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TLC: Waterfalls (Video 1995) Poster

(1995 Video)

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The song spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the group their second US No. 1.
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The song was the No. 2 song of the year on the Billboard 1995 year-end chart.
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"Waterfalls" peaked at No. 1 in New Zealand, Switzerland, and Germany, while reaching the top ten in many other countries.
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"Waterfalls" received critical acclaim, earning two Grammy nominations at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
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Jarett E. Nolan of BMG noted that "Waterfalls" was the first number one song ever to reference AIDS in one of its verses.
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With a million-dollar budget, the video was an MTV staple credited for giving the single much of its success. It stayed atop the MTV Video Monitor chart for over a month, making TLC the first act to ever achieve this feat.
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The music video for the song reflected its socially conscious lyrics.
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The video won four MTV Video Music Awards in 1995, including top honors for Video of the Year. TLC was the first African-American act to ever receive the trophy.
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The TLC song shares elements with Paul McCartney's song of the same name, which opens with the line "Don't go jumping waterfalls, please stick to the lake." McCartney himself noted the resemblance, stating "In fact, somebody had a hit, a few years ago, using the first line."
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The group performed "Waterfalls" at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards wearing black tops and silver pants.
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The band performed the song at MTV's 20th Anniversary on August 1, 2001, making it Left Eye's final performance with the group before her death.
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On November 24, 2013, TLC performed at the 2013 American Music Awards with special guest Lil Mama, who performed Left Eye's rap in tribute to her.
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Entertainment Weekly described the song as a "Prince-inspired ballad" that "hints at the artistic greatness TLC might achieve if freed from commercial concerns."
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Nigel Butler of Sputnikmusic compared the song to esteemed artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
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It was ranked 13th in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years and 8th on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990s.
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In 2010, Billboard awarded the song the top position of summer songs in 1995.
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Billboard named the song #10 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
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Thomas and Watkins rerecorded "Waterfalls" with Japanese pop and R&B singer Namie Amuro in 2013 for the song's twentieth anniversary.
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United States (RIAA) Platinum certification with 1,200,000 sales.
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Norway (IFPI Norway) Platinum certification with 10,000 sales.
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