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Tiffany's Songs Itemized and Reviewed

This is a listing and review of Tiffany songs (other than releases too recent for me to review yet), arranged in descending order of site creator Dan Tobias's (admittedly subjective) preference. Just how subjective this is, is shown by the fact that every time I revise this whole set of Tiffany files, I tend to review this list and move lots of songs up and down on it to reflect my present preferences, which are often quite different from my earlier ones. Your mileage may vary.

The number and/or letter following each song title indicates where it can be found: [1] = her debut Tiffany album, [2] = Hold An Old Friend's Hand, [3] = New Inside, [4] = Dreams Never Die, [4+] = Dreams Never Die (2005 re-release bonus tracks), [5] = The Color of Silence, [5+] = The Color of Silence (import bonus tracks), [6] = Dust Off and Dance, [J] = Jetsons soundtrack, [BO] = Best One, [BB] = Best of Best, [AB] = All The Best, [GH] = Greatest Hits, [HH] = In Harmony with the Homeless, [IS] = Indian Summer (Rick Rhodes), [DITN] = Deep In The Night (Rick Rhodes), [WWF] = We Will Follow, [PG] = Platinum Girl, [OIAL] = Once In A Lifetime, [SMTS] = Sincerely... Mariya Takeuchi Songbook [A] = A-side of a single, [B] = B-side of a single, [C] = bonus track on 12" or cassette single, [I] = Internet download. * represents items not released in the U.S. (See discography for more details.) Songwriters are given in parentheses where known.

  1. Hold An Old Friend's Hand [2, A, BO*, BB*, AB*, GH] (Donna Weiss)
    This song was originally recorded by Tracy Nelson in 1974, as part of her Tracy Nelson LP. It, unfortunately, did not do particularly well in popularity for either singer. Donna Weiss also co-wrote the #1 hit, "Bette Davis Eyes," sung by Kim Carnes. "Hold An Old Friend's Hand" is an interesting song, reflecting on a long-lost love of years gone by; somewhat unusual to be sung by a teenage singer.

  2. Can't Stop A Heartbeat [B] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    This song, on the flip-side of "All This Time," is one of her most energetic performances. It also uses a police siren (or a synthesized replica thereof) at the beginning and end.

  3. "Fly" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan)
    Rather unoriginal title; there are several other unrelated songs around named "Fly" (including one sung by Hilary Duff). However, it's a good song anyway.

  4. I Always Thought I'd See You Again [J, A, AB*] (Tim James, Steve McClintock, Phil Coleman, George Tobin)
    One of the three Jetsons songs, the one that was released as a single. I didn't like it as much as "You And Me" at first, but it has grown on me.

  5. Could've Been [1, A, BO*, BB*, AB*, GH] (Lois Blaisch)
    Her second #1 hit. The writer originally wanted to sing it herself, and George Tobin was willing to sign her to a contract to do so, but she declined after her lawyer said that the contract's terms were weighted too heavily in Tobin's favor. Tobin, who had bought the rights to the song, tried to interest a number of other female vocalists in singing it with no success, and finally released Tiffany's version (originally recorded as a demo tape). This song is a pleasant ballad, in contrast to the pounding beat of her previous single, "I Think We're Alone Now."

  6. Free Free World [*]
    Apparently created for an Accuvue contact lens promotion in the late '80s, but never released. It's turned up as a bootleg track on the Internet and on home-burned CDs traded among fans.

  7. Kiss the Ground [4] (Ronan O'Hanlon)
    Energetic song with incomprehensible lyrics. I like it anyway.

  8. Open My Eyes [5, I] (J. Brooks, T. Feehan)
    Song with a folksy, acoustic sound that was originally going to be the leadoff single for The Color of Silence, but this was changed at the last minute to "I'm Not Sleeping".

  9. As I Am [5+, I]
    An emusic.com bonus track available only by Internet download. A light, pleasant song. Her ballad-singing talents, always good, are at their best here.

  10. I'm Not Sleeping [5, A, I] (Tiffany, J. Brooks, T. Feehan, A. Henderson)
    Duet with rapper Krayzie Bone, released as the first single from The Color of Silence.

