Take Me Higher (song)

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"Take Me Higher"
Take Me Higher (song).jpg
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Take Me Higher
B-side"Don't Stop"
ReleasedAugust 5, 1995 (US)
Recorded1995
Length4:13
LabelMotown
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Chain Reaction '93"
(1993)
"Take Me Higher"
(1995)
"I Will Survive"
(1996)
Music video
"Take Me Higher" on YouTube

"Take Me Higher" is a song by American singer Diana Ross. It was written by Sally Jo Dakota, Nikita Germaine, and Narada Michael Walden for Ross' same-titled nineteenth studio album (1995), while production was helmed by the latter, featuring additional credits from Mike Mani. The dance-pop song with its shimmering keyboards and its background choir was released by Motown Records as the album's lead single on August 5, 1995. It became Ross' fifth number one on the US Dance Club Songs,[1] and entered the top forty in Scotland and the United Kingdom.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick from Billboard described the song as a "swirling retro disco ditty that inspires a wonderfully loose and playful performance." He complimented its chorus as "instantly infectious and brimming with warm optimism."[3] Cash Box commented that "Lady Ross is in fine form with a confident vocal delivery, while her music backdrop is a throwback to the glory days of disco."[4] The Daily Vaults Mark Millan called it "a fine dance number that Ross revels in".[5] Quincy McCoy from the Gavin Report noted that the song "kicks up a happy feeling of nostalgia along with keeping a contemporary feel that brings a smile to your feet."[6] Music & Media wrote, "La Ross shifts to a higher gear, the pop dance speed."[7] Pop Rescue said that the singer's vocals "are strong and confident in the verses, but a little weaker in the chorus", adding that "she's joined by backing singers to help lift her higher."[8]

Music video[edit]

The single's music video featured scenes of Ross in a cocktail dress on stage, while dancers execute a choreography and the band plays the song, intercut with footage of Ross on the beach. The video was uploaded 20 November 2009 on her Vevo Channel. Until now it has more than 1 million visits.[9]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Take Me Higher.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[11] 61
Scotland (OCC)[12] 35
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 32
UK Dance (OCC)[14] 4
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[15] 14
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[16] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 77

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 222.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 502.
  3. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. 1995-09-16. p. 47. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  4. ^ "Pop Singles: Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. 1995-09-23. p. 7. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ Millan, Mark (2010-08-06). "Take Me Higher – Diana Ross". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  6. ^ McCoy, Quincy (1995-09-01). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 2070. p. 54. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  7. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1995-09-09. p. 6. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  8. ^ "REVIEW: "TAKE ME HIGHER" BY DIANA ROSS (CD, 1995)". Pop Rescue. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  9. ^ DianaRossVEVO Take Me Higher
  10. ^ Take Me Higher (Media notes). Diana Ross. Motown Records. 1995.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1995-09-09. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  13. ^ "Diana Ross: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  14. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  15. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  16. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  17. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-02.