If you knew a female singer in the 90’s, chances are she spent most of the decade singing alone in an apartment. To be a Woman Singing Alone in an Apartment, here is what it takes:

1. Female artist must also be the main performer in the video

2. Female artist must “sing” at least some of the words

3. Female artist must acknowledge the camera

4. Female artist must be in an apartment of some kind–we must see furniture, decoration, and/or architectural detail to distinguish this place (“Woman Singing Alone in Warehouse” or “Woman Singing Alone in Car” would not count)

5. Other people may appear in the video, but their screen time must be limited

6. A love interest may appear in the video, but must not be a focal point

7. We may see flashbacks or outside of the apartment, but the majority of the video must happen inside the apartment

8. Female artist must appear appealingly disheveled but still sexy (her look may include messy hair, tank tops, sandals, belly chains, etc.)

The Cranberries, “Linger” (1993)

Variation: “Woman Sings Alone in House and Won’t Look at Camera”

Janet Jackson, Again (1993)

Lisa Loeb, “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994) 

Tori Amos, “Pretty Good Year” (1994)

Variation: “Woman Walks to an Apartment and Then Sings Alone In It”

Everything But The Girl, Missing (1994)

Variation: “Woman Sings Alone in Abstract Apartment”

Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me” (1995)

Toni Braxton, “I Don’t Want To” (1996)

Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn” (1997)

Fiona Apple, “Criminal” (1997)

Meredith Brooks, “Bitch” (1997)

Variation: “Two Women Sing Alone in Their Respective Apartments”

Brandy and Monica, “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)

Variation: “Woman Sings Alone in Apartment and Then Goes to Club”

Lauryn Hill, Ex-Factor (1998)

Who did I miss?

(Note: This may also be of interest–“Women Laughing Alone With Salad”)


In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.


  • Comment by Anthea — June 15, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    this cracks me up… Especially as it takes you through a journey of my teenagerdom… where i sat as a woman alone in an apartment… hehehee love it Hannah.


  • Comment by Jelly — June 16, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    There was also Jann Arden, Insensitive (some bonus apartment block rooftop action there)

  • Comment by Anthea — June 17, 2014 @ 12:47 am

    hahaha Jann Arden!!! That’s a good one!

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