Throwback Thursday ‘Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
Most people know "Torn" as a Natalie Imbruglia song, but did you know she was actually the fourth person to record it! However, Natalie's version is probably the most famous.
Before Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn" was done in 1993 in Danish by Lis Sørensen, then in 1995 it was done by American alternative rock band, Ednaswap. In 1996 it was recorded again by Trine Rein.
But Australian, Natalie Imburglia, made it her own in 1997 as her debut single! "Torn" was the first single off of Natalie's album, Left of the Middle. (Which I owned.)
The music video features British actor, Jeremy Sheffield. The thing I remember most about the music video was that I loved her haircut. Is that weird?
"Torn" has an interesting story when it comes to the American Billboard charts. According to Wikipedia, "...the song peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for 11 consecutive weeks. However, as a result of rules preventing tracks which had not been released as physical singles from charting on the Billboard Hot 100, the song did not chart there during its peak of popularity in the United States. In late 1998, when the song was declining in popularity, the rules changed to allow airplay-only songs onto the chart, and the song charted for 2 weeks, peaking at number 42."
"Torn" did hit #1 on several American charts including Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, and Mainstream Top 40.
The song was a huge hit all over the world! Especially in the UK and Natalie's home country of Australia.