Top 50 Singles In Ireland: 30 April 2009

Okay just thought I’d give Irish viewers a round up of my opinions on the Top 50 Singles Chart in Ireland as of 30 April 2009. This is basically a rehash of last weeks charts but with any new entries added in afterwards.

50. Kids-MGMT: Basically in a few words, I’ll say this. MGMT are the most exciting synthpop/indie kids to come out in 2009 and this song proves that. This cheery crazy indie pop track perfectly captures the youthful, cosmopolitan lifestyle of their New York homeland and spreads it to a universal audience. (4/5)

49. Crack A Bottle-Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent: Ooooooh Em I am disappointed. This is neither witty like The Real Slim Shady or serious like Stan. It’s dirty pop rap, that’s all! The tune is reasonably catchy I guess but…nah! (2/5)

48. I Love College-Asher Roth: Ya know I kinda miss that American Pie type of music, back when the airwaves were dominated by cheeky punk pop acts and rap rocks act which dealt with the pure comically, simple themes of getting wasted, having sex and being too lazy to get up for bed in the morning. Well this perfectly describes I Love College which runs at that lazy scuzzy pace with perfectly lazy, scuzzy rapping from Roth. Are we revisiting those cheeky American Pie days where stinky youth is ruling the World. I welcome it back with open arms. (4/5)

47. Don’t Stop Believing-Journey: I see this song has become a little bit of a classic here in Ireland ever since it appeared in the last episode of TV’s The Sopranos. And rightfully so too ’cause this song is a classic. Everything about it the guitar riffs, the vocals, the sheer power behind the song spell out vintage soul rock that just can’t be replicated in today’s mainstream. Simply fantastic. (5/5)

46. Show Me Love-Steve Angello & Laidback Luke featuring Robin S: Okay, really I don’t have a lot to say about this track. It’s an unoriginal Eurodance remixed re-release that will be successful for dancing drunkedly to a club. Well at this time of the year, these anthems tend to hit the charts. (2/5)

45. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)-Beyoncé: Ok I must remain calm. I used to quite like this song. The production is slick, it’s catchy and danceable and Beyoncé’s vocals impress…BUT IF I HEAR THIS SONG ON MY RADIO ONE MORE TIME…I WILL KILL AND DESTROY! RAWRRRRRRR!!! In other words, it doesn’t have the lasting appeal of Crazy In Love. (2/5)

44. Sober-P!nk: Wow, Please Don’t Leave Me has left some effect on her career sending previous single Sober back into the Top 40 after disappearing from it a few weeks ago. Although P!nk’s voice is full of raw, husky emotion and singing about a very important topic-drunkedness vs. soberness (sorry I couldn’t put that into better words), the monotone pace of the song with it’s serious strings becomes somewhat depressing and grating after a while. (3/5)

43. Fields Of Anfield Road-Liverpool Collective featuring The Kop Choir: Much like the Irish Rugby Squad’s entry into the chart , this is pretty much a novelty sports anthem that is really doing no harm as people just wanna show their love for Liverpool Football Club. Harmless stuff really! (3/5)

42.  The Fear-Lily Allen: Lily makes a welcome return to the World of music and exit from the tabloids with this slick track. Her vocals are as sharp and witty as ever and the new electronica backing is a welcome from the ska influences in her debut album. (4/5)

41. Just Can’t Get Enough-The Saturdays: Hmmmm not the most inspired of covers. Depeche Mode created a classic synthpop song back in the ’80s with this and now The Saturdays believe they can do it justice. Well it’s faster than the original and theirn vocals fit very well with the song. But it’s so unoriginal. But it’s for Comic Relief so you have to buy it! (3/5)

40. You Found Me-The Fray: Soft rockers The Fray return after soundtracking nearly every medical TV show with their How To Save A Life. They’re now soundtracking Lost which is no surprise as this is a big epic, piano ballad with frontman Isaac Slade’s warm vocals wrapped around it. But nothing Coldplay hasn’t done before! (3/5)

