February 2012 – Better Best Forgotten


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DCCXII – February 2012

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7607
10
INTERNATIONAL LOVE
Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
7608
8
STRONGER (WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU)
Kelly Clarkson
7609
1
SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW
Gotye featuring Kimbra
7610
4
WILD ONES
Flo Rida featuring Sia
7611
1
TWILIGHT
Cover Drive
7612
9
BORN TO DIE
Lana Del Rey
7613
2
ALONE AGAIN
Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers
7614
3
T.H.E. (THE HARDEST EVER)
will.i.am featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez
7615
9
ONE THING
One Direction
7616
2
NEXT TO ME
Emeli Sande
7617
1
HOT RIGHT NOW
DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora

 

Blimey. International Love is quite an experience, isn’t it? It’s certainly hard to forget, and God knows I’ve tried. Stronger’s a fairly standard issue pop song, but it’s not bad. I do like Somebody That I Used To Know, though. It’s genuinely odd and sticks out a mile amongst the other songs in Top Ten. Wild Ones is a regulation issue club anthem that doesn’t really have a lot to offer in terms of originality, and Cover Drive are still trying to flog Minis via their music videos. What’s more, the end of their previous video featured the first few bars of Twilight as a teaser, a bit like when 007 movies had a “JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN…” in their end credits. The song itself is nice, but nothing special.

Now, you know me, I don’t like slow songs as a rule, but Lana Del Rey seems to have a happy knack of making slow songs that I really like – Born To Die really is quite special. Alone Again… isn’t, but if you ever wondered what Heart’s Alone would sound like if somebody rapped over the top, well, your moment has come at last. T.H.E.’s an annoying one, though – if ever a song was less than the sum of its parts it’s this. There are bits when it’s not bad, but then the tune drops away and it all goes bleepy and minimal again. The best bit’s when Mick Jagger turns up, but even then the tune can’t really be bothered to help him along.

One Thing is very efficient at what it does, namely annoying me. Next To Me’s much better; for one thing, it’s a nice reminder that there are still people who can carry an entire three and a half minute on their own without needing a guest star or bandmate to chivvy them along. It’s only February, but already Hot Right Now has a “so last year” sound to it. It got to Number One though, so clearly it’s not that outdated and I don’t know what I’m talking about. Again.