Day 89 means Now! #89, which was released on 24th November 2014.
Let’s see what was in the charts during our final few months in Southampton.
Track 1: Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Love this one! Great mid-century retro tinge, brilliant theme, and it’s another one to which my Southampton Zumba class did a really fun routine.
Track 2: Olly Murs and Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up
Love the retro feel, but I could do without the rap.
Track 3: Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
Good solid pop track – really like this one.
Track 4: Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
I really like the tune on this track.
Track 5: Magic – Rude
I can’t stand this one – the theme’s just awful! Irritatingly, it was constantly stuck in my head at the time as well.
Track 6: Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One
Too slow for me.
Track 7: Tom Odell – Real Love
This one was the 2014 John Lewis Christmas advert song (it was the year of Monty the penguin), so it still gets played on the music channels at Christmas time. Again, it’s too slow for my liking.
Track 8: Gareth Malone and All Star Choir – Wake Me Up
Gareth Malone’s project for Children In Need 2014 – a choir of celebrities doing a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up. It’s not that exciting, but the voice-spotting can be quite fun.
Track 9: Ed Sheeran – Don’t
Good rhythm, interesting vocals – quite like this one.
Track 10: George Ezra – Blame It On Me
I’m not too keen on the tune on this one.
Track 11: The Script – Superheroes
It’s got a good epic feel, but it’s a bit cheesy.
Track 12: OneRepublic – Love Runs Out
I really like this one – the atmosphere is great.
Track 13: Maroon 5 – Maps
Pretty tune, quite summery.
Track 14: Hozier – Take Me To Church
Beautiful track – the tune, atmosphere and theme are all absolutely stunning.
Track 15: Charli XCX – Boom Clap
I find this one pretty generic.
Track 16: One Direction – Steal My Girl
Irritating tune, irritating theme.
Track 17: The Vamps and Shawn Mendes – Oh Cecelia (Breaking My Heart)
Uninspired cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic with new verses. Not a fan.
Track 18: 5 Seconds Of Summer – Amnesia
Too slow and saccharine for me.
Track 19: GRL – Ugly Heart
I really like this upbeat pop song. Sadly, group member Simone Battle passed away during the promotion of this track, and they’ve not really had any hits since.
Track 20: Katy Perry – This Is How We Do
It’s got a good beat, but the tune’s pretty repetitive.
Track 21: Cheryl and Tinie Tempah – Crazy Stupid Love
It’s got a good beat, but the tune’s a bit annoying.
Track 22: Ella Henderson – Glow
Pretty tune, but it’s a little slow for my liking.
Track 23: The Veronicas – You Ruin Me
Dull and depressing.
Track 24: Calvin Harris and John Newman – Blame
It’s an okay tune, but it’s a bit forgettable.
Track 25: Sigma and Paloma Faith – Changing
Nice upbeat, feelgood track. Quite like this one.
Track 26: Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
It’s not the kind of thing I usually like, but I’ve got a soft spot for this tune.
Track 27: Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne – Real Love
I like some of the instrumentals, but the tune on the vocals irritates me.
Track 28: Jeremih and YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em
The beat on the various lines of this is very jarring. Not keen. Also, that Rhythm Is A Dancer interpolation is done really badly.
Track 29: David Guetta and Sam Martin – Lovers On The Sun
Great Western-tinged instrumentals, and the tune’s quite nice. Good stuff.
Track 30: Waze & Odyssey and R Kelly – Bump And Grind 2014
Reworking of R Kelly’s 1994 song. I’m not keen on the original anyway, and this dance version is just messy.
Track 31: Ariana Grande and Zedd – Break Free
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Ariana Grande on track 3.
Very uninspired and irritating tune.
Track 32: Nicole Scherzinger – Your Love
Another track where the tune is so bland I’m not sure it even counts as a tune.
Track 33: Pitbull and John Ryan – Fireball
Good beat on this one – very danceable.
Track 34: Wankelmut, Emma Louise and Mark Kinchen – My Head Is A Jungle [MK Remix]
That chorus is horribly irritating!
Track 35: ZHU – Faded
I like the retro-sounding bassline, but in general it’s too repetitive for me.
Track 36: Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
One of those ’90s-sounding dance track from the mid-’10s. It’s a bit too generic for my liking.
Track 37: Parra For Cuva and Anna Naklab – Wicked Games
Guitar-driven dance cover of Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. It’s not a patch on the original, which is beautiful – somehow this version manages to be dull.
Track 38: Fuse ODG and Angel – TINA
Nice feelgood tune, quite like this one.
Track 39: Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants
Takes ages to get going. When it does, it’s okay, but nothing special.
Track 40: Kiesza – Giant In My Heart
Some interesting lines on the backing track, but I’m not keen on the tune.
Track 41: The Magician and Years & Years – Sunlight
Another generic, bland tune.
Track 42: Melissa Steel and Popcaan – Kisses For Breakfast
I had this one stuck in my head for years afterwards. Thankfully it’s an okay tune.
Track 43: Professor Green and Tori Kelly – Lullaby
The tune on the sung vocals is pretty, but I find the theme too depressing.
Track 44: Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora – Black Widow
Good atmosphere, but the tune is fairly uninspired.
Track 45: Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
Repeated artist alert! We’ve already had Nicki Minaj on track 3.
I find the theme on this one painfully stupid.