I’ve delayed coming out with this because one of the songs I was going to use just happened to pop up in today’s survey. I said, "nah, I shouldn’t use it in both places." Then I decided to do it anyway.

It all started with Hans’s post a week or so ago, where he featured Mariah Carey’s "Vision Of Love." As I watched the video I kept thinking about another, similar artist, Chicago native Jody Watley, and how similar they seemed, at least to me.

I decided I’d put them up in battle against each other, because the whole idea of Mariah and Jody battling appealed to me (and that’s all I’m going to say about that; draw your own conclusions).

Mariah Carey, "Someday"

From her eponymous 1990 debut album. Wikipedia says it’s a combination R&B, New Jack Swing, and dance-pop song. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and Dance charts in 1990.

Jody Watley, "Looking For A New Love"

From Jody’s eponymous 1987 album, this dance-pop hit reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Dance chart in 1987.

Those are your contestants, now here’s where you come in:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I will count the votes at noon on November 8, 2021, so be sure and cast your vote by them.

The lines are now open. May the best Dance-Pop Diva win!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Dance-Pop Divas

  1. Who said polyester went out with the ’70s?

    Well, JOHN, to be bluntly honest… I could have easily done without either one of ’em. And to my ears it was pretty much “sucks of one and half a dumber of the other”.

    I guess I’ll vote for Jody, just because it was the last one I needed to listen to.

    ~ D-FensDogG

    POSTSCRIPT: My Brother and I were really pleased that the Braves beat the cheatin’ Astros!


  2. John,

    I really like Mariah Carey and I thought sure as the world she would be my favor in this battle but as it turned out, I preferred Jody in this round. Please give my bote to Jody Watley, my friend.

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  3. Hi, John!

    I started typing this comment more than three hours ago, good buddy. In the middle of writing it, Central Florida experienced a widespread cable outage. Internet was restored just minutes ago!

    Thanks for visiting Shady’s Place clubhouse today, John. This battle of yours is a toughie for me because I admire both female artists. If you think about it, the vocal style and arrangements on these two recordings are very similar to those of a third female singing star of the period – Janet Jackson. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these song performances and music videos, but I’m voting for Mariah Carey because her vocal instrument is more elegantly nuanced. I can’t even name or explain the subtle techniques I detect as I listen to her, but they fill me with wonder. Therefore, please enter my vote for Mariah, and thanks again for visiting me today, good buddy John!

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