Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “What Made You Say That”


June 25, 2011

1993 | Peak: #55

The video got the attention of Mutt Lange and Sean Penn, but Shania Twain’s first single made little impression beyond that at radio and retail.

It’s not a novelty song, but it might as well be, given the dated-on-arrival arrangement and mostly silly premise.  What saves it from being a complete dud?  Twain’s playful vocal and a fairly catchy hook.

Written by Tony Haselden and Stan Munsey, Jr.

Grade: C

Listen: What Made You Say That

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  1. GatorNo Gravatar says:

    Thats a great summary! the next single was a LOT better though :)

  2. Paul DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I like this song and while most (but not all) of what followed was better still – this was worth a B or B-

  3. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve always enjoyed this song. It does have a nice hook, and I’ve always liked the arrangement, not that I’m always one to recognize when something is dated.

  4. JoJoNo Gravatar says:

    I actually really like this song. Heard it on a Pay-For-Play requestathon on the country station I listen to a couple years ago. Have loved it ever since. It is one of my favorite Shania songs, along with “Forever & For Always” and “No One Needs To Know.”

  5. JoJoNo Gravatar says:

    oh and “Party For Two” is another one of my favs! Looking forward to all these singles being reviewed!

  6. travis in vaNo Gravatar says:

    This is actually one of my favorite Shania songs as well! It really gets stuck in your head!

  7. PeterNo Gravatar says:

    The lyrics may be not be as profound but Shania’s vocals and vibe in that song is just convincing and catchy.

  8. KatieNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a Shania fan, but I’ve actually never heard this one before. Interesting! It’s an okay song, nothing earth-shatteringly great, but good nonetheless.

  9. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    I like this song. Her sound does develop later, but this is catchy.

  10. JoeNo Gravatar says:

    It definitely pales in comparison to her later singles but her personality is already front and center, though still not completely unleashed given that it’s not her own composition. Both cheesy and catchy as hell in my opinion.

  11. ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    I love this song. It’s catchy, fun and doesn’t take itself too serious. The video really caught my eye when it was released. I was captivated by Shania when I was about 5 and my love for her hasn’t wavered since.

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