Day 88 takes us to Now! #88, which came out on 21st July 2014.
Let’s see what would have been blasting on the Wetherspoons sound system that summer.
Track 1: Ella Henderson – Ghost
The tune on the chorus is very atmospheric, but unfortunately the verses are very dull.
Track 2: Ed Sheeran – Sing
Nice epic track – really like this one.
Track 3: Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Saccharine ballad. It’s very highly lauded but it’s not my kind of thing.
Track 4: George Ezra – Budapest
Interesting style, good tune – great track.
Track 5: Mr Probz – Waves [Robin Schulz Remix]
This is the kind of summer chillout I can get behind. Great, melancholy tune.
Track 6: Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea – Problem
Very danceable pop track with some awesome trumpet instrumentals – really like this.
Track 7: Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
It’s got a good beat, but I find the tune irritating.
Track 8: Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
Extremely grating – nothing redeeming here.
Track 9: Aloe Blacc – The Man
I do like the interpolation of Elton John’s Your Song on the chorus, but the verse is a bit bland.
Track 10: Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good
Posthumous Michael Jackson release, cobbled together from a 1983 demo track and with Justin Timberlake drafted in to add extra vocals. Obviously, I love that ’80s sound.
Track 11: will.i.am and Cody Wise – It’s My Birthday
I really like this one – it’s actually replaced 50 Cent’s In Da Club as the song that gets stuck in my head on my actual birthday.
Track 12: Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX – Fancy
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Iggy Azalea on track 6.
The song is pretty dull, but the Clueless-homage video is quite fun.
Track 13: Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne and Tyga – Loyal
I quite like the electro hook, but the rap is fairly boring.
Track 14: Clean Bandit and Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Too slow for my liking, and the tune is pretty forgettable.
Track 15: Jess Glynne – Right Here
Very bland, irritating song.
Track 16: Ella Eyre – If I Go
There’s a bit too much going on with this track, and I don’t find the tune very interesting.
Track 17: MKTO – Classic
Good solid pop track – it’s a bit cheesy, but I quite like it.
Track 18: 5 Seconds Of Summer – Don’t Stop
Another good bit of pop-rock from 5 Seconds Of Summer. Happily chair-dancing here.
Track 19: Little Mix – Salute
I can’t stand this song. For some reason it still constantly ends up in my head four years later! I would pay good money to be able to forget about this one.
Track 20: Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart
I love the tune on this one – nice and epic.
Track 21: The Vamps and Demi Lovato – Somebody To You
Some highly irritating chanting throughout, and the tune’s pretty uninspired.
Track 22: Idina Menzel – Let It Go
The big musical number from Frozen. Awesomely epic, great to attempt at karaoke (not that I ever go anywhere near karaoke these days).
Track 23: Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne – Rather Be
Double repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Clean Bandit on track 14 and Jess Glynne on track 15.
The vocals are a little irritating, but the instrumentals are immense.
Track 24: Kiesza – Hideaway
Great beat, great tune. Big fan of this one.
Track 25: Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive)
This one’s a generic dance track with some very irritating instrumental lines.
Track 26: Sigma – Nobody To Love
I quite like that piano at the start, but the vocals annoy me.
Track 27: Calvin Harris – Summer
Probably my favourite summer-themed dance track of the decade. The tune is gorgeous and it builds beautifully.
Track 28: Secondcity – I Wanna Feel
I do like the ’90s-influenced trend that was big in dance music around this time, and it works nicely here, but I find the tune very repetitive.
Track 29: Klingande – Jubel
Interesting track, and I always appreciate a bit of saxophone.
Track 30: Faul & Wad Ad and Pnau – Changes
This track’s got some incredibly annoying kiddie vocals throughout, but it does also have saxophone, so I don’t know whether I like it or not.
Track 31: Fuse ODG and Sean Paul – Dangerous Love
This was another track to which we did a really good routine at my Zumba class in Southampton. I have a real soft spot for this one.
Track 32: DJ Fresh, TC and Little Nikki – Make U Bounce
I like the videogame-esque instrumentals at the start, and the track’s got a good beat, but there’s a bit too much going on.
Track 33: Shift K3Y – Touch
Boring tune, and I find the theme pretty awkward.
Track 34: MK and Alana – Always [Route 94 Remix]
I don’t like this tune at all – there’s something that sounds slightly offkey about it, and the vocals jar unpleasantly with the backing track.
Track 35: Tiësto and Matthew Koma – Wasted
Irritating theme, irritating tune.
Track 36: John Martin – Anywhere For You
Another boring song.
Track 37: Cash Cash and Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home
I like the ’80s-tinged synth on the backing track, but the vocals are super annoying.
Track 38: Matrix & Futurebound and Tanya Lacey – Don’t Look Back
The tune is fairly dull, but again I quite like some of the lines on the backing track.
Track 39: Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg – Wiggle
I like the atmosphere on this one, but the theme is super creepy.
Track 40: DJ Cassidy, Robin Thicke and Jessie J – Calling All Hearts
Great ’70s-tinged disco sound on this one!
Track 41: Neon Jungle – Welcome To The Jungle
Another awesome atmosphere – great stuff.
Track 42: Sia – Chandelier
Gorgeous, epic track. It’s a little overplayed these days, but the vocals are just wonderful.
Track 43: The Vamps – Last Night
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had the Vamps on track 21.
The tune’s a bit generic, but I quite like the pop-rock style.
Track 44: Tove Lo and Hippie Sabotage – Stay High
Too slow for me, and I find the tune boring.
Track 45: Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
I find this ballad a bit overblown and irritating.