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Dionne Warwick’s greatest songs, ranked

It’s like The Guardian really understands Datalounge.

#1 is Walk on By.

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by Anonymousreply 10702/22/2021

That’s What Friends Are For snubbed!

by Anonymousreply 102/18/2021

Don't they mean "Burt Bacharach's best songs?"

by Anonymousreply 202/18/2021

Where My Lips Have Been

by Anonymousreply 302/18/2021


by Anonymousreply 402/18/2021

Her version of Alfie remains the best.

by Anonymousreply 502/18/2021

The Valley of the Dolls theme always makes me feel like crying.

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by Anonymousreply 602/18/2021

Not all Bacharach r2

by Anonymousreply 702/18/2021

Where's "Always Something There To Remind Me"?

by Anonymousreply 802/18/2021

R6 You and Jacqueline Susann both.

by Anonymousreply 902/18/2021

Dionne's cover of Stevie Wonder's "All In Love Is Fair" is a masterclass. Brilliant.

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by Anonymousreply 1002/18/2021

Pay Me In Cash is right up there at number one.

by Anonymousreply 1102/18/2021

Funny comment from the article:

When I was working at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair (1990-94) she would stay with us if doing a couple of back-to-back concerts - usually at the Royal Albert Hall.

On returning in the evenings she would nip up to her room then reappear in the lobby in sweatpants, a baseball cap and always puffing on a cigarette as she worked-off her ‘performance high’ by walking circles of the lobby. When she cruised over to the concierge desk, she’d stop to chat (and sometimes ask for a light for her next cigarette) whilst looking at the cards attached to cuddly toys and flower bouquets which would arrive in the second limo from the concert venue. Then she’d have us send them to one of the nearby London hospitals for the staff and children’s wards to enjoy.

By that point in the evening her voice was always husky and breathy, but the vibrancy behind her eyes and sassy chuckle was always in evidence. A lovely lady and one helluva songstress.

by Anonymousreply 1202/18/2021

Just testing out this GIF link.

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by Anonymousreply 1302/18/2021

Let's hope Miss Warwick doesn't get The Guardian mixed up with the National Guard.

by Anonymousreply 1402/18/2021

Where my lips have been

by Anonymousreply 1502/18/2021

Eat pussy

by Anonymousreply 1602/18/2021

Glad to see my favorite, “Are You There With Another Girl?”, at #3. I love that song.

by Anonymousreply 1702/18/2021

R10, sorry to break it to you, but Babs did it better.

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by Anonymousreply 1802/18/2021

Dionne slaying the fuck out of Alfie. This is probably her best performance of the song. No one comes close.

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by Anonymousreply 1902/18/2021

R5 I was just going to say that. Nothing compares to Alfie.

I also love, Make it Easy on Yourself...

by Anonymousreply 2002/18/2021

R20 here. Also love Windows of the World and You'll Neve Get To Heaven She was the soundtrack to our lives in my parents house gowning up.

by Anonymousreply 2102/18/2021

Anyone Who Had a Heart

by Anonymousreply 2202/18/2021

I'd have gone for "This Girl's in Love", with "Anyone Who Had a Heart" a close second

by Anonymousreply 2302/18/2021

Sorry r18 Barbra's is also good but Dionne slayed it.

by Anonymousreply 2402/18/2021

Re: All In Love Is Fair. When Barbra sings a song that is so brilliantly crafted on the page I just wish she would sing it straight.. Don't play around and embellish the melody line or the phrasing . . . .just sing the song. She's done this on a lot of songs that didn't need all the embellishing. Dionne sung it straight and you could feel the emotion in her voice. She has the superior version

by Anonymousreply 2502/18/2021

Dionne SANG it straight, I meant. Whoops.

by Anonymousreply 2602/18/2021

This is a piece of undeniable fabulosity. Personally I like "Heartbreaker" and "Then Came You" better, they highlight her virtuosity.

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by Anonymousreply 2702/18/2021

A fabulous live version of Walk On By, from 1965, with Dionne doing call and response with the audience.

