Alaskan singer-songwriter Jewel releases her Greatest Hits in the UK on Monday featuring all her biggest hits from her career to date.
Since the release of her debut album Pieces of You in 1995, Jewel has released 10 albums and 27 singles. Pretty impressive we’d say!
To celebrate the release we’ve put together our Top 10 of Jewel’s singles. Find out what charted where and let us know if you agree by leaving your comments in the usual place.
Intuition was released as the lead single from Jewel’s fourth album 0304 in 2003. The track was a departure from Jewel’s usual sound trading acoustic melodies for dance beats. What we love about this track is how Jewel’s critics completely misunderstood it and its parent album. If you listen to the lyrics you’ll hear that the song is still typically Jewel.
9. Serve The Ego
Jewel’s first foray into dance rhythms, Serve The Ego was released in 2002 and taken from Jewel’s 2001 album This Way. Sadly not included on the Greatest Hits, Serve The Ego hinted that Jewel was ready to experiment with her sound and push the boundaries of what people expected from her. The release was backed with a variety of remixes.
8. Again and Again
Following the outcry about Jewel changing her sound on 0304, she returned to a familiar sound for Again and Again. The track was released in 2006 and was taken from her fifth album Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. We can’t believe this didn’t make it onto her Greatest Hits release as it’s classic Jewel.
7. Till It Feels Like Cheating
For 2008 album Perfectly Clear, critics once again claimed that Jewel had changed her sound. Fans know that Jewel has always been influenced by country music, most notably on her third album This Way, so making a country record wasn’t a huge leap. Till It Feels Like Cheating is gorgeous, seductive and simply beautiful.
6. Stay Here Forever
The lead single from Valentine’s Day, the 2010 star-packed movie, and seventh album Sweet and Wild, Stay Here Forever was a cute acoustic ditty that found Jewel at her most playful. A catchy chorus, romantic lyrics and Jewel’s strong vocals made this one pretty hard to forget. Sadly they forgot to put it on her Greatest Hits.
5. Down So Long
The best single to be released from Jewel’s 1998 second album Spirit. Down So Long is a moody, dark, acoustic-led track that fast became a live favourite. It’s also one of the few songs that managed to crack the UK Top 40 peaking at 38. The track was released in the UK whilst Jewel was touring in support of Spirit.
4. Break Me
The only word to describe Break Me is ‘beautiful’. We didn’t care as much for the radio remix as we did the album version but regardless the song’s message and lyrics are stunning. Soft vocals from Jewel tug at the heartstrings. The video was pretty breath-taking too.
3. Who Will Save Your Soul
The song that launched Jewel’s career. Who Will Save Your Soul was the singer’s debut single and one of the first songs she ever wrote. Lyrically the song comments on the state of the world offering witty observational truths about society. The epic live versions of this track have kept it a firm favourite amongst fans.
2. Foolish Games
Even though it appeared on the Batman & Robin soundtrack (yeah we don’t know why either), Foolish Games is one of Jewel’s most heart-breaking songs. It was released in the US with You Were Meant For Me and entered the Guinness Book of Records for its mammoth 65 weeks on the Billboard 100 chart.
1. You Were Meant For Me
The song that started our love affair with Jewel. You Were Meant For Me was co-written by Jewel with her ex-boyfriend Steve Poltz. The simple acoustic riff combined with the optimistic and heart-warming chorus makes this a Jewel classic. We still listen to it now as frequently as we did back in 1995.