Inspired by the news that Telegraph journalists are being encouraged to shoehorn popular search terms into their online articles (see here), I thought I’d do Caz and co a favour in my first foray into blogging.
So while you probably won’t find Britney Spears naked discussing the 9/11 conspiracy with Barack Obama at the next ‘Oh, Inverted World’, you most certainly will hear the very finest alt-indie and folk that London has to offer. But what about pop? As someone who has nothing to do with the running of the night but has for some reason been asked to post anyway, I thought I’d take this chance to hijack things somewhat and run through some of my top five pop singles of the year so far. Because lists are COOL.
1. Miley Cyrus – See You Again
Last Saturday I stayed in and ate carrot cake while watching episodes of Hannah Montana on Youtube, because I really am that fucking cool. Anyway, as if being a multi-millionaire and having Billy Ray Cyrus for a Dad isn’t enough, young Miley seems to determined to be an Actually Quite Good popstar as well. This track sounds exactly halfway between Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, which obviously makes it amazing.
2. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
He obviously missed a trick by not re-vocaling this as ‘Black and Old’ and playing it at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert, but then if I’d written a song this good I’d probably never bother doing anything else ever again. The video is proper rubbish though.
3. Estelle ft. Kanye West – American Boy
Surely the best Number One we’ve had for years, right? OK so it seems like Kanye can lend cool and credibility to pretty much anything, so let’s see him really stretch himself and sort out a collaboration with H & Claire.
4. The Saturdays – If This Is Love
Bored of Girls Aloud? Well no, don’t be stupid, but there’s plenty of room for another girl band in the charts – especially one that boasts two ex-members of S Club Juniors. This sounds a bit like Polydor said to the producer, “Please make us a track that sounds as much as possible like the Sugababes circa ‘Freak Like Me’ and uses some kind of trendy 80s sample so it sounds like the girls are bringing the golden age of pop bang up to date for a new generation etc etc” and the producer said “OK” and went away and made this song.
5. Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris – Dance Wiv Me
This is obviously brilliant and I have nothing more to say about it, so here’s a comment that someone’s left on the Youtube video:
e and u fukin brill for offencs aint u ? using my fukn line! an u dint want tme to reply to urs? why the hell u talk to me in the first place? Man u SO LAME , AND DONT REPLY TO THIS CZ I WILL JUST BLANK YOU, OH U SHUD ALREDI NO HOW THAT FEELS.! Bye u fukin shit 😉
So there you go. What are your favourite pop tracks of the year? Let us know in the comments.