Dionne was workin' that stage HUNTY.

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by Anonymousreply 2802/18/2021

Anyone Who Had a Heart is great

by Anonymousreply 2902/18/2021

Where my pussy has been.

by Anonymousreply 3002/18/2021

Saw a psychic in L.A.

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by Anonymousreply 3102/18/2021

VOD Theme would not be #14 if they read DL.

by Anonymousreply 3202/18/2021

Higher up on the list, R32? (#7 or so?)

by Anonymousreply 3302/18/2021

What a bitch, needs now

Is cash, sweet cash

by Anonymousreply 3402/18/2021

Isaac Hayes's cover of Walk on By is much better. I would rank This Girl's in Love or Don't Make Me Over higher.

by Anonymousreply 3502/18/2021

This is my favorite David & Bacharach song, so it's of course perfectly made for her voice.

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by Anonymousreply 3602/18/2021

Shit. Any fool knows "Don't Make Me Over" was my best. Among so many others.

Now carry on. You little people are doing just fine without me. I am too fucking busy for this. Damont and Cindi both have the COVID and I've got them out in a tent in the back to keep my divaspace safe for who's important. But that means I have to keep answering the door to get my food and "special medicament" deliveries my fucking self.

Christ. Cindi's out there hacking again. I hope someone calls them an ambulance if they need it. But people are so fucking lazy nowadays.

My Christmas Album is still available, you know. And cassette tape is making a comeback. Unlike Gladys, Tina, or Patti Pie.

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by Anonymousreply 3702/18/2021

Alfie was recorded by 42 (!) singers before Dionne did it and turned it into a hit. Her version is the best.

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by Anonymousreply 3802/18/2021

My fave from Dionne ... "Message To Michael" (1966).

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by Anonymousreply 3902/18/2021

OMG, I forgot that song. It's beautiful. Message to Michael definitely should be on the list.

by Anonymousreply 4002/18/2021

Then Came You was her only No. 1 hit.

by Anonymousreply 4102/18/2021

R41, That's What Friends Are For also went to Number 1 on the Hot 100.

by Anonymousreply 4202/18/2021

I do like "Heartbreaker," written by Barry, Robin, & Maurice Gibb. Takes me back to the '80s. (The Gibbs can be heard singing backup on the song.)

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by Anonymousreply 4302/18/2021

Deja Vu is fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 4402/18/2021

"That's What Friends Are For" is crap. "Then Came You ", "Heartbreaker" anyone could have recorded those.

They can't compare to her classic Bacharach recordings with their unique melodies and her distinctive, wistful voice

"Theme From Valley of the Dolls", "Alfie", "Don't Make Me Over"...and especially "Anyone Who Had A Heart"

by Anonymousreply 4502/18/2021

R45, yes, the Burt Bacharach songs are a no-brainer for me. Beyond reproach, absolutely beautiful. Just trying to throw in some other stuff I enjoyed post-BB.

by Anonymousreply 4602/18/2021

Dionne did the first version of Bacharach's "Close To You", but it's pretty bad.

by Anonymousreply 4702/18/2021

How was the (Theme from) Valley of the Dolls a "minor U.S. hit"? It hit number 2 on the charts.

by Anonymousreply 4802/18/2021

I love watching this video of Burt and Dionne working on the song "Loneliness Remembers." Burt was quite attractive back in the day and Dionne looking cool and chic in her outfit.

Bacharach/David's music along with Warwick's voice were magic together.

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by Anonymousreply 4902/18/2021

R37 Dionne, Tina sends her love from Zurich.

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by Anonymousreply 5002/18/2021

Promises, Promises

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by Anonymousreply 5102/18/2021

R49 shows why the Bacharach/David/Warwick team worked. He can throw any key change, rhythm change, lyric change at Dionne and she makes it work effortless. That's her gift.

by Anonymousreply 5202/18/2021

R51 "Promises" is odd ball song very difficult to sing well.