  11. Alone [OIAL*] (Mayo Okamoto)
    One of several songs she performed for Japanese projects.

  12. Sometimes [I]
    An emusic.com bonus track available only by Internet download. An energetic power ballad with some interesting instrumentation.

  13. You Don't Belong Down Here [HH] (Fred Washington, Cherish Alexander, Alan Ray Scott)
    Part of a multi-artist benefit album, In Harmony with the Homeless, this song was written by a homeless person collaborating with professional songwriters. It's the only new Tiffany song to be released in the United States since 1990, and it's a good one.

  14. Winding Road [AB*] (Tiffany, Nancy Bryan)
    One of the two new songs on All the Best, and one of the few songs co-written by Tiffany (the others are on New Inside). A pretty good ballad.

  15. Feelings Of Forever [1, A, BO*, BB*, AB*, GH] (Mark Paul, John Duarte)
    Released as a single, but only got to #50 on the charts. That's too bad; I like it.

  16. Kid On a Corner [1] (Steve McClintock, Tim James)
    Tiffany should perhaps keep in mind some lines from this song: "You should know by now that everything changes; even stars fall from the sky," when pondering the future of her career; there's no guarantee she'll ever regain her early popularity, so she could remain a fallen star herself.

  17. Ruthless [B, 4] (Donna Weiss, John Duarte)
    Her voice takes a deeper, huskier-than-usual tone in this song, on the flip side of "Hold An Old Friend's Hand" and "It's The Lover (Not The Love)." A different version is on her Dreams Never Die album, originally released only overseas (but a U.S. version was released in 2005).

  18. "Artificial Girlfriend" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan, Joe Brooks)
    "I'll be your artificial girlfriend... don't ask why," she says, in this edgy power ballad.

  19. Here In My Heart [3, BO*, AB*, GH] (Diane Warren)
    A pleasant ballad, dedicated on the liner notes to AIDS victim Ryan White.

  20. We're The Truth [4] (Tim James, Steven McClintock)
    Another song that she performed in Las Vegas before releasing overseas in her Dreams Never Die album.

  21. Heart Don't Break Tonight [C] (Tim James, Steven McClintock)
    This song is only found on the cassette single version of "Feelings Of Forever." It's got a harder-rock feel than usual for Tiffany songs.

  22. All This Time [2, A, BO*, BB*, GH] (Tim James, Steve McClintock)
    This ballad reached the top ten in early 1989, as the only big hit of her second album. ("Radio Romance" made the top 40, but peaked in the 30s on the chart.)

  23. "You Can't Break a Broken Heart" [4+] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    A nice pleasant ballad from the bonus tracks of the 2005 DND release. The Duarte/Paul songwriting team wrote most of these bonus tracks as well as some songs from her first two albums.

  24. In The Name Of Love [B*] (Tim James, Dave Deluca)
    This was on the flip side of her "If Love Is Blind" single.

  25. Good Enough for Me [5, I] (Tiffany, T. Feehan, J. Brooks, G. Black)
    Has a jazzed-up sound with lots of synthesizers and echo effects; the most pleasant-sounding song of this mostly bitter-sounding album, this one has her enjoying watching the clouds go by and not worrying about whether what she thinks and believes is the same or different from what others believe.

  26. Keep Walking [5, I] (C. Devore, S. Shiflett)
    Nice piano opening reminiscent of late Beatles songs.

  27. Christening [5, I] (Ovis)
    She turns the tables metaphorically on all those who manipulated and exploited her, by giving rather manipulative orders to a boyfriend to get him to do what she wants and what "plays well" to the crowd who see them.

  28. If Only [5, I] (Tiffany, J. Brooks)
    Inspired by the loss of her good friend to cancer, this has soft but emotional piano music.

  29. Piss U Off [5, I] (Tiffany, T. Feehan, J. Brooks)
    Mean song about her staying in a failed relationship just to put her partner through hell. "Who cares if you hate my dog; Maybe I'll get another just to piss you off."

  30. Butterfly [5, I] (J. Brooks, T. Feehan)
    She sings about outgrowing a relationship, breaking out of her cocoon and going to the moon.

