Sam Smith & Normani - "Dancing With A Stranger"
Sam Smith and Normani have a hit on their hands. The UK singer and Fifth Harmony member's "Dancing With a Stranger" R&B-influenced pop number. The song finds Smith and Normani reminiscing about the difficulties of juggling their personal life with being on tour months at a time.
The two artists crossed paths while recording in adjacent studios, and a connection was instantly formed. The song is currently riding high on the Billboard Hot 100.
Besides being a pop superstar with a larger-than-life voice, Sam Smith has long been a Harmonizer, heartbroken by Fifth Harmony’s hiatus. Specifically, Smith was an acolyte for the group’s hit “Work From Home,” even telling James Corden that he wants to “walk down the aisle to it in heels.”
Naturally, that joy is basically oozing out of every beat, note and perfectly harmonized line “Dancing With a Stranger,” Smith’s duet with former 5H member Normani. This sweaty disco-R&B romp isn’t as much of a high-energy pop banger as Smith’s favorite song; instead, it plays to his retro-leaning strengths and Normani’s own solo vision of being a soul-dance diva.
Their soulful, understated delivery suggests a moody narrative of two people looking to get an ex off their mind, falling into the arms of someone exiting, nameless and new. It’s simple and fun, a song that would be welcome to hear past midnight on any dance floor or even on Smith’s own pre-party playlist, right next to “Work From Home.”
So today, with a few smiles and a few tears, I choose Sam Smith & Normani’s "Dancing With A Stranger" as my, let yourself embrace the change, goodbye is only the precursor to hello, striped bare you are still a rival to the stars, song for a, find the endless divinity within you, your power does not lie in your possessions, your light is limitless, Friday.
I’m giving you my favorite version, the acoustic, but also the original because it’s a chill bop.