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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down
  • Martin Garrix ft. Troye Sivan – There For You
  • Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo – Know No Better
  • Julia Michaels – Uh Huh
  • AJR ft. Louisa Johnson – Weak

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Girlbands are often treated like musical clotheshorses, expected to sing whatever the record label decides is the best demo submitted for their next album. Therefore it’s always exciting when a group gets to release a song that was clearly written for them.

From the sound, merging their previous best (Sledgehammer) and most popular (Worth It), to the lyrics, referencing their girlband idols Destiny’s Child and the number five, That’s My Girl was definitely written for Fifth Harmony… or perhaps it’s more accurate to say, it was written for their fans. I have no doubt the band themselves would rather be known for more mature tracks like Work From Home and All In My Head (Flex), and they almost won the battle as most of the 7/27 album has that sound, but luckily their A&R team ensured we pop fans still got the uplifting, high energy sing-along pop belter we really wanted. Co-writer Alexander Kronlund also worked on Lucky by Britney and *N Sync’s I’ll Never Stop, and this track gives me the same sugar rush as those 90s gems.

That’s My Girl might be the last of its kind from Fifth Harmony, as it hasn’t come close to the success of Work From Home or Worth It, but let’s take this moment to thank whoever it was at Epic who made this happen for us. If you’re reading this, YOU are the saviour of 2016. Now we just need to know: What happened to the six songs Max Martin produced for this album, and can we please have them ALL in 2017?

Released: 27th September
Writers: Tinashe Kachingwe, Alexander Kronlund, Lukas Loules
Best bits: 1. Destiny said it, you got to get up and get it, get mad independent and don’t you ever forget it, got some dirt on your shoulder, then let me brush it off for ya, if you’re feeling me put your five high!
2. That’s my girl, that’s my girl, that’s my girl
3. You’ve been down before, you’ve been hurt before, you got up before


Released: 26th February
Writers:  DallasK, Brian Lee, Ty Dolla $ign, Eskeerdo, Jude Demorest,  Ammo
Trivia: I was very disappointed with Work From Home on first listen as I felt short-changed after reading a  misleading  description of the band’s new single. This meant it took me months to realise quite how great it actually was. In fact, it became a kind of anthem for 2016, as I spent most of the year working from home. My experience was rather more literal than what the girls refer to in the song, though!
Best bits: 1.  You don’t gotta go to work, work, work, work, work, work, work
2.  We can work from home, oh, oh, oh-oh
3.  I know you’re always on the night shift, but I can’t stand these nights alone


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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • Nevada ft. Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap – The Mack
  • Gavin James – Nervous (The Ooh Song) (Mark McCabe Remix)
  • Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
  • Disciples – Daylight
  • Kent Jones – Alright

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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap – All In My Head (Flex)
  • Timeflies – Once in a While
  • Marc E. Bassy ft. G-Eazy – You and Me
  • Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
  • Sigma ft. Take That – Cry

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I loved Fifth Harmony on The X Factor USA, and their early tracks like Me & My Girls and Sledgehammer, but BO$$ and Worth It were too self-consciously sassy for my liking. They’ve certainly found their place as the Plastics of the pop school cafeteria, and now they’ve settled into this new position, they’re working it. Work From Home is definitely the best example of this new sound, and intrigued me enough to actually download their new album 7/27 (I only ever listened to the last one once, while waiting for them to perform at an event). Overall it’s a very strong, consistent and cohesive album, which is sadly rare to find from a “manufactured” pop act. It seems that someone has taken real care over the A&R of this album, which is extra-important in the age of streaming, where filler tracks simply won’t make the fan’s playlist. The standout track for me, however, is the anomaly on the album – the only one that recalls the band’s original sound. That’s My Girl is a pop triumph, blending the belting chorus of Sledgehammer with the trendy sax of Worth It, and I think I might just say it’s the best song Fifth Harmony have ever released. They have already filmed a video for the track, as it was originally set to be the lead single, so I hope it’ll soon have its moment to shine.


