Hooray it’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday again!
I lived in the United Kingdom from September 2009 to February 2013. During that time, I developed a taste for dance/electronic type music. I had to, or I wouldn’t be able to listen to the radio. So, this week I give you:
British Pop Music Will Infect Your Brain And Leave A Permanent Mark
The criteria is simple. The song must have appeared on the UK top 40 Chart at some point between September 2009 and February 2013. Easy peasy.
I had a hard time narrowing it down! So first I’m going to do my own Top of the Pops. Top 5 songs that hit #1:
1. Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring The Military Wives’ Choir (6/62012, 1 week)
This song was written to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I just think its beautiful and love that they use military wives (being that I am a military wife myself). One of the few non-dancey type songs ever heard on the radio over there.
2. She Makes Me Wanna by JLS (featuring Dev) (8/6/2011, 1 week)
This is such a stupid song. But I just love it. Anytime it came on the radio, I’d start dancing in my station wagon. Thank goodness my kid was too young to be embarrassed.
3. Changed The Way You Kiss Me by Example (6/8/2011, 2 weeks)
I love this man’s voice.
4. Heatwave by Wiley ft. Ms. D (8/11/12, 2 weeks)
If I still partied, this would scream summer in the dance club to me. But I don’t party, so instead I just laugh ’cause this guy says his name a bunch in the song.
5. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia (2/11/12, 1 week)
David Guetta pretty much ruled the UK airwaves while I was there. He had so many songs with so many different collaborators. This one is my favorite. I AM TITAAAANIIIIUM!!
BONUS: Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine (12/26/2009, 1 week)
The Christmas #1 is a big deal over there. It’s the last number one of the year and it means a lot to the Brits for some reason. For quite awhile, the Christmas #1 had been whoever won X Factor that year. But in 2009, a British couple started a campaign to have this be Christmas #1…and they won. Awesome. Plus I just love this song – it’s tied with Lose Yourself by Eminem for my most motivating running song.
Those were my favorite #1s as chosen by British listeners. But they don’t always get it right *cough* Bom Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp *cough* so I decided to do a list of my favorite songs that should have been #1.
1. Earthquake by Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah
“I’m feeling like a straight tenna.” Epic lyrics.
2. We’ll Be Coming Back by Calvin Harris ft. Example
Did I mention I love Example’s voice? Especially when it’s used to croon these lyrics over a slightly haunting melody.
3. Wonderful by Angel
This song changes direction so many times. I love it. Plus he says he feels “mayjah” which always makes me think of Posh Spice.
4. Down With The Trumpets by Rizzle Kicks
Just a couple of kids, getting together and making awesome music. I think this was the first British song I loved the first time I heard it on Radio 1.
5. Untouched by The Veronicas
This speaks to my inner junior high girl and her hopeless crushes on boys. I wish this song had been around then so I could have swooned over my “true loves” while jamming out to this song.