Annie Lennox : 100 BEAUTIFUL SONGS

Number 1 : Why by Annie Lennox from Diva in 1992

Why – When Annie embarked on her solo career in 1992, it was “Why” that provided the first glimpse of what she could do without Dave Stewart. The public embraced this “new Annie,” perhaps a more feminine version than had been seen through Eurythmics’ more gender-bending roles. If the image was seen as somewhat softer, the songs were equally sharp and intense as her chart-topping songs with Dave. “Why” set a new standard for the modern pop song. It was a worldwide hit (top charting position was No. 1 in Italy). It was her first solo single from her first solo album, and it’s first in our fan-voted poll. Annie may have concluded “Why” by lamenting, “I don’t think you know how I feel.” In this instance, fans do know this – “Why” is the top choice, overall, and for that there is no question as to why.

Top 15 voters

Alexander Barton1
Cameron Carr1
Eddie Davis1
Fabio Milani1
Kyle Barber1
Mark Page1
Wolfgang Nomi1
Ben Rawson-Jones2
Clem Stambaugh2
Grace Gomez2
John DesJardins2
Michele A. Plaga2
Rob Dziubek2
Yann Jouvet2
Alfredo Ramos3

how many times do i have to try to tell you
that I’m sorry for the things i’ve done
but when i start to try to tell you
that’s when you have to tell me
hey…this kind of trouble’s only just begun
i tell myself too many times
why don’t you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
that’s why it hurts so bad to hear the words
that keep on falling from your mouth
falling from your mouth
falling from your mouth
tell me…
why
why

i may be mad
i may be blind
i may be viciously unkind
but i can still read what you’re thinking
and i’ve heard it said too many times
that you’d be better off
besides…
why can’t you see this boat is sinking
(this boat is sinking this boat is sinking)
let’s go down to the water’s edge
and we can cast away those doubts
some things are better left unsaid
but they still turn me inside out
turning inside out turning inside out
tell me…
why
tell me…
why

this is the book i never read
these are the words i never said
this is the path i’ll never tread
these are the dreams i’ll dream instead
this is the joy that’s seldom spread
these are the tears…
the tears we shed
this is the fear
this is the dread
these are the contents of my head
and these are the years that we have spent
and this is what they represent
and this is how i feel
do you know how i feel?
’cause i don’t think you know how i feel
i don’t think you know what i feel
i don’t think you know what i feel
you don’t know what i feel

Why “Why”

I’ve been asked to write some lines about why I chose “Why” as my #1 place. It might seem trite or expected, seeing as it’s Annie’s first solo single, one of her most recognizable hits, and the song which propelled her into the spotlight by herself for the first time without Dave. 
But this song runs deep for me. As with the rest of you, I’ve heard this song performed a multitude of times, from Arista’s 25th, to the AMAs, peacetour, countless television shows (including Intimate and Interactive here in Toronto), her solo tours, and the majestic and beautiful video, produced by Sophie Muller, our own personal muse. It’s always been a favourite of mine, and I couldn’t think of another song that encapsulates my love for Annie any better than this song. 

But in recent weeks, the lyrics and the somber tone of this song has taken on a new meaning for me. After a rough road (and a dark road that leads to my house), my partner of 5 years decided that our relationship was over. Here I was, 49 and alone. My therapy has always been Annie, through previous breakups, the death of my mother (Dad’s death was 1988, so it was all Eurythmics), somber times, and even joyous ones. There’s a comfort that this song gives me, it slows me down, beckoning me to listen once again, to find something new within its walls, to hear it once again for the first time. I always go back to “Why”. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found an answer to the question.

Anyway. I wish all of you the best of the season, and my sincere wishes for a 2020 that surrounds each of you with comfort and joy. Happy Birthday, Annie. Here’s to many more.

– Cameron Carr

COLLECTABLE RECORD

Well, no apologies, you are getting the whole collectors discography for Why today, every release and every promo!

Record IDImageFormatRelease DetailsNoteClick for more info
2236
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Arista 25 Years Of Hits - CD - The USA'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Arista 25 Years Of Hits
Format : CD
Label : Arista
Cat No. : 07822-14559-2
Country : The USA
Promo : No
Arista 25 Years Of Hits

