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
Genre
Length4:13
LabelMotown
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Chain Reaction '93"
(1993)
"Take Me Higher"
(1995)
"Gone"
(1995)
Music video
"Take Me Higher" on YouTube

"Take Me Higher" is a song by American singer Diana Ross, released by Motown Records as the first single from her twenty-first album by the same name on August 5, 1995. Co-written and produced by Narada Michael Walden featuring additional credits from Mike Mani, it became Ross' fifth number-one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in the US.[1] In Europe, it entered the top forty in Scotland and the UK, but was a even bigger hit on the UK Dance Chart, peaking at number four.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick from Billboard described the song as a "swirling retro disco ditty that inspires a wonderfully loose and playful performance", and complimented its chorus as "instantly infectious and brimming with warm optimism."[2] Gil L. Robertson from Cash Box stated 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."[3] The Daily Vault's Mark Millan called it "a fine dance number that Ross revels in".[4] Quincy McCoy from the Gavin Report noted that it "kicks up a happy feeling of nostalgia along with keeping a contemporary feel that brings a smile to your feet."[5]

Pan-European magazine Music & Media said that here, "La Ross shifts to a higher gear, the pop dance speed."[6] A reviewer from Music Week rated it three out of five, describing is as "a slight affair".[7] Alan Jones deemed it "a fairly innocuous affair – pleasant, undemanding and vaguely anthemic in its regular mix".[8] James Hamilton from the magazine's RM Dance Update called it a "soaring anxious wailer".[9] Pop Rescue wrote 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."[10]

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 later published in November 2009 on her Vevo channel on YouTube. It has amassed more than 1,6 million views as of October 2021.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single, UK (1995)
  1. "Take Me Higher" – 4:21
  2. "Let Somebody Know" – 4:57
  3. "Too Many Nights" – 4:36
  • CD maxi, US (1995)
  1. "Take Me Higher" (12" Mix) – 7:25
  2. "Take Me Higher" (Dub Mix) – 9:34
  3. "Take Me Higher" (A Capella) – 3:44
  4. "Take Me Higher" (LP Version) – 4:13
  5. "Take Me Higher" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  6. "Take Me Higher" (Instrumental) – 4:11

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Take Me Higher.[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[13] 61
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[14] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Single Tip)[15] 7
Scotland (OCC)[16] 35
UK Singles (OCC)[17] 32
UK Dance (OCC)[18] 4
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[19] 14
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[20] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 77

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 222.
  2. ^ Flick, Larry (1995-09-16). "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. p. 47. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  3. ^ Robertson, Gil L. (1995-09-23). "Pop Singles: Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. p. 7. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  4. ^ Millan, Mark (2010-08-06). "Take Me Higher – Diana Ross". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  5. ^ McCoy, Quincy (1995-09-01). "Gavin Picks > Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. No. 2070. p. 54. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  6. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1995-09-09. p. 6. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. ^ "Reviews: Singles". Music Week. 1995-08-12. p. 15.
  8. ^ Jones, Alan (1995-08-05). "Talking Music" (PDF). Music Week. p. 29. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  9. ^ Hamilton, James (1995-09-02). "Dj directory" (PDF). Music Week, in Record Mirror (Dance Update Supplemental Insert). p. 11. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  10. ^ "REVIEW: "TAKE ME HIGHER" BY DIANA ROSS (CD, 1995)". Pop Rescue. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  11. ^ DianaRossVEVO Take Me Higher
  12. ^ Take Me Higher (Media notes). Diana Ross. Motown Records. 1995.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1995-09-09. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  14. ^ "Diana Ross – Take Me Higher" (in Dutch). top40.nl. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  15. ^ "DIANA ROSS - TAKE ME HIGHER" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2021-07-18.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  17. ^ "Diana Ross: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  18. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  19. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  20. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  21. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-02.