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S Club 7 vs. Madonna
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Medellíam
post Jun 13 2019, 12:46 PM
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It's 20 years since the chart battle of S Club 7's 'Bring It All Back' and Madonna's 'Beautiful Stranger'.

S Club 7 had been created by Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller and had been starring in their own successful television show Miami 7. The theme song, 'Bring It All Back', was released as their debut single.

'Beautiful Stranger' was the lead to the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me film soundtrack and was Madonna's first single since the highly successful Ray of Light era.

'Bring It All Back' started with a small lead over 'Beautiful Stranger' and extended its lead by quite a margin by the end of the week. It completed the week with sales of over 190k, whilst 'Beautiful Stranger' sold a still impressive amount of 136k (in fact Madonna's second highest first week sales at the time). By the end of 1999, 'Bring It All Back' had sold 624k, placing it as the 11th best seller of the year, whilst 'Beautiful Stranger' had sold 491k (23rd best seller).

20 years on, which is your favourite?
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post Jun 13 2019, 12:54 PM
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The rest of the Top 10 and Top 40 new entries:

01 (NE) S Club 7 - Bring It All Back
02 (NE) Madonna - Beautiful Stranger
03 (01) Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
04 (04) Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
05 (02) Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate
06 (03) The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl
07 (NE) Cartoons - Doodah!
08 (07) Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way
09 (05) Wiseguys - Ooh La La
10 (08) Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me

12 (NE) Cher - All or Nothing
15 (NE) Brandy - Almost Doesn't Count
20 (NE) Tatyana Ali - Everytime
24 (NE) Bjork - All is Full of Love
33 (NE) Next of Kin - More Love
36 (NE) Raphael Saadiq & Q-Tip- Get Involved
37 (NE) My Life Story - It's a Girl Thing
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post Jun 13 2019, 12:56 PM
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BS is one of Madonna's best singles and BIAB is one of the worst for S Club so this is not really a battle
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:06 PM
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It has to be S Club 7 here. One of their best against an average Madonna song.
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:10 PM
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average Madonna still better than the silly S Club 7

BS was ok-ish, nothing spectacular

actually none deserved the #1,Shania should have been the #1 that week

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post Jun 13 2019, 01:31 PM
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Easily Madonna for me, never particularly liked 'Bring It All Back', preferred their subsequent singles.
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:33 PM
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'Beautiful Stranger' is such a classic for me, although I do like 'Bring It All Back' too.
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:40 PM
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I like both songs - both very fun, catchy pop that takes me back to childhood. Still, an easy vote to Madonna for me.
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:53 PM
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S club 7 by miles!
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post Jun 13 2019, 02:11 PM
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Madonna for me as well.

Both songs aren’t really what I’d say are among both artists bests though.
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post Jun 13 2019, 02:19 PM
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S Club 7. They were 19th and 53rd in my own 1999 end of year chart, respectively.
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post Jun 13 2019, 02:23 PM
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Easily S Club!
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post Jun 13 2019, 03:13 PM
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I purchased both

Almost doesn’t count is a beast of a tune tho.
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post Jun 13 2019, 03:27 PM
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S club 7 my absolute favourite of theres brings back so many memories of watching Miami 7 after school.

Also doodah was an annoying song i loved at the time
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post Jun 13 2019, 03:32 PM
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I know pretty much every word to Bring it All Back but couldn't even tell you what Beautiful Stranger sounded like so I think you know where my vote goes.
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post Jun 13 2019, 03:43 PM
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Glad to see the vote has swung back in Madonna's favour biggrin.gif
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post Jun 13 2019, 03:47 PM
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Voted for 'Bring It All Back' although I do like both of them. 'Doodah' though *.*
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post Jun 13 2019, 03:49 PM
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Does anyone remember the chart battle at the time? Who was favourite to be #1 before the chart week? I had a look at the airplay charts and Madonna was #8 the week before and S Club 7 weren't in the Top 50.

From those new entries, I think I've only heard 'All or Nothing' which is fab; very overlooked by 'Believe' and 'Strong Enough' but it's another dance banger.
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post Jun 13 2019, 04:00 PM
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S Club 7 for the memories. Madonna’s track is also brilliant. At the time, I wanted Cartoons to hit top 3 as well.
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post Jun 13 2019, 04:49 PM
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Gotta be Madge
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