  31. All The Talking [5, I] (Tiffany, J. Brooks, T. Feehan)
    Nicely catchy song explaining how too much argumentative talking can actually get in the way of communication.

  32. I Will Not Breakdown [5, I] (T. Feehan, J. Brooks, G. Black)
    Kind of an Alanis Morrissette style.

  33. If Love Is Blind [4, A*, AB*] (Tim James, Steven McClintock)
    Released as a single in Asia. U.S. audiences heard it only in her Las Vegas performances in 1993. Pleasant ballad.

  34. Call Me [PG] (Harry, Moroder)
    A cover of the Blondie hit, on Platinum Girl, a tribute album from Cleopatra Records released in 2000.

  35. Sam Loves Joann [4] (Tia Sillers, John Tirro)
    Tiffany goes country with this one, foreshadowing her attempted move to a country career later on.

  36. Betty [5, I] (J. Brooks)
    A song with moody vocals and subdued instrumentation. I don't know who Betty is.

  37. Silence [5, I] (Tiffany, T. Feehan, G. Black)
    A pretty noisy song for one of this title; she explains how "everything was different when I was seventeen," reminiscing about her past and how the present is different -- she's more in control now.

  38. New Year's Day [WWF] (Mullen, Evans, Clayton, Hewson)
    Easily the strangest of Tiffany's songs, this track on a 1999 tribute album teams Tiffany with industrial group Front Line Assembly to cover a U2 song. No, your CD player isn't skipping; those effects are intentional. Takes some getting used to, but Tiff's vocals are great.

  39. Hold Me [IS, DITN] (Rick Rhodes, Patti Austin, D. Grusin, D. Messenger)
    A duet with Rick Rhodes on Rick's Indian Summer album, this is one of the least-known Tiffany songs. It's a pleasant love ballad.

  40. Close Our Eyes [AB*] (Kim Bullard, Amy Sky, Marc Jordan, Dave Taggart)
    The other one of the two new songs appearing on All the Best, this ballad is a duet with Tommy Page.

  41. Can't You See [4, BO*, AB*] (Monte Brinkley, John Duarte, Tim James, Steven McClintock)
    A pretty good ballad.

  42. Cinnamon [5, I] (Tiffany, J. Brooks, T. Feehan)
    Some references to her religious beliefs are in this song: "Do you believe that you're dead when you die, or do you believe in a soul?... God knows that you're not blind; you just don't want to be saved." Though she's a born-again Christian, Tiffany isn't really preachy about it; this is the only place she's mentioned religion in songs so far, and it's not really that pushy -- in another song on the album, she says that "you believe what you wanna believe and that's alright with me."

  43. Tenderly [3] (Nayan, Chris Bednar)
    This track begins with a brief instrumental interlude, with an accompanying sound of running water, indicated as "A Moment To Rest" on the jacket.

  44. It's You [3] (Tiffany, Kevin Grady, Phillip Damien)
    One of the two songs on New Inside with Tiffany co-writing credits.

  45. Back In The Groove [3, GH] (Maurice Starr, Tiffany)
    One of Tiff's two co-writing credits on New Inside, this song is reminiscent of '60s Motown "doo-wop" music.

  46. Dreams Never Die [4] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    Title track to her overseas-released fourth album; a ballad.

  47. Oh Jackie [2, BO*] (Tim James, Steven McClintock, Tim Heintz, Kimberly Feldman)
    Tiffany asks the musical question "Am I just something you outgrew?" as a line of this song; I imagine Tiffany-bashers who think she's just for "teenyboppers" would answer this in the affirmative.

  48. You And Me [J] (Tim James, Steve McClintock, Mark Mancina, George Tobin)
    One of the three songs she sang for the Jetsons movie.

  49. "Angel Baby" [4+] (Rosalie Hamlin)
    This song was originally released by Rosie and the Originals in the early '60s. It's a slow love song.

  50. "Are You Lonely Tonight" [4+] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    This song has kind of a '50s feel, even though it's actually newer than that.

  51. "Na Na Na" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan, Joe Brooks)
    A catchy dance track.

