January 2015 – All Night Long


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Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8017
6
HEROES (WE COULD BE)
Alesso featuring Tove Lo
8018
2
TAKE ME TO CHURCH
Hozier
8019
2
WISH YOU WERE MINE
Philip George
8020
7
PROMESSES
Tchami fetauring Kaleem Taylor
8021
6
THE NIGHTS
Avicii
8022
2
LIPS ARE MOVIN
Meghan Trainor

So. 2015, then. I wonder if it’ll be any good? Well, if Heroes is anything to go by, it promises to be a spectacular year if you like undemanding, pedestrian pop. As it happens, I don’t, so hopefully things will get better next week…

…ah. Yeah. About that. Take Me To Church isn’t shy of dishing up the doom and gloom, is it? Parts of it are interesting, but the whole is a bit of a downer, and this is coming from someone who has Joy Division’s back catalogue in his CD collection. I can see how it became such a big hit – nothing else in the Top 40 sounds remotely like it; it’s just not really for me. I quite like Wish You Were Mine, mind you, even if it does sound like another nineties throwback.

This is starting to get silly now. Promesses sounds like a mid-nineties remix of a popular song of the day. It does seem like a strange strategy…

…but on the other hand, if Avicii’s latest is a guide to what today’s music should sound like I can see why other people are heading back a few years. The Nights is a bit¬†too chanty and singalongavicii for me. January comes to an early end (thank heavens) with Lips Are Movin; a song title that’s a proofreader’s nightmare thanks to the lack of apostrophe. It’s not terrible as such, but is it me or does the chorus remind anyone else of Madonna’s Express Yourself?