“You Win My Love“
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange
#1 (2 weeks)
May 4 – May 11, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 26, 1996
Shania Twain’s only No. 1 hit that she didn’t write.
The Road to No. 1
At this point, The Woman in Me had produced two No. 1 hits on its way to becoming the top-selling country album by a female artist. After “I’m Outta Here!” came two more No. 1 hits.
The No. 1
“You Win My Love” has enough hooks to make ABBA blush.
It’s a deliriously catchy record, using country elements to twang up a great pop production just enough for it to fit on genre radio. It has the typical “Mutt” Lange obsession with cars, written with a gender swap to make it more palatable for Shania to sing.
Her vocal performance is key here, as it provides some distinctive character to a smoothly polished backing track. Grit isn’t usually a word used to describe Shania’s singing, but it certainly applies here. It’s her delivery of an essentially ridiculous lyric that gives it a little bit of the substance it lacks on paper.
You could drop this on to country radio today and it would simultaneously be too country, too pop, and too female for them to handle.
The Road From No. 1
Arguably her best No. 1 single from The Woman in Me is on deck next.
“You Win My Love” gets a B+.
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