Compilation featuring Why exclusive to Target stores
link
2361
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Baby I Love You Way - CD - Taiwan'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Baby I Love You Way
Format : CD
Label : BMG
Cat No. : Unknown
Country : Taiwan
Promo : Yes
1 of 3 Taiwanese Promo CD on Record Co. Compilationlink
3359
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - BMG Germany POP News - CD - Germany'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : BMG Germany POP News
Format : CD
Label : BMG
Cat No. : 78475-1
Country : Germany
Promo : Yes
BMG Germany POP News Promo CDlink
1647
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - BMG Pop Promo CD Volume 40 - Octbober 1992 - CD - Canada'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : BMG Pop Promo CD Volume 40 - Octbober 1992
Format : CD
Label : RCA
Cat No. : KCDP-51113
Country : Canada
Promo : Yes
2 of 2 10 Track Promo CD of Various artists ending with Why, Little Bird, Precious and the interview.link
1857
UP2020-08
Annie Lennox - BMG Pop Promo Volume #32 March 1992 - CD - Canada'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : BMG Pop Promo Volume #32 March 1992
Format : CD
Label : RCA
Cat No. : KCDP-7301
Country : Canada
Promo : Yes
BMG Pop Promo Volume #32 March 1992link
2445
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Body Shop Voices Against Violence - CD - The USA'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Body Shop Voices Against Violence
Format : CD
Label : BMG
Cat No. : 07822145012
Country : The USA
Promo : Yes
Body Shop Voices Against Violence

6 track prom CD from The Body Shop
link
1357
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Carnival - CD - Japan'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Carnival
Format : CD
Label : BMG
Cat No. : PDTD1041
Country : Japan
Promo : Yes
Carnival

18 Track Promo Compilation featuring Why
link
6391
NW2020-09
Annie Lennox - Israel Bootleg Series - Why - 12" Single - Israel'12" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Israel Bootleg Series - Why
Format : 12" Single
Label : None
Cat No. : None
Country : Israel
Promo : No
1 sided bootleg pressinglink
5828
NW2019-02
Annie Lennox - Musik Zum Wohlfühlen 2/2001 CD2 - CD - Germany'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Musik Zum Wohlfühlen 2/2001 CD2
Format : CD
Label : Sondock Media Network
Cat No. : None
Country : Germany
Promo : Yes
Promo CD featuring Why - Musik Zum Wohlfühlenlink
3646
UP2020-08
Annie Lennox - The Unplugged Collection - Volume One - CD - The USA'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : The Unplugged Collection - Volume One
Format : CD
Label : Warner Brothers
Cat No. : 9 45774-2
Country : The USA
Promo : Yes
Rare Unplugged Promolink
5794
NW2019-02
Annie Lennox - TM Century Compilation - CD - Canada'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : TM Century Compilation
Format : CD
Label : TM Century
Cat No. : 9205
Country : Canada
Promo : Yes
TM Centurylink
2357
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Waiting In Vain - CD - Taiwan'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Waiting In Vain
Format : CD
Label : BMG
Cat No. : Unknown
Country : Taiwan
Promo : Yes
2 of 3 Taiwanese Promo CD on Record Co. Compilationlink
1064
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 12" Single - Brazil'12" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 12" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : 990-4073
Country : Brazil
Promo : Yes
Promo in unique picture sleevelink
5110
NW2018-01
Annie Lennox - Why - 12" Single - Poland'12" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 12" Single
Label : DMC
Cat No. : DMC 109
Country : Poland
Promo : No
DMC 4 track 12" featuring Whylink
6444
NW2020-09
Annie Lennox - Why - 12" Single - Israel'12" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 12" Single
Label : None
Cat No. : None
Country : Israel
Promo : No
Unofficial release Picture disc test pressing lathe cut single.link
2298
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 12" Single - Spain'12" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 12" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PT 45318
Country : Spain
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
6413
NW2020-09
Annie Lennox - Why - 5½" Single Flexidisc - Russia'5½" Single FlexidiscArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 5½" Single Flexidisc
Label : буд кон
Cat No. : Д60 13399
Country : Russia
Promo : No
Unofficial release - green flexidisc.link
2021
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - Spain'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : 0413
Country : Spain
Promo : Yes
Rare Spanish Double A Side Promolink
6788
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - Brazil'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : 102.0568
Country : Brazil
Promo : Yes
Promo Juke Box edition with Lisa Stansfield, Right Said Fred and Curtis Stigerslink
1408
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - Italy'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : JB-7732
Country : Italy
Promo : Yes
Jukebox promo with Alison Limmerick on the B Sidelink
4263
NW2015-10
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - The UK'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PB-45317
Country : The UK
Promo : No
Juke Box Version Cut Out Sleeve editionlink
0130
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - The UK'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PB-45317
Country : The UK
Promo : Yes
Rare Juke Box Promo. Black pressed Vinyl with title info pressed into Vinyl and without a label.link
2068
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - France'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PB-45317
Country : France
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
1059
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - Germany'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PB-45317
Country : Germany
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
1058
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - The UK'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PB-45317
Country : The UK
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
1629
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - Argentina'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : RCA S-0772
Country : Argentina
Promo : Yes
Promolink
3713
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - The Philippines'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : RCA047
Country : The Philippines
Promo : No
Standard release on red labellink
5850
NW2019-02
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - The Philippines'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : RCA047
Country : The Philippines
Promo : Yes
Test pressing. Primitive is labelled as The Primitives.link
6677
Annie Lennox - Why - 7" Single - Mexico'7" SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : 7" Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : RX-1088
