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Pop Rewind: Annie Lennox “Why”

From her years in the 80’s new-wave duo Eurythmics to her long, successful solo career following, Annie Lennox has been without a doubt one of the most influential women in rock. She’s won four Grammys and sold over 80 million records during her career. She’s also been known as a human rights activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as supporting numerous other causes.

Lennox’s song “Why”, one of her most familiar, first appeared on her solo album Diva in 1992. It is hauntingly beautiful, filled with longing and regret. I’ve included two versions of it below: the official video from the early 1990s, and a live solo performance from the 2008 American Music Awards, during which Lennox easily outclassed every other performer of the evening and proved beyond a doubt what a deserving musical icon she has become. Enjoy!

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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