“Love Takes Time”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “Love Takes Time”

The twenty-fourth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “Love Takes Time” by Mariah Carey. With her second single, Mariah proved she was no One Hit Wonder, and continued to stun listeners with her supernatural vocal prowess. “Love Takes Time,” co-written by Carey as all her non-remake songs have been, was the second of what would become a string of five consecutive chart-toppers, a record for a new artist.

“Love Takes Time” is tasteful, beautiful, fresh and, of course, tremendously well-performed. Its lyrics talk of overcoming a breakup.

Let’s listen to “Love Takes Time”:

Mariah Carey is known primarily as a singer, but she’s also a superior songwriter. The melody in this song is magically special, perfectly fitting the lyrics and joining beautifully with the instrumental. With “Love Takes Time,” audiences were still beginning to understand Mariah Carey’s talent. This was a stellar example of her capabilities, and to boot it was a touching ballad anyone could empathize with.

Does it hold up? It sounds dated to some extent, but “Love Takes Time” represents so much of what’s missing in music today, including emotion, build and thoughtful phrasing. It’s an absolutely gorgeous song, admittedly overshadowed by “Vision Of Love” but nonetheless praiseworthy in its own right.

Dopeness: 5 out of 5 Birkenstocks

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Mariah Carey
“Love Takes Time”
3 weeks at No. 1, starting Nov. 10, 1990
Preceded by: “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice
Followed by: “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Whitney Houston

’90s No. 1s Revisited is a regular feature on “Was It Dope?” where we walk through every No. 1 song of the 1990s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in order, give it another listen, and answer two critical questions: Was it dope? And does it hold up?

– John

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