On Feb. 7, 1995, Shania Twain released her biggest-selling record of all time.
The album was her critically-acclaimed, “The Woman in Me.” By the end of 1995, the album had sold more than 4 million copies. In 2006, it was ranked as No. 8 on CMT’s list of the 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.
In fact, it is heavily credited as being a major influence for the sound of a more contemporary country music.
The successful album included songs like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” “Any Man of Mine,” “You Win My Love.”
A couple of years later in 1997, Twain released the album “Come On Over.” This is what would send her explosive career into the stratosphere.
‘The Woman in Me’
“The Woman in Me” album helped showcase Twain’s uniquely pop-country mix. It was a sound that had just been more prominently entering the country music scene.
Twain was and continues to be the voice of a powerful, assertive, and empowered woman. Her music is a combination of charm, humor, and sex appeal.
“The whole point behind songwriting for me is to entertain people. I’m not trying to lay heavy loads on people when they’re listening. I try to make things conversational, and it’s not that easy. It’s easier to rhyme and make things sound poetic.”
Songs like “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” were controversial, yet highly irresistible.
The album had a total of 12 unique and catchy songs. It would go on to be awarded diamond certification, which meant Shania Twain was the first female country artist to sell 10 million copies of a record, according to Taste of Country.
Last year was the 25th anniversary of “The Woman in Me.”
Twain celebrated by releasing the “Diamond Edition” of the album. It included the remastered version of 12 different songs, remixes, and live versions of earlier recordings.
According to iHeartRadio, Twain said that she had always intended to be more than just a country singer. She didn’t want to be tied down to one genre and she wanted to be considered an “international artist.”
Reflecting on Success of Album
As for “The Woman in Me,” Twain credits it for how she ended up where she is today.
“It wasn’t until The Woman in Me that I got to record my own songs. So the leap of intense songwriting, just in that one year leading up to The Woman in Me, was enormous. I had never met anyone like Mutt before and he took (my) songwriting to a whole other level. He was very demanding, but in a very good way for me … He saw the potential in the songs. When I think about making this album, it was the real launch of Shania Twain — the singer-songwriter,” Twain told Toronto Sun.
When “The Woman in Me” was released, Twain had already spent some time in the industry. Her first hit was when she was 30. She credits her maturity and understanding of her writing and creativity as part of the reason the album would become so successful.
Her album is a continued influence to the ever-changing voice of country music.
“There was a bit of pop, a bit of rock, some bluegrass, a little folk; that was my kind of country. When I went to Nashville with this hybrid sound, they weren’t even sure it was country. But my thing was, ‘This is how I hear country music.’ But, yes, it did end up impacting the genre. I think a lot of artists started allowing other influences to direct the style of their own type of country,” Twain said.