May 2014 – Night Train


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DCCXXXIX – May 2014

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7917
7
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Neon Jungle
7918
6
CALLING ALL HEARTS
DJ Cassidy featuring Robin Thicke and Jessie J
7919
5
TAKE ME HOME
Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha
7920
1
WAVES
Mr Probz
7921
10
LOYAL
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne
7922
1
SUMMER
Calvin Harris
7923
6
ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS
Paloma Faith
7924
6
WILD WILD LOVE
Pitbull featuring G.R.L.
7925
9
CALM AFTER THE STORM
Common Linnets
7926
8
LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD
Michael Jackson
7927
1
I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN
Rita Ora
7928
5
EXTRAORDINARY
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass
7929
3
DANGEROUS LOVE
Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul
7930
1
STAY WITH ME
Sam Smith

 

Welcome To The Jungle… do you know something, I think if they’d done a dance cover of Guns ‘n’ Roises’s song it would’ve been better than this. Calling All Hearts is an unexpected early eighties disco throwback, Take Me Home is underwhelming and Waves is nice, but worryingly repetitive.

I’ve heard some misogynistic rubbish during the course of this little project, but Loyal is one of the worst examples going. I never thought I’d be so pleased to hear a Calvin Harris song, but after that, sod it, anything’ll do. I should point out that Mr Harris has done this song unaccompanied too; well done sir, I knew you could still do it.

Palmoa Faith gives it some in Only Love Can Hurt Like This, but only after two minutes of trying to trick her listeners into believing she isn’t going to. Now then, how long’s it going to take before Pitbull announces himself as Mr Worldwide… oh, there he goes, right at the end. Textbook.

Calm After The Storm is a gentle country and western from… er… the Netherlands. Eurovision runner-up, that’s why. The winning single only got to No.17, so well done Common Linnets. Whoever worked on updating Love Never Felt So Good – well done you, good job. It was originally recorded towards the end of his most creative years, and the update stays very close to the sound he had at the time. No guest stars, no unnecessary whoops and hollers from Mr Jackson, just him doing what he did best. Good stuff. Rita Ora’s single isn’t anywhere near as good, but to be honest this was always the likely outcome. Not bad, though.

Extraordinary isn’t, but it gives it a go. Dangerous Love is silly, but not entirely bad. Stay With Me is a lovely song, no buts.