June 2013 – Granada


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DCCXXVIII – June 2013

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7783
5
DEAR DARLIN’
Olly Murs
7784
6
WE OWN IT (FAST AND FURIOUS)
2 Chainz featuring Wiz Khalifa
7785
1
LA LA LA
Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
7786
5
WILD
Jessie J featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal
7787
1
BLURRED LINES
Robin Thicke featuring TI and Pharrell Williams
7788
7
ANTENNA
Fuse ODG featuring Wyclef Jean
7789
6
CARRY YOU
Union J
7790
9
LIGHTS ON
Wiley featuring Angel and Tinchy Stryder
7791
8
I WILL SURVIVE
Leah McFall
7792
7
EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran
7793
10
ANOTHER LOVE
Tom Odell
7794
5
GOIN’ CRAZY
Dizzee Rascal featuring Robbie Williams
7795
2
THE OTHER SIDE
Jason Derulo

 

Dear Darlin’ does its job, I won’t deny that. As for We Own It, well, it’s not in my music collection so I don’t own it. Oh, I justknew I’d have to listen to La La La again. The song itself is fine, it’s the “la la la” sample that does my head in – it sounds like a boy with hiccups.

Wild starts off sounding like something you’d hear if you were unlucky enough to sit next to someone on the bus who was listening to their music on cheap headphones, and sadly doesn’t improve much from that start. Blurred Lines… ergh. It’s been done better by both Marvin Gaye (Got To Get Up) and ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic (Word Crimes). Whether it was written for a laugh or not, it’s just… no.

Antenna starts off promisingly, and then Wyclef Jean (remember him?) turns up, the song immediately rewinds back to the start and begins again. The song’s good enough to get away with that, but if a Westlife single tried that I think I’d cry. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Union J. In previous years, they’d have been huge, but One Direction have got the boyband market sewn up like an actor in a 1970s Doctor Who costume. As a result, their fanbase is tiny in comparison and their singles… let’s be honest, they’ve struggled. Carry You went in at No.6 and fell out of the chart inside five weeks, which is incredibly harsh – it’s not a great song by any means, but what it does it does well enough.

Lights On’s good, I like this one. On the other hand, while it’s a brave move to reinterpret Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive as dramatically as Leah McFall has, the thing is that the song’s a classic because the lyrics and music worked perfectly together. To remove the original tune is an ill-advised move, and to use the lyrics as a singing exercise… nope, not for me. Also, Everything Has Changed is, it must be said, a very unexciting song.

Another Love – yes please, more songs like this. Starts off quiet, gradually builds up and becomes more aggressive as it does so. Marvellous stuff. Goin’ Crazy… is not marvellous, but it’s a hell of a lot better than Bassline Junkie was. Mind you, it didn’t have much choice. Jason Derulo must be pretty confident that everyone knows who he is, because he doesn’t namecheck himself at the start of The Other Side. Not a bad song, either.