Castle on the hill appealed to me so much more. Whilst i liked Shape of you i still think it was overrated. Usually when a song is massive i can understand why, but in this instance i didn't get that huge levels of success.JSparksFan wrote:"Castle on the Hill" is very good, though I definitely prefer "Shape of You". "Scared to Be Lonely" is Martin's best song.
"Too Much to Ask" is beautiful. To some extent, it felt like Niall doing Sam Smith better than Sam Smith does Sam Smith.
I love its message, but "1-800-273-8255" falls flat to me; however, I cannot bash a song that has saved lives, so I'll just leave it at, "I think it's decent, but I don't rate it as highly as you do."
"Praying" is good, and one of the best showcases of vulnerable Kesha.
On paper, "Slow Hands" doesn't seem like a song Niall would have been able to pull off, but he does and does so exceedingly well! For me, it's his best single to date.
"Something Just Like This" is still meh. Unlike you, my opinion of it hasn't changed from play one to...play five (?).
Interesting that you thought the vocalist on "Feel It Still" was female. I did have an "f" word in mind when I first played the song - funky. It was a pretty instant hit for me. I have the US charts to thank for the introduction. I've seen "Feel It Still" on so many other year-end charts. Good to know it was so widely appreciated on the site.
Speaking of funk and "f" words. From one feel to another. "Feels" is definitely Calvin's greatest accomplishment. It's rare that you have so many high profile acts on a single song, and they all add something special to the track. Usually, someone ends up detracting from the overall quality, but no such misfortune on "Feels". Interestingly enough, I haven't watched the music video. I should probably fix that.
"New Rules," I suspect, will be one of 2017's enduring gems. "What About Us," on the other hand, I believe, will not. The song would pop up in a Google search for 'P!nk at her least P!nk'.
There are a number of strange flops from 2017, but I have to say "Chained to the Rhythm" (and Katy in general) would be atop the list. Great song? Check. Solid video? Check. Lead single from a proven singles act coming off of an era with two mega-hit #1 singles? Check. I don't get the GP. The song deserved so much more. I'm glad Katy did 'purposeful-pop' this era, though. It's not overly political, but it gets its message across, and gives you a catchy beat and memorable hook to bop to if you don't give a rat's tit about socio-political issues.
So in the space of three minutes i went from not feeling it, to absolutely loving it. I was now hyped and ready for the official release seven days later. Sure enough upon its official release the following Friday i downloaded Symphony on iTunes.JakeP wrote:Listening now in that link and it's not the instant pop song of the year I was hoping for.
Ohh actually once that beat kicks in on the second chorus it really gets going. Actually now that i've heard the whole song i actually like it.
I will never let you down got to #15 in my chart where it held its position for a fortnight. It just didn't grab my attention in a big way. I just checked my charts to see what was #1 during those two weeks and they were Hozier Take me to church followed by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake Love never felt so good. I still rank those two songs much higher than Rita Ora's track. In fact, one song i tend to forget about is Black widow ( ) as that song was pretty successful in my chart peaking at #4 a few months later.JSparksFan wrote:Fantastic Top 2!
You say "Anywhere" is the first Rita song that really clicked with you, but I find "I Will Never Let You Down" to be quite similar. You should revisit that one. Both were among their respective years' Top 10 tracks for me. "Anywhere" has this ability to just transport you to a calm, stress-free getaway in the midst of even your busiest day. I love its cool breeziness.
"Symphony" is such a clean pop song. It's adorned with a diamond instrumental, soaring vocals, and a powerful, heartwarming video. On paper, there's really nothing to criticise. Well-deserved #1!
Great countdown, though I wouldn't have expected anything less!
Thanks BiebzBiebz wrote:Love Anywhere, probably the best thing Rita has even done in my opinion! Such a great, catchy pop song!
I don't even remember how that goes Every time I try to think of the melody, I ended up singing the Nicole Scherzinger song (Which is a bop, ngl )JakeP wrote:Oh yes i agree 100%. If Rita Ora continues releasing pure pop moments like this in the future then i will be incredibly happy. What a stark contrast to her 2014 single Poison which i hated.
LOL well Nicole's Poison was amazing. How i loved all the big pop bangers from around 2010 and 2011. I believe we're due a revival, i want the music industry to move away from tropical house as it gets more boring with each passing year. It was fabulous in 2015, but in 2018? Nah!!!Biebz wrote:I don't even remember how that goes Every time I try to think of the melody, I ended up singing the Nicole Scherzinger song (Which is a bop, ngl )JakeP wrote:Oh yes i agree 100%. If Rita Ora continues releasing pure pop moments like this in the future then i will be incredibly happy. What a stark contrast to her 2014 single Poison which i hated.
