Top 40 Smash Taps: “Okay”

These posts are about the songs that can accurately claim to crossed the key line of chart success, becoming Top 40 hits on Billboard, but just barely. Every song featured in this series peaked at number 40.

Though she had a Top 10 hit with “Don’t Mess with My Man” in 2002 (which seems to be part of the “Don’t Mess with” series), I’m betting that Nivea is better known for her personal life than her music career. That comes with the territory when there’s a marriage to and divorce from Terius “The-Dream” Nash and two separate engagements to Lil Wayne (neither of which progressed to an actual wedding) in a person’s past. Add in a DUI arrest and we’ve got a person more likely to garner attention through a reality TV show than anything she’s likely to sing on stage. But our concern here is the song that qualifies her for this feature, a track entitled “Okay.” The lead single from her second album, Complicated, “Okay” was produced by Lil Jon and featured both him and YoungBloodZ on the track. Despite the added star power, the song could only manage to barely scrape into the Top 40. Released several months ahead of the album it ostensibly promoted, by the time the actual full-length was released Nivea was pregnant and her label, Jive Records, apparently lost all interest in promoting her. The album withered away and she was subsequently dropped. Her next full-length only came out in Japan, with no one interested in pursuing a U.S. release. She’s kept on tinkering with music–there’s a acoustic covers EP out there, which seems to be self-released–with only the slightest amount of attention. In fact, within the last month or so, she’s dropped a new single.

Previously…
“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.
“I’m in Love” by Evelyn King
“Buy Me a Rose” by Kenny Rogers
“Who’s Your Baby” by The Archies
“Me and Bobby McGee” by Jerry Lee Lewis
“Angel in Blue” by J. Geils Band
“Crazy Downtown” by Allan Sherman
“I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Rhythm of Love” by Yes
“Naturally Stoned” by the Avant-Garde
“Come See” by Major Lance
“Your Old Standby” by Mary Wells
“See the Lights” by Simple Minds
“Watch Out For Lucy” by Eric Clapton
“The Alvin Twist” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
“Love Me Tender” by Percy Sledge
“Jennifer Eccles” by the Hollies
“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Olympics
“The Bounce” by the Olympics
“Your One and Only Love” by Jackie Wilson
“Tell Her She’s Lovely” by El Chicano
“The Last Time I Made Love” by Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne
“Limbo Rock” by The Champs
“Crazy Eyes For You” by Bobby Hamilton
“Who Do You Think You’re Foolin'” by Donna Summer
“Violet Hill” and “Lost+” by Coldplay
“Freight Train” by the Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group
“Sweet William” by Little Millie Small
“Live My Life” by Boy George
“Lessons Learned” by Tracy Lawrence
“So Close” by Diana Ross
“Six Feet Deep” by the Geto Boys
“You Thrill Me” by Exile
“What Now” by Gene Chandler
“Put It in a Magazine” by Sonny Charles
“Got a Love for You” by Jomanda
“Stone Cold” by Rainbow
“People in Love” by 10cc
“Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)” by the Four Tops
“Thinkin’ Problem” by David Ball
“You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine” and “Trying to Make a Fool of Me” by the Delfonics
“The Riddle (You and I)” by Five for Fighting
“I Can’t Wait” by Sleepy Brown
“Nature Boy” by Bobby Darin
“Give It to Me Baby” and “Cold Blooded” by Rick James
“Who’s Sorry Now?” by Marie Osmond
“A Love So Fine” by the Chiffons
“Funky Y-2-C” by the Puppies
“Brand New Girlfriend” by Steve Holy
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by Bonnie Pointer
“Mr. Loverman” by Shabba Ranks
“I’ve Never Found a Girl” by Eddie Floyd
“Plastic Man” and “Happy People” by the Temptations