  52. New Inside [3, A, BO*] (Phillip Damien, Dennis Cheese)
    This song, the title track from Tiff's third album, was released as its first single, introducing her new style to the pop radio audience. The rap portion was performed by New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, going under the nickname "Dennis Cheese." (Some of the airplay of this song was of a shortened version without the rap.)

  53. Never Run My Motor Down [3] (Andre Cymone, Gardner Cole)
    This is a fast-paced track, but in a somewhat different style from the other fast-paced songs on New Inside. Alert listeners will note the stereo effect wherein the vocals in the line about a "moving target" move around to illustrate the point.

  54. Hearts Never Lie [2] (Alan Roy Scott, Hugh James)
    This is a duet with Chris Farren, and is one of the better album tracks on Hold An Old Friend's Hand, but was never released as a single (even though it's listed on the sticker on the front of the album showing several of the songs on it).

  55. Home [J] (Tim James, Steve McClintock, Mark Mancina)
    Another of the three Jetsons songs. Her voice covers an impressive range in this song.

  56. The Heart Of Love [B] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    Her voice sounds quite similar to Stevie Nicks in this song, on the flip side of "Could've Been."

  57. Should've Been Me [1, BO*, BB*] (Mark Paul)
    The opening song of her debut album; it has a good intro which helps set the feel for the whole album. This is one of the songs where her singing style is close to that of her idol, Stevie Nicks.

  58. Spanish Eyes [1, BO*] (Donna Weiss, John Duarte, Lauren Wood)
    Not to be confused with "Irish Eyes," which are smiling... In an earlier version of this list, I rated it last of all her songs, but it has improved considerably in my estimation upon repeated listening.

  59. Danny [1, A, BO*, GH] (Jody Moreing)
    This was actually her first single, at the time of her mall tour, but never made the charts. Being a "Danny" myself (though I prefer "Dan" as a form of address), I've naturally got some sympathy for it.

  60. I Think We're Alone Now [1, 6, A, BO*, BB*, AB*, GH] (Ritchie Cordell)
    Her first big hit; went to #1 on the charts. A re-make of a 1967 Tommy James and the Shondells hit, with an '80s dance-pop beat. (A new version of this appears on Dust Off and Dance.)

  61. "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" [4+] (Lori Burton, Pamela Sawyer)
    This oldie has been done by Shania Twain, the Young Rascals, and even the Jackson 5; enough eaten hearts to make a sizeable meal.

  62. Out Of My Heart [B] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    This is on the flip side of "Feelings Of Forever."

  63. Gotta Be Love [C] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    Found only on the 12" and cassette single versions of "I Saw Him Standing There," this song makes heavy use of studio trickery, with unusual sound effects, and pronounced stereo effects making vocals and percussion appear to come from several different directions.

  64. "Kama Sutra" [6] (Tim Feehan, Dre Wilson)
    The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian text on human sexual behavior, according to its Wikipedia entry. Accordingly, the song has an "Eastern" flair, as well as sexiness.

  65. "I Luv How You Feel" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan, Joe Brooks)
    If you "luv" a perky, bouncy beat, this is the song for you.

  66. Manhattan Kiss [SMTS*] (Mariya Takeuchi)
    One of several songs she performed for Japanese projects.

  67. There Could Never [3] (Phillip Damien, Mark Wilson)
    This rather lengthy (7:36) track concludes the New Inside album.

  68. Our Love [3, BO*] (Phillip Damien)
    Though Tiff didn't co-write it, it's fairly similar to "It's You" in style.

  69. Life Affair [3] (Gardner Cole, Matthew Garey)
    Another song similar in style to "It's You" and "Our Love". If there's one flaw in New Inside, it's that these three songs are too much alike. The remaining songs are different, though. Her singing is fine throughout, which saves even the most repetitive songs.

  70. I Saw Him Standing There [1, A, BO*, BB*, AB*, GH] (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
    Remake of Beatles classic with a sex change. Tiffany-haters particularly like to pound on her for this one; presumably, teenaged singers shouldn't dare to "tamper" with the classics. However, Tiffany turns out not to be the first to do this particular sex-reversed take on this song.

  71. It's The Lover [Not The Love] [2, A, GH] (Rich Donahue, Patrick Dollaghan)
    This mellow ballad was released as a single in late 1989, but didn't make the charts.

