Song: Stay (1994)
Artist: Lisa Loeb
Album: Reality Bites Soundtrack
I cannot say enough good things about this song. I've always liked it, but I've dead ass listened to it more than any other person on earth the last week or so; it's fantastic.
"Stay" is actually what inspired my recent 90's girl rock/pop, whatever tf you wanna call it, binge (follow @dozonmusic on Apple Music for the entire playlist). How can a song with no chorus be so fun to sing along to? It's just so full of raw emotion and goes everywhere with no rhyme or reason; sorta like a DOL blog :)
With my recent obsession, of course, I've been doing some independent research. The story behind "Stay" is fucking crazy, and as a self-proclaimed music guy, I'm a little ashamed I didn't know that it's the first-ever #1 hit by an unsigned artist. I guess it makes sense given how the machine worked back then, but it blows my mind it took until 1994 for that to happen. "Stay" is sort of like the OG "going viral" song with how it picked up steam in a v unconventional way at the time that we wouldn't think twice about in the internet age.
Originally Lisa wrote "Stay" for a Darryl Hall solo record before ultimately keeping it for herself. Thanks to a friendship with Maya Hawke's dad, Ethan, who actually designed and directed the video, he convinced Ben Stiller to put it in the Reality Bite's Soundtrack, and as they say, the rest is history.