39. Walking On A Dream-Empire Of The Sun: A sort of funky, Summery song by the Australian duo. Kind of irritating but likebale at the same time. Likeable beat, annoying vocals. But they are interesting. (3/5)

38. Welcome To The World-Kevin Rudolf featuring Rick Ross: Okay so although this still contains the heavily electronic, urbane instrumentation as before, there is a reason why Kevin Rudolf’s new tune beats previous single Let It Rock. Its heavy, its rocking and all so slightly epic. Basically, it has what Let It Rock should of had, those high pop/R&B production values combined with a hard rocking undertone. (4/5)

37. My Sharona-Knack: Haha typical Ireland! If a classic pop song is played in a commercial you can bet that there’s an 85% chance that it will chart in the Irish Singles Chart. Well now as I’ve already said My Sharona is a classic pop song, by no means genius, but it’s a fantastic driving song especially if you happen to be driving a Otibix van. (4/5)

36. Hoedown Throwdown-Miley Cyrus: When I first heard this song was on the Hannah Montana movie soundtrack, I thought isn’t this song a little dirty for a film aimed at little girls. But no, this song isn’t about throwing hoes (did I spell that write), it’s about…well I dunno really. It’s one of them nonsensical novelty songs kinda like Crank That by Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em where the dance routine is far more important than the lyrics or vocals. This is kinda weird country jaunt and I’m really not looking forward to little girls everywhere trying to copy the dance routine while having to hear Miley’s annnoying call and response vocals. (1/5)

35. The Ballad Of Ruby Walsh-Christy Moore: A bouncy, plodding folk track from Christy Moore’s newest album Listen is a nice little treat. I happen to find Moore very likeable and his songs always interest me as they always have good lyrics. Moore’s voice is untarnished and fans will enjoy him while regular pub-goers and tourists will lap this folk ditty up. But it’s hardly the most original song by Moore and not the most exciting tune in the chart, Moore has made much better music before. (3/5)

34. The Great Defector-Bell X-1: An impressive comeback single from the lads! It has a nice bouncy feel to it and still remains sounding like Bell X-1 except this single is getting praise in the US. Fingers crossed! (3/5)

33. Gives You Hell-The All-American Rejects: Emo punk pop acts don’t often chart here in Ireland so I was happy to see AAR make it. Ive been a fan of AAR for quite a while now as they’re capable of making perfect hook filled rawk songs! This relies on a big shout-along chorus at the end of the song to really get the crowd going but not a bad attempt by AAR with their first single from the album When The World Comes Down. (3/5)

32. Broken Strings-James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado: Mr. Morrison had a nice spell in the Top 10 but I can’t think why? Yeah sure, his voice is smooth and husky at the same time but this ballad is forgettable at best and Furtado’s vocals almost go unnoticed in this soft rock tune. However, I guess the rousing build up to the chorus makes this song stand out more from his other tunes. (3/5)

31. My Life Would Suck Without You-Kelly Clarkson: After her previous album My December failied commercially, Kelly returns with MLWSWY (sorry I’m too lazy to write the whole title). Basically what the writers are trying to do was create Since U Been Gone Part 2 but of course it would be impossible to do. Since U Been Gone was a classic pop rock song, possibly the best song to be released by a reality TV winner, yes even better than Bleeding Love. While MLWSWY opens with a similar rhythm guitar riff as Since U Been Gone with a quiet verse and bridge and big shouty chorus but this song lacks the anger and passion of Since U Been Gone. That said it is catchy and has a sort of euphoric, Summery feel with an electronic backing behind recent hits such as So What and Hot ‘N’ Cold. It has all the ingredients of Since U Been Gone but you can’t re-create a classic! (3/5)

30. La La Land-Demi Lovato: Well the tweens have spoken. Disney star Demi Lovato is set to release her first tune La La Land in June but it has already entered the Top 30. So is La La Land good? Well-yes and—no!!! You see Demi is quite a talented little vocalist much more so than Miley Cyrus and her Camp Rock cohorts The Jonas Brothers. This can be evidenced from her various performances I caught on YouTube. She’s also quite the accomplished pianist and guitarist, actually playing them live rather than boast about it or pose with these instruments in her videos and finally she has co-wrote most of her debut album all at the tender age of 16. This song shows off Lovato’s vocals plus it has to be the only bubblegum pop song with  a big guitar solo in the middle. And in fairness, Demi sounds like a nice combination of Sara Bareilles and a teenage Alanis Morrisette. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that this is manufactured Disney commercialism and its lyrics about Demi staying a down to Earth girl and not letting fame consume her seem like a commercial ploy to promote her as a new role model for young girls everywhere. (2/5)

