The 10 Best Vanessa Williams Songs of All-Time

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams is an American singer, actress, and television producer. She is best known for her roles in Ugly Betty, Soul Food, and Desperate Housewives; she is also a Grammy Award-winning singer. Williams started performing when she was only six years old but had to give up her show business dreams after becoming Miss America 1984 at age 21. Williams gave up her crown after nude photographs of her appeared in the June 1983 issue of Penthouse magazine. After giving up her title, Williams transformed herself into a singer and actress with roles on the soap operas “All My Children” (1992–1993) and The City (1995). She made her Broadway debut in the musical Anita Bryant in 1999 and played Lillie Langtryin in the HBO television series “Lackawanna Blues” (2005). In February 2016, she began starring as Charlotte Hendrickson on The Desperate Housewives from Hell. In music, Williams came into prominence with her debut studio album The Right Stuff(1988), which reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 and has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She released her self-titled third studio album in 1991, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. It became one of the best-selling albums of that year and was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA; it also spawned the number singles “Save the Best for Last,” “Colors of the Wind,” and “The Sweetest Days.” Her other studio albums include Everlasting Love (1988), The Comfort Zone (1991), Soul Talkin’ (2005), and A New Day, Live in Washington, D.C. (2007). Below are The 10 Best Vanessa Williams Songs of All-Time:

10. Happiness

 

Happiness was the third and final single from Vanessa Williams’s 1997 album Next. The song generally received favorable reviews, with most critics noting the song as one of the best tracks on the album. The music video for “Happiness” was directed by Scott Marshall and filmed in New York City during the last week of July 1997. It was released in September 1997. When Williams heard it, she cried so hard that her husband had to console her for 45 minutes before she composed herself enough to call the producers back and tell them that she loved it.[

9. Oh How the Years Go By

 

Oh How the Years Go By is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Vanessa Williams. It was written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels and produced by Gregg Alexander for her second studio album, Next (1997). The song was released as the album’s lead single in 1997. It became a top ten hit on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, peaking at six. In Europe, “Oh How the Years Go By” reached the top twenty in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. An uptempo soulful disco song with house beats, “Oh How the Years Go By,” was described by music critic Darren Grant as having a ’90s dance-floor sound.’

8. Comfort Zone

 

Comfort Zone is a song by American R&B/Soul singer Vanessa Williams, released from her 1991 album The Comfort Zone. It was written and produced by Richard Rudolph and Harold Lilly and peaked at number forty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in January 1992.

7. Just for Tonight

 

Just for Tonight was released in 1991 as the second single from Vanessa Williams’s album of the same name. It was written by Andy Goldmark, best known for his work with Billy Joel and Dean Pitchford, who wrote songs for films such as Fame and Footloose. The song peaked at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It was ranked #2 out of the three singles released from her 1991 album The Comfort Zone.

6. Dreamin’

 

Dreamin’ is a 1988 single by Vanessa Williams, taken from her self-titled debut album. It peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 1989. On the R&B chart, Dreamin’ reached number three. It was Williams’ first top 10 hit on both charts. Marcus Nispel directed the music video. Dreamin’ also peaked at number 5 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart.

5. Betcha Never

 

Betcha Never is the fifth studio album by Vanessa Williams, released on May 23, 1994. It consists of songs recorded while recording her third studio album, The Comfort Zone (1991). Betcha Never peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Top R&B Albums chart.

4. The Right Stuff

 

The Right Stuff is the debut studio album by American singer Vanessa Williams, released on January 27, 1988. The album has been certified triple platinum in the U.S. and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. It was also a hit outside of America, especially in Europe, where it sold strongly and remains Williams’s best-selling non-Compact disc release to date.

3. Love Is

 

Love Is is a song by American R&B singer Brian McKnight and American pop/R&B singer Vanessa Williams, taken from the latter’s second studio album, The Comfort Zone (1991). The track was written and produced by McKnight along with Ric Wake. It was released in 1992 as the third single from that album. The song reached number 11 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart.

2. Darlin’ I

 

The Right Stuff is the debut studio album by American singer Vanessa Williams, released on January 27, 1988. The album has been certified triple platinum in the U.S. and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. It was also a hit outside of America, especially in Europe, where it sold strongly and remains Williams’s best-selling non-Compact disc release to date.

1. Save the Best for Last

 

Save the Best for Last is a song written by Phil Galdston and Wendy Waldman and recorded as a duet between American singers Vanessa Williams and Aaron Neville. The song is best known as a 1992 hit for Williams, although it first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, performed by R&B singer Johnny Gill. The single was the most successful of Williams’ career, reaching number one in Australia, number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and number four on both the U.K. Singles Chart and Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts. In 1993, Save The Best For Last won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group. In 2003, Vanessa Williams released her version of the song from her album A Million Miles Away.

Conclusion

The song “Dreamin'” was ranked highest because it has the most points after the criteria. The song was also ranked higher than other songs mentioned because it was ranked high in two criteria and had more points than other songs for one criteria. The song “Save the Best For Last” was ranked second since it had more points than other songs mentioned, but “Dreamin'” had more points; also, it is a very popular song by Vanessa Williams.

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