Sean Paul, Lady Saw Make Billboard’s 100 Greatest Songs of 2002
Sean Paul’s “Gimme The Light” and Lady Saw and No Doubt’s “Underneath It All” made Billboard’s 100 Greatest Songs list of 2002.
Her dancehall days may be behind her, but Minister Marion Hall is still receiving praise for her time as Lady Saw. There’s no doubt that she was one of the preeminent women of the genre in the 90s and 2000s, so much so that many of her fans are still hoping that she’ll make some sort of dancehall comeback.
No wonder she was once a staple Dancehall Queenespecially after she became the first woman in dancehall to be certified triple platinum and a Grammy Award-winning artist.
A testament to the kind of dominance she once wielded, the reggae-pop track “Underneath it All”, a single by popular American band No Doubt, featuring dancehall legend Lady Saw, was ranked number 39 on the 100 most great songs from Billboard magazine. 2002.
The track was produced by hardworking duo Sly Dunbar and the late Robbie Shakespeare. Dunbar spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the news and expressed his joy that he was able to be part of the production team that created the unique sound that made the track popular.
He also shared that the song was written by No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefanie with David Stewart, who was a member of famous 1980s British pop duo Eurythmics. He added that it was released in July 2002 as the third single from No Doubt’s fourth studio album, Rock Steady.
For him, including Lady Saw in the production was an easy choice since he was already a fan. According to him, Robbie too, and they had all worked together on many projects. The startling piece of information he shared, however, was that “she came to the One Pop studio and did her voice right there. It was a great one-take vocal performance.
After its release, “Underneath It All” peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, which incidentally is No Doubt’s highest ranking to date on that particular chart. It also had some success on the Rhythmic Top 40, where it reached No. 38.
The track definitely made decent numbers in the US, probably because that market received it as an exotic entry due to the heavy influence of the reggae beat used by the pop group. It reached No. 1 in the Mainstream Top 40, as well as No. 2 in the Adult Top 40.
It even scored some movement on the Adult Contemporary charts at No. 27, and it reached No. 18 in the UK. The song’s success continued, and as it regularly sold records, it was certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. The song has also charted in various charts around the world including countries like Switzerland, Sweden, Romania, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, Australia and Austria.
As the song’s success grew, the musicians would gain recognition at the 46th Grammy Awards on February 8, 2004. The track received the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
It’s still a favorite with pop and reggae fans, and Dunbar thinks that’s down to the overall production and the song itself was just a great song. Everything came together for this one, including finding the right melody and Gwen’s vocal performance, he continued.
“A great song is a great song,” Dunbar said.
In the top ten of the list was Sean Paul’s “Gimme The Light”, which came in at number 9. 2002 was also a big year for Sean Paul and a big year for dancehall music, with “Gimme The Light” leading the way. for a major international breakthrough of the genre. Although Sean Paul has already recorded hits, “Gimme The Light” is widely regarded as his international hit single.
As talented as she once was in the dancehall genre, minister Marion Hall, better known as Lady Saw, remains committed to her path of Christianity, which she began in 2015.