29. Sugar-Flo Rida featuring Wynter: Looks like Flo Rida’s popularity is far from decreasing as this song has crept into the charts. Well obviously Flo showing no signs off originality at all follows in the footsteps off T.I. by sampling cult Europop songs, in this case Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee) and using the same generic techno backing track and heavily Auto-Tuned generic R&B female vocals like his previous hit Right Round. However that “da ba dee” hook is far more danceable and likeable than the monstrosity that was Right Round so I won’t knock it too bad. (2/5)

28. I’m Yours-Jason Mraz: Hasn’t this song been around for ages now. Nice, acoustic Summery tune but kinda irritating with the “ska-bi-doo-bah-bah” lyrics on the bridge. (3/5)

27. Beautiful-Akon featuring Colby O’ Donis and Kardinal Offishall: Disposable R&B at best with a typical synthy sound used thousands of times before with guess wha—a “beautiful” girl getting down in the club—oooh how original! That said Akon’s voice isn’t as nasal or Auto-Tuney as usual and K. Offishall’s rap is suitably gruff. And I reckon Colby O is gonna be the newest pin up now that Chris Brown has been exposed as a cowardly dude who beats women. (2/5)

26. Return The Favor-Keri Hilson featuring Timbaland: I’ve been lookin forward to Keri Hilson’s solo career launch over here for a while now. Last Summer she released the big R&B ballad Energy in the US and I’ve been very much looking forward to the songwriting hit maker and smooth vocalist. Now that her debut album In A Perfect World is being released, we get Return The Favor. Following in the current electropop tune, this has some vocals from Hilson and some futuristic beats from Timbaland who has been absent now from music for the last few months and who I’ve realised I missed for his pumping hip hop beats. The track is very slick and polished with some mildy entertaining innuendo induced vocals between Keri and Timba. But if you’re expecting something as good as The Way I Are, then prepare to be disappointed as this song lacks the spark of that tune. Still good enough start to her career here. (3/5)

25. Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)-Ironik featuring Chipmunk and Elton John: Wow rappers do really love their samples first Black Eyed Peas with Pump It, then Flo Rida with Right Round and Sugar and now Ironik is sampling Elton John’s Hold Me Closer. Out of all the things that stand out about this track is the Elton John sample which is hugely uplifting, catchy and sort of Summery. Ironik and Chipmunk are pretty much on auto pilot here not really adding anything to the track. But at least there sprucing up a classic and introducing it to a whole new generation. (4/5)

24. In For The Kill-La Roux: Our first new entry into the chart. This song has been around quite a while now and is currently at Number #2 in the UK Chart. So what’s the song like? Well so far it has been very well received critically. The song currently follows the new synthpop trend and 80s revival. Elly Jackson the lead singer has been praised for her high pitched vocals which sound almost hawk-like. This is all very true and La Roux are definitely an act to watch, something interesting to enter the charts for sure. But for me it all gets very grating to listen to the jittery synths and that squeaky high pitched voice. Good. But not for everyone. (3/5)

23. Just Dance-Lady GaGa featuring Colby O’ Donis and Akon: Lady GaGa has me excited!! By her music of course ahem? This song works as a dance electro pop song on so many levels. Firstly it has an opening synth with the same air of epicness found on Rihanna’s Umbrella. Then the hook filled chorus. GaGa’s lyrics about “playboy mouths”. Colby O’s husky, half rapped lyrics that show of his voice. Akon’s Michael Jacksonesque whoops! GaGa’s impressive vocals on the bridge of the song and the Christina Aguileraesque high notes at the end. Superb! (5/5)

