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The Sign


Ace of Base

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The Sign, from the album of the same name in the US, tells the about of a man and a woman in a relationship. The man leaves the woman for a moment to wonder how his relationship is to go from a certain point. The woman has the same tough decision in her hands as well. The answer of their problem is left to the listeners to decide on an ending.

In the video, we see this story in action. Ace Of Base singer Jenny Berggren plays the woman in question. The man is played by an unknown actor. The man leaves Jenny for a moment and hands her a rose. Jenny seems to take an interest, however a light shines on Jenny and she leaves to the light, leaving the rose behind. The music video shows Jenny with her brother, Jonas, and her sister, Linn, and a friend, Ulf, telling the story about this relationship. The video ends with Linn finishing the song, Jenny clears a tear from her face, and an ankh appears. (thanks, Margaret - Worcester, MA)
This spent 14 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay, the most for any song to date.
This was the #1 song of 1994 according to Billboard magazine's year-end charts. It was also Arista Record's most successful Billboard chart single in the label's history, selling over nine million copies in America.
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Comments (1):

Actually, "The Sign" spent only six weeks at #1 (not 14) - the weeks of March 12, 19 , 26 and April 2, and then again in the weeks of May 7 and 14. R Kelly's "Bump and Grind" knocked them out of the top spot from the weeks of April 9 to April 30. (Source: Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top 10 Singles Charts 1955 - 2000) editor's note: this is true of the Hot 100 - the fact refers to a different chart, the Pop Songs radio airplay, also called the Mainstream Top 40
- Scooter, Harrisburg, PA
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