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Michael Bolton (1991)

Pretend, for a moment, that it's not the Number One record from 1991 that won Bolton a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance; pretend it's a blue-eyed soul obscurity by somebody named, say, Michael Notlob, and hear it with fresh ears. The singer's still aiming for the rafters, bellowing and chewing the scenery, but the song's essential power endures. Bizarre factoid: In 1979 and 1980, Bolton was in a hard-rock band called Blackjack – and the year after they broke up, an unrelated group called Jack Grayson and Blackjack had a Top 20 country hit with their own version of "When a Man Loves a Woman."