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Beautiful life by Ace of Base turns 26 years old this month, it's max Martin's first major hit in the US.

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In, 1995 Max Martin would have his debut on the hot 100, and it wasn't a backstreet boys song (The boys have been adamant saying if it wasn't for The Spice girls and wannabe being embraced by radio, they and teen pop probably wouldn't have happened in the US).


But Ace of base, holds the distinction of being his first major pop and club hit in the US (he didn't write any of the songs, his mentor denniz pop didn't believe in songwriting, citing their version of English would never work).


But Beautiful life written by Jonas Jonas Berggren and Billy Steinberg peaked at #15 on the hot 100, and number one on the dance club charts. 

Ulf said in 2018, it was very much Techno and electronic while being huge in the clubs in the US, radio was very reluctant cos it didn't fit anything at the time when the US was very r&B and hip hop oriented, the European pop sound is very different than the US Pop sound. But it went top 15 off the strength of the sales of the single. 


They recorded a Spanish version but as Linn explained, it was translated wrong by the guy who sings in Spanish cos he was high. It was abandoned due to the lyrics being translated wrong but you can hear a clip of the Spanish version..

The track was so successful despite peaking at number 15, it was the 92nd most popular song of 1996 on the hot 100.


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