Ain't no mountain high enough
A comprehensive guide to a faux & twee sixties masterpiece
Background & History
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is a song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla Motown label.
- The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross.
- The song became Ross’ first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
- The original 1967 version had achieved a slightly more resounding success, it peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard pop charts and number three in the R&B charts.
They are considered the performers of the most atrocious, version of them all, which is a must-appear-song in all girl films.
As soon as she got rid of the supremes, Diana Ross became a significantly better artist. This version is not for crazy teenagers but for narcisistic middle class ladies who are proud of their marriage despite being in their fifties.
American Idol Jax wearing #theDress
Jax masterfully blended the song with her attaire, which was very helpful when it came to prevent the audience from noticing how personally she understood the concept of singing in tune.
The song is written in D minor and features basic tonal functions as it is to be expected from R&B music. It has countless chromatisms in the bass line as well as mode swaps, which offer a bit of colour and depth to a chord progression that would otherwise be too reliant on the subdominant function and could appear boring and tiresome. Concerning rythm, it relies heavily on sincopation, which provides the melody with a sweeping rythm that helps the lyrics flow and create the naive and motivating atmosphere this song is well-known for.
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Celebrities on "Ain't no mountain high enough"
Taylor Swift claimed ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ as her inspiration to write her last single ‘Blank Space’
She repeatedly stated that “this song helped her become the independent, confident and fulfilled woman” she thinks she is now.
Other famous people on "Ain't no mountain high enough"
Atrocious romance writter Terry McMillan is thought to have put at least one reference to this song in every book she has written, however she hasn’t confirmed nor denied doing this consciously.
'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough' appeared number five on the Buzzfeed list of “songs bound to give you good vibes” by Leonora Epstein and Kristin Chirico.
Roser Gil Campos
Our beloved English teacher frowned when she was told her best pupils were doing their project about 'Ain't no mountain high enough'.She then asked some sharp questions about why we had chosen it. It seems this song will never get the approval of our favourite pop culture guru.