Day 97 equals Now! #97, which was released on 21st July 2017.
Last year’s summer hits were pretty good from what I remember. Let’s have a listen.
Track 1: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber – Despacito
Gorgeous Latin summer tune, deservedly one of the biggest hits of the year.
Track 2: DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil’ Wayne – I’m The One
Repeated artist alert! We’ve only just had Justin Bieber on track 1.
This is an extremely irritating track with too many rappers on it, none of whom contribute anything good.
Track 3: Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean – Feels
Great funk rhythm, great tune. Really like this one.
Track 4: Jonas Blue and William Singe – Mama
This tune really irritates me.
Track 5: Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson – Symphony
Gorgeous instrumentals – quite like this track.
Track 6: Little Mix and Stormzy – Power
This is one that was used in Zumba class last year – I love the vocals.
Track 7: Liam Payne and Quavo – Strip That Down
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Quavo on track 2.
I really like the rhythm on this one – it’s very danceable.
Track 8: The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – Something Just Like This
I find this tune insanely irritating, and the theme’s horribly twee.
Track 9: David Guetta and Justin Bieber – 2U
Repeated artist mega alert! We’ve already had Justin Bieber on both track 1 and track 2. Nobody needs that much Bieber on a Now! compilation!
This one’s a dull, forgettable tune.
Track 10: Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times
I really like the classic feel to this – there’s something about it that reminds me of the slower dramatic examples of glam rock.
Track 11: Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Cheesy and annoying.
Track 12: Rita Ora – Your Song
I really like this one – great tune, great electro lines.
Track 13: Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson – Unpredictable
Excruciatingly boring tune.
Track 14: Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Great rhythm, great lyrics. Good stuff.
Track 15: Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign – Swalla
I love this one! It’s really danceable, and the vocals are awesome.
Track 16: Katy Perry and Migos – Bon Appétit
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Katy Perry on track 3.
This tune is highly dull and generic. I’m starting to wonder how all these half-arsed attempts at tunes are becoming hits.
Track 17: Nick Jonas, Anne-Marie and Mike Posner – Remember I Told You
Another track that’s so boring I can’t concentrate on it.
Track 18: Lady Gaga – The Cure
A slower track from Lady Gaga, but I like the dramatic feel. Would have been even better if the lyrics had been about the Cure as in the band though!
Track 19: Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club
Love the atmosphere of this one, and the interpolation of the melody from Christina Aguilera’s Genie In A Bottle is done really well.
Track 20: Niall Horan – Slow Hands
The theme irritates me, and I can’t get on with the rhythm.
Track 21: Miley Cyrus – Malibu
Pretty tune – I find some of the lyrics a bit grating, but it’s got a nice summery feel.
Track 22: Ariana Grande – One Last Time
Originally released in 2014, back in the charts to raise money after the Manchester Arena attack. It’s a gorgeous tune, but I find the theme uncomfortable.
Track 23: French Montana and Swae Lee – Unforgettable
Good beat, but I’m not keen on the tune.
Track 24: Sigala and Ella Eyre – Came Here For Love
Another tune that I find really irritating.
Track 25: Maggie Lindemann – Pretty Girl [Cheat Codes X Cade Remix]
Annoying tune, but the theme is the real issue here – cloying and vomit-inducingly smug.
Track 26: The Weeknd – Rockin’
Forgettable and dull.
Track 27: Little Mix and Machine Gun Kelly – No More Sad Songs
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Little Mix on track 6.
Another annoying tune.
Track 28: Jax Jones, Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don – Instruction
I really like this one – great beat, great theme.
Track 29: Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato – No Promises
Repeated artist alert! We’ve only just had Demi Lovato on track 28.
Again, I don’t like the tune.
Track 30: Disciples – On My Mind
Great track – good tune, very danceable.
Track 31: J Hus – Did You See
Interesting track – I like the lyrics.
Track 32: Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Another interesting song – there’s some great lines here. I quite like this one.
Track 33: Future – Mask Off
I really like the melancholy tune on the backing track – it’s gorgeous.
Track 34: Kygo and Ellie Goulding – First Time
Twee, saccharine and bland.
Track 35: Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan – There For You
Another tune I just can’t get into.
Track 36: Rudimental and James Arthur – Sun Comes Up
Generic, annoying tune.
Track 37: Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
It’s a bit cheesy, but I quite like this one.
Track 38: Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
Good retro sound, even better retro video.
Track 39: Neiked and Mimi – Call Me
Nice feelgood tune, but the vocals are really irritating.
Track 40: Raye – The Line
Nothing exciting about this one.
Track 41: Fifth Harmony and Gucci Mane – Down
Repetitive and dull.
Track 42: Haim – Want You Back
Again, I just can’t get excited about this tune. I do like the retro tinge on the instrumentals though.
Track 43: JP Cooper – Passport Home
Too slow for me, and the theme’s very cheesy.
Track 44: Take That – Giants
Another boring tune.
Track 45: Artists For Grenfell – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Charity cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell fire. There’s some interesting stuff in this version, especially the added rap by Stormzy at the start.