Such a euphoric track! It summed up my holiday over in Europe for me. As I was driving around the UK and Scotland, and it literally came on every 3rd song and I was lovingggggggggggggg it!Feels
Very well deserved spot @ #1. I haven't always been the biggest fan of Clean Bandit, however I have really gotten into the music lately and re-visiting their previous work and enjoying it!Symphony
Was secretly hoping that Katy was going to be #1 with this track! This is Katy at her best. I enjoy it a lot more then her debut (well 2nd debut right? ). Also prefer it to a lot of songs found on both Teenage Dream and Prism (How WOA didn't become a single I'll never know but thats a whole other issue).Chained to the Rhythm
Thanks flophoflopho wrote:Great chart JakeP! like/love these the most:
27. Lana Del Rey - Love - Love (haa) this so much, one of her absolute best!
24. Miley Cyrus - Malibu
23. Ariana Grande - One last time - this def became one of my favorite Ariana trakcs
20. Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug - Havana - this year's undeniable basic bop
18. Alice Merton - No roots - woo glad I introduced you to this It's such a simple but great track
16. Lady Gaga - The cure
15. Marina Kaye - Something - Haven't heard this but loved "Homeless" so I need to listen to it
11. Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
10. Kesha - Praying - This is a difficult one...to be completely honest, I don't think the song itself is very good, it's more the story behind it that brings it to another level, it's still somewhat enjoyable though I guess
07. Portugal. The Man - Feel it still
06. Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
05. Dua Lipa - New rules
03. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley - Chained to the rhythm
01. Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson - Symphony - Great #1, one of the catchiest hooks of recent times imo
Hey girlfriend.SummerPeur wrote:Jake sis.....did you manage to listen to Baby I yet?!
Missed quite a few, damn!Such a euphoric track! It summed up my holiday over in Europe for me. As I was driving around the UK and Scotland, and it literally came on every 3rd song and I was lovingggggggggggggg it!FeelsVery well deserved spot @ #1. I haven't always been the biggest fan of Clean Bandit, however I have really gotten into the music lately and re-visiting their previous work and enjoying it!SymphonyWas secretly hoping that Katy was going to be #1 with this track! This is Katy at her best. I enjoy it a lot more then her debut (well 2nd debut right? ). Also prefer it to a lot of songs found on both Teenage Dream and Prism (How WOA didn't become a single I'll never know but thats a whole other issue).Chained to the Rhythm
Thanks Adamking_oxymoron wrote:That is a great top 6! With the exception of What About Us, which I like, they all made my top 100, many highly,
Feels we placed similarly and I agree they are all such key contributors.
New Rules, Chained and Anywhere are all top examples of girl pop this year and all made my top forty I think.
Yassss same number one buddy, it's just an undeniable bop, laughing that you didn't like it immediately but changed your mind in three minutes, perfect song.
Oh no, the general UK consensus towards Baby IJakeP wrote:
Yes, i gave Baby i a listen on YouTube. I thought it was ok but nothing exceptional. Sounds like the type of song that would make my top 20 but wouldn't chart high.
My top 3 were fairly close together but Katy was still quite comfortably outdone by the top 2. Ohh you mean I kissed a girl? I would rank Chained to the rhythm higher too. I'd have to really think about which Katy Perry single would be my overall #1. LOL i think the majority of people still haven't got over the fact Walking on air wasn't a single.
LOLJSparksFan wrote:I went out last night and tried to sing "Symphony" as my karaoke song and it wasn't pretty. It's a tough song to sing, tougher than I realised!
I'm afraid Baby i isn't classic Ariana material.SummerPeur wrote:Oh no, the general UK consensus towards Baby I
Yeah and I honestly think it is and always will be, her biggest misstep in her music career.
Well, now that you've had some time to think, what would be your #1 Mother Perrysa single?
Nope! And, no, you do not!JakeP wrote:LOLJSparksFan wrote:I went out last night and tried to sing "Symphony" as my karaoke song and it wasn't pretty. It's a tough song to sing, tougher than I realised!
I was wondering why my chart had been given a boost.
Are you a good singer in general? I'd have loved to have heard your rendition of Symphony.