What she does with it is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 5302/18/2021

Heartbreaker is a beautiful song. I can't stand Barry Gibb because he's dumb and a Trumper, but no doubt he was a very fine songwriter.

I love Walk On By and Close To You. Diana Ross did a superb version of the latter.

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by Anonymousreply 5402/19/2021

Where My Lips Have Been

by Anonymousreply 5502/19/2021

They made it to twenty-five? Must have been A LOT of filler.

by Anonymousreply 5602/19/2021

I love her song “Deez Teefs Were Made For Chomping.”

by Anonymousreply 5702/19/2021

This song from Windows of the World made me gay.

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by Anonymousreply 5802/19/2021

@ R28, she was working that dress - her tittie game was on point! Literally!

@R10, quite impressive, considering.

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by Anonymousreply 6002/19/2021

Been watching her old video in YT. Maybe not a popular opinion but i think she could’ve rival Whitney’s beauty if only she fix subtlety her nose.

by Anonymousreply 6102/19/2021

Why she never duetted with Whitney ?

by Anonymousreply 6202/19/2021

Former TV reporter here. I once asked Dionne Warwick what song she would like to hear Whitney cover? Her response was "Anyone Who Had a Heart." I commented it was perhaps my favorite song. We also spoke about the Linda Ronstadt and Wynonna Judd versions of the song. She was very complimentary especially of Wynnona's.

by Anonymousreply 6302/19/2021

She had another song with Barry Gibb producing that followed Heartbreaker. I think it was with the Bee Gees all doing background vocals. Ring any bells?

by Anonymousreply 6402/19/2021

My personal favorite: "NO! You Can't Fuck My Nostril!"

by Anonymousreply 6502/19/2021

Didn’t she say she hated Heartbreaker ?

by Anonymousreply 6602/19/2021

Dionne Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most charted female vocalist of all time, with 69 singles reaching the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.

by Anonymousreply 6702/19/2021

If she had shared her reefer with good friend Karen Carpenter, the munchies would have kept Karen alive.

by Anonymousreply 6802/19/2021

Dionne or Aretha’s Say a little prayer ?

by Anonymousreply 6902/19/2021

Don't Make Me Over and Walk On By are my favorites. I also like her version of Odds and Ends.

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by Anonymousreply 7002/19/2021

Who else love this song ?

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by Anonymousreply 7102/19/2021

Did I mention I got Miss Warwick to autograph my CD of Friends can be lovers ?

by Anonymousreply 7202/19/2021

Dionne or Dusty?

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by Anonymousreply 7302/19/2021

Let Me Go to Him

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by Anonymousreply 7402/19/2021

R73 Can't we love them both?

by Anonymousreply 7502/19/2021

I did it better, R71.

Even Dionne knows that, though she'll never admit it.

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by Anonymousreply 7602/19/2021

I Say A Little Prayer

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by Anonymousreply 7702/19/2021

Good choice, OP. On her best songs Dionne always sold it. Love her.

by Anonymousreply 7802/19/2021

No love for Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Wow, just wow.

by Anonymousreply 7902/19/2021

Oh wow, R77, Cissy Houston was in that video. I didn't know she did back-up on I Say A Little Prayer. I wonder if she did back-up for both Dionne's and Aretha's version of the song.

by Anonymousreply 8002/19/2021

At R28, Dionne looks and sounds great (live version of "Walk on By"). As time passes, I do see similarities between Dionne and Whitney Houston (cousins).

by Anonymousreply 8102/19/2021

You can tell that Whitney studied cousin Dionne. Their stage presence and mannerisms are similar.

I always said that Whitney's three biggest influences as a singer and performer were Cissy, Dionne and Aretha.

by Anonymousreply 8202/19/2021

Make It Easy On Yourself

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by Anonymousreply 8302/19/2021

There are only three songs by Miss Warwick I give a damn about:

"Whisper in the Dark"- Reminds me of the first real life guy I had the serious hots for when I was fourteen.