  72. That One Blue Candle [4] (Danny O'Keeefe, Vince Melamed)
    She performed this in Las Vegas in 1993.

  73. These Arms Of Mine [4, AB*] (Otis Redding)
    A remake of an old Otis Redding song.

  74. Almost In Love [4, AB*] (Tim James, Mike Piccirillo)
    Another ballad.

  75. No Rules [B] (Mark Paul, John Duarte)
    This is on the flip side of "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Danny."

  76. Promises Made [1] (Mark Paul, John Duarte)
    Can't think of any particular comment on this. It's by the Duarte/Paul team, who write several of Tiffany's songs.

  77. Kiss You All Over [4, AB*] (Michael Chapman, Nicholas Chinn)
    Remake of a 1970s Exile hit.

  78. Radio Romance [2, A, BO*, BB*, AB*, GH] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    One of many fairly-similar "teen-romance" songs.

  79. Walk Away While You Can [2] (Mike Piccirillo)
    Another "teen-romance" song... there are a lot of these on Tiffany's first two albums.

  80. We're Both Thinking Of Her [2, BO*] (George Tobin, Mark Keefner)
    Yet another teen-romance song; like "Radio Romance," it's about her being in love with some guy who's dating her best friend.

  81. Johnny's Got The Inside Moves [1] (Jon McElroy, Ned McElroy)
    Don't know who these McElroys are... brothers, or father-and-son? ("His Boy, McElroy"? Well, Tiffany played Judy Jetson, after all.)

  82. I'll Be The Girl [2, B] (George Tobin, Mike Piccirillo)
    Some reviewers regard this song as "exploitative," and anti-feminist, since it is co-written by manager George Tobin, and has her promising the listener that she'd "do anything you want me to" to win their love. They may have a point, but on the other hand, there are certainly enough songs out there performed by male vocalists proclaiming the lengths they'll go to please their girl, and I haven't heard anyone complaining about THEM.

  83. "Everyone Get Down" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan, Joe Brooks)
    So, how come you "Get Up and Boogie", but you "Get Down" to "Boogie Oogie Oogie"? Only the disco crowd knows for sure, but this song gets you down rather than up!

  84. "Sacrifice" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan, Joe Brooks)
    The beat and music aren't quite so overpowering (relative to her voice) as in some of her other dance tracks, but it's still not that memorable a song.

  85. Drop That Bomb [2] (John Duarte, Bill Bowersock)
    Duarte has a different songwriting partner here, but the result is yet another teen romance song that failed to make much of an impression on me. This is the song from which reviewer Jimmy Guterman extracted the lines "The best of love is hard to find; it can slip like sand right through your hands," as evidence of the hackneyed nature of the entire album, to which he gave a terrible review in Rolling Stone. Come to think of it, this song can be catchy, too... so, even though it's near the bottom of my list, I still find something to like about it.

  86. "I Don't Know What You Got" [4+] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    What she's got is a song with lots of synthesizer effects, threatening to overpower her vocals.

  87. "Look'in Through the Windows" [4+] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    Sung like a ballad, but with a lot of percussion and sound effects.

  88. "Ride It" [6] (Tiffany, Tim Feehan)
    Her voice is kind of lost in the beat and the sound effects.

  89. Mr. Mambo [B, GH] (John Duarte, Mark Paul)
    This dance song features a spoken monologue given in "Valley Girl" fashion, as Tiffany relates a story of a dance held at a mall. It was rather inexplicably picked as the only B-side track on the Greatest Hits album of 1996, although there are many better Tiffany B-sides that could have been used.

  90. Tiff's Back [3] (Maurice Starr)
    A fast, pounding song announcing Tiff's return after a long absence which included a change in managers and a period of low popularity.

  91. Loneliness [4] (Harold Beaty)
    The final track of "Dreams Never Die". It's got a rather excessive number of technical special effects, overshadowing the song itself.

[Not Ranked]. Overture [2]
This isn't actually a Tiffany song; it's an acoustical guitar solo by Grant Geismann, including parts of "Hold An Old Friend's Hand," "All This Time," and "Hearts Never Lie."

 

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