22. Dead And Gone-T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake: Admittedly this song is really getting on my nerves now but I better stick to my original rating. A smooth follow up to the Rihanna collaboration with Live Your Life, T.I. returns with J.T. (ha see what I done there!) for Dead And Gone sees the two team up for another song of serious rapping and singing with Southern hip hop influences and human beatboxing! Timberlake particularly impresses here with his strong, powerful vocals and T.I.’s rapping is staisfactory. Oh and it doesn’t have an O-Zone sample! (4/5)

21. Feel That You Own It-Bipolar Empire: Typical indie pop from Ireland’s newest band. Pretty cool sounding though, nothing extraordinary but nothing amazing either. (3/5)

20. If U Seek Amy-Britney Spears: I guess it’s kind of refreshing to see that Britney’s only gaining controversy from her music rather than her personal life these days. Why is If U Seek Amy so controversial. Well Max Martin came up with a rather genius method of making If U Seek Amy sound like: “All of the boys/and all of the girls/are begging to If U Seek Amy (F-U-C-K me)” After the disappointing Circus, Britney uses this thumping and addictive electropop track once again to give a big middle finger up to all those that judge her. And yes we do all wanna If U Seek Amy U Britney! (4/5)

19. Untouchable-Girls Aloud: Those Girls and Xenomania have done it again! Basically making another trancy floorfiller, this is similar to previous single The Loving Kind but more spruced up and danceable than last time. This has been reduced in length for its single release and the vocals have been vocoded a bit and I know many people aren’t happy with that but I quite like this single mix. You can judge for yourself but I like it very much! Okay truth be told after hearing the album version, I can see why so many are disappointed but don’t worry it’s still a good song stripped down from it’s more atmospheric and emotional album alter ego. (4/5)

18. Love Story-Taylor Swift: Country pop is storming the US charts at the moment. But on these shores, only Shania Twain and Dolly Parton are the only two who have achieved any long term success. However, Taylor Swift has decided on a niche and has released Love Story. I have to say I’m impressed with Ms. Swift, not only is she absolutely stunning with a nice personality but on both her albums she managed to write or co-write all of her songs, co-produced all her songs, plays guitar, ukelele and piano and to top that she’s an impressive life performer as well and likely to become a budding actress and author. Love Story perfectly shows off her talents an up-tempo, country tune that rewrites Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending. It’s kinda cheesy but Swift attracts with her sweet, syrupy voice. (3/5)

17. Takin’ Back My Love-Enrique Iglesias featuring Ciara-Enrique, you’ve done it again! Your weepy, angst filled voice has scored you another hit and another bunch of female admirers. This daft Europop/R&B stomper is yet another Summer hit for Enrique. We’ll all be dancing to it. (4/5)

16. Show Me What I’m Looking For-Carolina Liar: Where the Hell did this song come from? I mean this song hasn’t gotten any airplay in Ireland or the UK, either on radio or music channels. It hasn’t been used on any soundtrack and the song doesn’t co-incide with any big events. So it really is a mystery how this Canadian band managed to peak within the Top 20!!! But looks like the Irish public have taste, as this song is a real gem. A kind of good alternative rock number, one of the more civilised tracks you’d find on Scuzz I guess. I knew on first impressions of hearing this song that it was something very special and I’ve only heard it once. So even though I amn’t completely familiar with the tune, I’m gonna follow my gut reaction and give it a high rating. And turns out I amn’t wrong about my rating, this is some tune. Really, really…heart-rending I can’t really explain why, it just strikes a chord with me. The vocals are amazing. (5/5)

15. Right Round-Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha: Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s no longer Number 1!!! WOOOOO!!!!! And GaGa’s beaten it again! Okay I need help! When Flo Rida first burst onto the scene in early 2008, I will admit I enjoyed his hits Low and Elevator but the time his third single In The Ayer was released, the novelty of Flo Rida had worn out. Now simply cos he samples a classic pop song You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive, he immediately hits Number 1. I mean this is just a crash commercial release dealing with the only topics Flo knows-sex, money and cars. This song is about pole dancing which falls into the sex bracket. The song has a bouncy rap, electronic music backing and over vocoded vocals from Ke$ha (or is it Katy Perry?). These are about the only good points about the song but overall, they’re not enough to save it! (1/5)

