I’ve gone for a selection of Nelly Furtado tracks (from her earlier years) as these songs were such unusual, interesting pop tracks.
‘I’m Like a Bird’ was Furtado’s debut single and it was released just over 15 years ago! The Canadian singer was nominated, and won, a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this song. The music video was iconic too, featuring Furtado floating high up in a tree while birds fly around her.
Nelly Furtado – ‘I’m Like A Bird’
Her next single release, was ‘Turn Off The Light’ (also taken from her debut album ‘Woah, Nelly!’). She describes the song as not only being “fun” and “hooky” but that it’s real because, just like others, she can get lonely at night after the light goes out.
Two video versions surfaced for the song, but the most notable one pictures Furtado in a swap, thrashing about with some dancers. It’s pretty damn cool!
Nelly Furtado – ‘Turn Off The Light’
Lastly, I have chosen to feature ‘Powerless (Say What You Want)’, taken from Furtado’s second, and possibly most understated album, ‘Folklore’.
The song features a sample of Malcolm McLaren‘s ‘Buffalo Gals’ and features the banjo player, Béla Fleck.
This track is all about how Furtado’s label discriminated against her heritage and tried to make her look “whiter”. That aside, it is a stunningly powerful track and I feel the whole of this album was so missed out by people, and should be acknowledged for its brilliance!
Nelly Furtado – ‘Powerless (Say What You Want)’
I hope you have enjoyed reliving these massive Nelly Furtado hits! Do you still love them as much today?! Please share the link to this post with your social media accounts Speakerz.