In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, today’s song of the day is not a U2 song, but it is “Orinoco Flow” by the Irish singer, Enya, who also happened to be born on this day in 1961. This song was released on October 3, 1988 off of Enya’s second album, Watermark. It became a hit all over the world reaching number one in several countries, including Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. In the U.S., the song peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1989.
This song was totally different from anything else that was on U.S. radio at the time. Thanks to this song, Enya is considered “Queen of New Age”. Enya is the best-selling Irish solo artist in history, and second-best-selling overall behind U2.