Time for another essay!
Calvin Harris is comfortably one of the most successful artists in my own chart, but even before i started my own chart i've been Calvin Harris pretty much since he started out in 2007. His biggest hit in my chart to date is Feels
but he's produced so many amazing floorfillers. <3
Scissor Sisters had such a fabulous debut album and i loved the singles Laura
the most. However, it was I don't feel like dancin'
that really got the juices flowing.
The biggest disappointment was seeing the guys go from that slice of camp glory to discovering that the second album wasn't all that.
They have had some great singles since then but it seems the public moved on rather quickly which is a shame.
Mariah Carey at #57?
Oh i'm sure that must've felt like a stab in the heart for some posters on here.
So many amazing songs from the 90s especially. I don't really think Mariah's music from 2000 onwards was really up to the same standard although we did get some gems like We belong together
which was undoubtably one of Mariah's finest singles from the 00s. The last Mariah single i truly loved was Beautiful
in 2013, and that really did deserve to be a bigger hit than it actually was.
I discovered Duffy towards the latter end of 2007 when Rockferry
(the single) was released and there was something about Duffy's vocals i found so mesmerising. <3 Then along came Mercy
which was one of my songs of the year, and after Warwick avenue
i was totally sold and i bought the album. Such a shame it all went downhill so fast, but admittedly Duffy's vocals were becoming more nasally which even i found outputting in the end.
R.I.P Avicii <3 What a truly gifted and incredible guy Tim Berg was. He was just so unassuming and one of the most respected dj's of his generation. So heartbreaking to know that he ended his life because he couldn't cope with the stresses of fame, and then his illness which was preventing him from doing the things he loved. His music was live on forever, and i'm happy i was able to witness his legacy from the beginning of his career. <3
Justin Timberlake has tended to be quite inconsistent for me but when i love a Justin Timberlake single, i really love it.
I vaguely remember his time with N'Sync especially Bye, bye, bye
which i remember MTV played a lot at the time. It wasn't until Cry me a river
that i really started to take more notice of who Justin was as well as his music.
Black Eyed Peas had two of the most defining songs of the 00s. Where is the love?
still holds a strong message which is still relevant even now all these years later which is actually quite scary. I would've thought the world would've made more progress since 2003 but it seems the world has been getting worse with terrorism.
Then on the flip side you had the undeniably catchy I gotta feeling
which kick started the whole party anthem crazy that lasted well into the early 10s and i was so here for all those uplifting joyous pop/dance crossover tracks. They symbolised that sense of fun and not to take everything in life too seriously.
The Weeknd has really come into his own since the release of Starboy
. Prior to that my only knowledge of The Weeknd came from his feature of Ariana Grande's song Love me harder
, and even then the first time i heard this song i thought it was Chris Brown on vocals.
Now, The Weeknd is becoming one of the most successful artists in my chart.
Zedd has been responsible for a few big hits in my chart. Break free
became his first big hit in my chart followed by True colors
but it's Starving
that has given Zedd his biggest hit in my chart to date.
I was never a massive fan of Linkin Park when they started out but i was still shocked when i read the news about Chester's death. I didn't really know much about his personal life and what he'd had to endure and experience when he was young, and to live a life with all those mental scars must've been so difficult to live with. Even though he seemed to be enjoying life in his latter years with his family. Truly heartbreaking.
Outkast are another of those bands who were a bit inconsistent for me. However, i'd say the Andre 3000 influence was easily the best. Tracks like Ms Jackson
and Hey ya!
are two of the greatest rap songs of the 00s, and coming for me that's seriously high praise.
By the time i started my own chart, Ellie Goulding had just released Burn
which went on to #1 in my chart. But pre-dating that, Ellie had released a number of songs that i loved. The one thing that i find most disappointing is the record companies inability to choose excellent singles to sell the album and keep the momentum going. I've said this multiple times over the last 3 years but Something in the way you move
screamed #1 single and the fact the record label didn't see its potential is mind boggling.
Aww, my beloved Olly Alexander. <3 Years & Years became one of my favourite pop groups in 2015 after the release of King
although it was Shine
which saw me going into the full on stan mode.
How i wanted that song to be #1, and that feeling of being gutted when it lost out to some absolute garbage lame af dance track.
I'm hoping to check out Palo santo
at some point this week.
The ultimate diva that is Whitney Houston. When it comes to classic songs, where do i start? An extraordinary singer with a career to match, Whitney's success was a triumph growing in popular from songs like Saving all my love for you
, to I wanna dance with somebody
to I will always love you
. I'm so happy that i got to experience Whitney's successful era from the late 90s, as this helped to introduce me to all the earlier hits. It's just a shame that a lifestyle of alcohol abuse and drugs took its toll and ended up destroying the life of such an incredible singer. <3