14. The Climb-Miley Cyrus: Miley comes back with her fourth hit on this side of the Atlantic. While you might expect a song which comes from the Hannah Montana Movie soundtrack to be a sugar coated slice of brainwashing, bubblegum pop, you’ll be surprised as The Climb is probably Cyrus’s most emotional song yet. Sort of following in the footsteps as BFF Taylor Swift, this song has a hint of country to it but Miley’s warbled lyrics and guitar playing in the video showcases a new maturity to the 16-year old. As far as I’m concerned, she’s much more impressive than the manufactured Hillary Duffs and Mandy Moores of yesteryear. (4/5)

13. Boom Boom Pow-The Black Eyed Peas: The reformed US hip hop group are our second new entrant into the chart this week. It’s really good to see them make a return to our charts as they have been sadly missed by me! And their new track doesn’t disappoint! But it will raise a few eyebrows of course. The BEP appear to be following the latest Auto-Tune trend in pop/R&B music but it’s just so damn crazy. The Black Eyed Peas have always been about energy and this track is the most energetic, unconventional track in the chart this weekend. It used thumping beats, a mad techno breakdown half way through and has the usual bragging and slightly silly lyrics the Peas are renowned for. This is gonna divide opinion for sure. But I like it very much! And so do the citizens of the USA and Canada who have shot this straight to Number #1. (4/5)

12. Halo-Beyoncé: Halo is a well crafted pop/R&B ballad produced by Ryan Tedder. Seriously guys Beyoncé astounded me on this track, she sounds like an angel and the crashing drum machine beats aren’t half bad either. One of the best by Beyoncé no doubt about it to make up for the tedious Single Ladies(5/5)

11. Know Your Enemy-Green Day: After a five year gap between now and their last album, Green Day return with a powerful, comeback single. Possibly the most appealing part of this song is the instrumentation, Tré Cool seems like he’s beating his drum with a giant mallet. The guitar licks further heighten this mosher tune and Billy Joe;s vocals are deep and powerful as ever. Overall, a fantastic return to form but this is no American Idiot. (4/5)

10. Please Don’t Leave Me-P!nk: After disappearing from the charts, it’s back again at a higher position. Hmmm, strange tune this is. It sort of drifts in between heartbroken ballad and up-tempo pop rock track. I dunno, there’s something about P!nk’s voice that ropes the listener in and I hope this does well. The slightly eerie “dah-dah-dah” backing vocals mix nicely with P!nk’s husky vocals and up-tempo guitar. But is anyone really annoyed that the genius music video which apes classic thrillers such as The Shining, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Misery with sprinklings of P!nk’s humour has been censored on the music channels. I urge you to look up the uncensored video on YouTube, you won’t be disappointed. (3/5)

9. Don’t Upset The Rhythm-The Noisettes: These were at Number #2 in the UK charts and I must say it’s a pretty good song and The Noisettes are a group that have caught my interest. This song combines many different genres-pop, funk, disco, soul, electro. Not to mention quite danceable. Good debut single, thumbs up from me. However I can’t get rid of that niggling feeling that these guys are gonna be a one hit wonder. I desperately hope that I’m wrong. (4/5)

8. Number 1-Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz: After his successful collaboration with Taio Cruz on the hit Take Me Back, Tinchy Stryder hooks up with the next hottest act on the urban scene, that being N-Dubz. Well its only Tinchy and Dappy (the one with the funny hat) who sing (rap) on this track, Frazer and Tulisa are missing in that department only making cameos in the video. So technically the song should really be called Number 1 by Tinchy Stryder featuring Dappy. Or the same should go for Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) should be by A.R. Rahman featuring Nicole Scherzinger rather than AR Rahman with The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger. Anyway THIS song works perfectly well, it’s got some good lyrics, cool strings and synths aplenty! But there’s something about the song that stops it from being Number 1 for me. It’s just lacking in something, it just doesn’t stand out. I think an average saving is in order here! (3/5)

