December 2013 – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays


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DCCXXXIV – December 2013

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7864
9
EVERYTHING YOU NEVER HAD (WE HAD IT ALL)
Breach featuring Andreya Triana
7865
6
LOVE IS ON THE RADIO
McFly
7866
1
UNDER CONTROL
Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts
7867
2
HEY BROTHER
Avicii
7868
4
TRUMPETS
Jason Derulo
7869
1
HAPPY
Pharrell Williams
7870
3
ONE MORE SLEEP
Leona Lewis
7871
4
HIGHWAY TO HELL
AC/DC
7872
1
SKYSCRAPER
Sam Bailey

 

Everything You Never Had just had to be better than Jack, and thankfully it is. Fair play to McFly for becoming one of the veteran pop bands; I just wish Love Is On The Radio had a bit more about it. It appears their fans agree; the single fell from No.6 to No.42 and then out of the chart altogether. Well done to Hurts for getting their first Number One single; what’s more, this is the best single Calvin Harris has put his name to since I’m Not Alone. It is that good.

Bloody hell, Avicii’s done it again. This really is getting silly now.

Trumpets is… different. Jason Derulo namechecks all sorts of people from Kanye West to Coldplay and Katy Perry, but somehow forgets to namecheck himself. You’d have thought that, of all his songs, this would be the best time to do it. I suppose if any song’s qualified to call itself Happy, it’s Happy. It’s full of joy, exuberance and really inexplicable hat choices, in fact, the only thing wrong with it is that it’s been in the singles chart for so long that I am heartily sick of the bloody thing. Well, if nothing else, at least Leona Lewis has gone to the trouble of recording a proper Christmas single. I can’t see it getting the sort of shelf-life that All I Want For Christmas Is You has acquired, but fair play anyway.

Well, that’s one record gone. AC/DC used to hold the record for the largest number of hit singles without ever reaching the Top Ten, but thanks to an internet campaign to get them the Christmas Number One, that honour now goes to Super Furry Animals. It fell to No.81 a week later, but the job was done and here they are. They’ve left it a bit late, mind – a few more months and they’d have missed this list. Top song, too… which is not something I can say about Skyscraper. It’s sung well enough, but… well… you know… it’s a bit “whatever”.

And with that, 2013 comes to an end. Again, like the years before it, there’s been some really good stuff in the Top Ten. But now, my fortieth birthday beckons and so too does song number 6,000. Whichever happens last, that’s the end of this ridiculous, yet at times incredibly enjoyable and surprisingly educational project. Right then, off we go…