My Favorite Mistake

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For the Grey's Anatomy episode, see My Favorite Mistake (Grey's Anatomy).
"My Favorite Mistake"
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album The Globe Sessions
Released September 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)
Format CD single
Genre Rock, blues rock
Length 3:53
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sheryl Crow
Jeff Trott
Producer(s) Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"Tomorrow Never Dies"
(1997)
"My Favorite Mistake"
(1998)
"There Goes The Neighborhood"
(1999)
Music sample
A sample from Sheryl Crow's "My Favorite Mistake"

"My Favorite Mistake" is the first single from Sheryl Crow's third album The Globe Sessions. The song was written about a relationship with a man who proves to be unfaithful and is widely believed to have been written about Eric Clapton. Released in 1998, the single peaked at #20 becoming Crow's fifth Top 20 single in the USA, while reaching the top 10 in Canada. In the UK, it reached #9, her last Top 10 single in Britain.

Writing and recording[edit]

The song was written by Crow and her regular collaborator Jeff Trott. The song is about a philandering ex-boyfriend, rumoured to be Eric Clapton.[1][2] There have also been those who believed the lover in the song to have been based on Jakob Dylan. However, Crow has refused to say who the song was about, telling Billboard Magazine on the release of her album, "Oh, there will be just so much speculation, and because of that there's great safety and protection in the fact that people will be guessing so many different people and I'm the only person who will ever really know. I'm really private about who I've had relationships with, and I don't talk about them in the press. I don't even really talk about them with the people around me."[3] Crow compared "My Favorite Mistake" to "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.[4] However, she later claimed that she doesn't look at her relationship with Clapton as a mistake and verified that it was definitely not about him. As further corroboration, Crow introduces Clapton as "a real good friend of mine" in her 1999 performance in Central Park, later to be released as an album.

The songs on The Globe Sessions including "My Favorite Mistake" were written in the first person as opposed the narrative songs featured on her first two albums. Crow was having so much difficulty with the honesty of the lyrics on the album that she was considering cancelling the release of the record in June 1998 and cancelled an appearance at Lilith Fair in the summer of that year. However, eventually the release of the album was deferred for six weeks while she recorded some new songs with a subsequent delay in the release of the leadoff single.

The song was recorded at Globe Recording Studio in New York owned by Robert FitzSimons and Tracey Loggia. Despite the difficulties in recording the album, Crow told the BBC in 2005 that: "My favorite single is 'My Favorite Mistake'; it was a lot of fun to record and it's still a lot of fun to play."[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

"My Favorite Mistake" was released in the US to rock, pop and adult alternative stations in the US on August 18. It was considered to be the obvious choice as the lead single from the album and was widely considered to be one of the best songs from it. A&M Records heavily promoted the single and The Globe Sessions. Samuel Bayer directed the video which was played heavily on both MTV and VH1. Crow was the artist of the month on VH1 for September 1998 with an episode of "Storytellers" being devoted to her.

The single debuted at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1998 and reached #20, as well as reaching #2 on the Adult Top 40 charts. It also reached #6 on the Canadian singles charts. Crow did not tour immediately on the release of the single or album with a US tour scheduled in February/March 1999. In fact, Crow took time off from promoting the single to tour Vietnam in September 1998 with Steve Earle to promote the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. "My Favorite Mistake" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in the Grammy Awards of 1999 losing to Céline Dion for "My Heart Will Go On". Crow won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

The single was released as a two part set (sold separately) in the United Kingdom. The first part contained two previously unreleased b-sides. The second part contained the songs "Subway Ride" and "Crash & Burn". Though billed as "2 brand new tracks" by a sticker on the front of the release, both songs were actually album tracks from "The Globe Sessions". "Subway Ride" is contained on the album as a hidden track. It is also titled on the sticker as "Subway".

Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park. A different live version appears on some formats of the "There Goes the Neighborhood" single.

In 2007, a Grey's Anatomy episode was titled "My Favorite Mistake" after the song.

Track listing[edit]

CD single track listing[edit]

UK CD #1 (Cat. No. 582 761-2):

  1. "My Favorite Mistake"
  2. "In Need" - Non LP Track
  3. "Carolina" - Non LP Track

UK CD #2 (Cat. No. 582 763-2):

  1. "My Favorite Mistake"
  2. "Subway Ride"
  3. "Crash and Burn"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998)[1] Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 87
Canada (RPM) 6
Canada (Hot Digital Singles) 6
France (SNEP) 70
Germany (Media Control Charts) 79
Japan (Oricon) 1
Netherlands (Mega Top 100) 79
New Zealand (RIANZ) 16
Poland (ZPAV)[2] 13
Sweden (Topplistan) 52
Switzerland (Swiss Music Charts) 29
United States Billboard (Hot 100) 20
United States Billboard (Hot 100 Airplay) 9
United States Billboard (Mainstream Top 40) 5
United States Billboard (Hot Modern Rock Tracks) 26
United States Billboard (Top 40 Tracks) 7
United States Billboard (Adult Top 40) 2
United States Billboard (Adult Album Alternative) 1
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) 9
Chart (1999) Peak
position
United States Billboard (Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay) 1
United States Billboard (Hot Singles Recurrents) 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eye.net review of The Globe Sessions recovered 2 November 2005
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly, September 25, 1998 p42 recovered on 2 November 2005
  3. ^ Billboard Magazine, "The Globe's the Limit on new Sheryl Crow album" August 29, 1998 V110 n35 page 3 recovered through Galenet
  4. ^ (3) Entertainment Weekly Op. Cit. p42
  5. ^ (4) Transcript of BBC Radio interview with Ken Bruce accessed 2 November 2005

References[edit]

  • Allmusic.com article on The Globe Sessions
  • Sheryl Crow." Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Centennial Edition. Nicolas Slonimsky, Editor Emeritus. Schirmer, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2005.
  • Billboard Magazine, "The Globe's the Limit on new Sheryl Crow album" August 29, 1998 V110 n35 page 3 recovered through Galenet
  • Entertainment Weekly, "The Story of Crow" Time Weekly, September 25, 1998 number 451 page 42 accessed on 2 November 1998 through Galenet

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