7. Shake It-Metro Station: Those Cyruses are takin over the World I tells ya! And it looks like these guys are gonna be big too in their own right! This new synthpop band features Trace Cyrus, elder brother of Miley and son of Billy Ray. Shake It is a nonsensical piece of pop rock fun. Not to be taken to seriously. It’s there for you to dance to. However, I’m increasingly loving this song but I’ll have to stick to my original rating sadly! (3/5)

6. Not Fair-Lily Allen: This tune has become popular fast…and I like it! I heard this twice in the last two days and the lyrics and tone are already glued inside my head-always a sign of a good pop song. It also continues with The Fear‘s biting lyrics and electronica undertone but is freshened up by a sort of country style banjo backing. A very interesting new single by the always appealing Ms. Allen. (4/5)

5. I’m Not Alone-Calvin Harris: Calvin Harris returns to what is sure to be the dance hit of the Summer. With it’s fantastic, almost epic sounding beats and Harris’ vocals for once soundingg haunted rather than annoying for once, I am happy to announce that I am looking forward to his upcoming sophomore album. (4/5)

4. Love, Sex, Magic-Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake: This has shot right up the chart. I really can’t see why, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before but I guess Ciara and Justin are pretty and sex sells so there you go. Ciara hasn’t had a hit on these shores since Goodies in 2003 if my memory serves me well. Now in the Top 10 featuring on Enrique Iglesias track Takin’ Back My Love, she’s looking for a bit of a comeback here in Ireland. Well to be honest this is a very slick, polished dance track that has being ruling the American charts for the latter half of this decade. Really Ciara has a very generic R&B voice sounding like a cross between Keri Hilson and Ashanti. Timberlake is getting as bad as Akon for becoming a featured artist on tracks. I sound like I hate this tune but I don’t. There’s just nothing madly exciting about it. Plus the title of the song reminds me of the Red Hot Chili Peppers album Blood, Sex, Sugar, Magik for some reason and both music works couldn’t be further apart. (3/5)

3. We Made You-Eminem: After the disappointment that was Crack A Bottle, Slim Shady returns with his first proper release from Relapse. Basically, it follows in the vein of songs The Real Slim Shady and Just Lose It in mocking celebrity culture with an in-your-face hilarious video to match. The song also features some great production wor from Dr. Dre and an anonymous female vocal on the chorus. It’s nothing he hasn’t done before and some people may be irritated by the sound and lyrics of the song which are not as witty as before. That said it’s good to know that after a long abscence from the music World, that Eminem is back and doing what he used to do! (4/5)

2. Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)-A.R. Rahman with The Pussycat Dolls: Or should it be A.R. Rahman with The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls and The Other Pussycat Dolls? I am forever greatful to A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls knock Flo Rida off the top spot! I OFFICIALLY LOVE THEM NOW! This song is gonna divide mixed opinion though! Some people might ask why Rahman, a renowned Indian composer decided to remx this song with the commercial, manufactured Pussycat Dolls. Others might ask why the Dolls would desicrate the soundtrack of a wonderfully, acclaimed film with their innuendo filled lyrics and raunchy dances. And others might ask why are “The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger” are credited when only Scherzinger sings yet she’s a member of PCD but all the other four do is dance not even bothering to use them for background vocals. But Jai Ho! works generally due to the whole international, urgent beat of the song, the “JAI HO!!!!” hook provided by Rahman and Nicole’s whispery, hypnotic vocals right after the chorus. Basically it’s a typical Dolls’ track but with the extra esscence of Slumdog Millionaire. And so I rest my case. (4/5)

1. Poker Face-Lady GaGa: Back at Number 1! Ms. GaGa we salute you! Her second Number 1 in both Ireland and UK and with good reason. The song has that epic, hyped up quality that GaGa is all about. It opens with a growly, vocoded verse before breaking into that anthemic New Wavey chorus. Admittedly the “mum-mum-mum-mah!” and “p-p-p-p-poker face” hook is sort of annoying but I think we should all bow to the Queen of Electropop! (4/5)

 

 

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