Country : Mexico
Promo : Yes
Promo Release. Disco Promocional Prohibida Su Venta is printed on the labelslink
1068
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - Cassette Single - The USA'Cassette SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : Cassette Single
Label : Arista
Cat No. : 07822-12419-4
Country : The USA
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
1067
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - Cassette Single - The Netherlands'Cassette SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : Cassette Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : 3002374
Country : The Netherlands
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
6354
NW2020-08
Annie Lennox - Why - Cassette Single - The USA'Cassette SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : Cassette Single
Label : Arista
Cat No. : ADC-2424
Country : The USA
Promo : Yes
Promo cassettelink
6073
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - Cassette Single - Australia'Cassette SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : Cassette Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PK-45317
Country : Australia
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
2069
NW2019-04
Annie Lennox - Why - Cassette Single - France'Cassette SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : Cassette Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PK-45317
Country : France
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
0503
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - Cassette Single - The UK'Cassette SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : Cassette Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PK-45317
Country : The UK
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
2422
UP2020-08
Annie Lennox - Why - CD - Taiwan'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD
Label : BMG
Cat No. : Unknown
Country : Taiwan
Promo : Yes
4 of 4 Taiwanese Promo CD on Record Co. Compilationlink
1066
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - Spain'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : 5764892
Country : Spain
Promo : Yes
Promolink
2232
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - France'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : 74321108202
Country : France
Promo : No
In card sleevelink
0385
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The UK'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : ANNIE 1
Country : The UK
Promo : Yes
1 Track CD Promo - Normally found in the double pack promo cat No RADIO 1Dlink
0407
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The USA'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : ASCD-2419
Country : The USA
Promo : Yes
1 Track CD Promo USlink
1069
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The USA'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : Arista
Cat No. : ASCD-3232
Country : The USA
Promo : Yes
Re-Release for Live in Central Parklink
1314
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - Canada'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : KCDP-51079
Country : Canada
Promo : Yes
Promo With Interviewlink
1328
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - Australia'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PD-45318
Country : Australia
Promo : No
In card sleeve black CDlink
4354
NW2015-10
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - Australia'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PD-45318
Country : Australia
Promo : No
In card Sleeve with reverse print CD so the CD is a pale green in colour.link
1063
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - Germany'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PD-45318
Country : Germany
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
0402
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The UK'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PD-45318
Country : The UK
Promo : No
Standard releaselink
1472
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The UK'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PD-45320
Country : The UK
Promo : Yes
Limited PVC Box Promo Stickered. Contains CD and lyric cardlink
0472
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The UK'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : PD-45320
Country : The UK
Promo : No
UK CD in large PVC box. Contains CD and lyric cardlink
0383
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The UK'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : RADIO 1D
Country : The UK
Promo : Yes
Rare promotional double pack features Why CD (Cat No = WHY) and Interview CD (ANNIE 1). Great foldout sleeve in white and purple. All questions are listed on the back cover.link
0384
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single - The UK'CD SingleArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single
Label : RCA
Cat No. : WHY
Country : The UK
Promo : Yes
1 Track CD Promo - Normally found in the double pack promo cat No RADIO 1Dlink
1065
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single 3" - Japan'CD Single 3"Artist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single 3"
Label : RCA
Cat No. : BDVP55
Country : Japan
Promo : No
3" CD in Snap Paklink
1969
UP2017-11
Annie Lennox - Why - CD Single 3" - Japan'CD Single 3"Artist : Annie Lennox
Title : Why
Format : CD Single 3"
Label : RCA
Cat No. : BDVP55
Country : Japan
Promo : Yes
Promo 3" CD in Snap Paklink

MEMORABILIA

A selection of adverts, press releases, a recent print signing of the waveform of Why and of course another of Brendan’s Diva Dolls!

CHART HISTORY

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CountryChartPositionYear End
AustraliaARIA Singles Chart17
AustriaSingles Chart11
CanadaSingles Chart7
GermanySingles Chart12
IrelandSingles Chart5
ItalySingles Chart1
The NetherlandsSingles Chart6
NorwaySingles Chart6
SwedenSingles Chart10
SwitzerlandSingles Chart6
The UKSingles Chart5
The USABillboard US Hot 10034
The USABillboard Adult Contemporary Chart6
001 Why Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs efv
002 Little Bird Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs tcd
003 Pavement Cracks Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs brw
004 Cold Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs gbp
005 Love Song For A Vampire Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs awq
006 No More I Love Yous Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs vef
007 Walking On Broken Glass Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs vcx
008 The Gift Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs hjw
009 A Thousand Beautiful Things Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs hbg
010 Money Cant Buy It Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs nwq
011 Legend In My Living Room Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs npw
012 Precious Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs vex
013 Loneliness Annie Lennox 100 Beautiful Songs plo