"Love Power" (Yes, I know R31 beat me to it.)

"Reservations for Two"

by Anonymousreply 8402/19/2021

r84 she has some stellar songs in her repertoire.

by Anonymousreply 8502/19/2021

What was her last hit record? I'm guessing "No Night So Long"?

The two Barrys deserve a lot of credit for keeping her in the spotlight. The Manilow-produced LP especially was huge.

by Anonymousreply 8602/19/2021

Agreed entirely, R18. I know it was thrown together from a pile of previously unreleased material, but "The Way We Were" (non-soundtrack) is my favorite Streisand album. I used to listen to it on vinyl, while soaking in the tub.

by Anonymousreply 8702/19/2021

[quote]You can tell that Whitney studied cousin Dionne.

Unfortunately she learned nothing about singing from her aunt.

by Anonymousreply 8802/19/2021

Barbra's All In Love Is Fair doesn't compare to Dionne's. Barbra was too flowery and overemoting in her delivery and the orchesration was too fussy.

by Anonymousreply 8902/19/2021

^Ooops meant to write "cousin"

by Anonymousreply 9002/19/2021

I love Nancy’s version

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by Anonymousreply 9102/19/2021

Why is the Socialist Guardian trumpeting this singer?

Is she a Socialist?

by Anonymousreply 9202/19/2021


So many informed, intelligent people with taste, grace, decency and kindness.

But no new sales.


by Anonymousreply 9302/19/2021

My favorite from Dionne is "Where Are My Virginia Slims?"

by Anonymousreply 9402/19/2021

Miss Warwick is a treasure. Bitch knew how to put over a song.

by Anonymousreply 9502/20/2021

Would Dionne have become a big star without the Bacharach-David collaboration?

by Anonymousreply 9602/20/2021

Why does the Guardian article refer to her as a soul legend? Dionne may have sung some R&B in her 80s reincarnation but she was never considered a soul singer. She always sang pop music. It's like Donna Summer's albums always being placed in the R&B/Urban section in record stores. Just because they are black women does not automatically make them soul singers.

by Anonymousreply 9702/20/2021

Because she's black, R97. It's the same bs when they refer to Diana Ross as "R&B Diva."

Why did Dionne and Burt stop collaborating together?

by Anonymousreply 9802/20/2021

That Alfie song is stupid which is why it took a zillion tried before anyone could make it a hit.

Who names anyone Alfie??

by Anonymousreply 9902/20/2021

Omg she looks like a devil in OPs pic

by Anonymousreply 10002/20/2021

[quote] It's the same bs when they refer to Diana Ross as "R&B Diva."

You just know Diane hates being called that. She hates being slotted in a black genre.

by Anonymousreply 10102/20/2021

R80: Cissy sang on both Dionne and Aretha's version of Say a Little Prayer.

R73 & r75: We can like both. In fact, here os both:

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by Anonymousreply 10202/20/2021

R98: Burt and Hal David stopped collaborating and even speaking to each other. But they forgot to tell Dionne. She read about it in the papers. Then the lawsuits flew.

by Anonymousreply 10302/20/2021

Thank you, R103.

by Anonymousreply 10402/20/2021

Since Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin have been featured on this thread, I'd like to post an interview clip where Dionne says a few things about them.

Essentially, she met Aretha when they were teenagers, and she was stunningly impressed by how mature Aretha's adolescent singing voice sounded. She was "a piece of work" as a person, but still remained her friend.

She met Nancy at the 1965 Grammy Awards (Nancy won), and remained friends after that. They played pinochle together; she said Nancy was very good at that.

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by Anonymousreply 10502/20/2021

[quote] Would Dionne have become a big star without the Bacharach-David collaboration?

Would Bacharach-David have become big stars without Dionne Warwick? I think the answer to both questions is no.

Dionne had a cool, ethereal, jazzy voice. Yet, there was emotion in there.

by Anonymousreply 10602/20/2021

And speaking of Aretha, here's Dionne doing an amazing rendition of "Daydreaming."

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