Most Listened To is a little series I dip into every now and then to share some of the songs that I’m loving at the minute. I log into Obscurify and pick out the top 10 most listened to tracks of the last six weeks, though I do kind of cheat and set a rule so that there can only be one song per artist represented, otherwise we’d be seeing a lot more Christine and the Queens and Pale Waves thanks to their recently released albums, and Dua Lipa too, with her upcoming deluxe album.
Since my last ‘Most Listened To’ post I’ve spent some time travelling around the States and spent a whole lot of time at home resting up a leg injury, so this is what these 10 tracks represent!
Apologies for the uncentered Spotify embeds, WordPress doesn’t want to comply today.
1) Electricity – Silk City + Dua Lipa
I remember this coming out whilst I was in Portland, Oregon. Specifically, lying on the sofa bed in the living room and thinking that this song was mediocre. I was so wrong, it’s already jumped into my top tracks of all time.
Dua Lipa has one of those voices that fits in every track from soul to EDM, ‘Electricity’ feels like new territory for her, but with Mark Ronson and Diplo as her collaborators, it was only going to be a massive dance success. The track is incredibly catchy, and was co-written by Romy of the xx! The more you know.
2) Happier – Marshmello + Bastille
This song is so depressing. Like every Bastille song really, but it doesn’t feel so. It’s so un-Bastille yet so classically them, it’s pretty incredible that Marshmello managed to create such an on and off-brand song for them, and make it such a hit. As long as you don’t listen to the lyrics too much, you won’t be crying in the club.
Plus the video is out now and features Miranda Cosgrove and a dog. I full on bawled at it.
3) Love in the Middle of a Firefight – Dillon Francis + Brendon Urie
I’m extremely late to this party, four years late to be exact. I had no idea this track existed, I guess that’s what happens when it’s credited to Brendon Urie and not Panic! At The Disco. Like the above track, it’s an indie/rock frontman collaborating with a producer in a bit of a bizarre track. Urie’s voice goes with everything, he well and truly has the range, better than most people on the planet. He’d give Mariah a run for her money.
It’s refreshing to hear his voice on such a different track to normal, though Panic! have just about tried everything out, so it isn’t that odd in truth. Still a banger though.
All of the songs so far have featured people with rather distinct voices on EDM tracks, I guess that’s this era of my life.
4) Girlfriend – Christine and the Queens + Dâm Funk
That first ‘Chris’ is so simple, yet so fucking amazing. It snaps my neck with its intensity every time*.
The full-length album Chris is out now, and it’s incredible from start to finish. Though, the first track released, ‘Girlfriend’, may still be one of the best. It’s such a catchy tune and brought us out of the world of Christine and the Queens and into the world of ‘Chris’, a gender-defying pansexual who simply loves having a dick. It’s the best concept for an album I’ve heard in a long time.
And we can’t forget the iconic ‘fuck is me. fuck is you’ line, this song is incredible.
5) Eighteen – Pale Waves
I recently went to see Pale Waves live and they’re one of the few bands that actually sound way better live than recorded. I love their album, however, I was sitting at about a 6/10 with it, but their live performance of it was easily an 8.
That being said, Eighteen is 100% one of the best tracks from it. It’s shimmering indie, it’s light and breezy yet cements itself in MTV Rocks territory rather than MTV Hits. It’s the perfect track for the emos amongst us who grew up to really love pop but find their home in glitzy indie. This has the potential to be such a sing-along banger, however at their Liverpool gig, my friend and I were the only ones belting it out – step it up.
6) Can’t Deny My Love – Brandon Flowers
Going to Las Vegas, the home of one of my favourite artists and bands, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, meant that I listened to a whole lot of his back catalogue. Specifically, his 2015 solo album The Desired Effect. It’s an absolutely cracking album, much more enjoyable than his first, and offers a completely different version of Flowers than the one we know via The Killers.
‘Can’t Deny My Love’ was one of the first Brandon Flowers solo tracks I heard and it holds a special place in my musical heart. I don’t know where it sits in terms of genres, this whole album blends from pop, indie, rock and synth. What I do know though, is that this is a banger.
7) Bubblegum Bitch – Marina and the Diamonds
Marina is coming back soon, finally. After many agonising years, ok it’s been two and a half since her last tour, but still.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Marina Diamandis is one of the smartest and impressive artists out there. Her Electra Heart album is particularly incredible, within it she dissects the concept of feminity and the ‘tropes’ which make up an All-American woman. ‘Bubblegum Bitch’ is the opener, it’s the closest to rock that we’ve seen Marina go, and it’s incredibly fucking catchy. The entire song is captivating, I think it’s impossible not to fall for Diamandis after hearing this one song. It’s a wild ride from start to finish and has aged incredibly well.
8) Selfish Love – Jessie Ware
My favourite Jessie Ware song strikes again. For someone who isn’t a fan of romcoms, romantic television, or anything romantic in the slightest, but I can’t get enough of Jessie Ware. I’m a loyal listener of her podcast, I try to catch her on TV whenever I can and I’m obsessed with her music.
‘Selfish Love’ is is an incredibly sultry track that is kinda sexy and typing that feels so weird, as someone who is so unsexy, but Jessie Ware creates tracks that are…sensuous? Can you tell I don’t write erotica? In my opinion, this is Jessie Ware at her best, it’s an addictive song which builds and builds until it finishes on a slow note that leaves you wanting more. Maybe I could write erotica on re-read of that last sentence.
9) Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks
This year I fell for Stevie Nicks hard, and in truth I listen to this song on repeat because I want to one day get up in a dive bar, sing it on karaoke to look into the crowd and see Stevie Nicks walking to join me with a double measure of bourbon in one hand and a mic in the other. We then perform the most intense duet to ‘Edge of Seventeen’ that anyone ever has – probably not hard considering the track isn’t a duet.
‘Edge of Seventeen’ is a rock classic that will never get old, it will stand the test of time and is remembered as one of the greatest tracks of the Eighties. Also, the start of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ sounds incredibly similar to this, so don’t get caught out on the music round of your next pub quiz.
10) How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence and the Machine
She might have dropped a new album, but I’ve been loving Florence’s older stuff lately. The How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful era was completely overlooked, it didn’t receive half the recognition it’s predecessors did, despite being the most daring and exciting Florence era yet.
Florence’s music took a darker turn during this album, the guitar became heavier, drum beats became more pronounced and there was a certain anger present in each track. ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ feels like it covers every Florence early, it begins deceptively slow and builds until you’re belting the words. Lyrically, this is one of Florence’s best tracks. This whole album is criminally underrated and I find myself diving back into it more often than her other (fantastic) albums.
Let me know what music is your ‘most listened to’ right now, I really want to get into something new. Tweet me @daveygranger