97 Words: “Sure Thing” by Miguel

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list here.

Sometimes a song is so good it has to hit twice. Entering summer 2023 as the #1 song on pop radio, Miguel’s 2010 hit “Sure Thing” has outperformed its original chart run thanks to becoming a viral sensation on TikTok. The metaphor-laden, guitar-driven R&B track sounds as fresh today as it did in 2010 with its chopped and screwed hook, guitar riffs, and the endearingly sweet melody sung by a passionate, then-25-year-old Miguel. “Sure Thing” created the formula for later, bigger hits like “Adorn,” and “#Beautiful” with Mariah Carey. This summer, one thing is sure: Miguel’s career is hotter than ever.

Watch the music video below, stream “Sure Thing” or grab some Miguel vinyl

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.