Sheryl Crow has a knack for writing infectious pop melodies and narratives, making her a household name in the ’90s. But 1998’s The Globe Sessions exposed a new side to Crow’s artistry as a songwriter with lead single “My Favorite Mistake.”
Crow’s husky mezzo voice sings of a bittersweet ode to a philandering ex-beau on the catchy “My Favorite Mistake,” a pleasing account of a love gone sour. Crow’s confessional songwriting mood -opposed to her usual narrative technique- rooted her in the urgency and pain of the moment, extending personal accounts of failed romance and hard-knocked love. “My Favorite Mistake” was a welcomed departure, and major hit.
Speculation and rumours about the ex-boyfriend in question, from Eric Clapton to Jakob Dylan, have been fuelled by Crow’s reluctance to reveal the beau in question, even comparing it to Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.” Certainly a fan favourite, Crow has been quoted as saying it’s one of her favourite songs and fun to play.
“My Favorite Mistake” would prove a success on the charts peaking at No. 2 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart on October, 12 1998, where it remained for 4 consecutive weeks. Peaking at No. 9 it would become Crow’s last Top 10 single in the Britain to date. States-side the song would fail to crack the Top 10 peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- The No. 1 Single in Canada on October 12, 1998 was “Crush” by Jennifer Paige.
- “My Favorite Mistake” spent nearly 25 weeks on the RPM Singles Chart, 16 of those in the Top 10. The Single also peaked at No. 7 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Chart.
- The Globe Sessions suffered several delays over Crow’s concerns over the honesty of the album’s lyrics.
- Crow co-wrote “My Favorite Mistake” with frequent collaborator Jeff Trott.