April 2013 – Cars


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DCCXXVI – April 2013

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7761
6
HEY PORSCHE
Nelly
7762
7
ON MY WAY
Charlie Brown
7763
10
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY
Michael Buble
7764
5
FEEL THIS MOMENT
Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
7765
1
NEED U (100%)
Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E
7766
9
22
Taylor Swift
7767
2
DING! DONG! THE WITCH IS DEAD
‘The Wizard of Oz’ Film Cast
7768
10
GENTLEMAN
Psy
7769
4
I NEED YOUR LOVE
Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding
7770
1
GET LUCKY
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
7771
2
#THATPOWER
will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber
7772
1
WAITING ALL NIGHT
Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre

 

You’d have thought that a song called Hey Porsche would be screaming out for some blatant product placement in the video, and yes, there is a Porsche in the video, but it’s a vintage model so Nelly’s got away with it there. The song itself is Nelly professing his love to either a car or a lady; the ambiguity is clever, but unfortunately the large number of metaphors involved also bring to mind an image of The Fast Show’s Swiss Toni saying “Driving a car is very much like making love to a beautiful woman…” On My Way’s pretty good, mind you.

Michael Buble’s happy, his song is happy, the video is happy and… wait a minute, what the hell is this? Pitbull’s taken the riff from a-ha’s Take On Me and bunged it into Feel This Moment? No, Pitbull, NO! Thankfully, Need U’s good – both the song and the video.

22’s a slightly above average dollop of radio-friendly pop from Taylor Swift, and this brings us to… oh. Not many former Prime Ministers inspire a song to enter the chart to mark their passing, but Margaret Thatcher wasn’t exactly your average Prime Minister, and given that this song in particular was chosen, not an entirely popular one. I was only 16 when she fell from power so had only just left school, and I also grew up in the south, so I only found her to be irritating. God knows what I’d have thought of her if I’d grown up a bit further north than Bedfordshire. I think, on this occasion, the people have well and truly spoken.

Gentleman’s a better constructed song than Gangnam Style, but it’s not half as much fun because of it. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris has sorted himself out with another good singing partner. Just as with Florence Welch, he’s worked well with Ellie Goulding here, and this time the song’s better. Not a patch on Get Lucky, mind you; Daft Punk have tried to create the perfect summery single before, but they’ve either fallen short or their record company released the song in the depths of winter. Not this time. This time they’ve nailed the song and their record company has released it just in time for the summer. A few years ago, an April release would be far too early because the song would be out of the chart long before July, but the chart moves more slowly these days and if a song manages to lodge itself into the Top Ten it can be damn near impossible to dislodge – it eventually left the Top Ten in August and held onto a Top 40 placing until October. You’re not dealing with amateurs here, you know. Next, will.i.am outdoes himself by giving his song a Twitter hashtag for a name. will.i.am cannot be stopped, and whether this is a good or bad thing is something that will only be decided in years to come by looking at the outcomes of his musical meddling. Waiting All Night – yeah, it’s OK, but in half an hour I won’t be able to remember how it goes at all.