as Rod Stewart (he recorded his version of this song) and Smokie.
During her career, Alannah Myles has received many awards from the Canadian music industry, including two Juno Awards for “Best New Solo Artist” and one Juno Award for “Songwriter of the Year.” Many of her singles have been top 10 hits in Canada, Australia, and the U.K., several of them becoming certified gold or platinum hits.