World Hello Day

11.21.18

A simple hello has the power to make the world a kinder place. Here are five songs to say hello. If you enjoy them, feel free to share this with someone you’d like to reach out to!

Lionel Richie – Hello

Released in 1984, Lionel Richie’s single “Hello” quickly rose in the charts. From his second solo album since leaving The Commodores, this tune took the world by storm. It had the number one spot on three different Billboard charts (pop, R&B, and the adult contemporary chart), and even secured the #1 spot for six weeks on the UK Singles Chart. A sultry blend of Motown and soft rock, “Hello” garnered attention for its hit music video made popular with the help of MTV.

Aretha Franklin – Call Me

An emotional hit song recorded in 1969, “Call Me” is an original track off Franklin’s This Girl’s In Love With You album. Rumored to be inspired by an overheard conversation between two lovers bidding each other farewell, Aretha both lends her voice and her talent on the piano to this song about reaching out. It nabbed the number one spot on the U.S. R&B chart, one of her 20 other songs that did the same – a well-deserved way to remember the powerhouse woman Rolling Stone dubbed the “Lady of Soul”.

Kenny Chesney – You Had Me from Hello

Written and recorded by country musician Kenney Chesney, “You Had Me from Hello” was released in early 1999, and eventually made it to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks that same year. Inspiration for the song came after Kenny Chesney watched the movie “Jerry Maguire” in 1996 in which a character says the line, “You had me at hello”. This heartfelt country ballad is a soothing listen about first impressions turning into lasting impressions.

Alison Krauss & James Taylor - How's the World Treating You

Originally written by Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant, the song’s popularity surged when Elvis Presley recorded a cover of the song in 1956. The list of folks who have covered the song is lengthy, but one notable version is the one posted here by Allison Krauss and James Taylor. Their voices melt together sweetly, combining for an ethereal listening experience.

Neil Diamond – Hello Again

Written by Neil Diamond and Alan Lindgren, this song was a charting single and also a hit on the soundtrack for the 1980 film “The Jazz Singer”. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Diamond also happens to be one of the best-selling musicians of all time. This sentimental tribute to those we think about most is a delicate commentary about the human experience.