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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • Fifth Harmony – Work From Home
  • Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
  • Flo Rida ft. Jason Derulo – Hello Friday
  • Chris Brown ft. Usher & ZAYN – Back to Sleep (Remix)
  • Chase & Status ft. Slaves – Control

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This week’s playlist features five future hit singles from the line-up of the weekend's Capital Summertime Ball.

Tracklisting:

  • Little Mix – Black Magic
  • Jason Derulo – Cheyenne
  • Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick
  • Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink – Worth It
  • Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke & Verdine White – I Don’t Like It, I Love It

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I was spoilt for choice when putting together my list of the most poptastic singles of 2014. I had 124 songs I felt deserved recognition, and once I’d got that down to my top 100 (to be revealed at the end of the month), the task of whittling it down to 25 began. I eventually settled on a very eclectic mix of pop songs, which hops from Europop to indie-pop to pop-rock, and every other genre that begins or ends with “pop.” There’s one girlband, one boyband, seven collaborations, six debut singles, and (the reverse of last year’s trend) four pop songs by country artists.

Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments box below, or tweet me @Poptastic.

The 25th Most Poptastic Single of 2014

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem

Released: 28th April (USA)
Writers: Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande
Trivia: This is the first of six Max Martin productions in my top 25 this year, proving that he can move with the times like no other producer. Choosing my all-time favourite artist is an impossible task, but choosing my all-time favourite producer doesn’t require even a moment’s thought. You can read his story of the creation of Problem here.
Best bits: 1. There’s a million yous baby boo so don’t be dumb, I got 99 problems but you won’t be one
2. One less, one less problem
3. Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders

The 24th Most Poptastic Single of 2014

Tove Lo – Talking Body

Released: 30th September (Sweden)
Writers: Tove Nilsson, Jakob Jerlström, Ludvig Söderberg
Trivia: Tove only got to enjoy having the best album of the year for a few weeks, as Queen of the Clouds came out just before 1989, but she should be proud to come second to that masterpiece, especially with her debut album.
Best bits: 1. Now if we’re talking body, you got a perfect one
2. Day drunk into the night, wanna keep you here, cos you dry my tears
3. On and on and on

The 23rd Most Poptastic Single of 2014

Years and Years – Real

Released: 19th February (UK)
Writers: Emre Turkmen, Mikey Goldsworthy, Olly Alexander
Trivia: I love Real and Years and Years are great as an electro-pop act, but I’m really hoping that in 2015 they will release the piano ballad Olly performed when I first saw them live in early 2014. That was the moment where I realised he is a true pop star, not just a lead singer of a cool band, and he deserves to have that breakout moment.
Best bits: 1. Oh, I, I think I’m into you, how much do you want it too?
2. If I had been enough for you, I’d be better, would I be good?
3. You’re just my type, what’s a boy to do?

The 22nd Most Poptastic Single of 2014

Fifth Harmony – Sledgehammer

Released: 28th October (USA)
Writers: Jonas Jeberg, Meghan Trainor, Sean Douglas
Trivia: I’ve decided not to include any Neon Jungle songs in my chart as I can’t be objective, but I’m pleased that girlbands are represented by this pop anthem from Fifth Harmony. You may be familiar with the debacle surrounding the UK release of this song: It was meant to be the lead single and would have been performed on The X Factor, but was swapped for BO$$ at the last minute. I understand why they made that decision (BO$$ is an example of the holy grail of chart success: a cool novelty song – see also Uptown Funk) but what completely baffled me was why Sledgehammer was then made a b-side. Clearly it should have been the more poptastic follow-up single, to be released early 2015 after BO$$ provided a fun introduction. If the next single isn’t a pop triumph of Sledgehammer proportions, that X Factor moment is likely to be their first and last UK TV performance, and they can keep dreaming of cracking the top 20.
Best bits: 1. If you could take my pulse right now, it would feel just like a sledgehammer
2. If you take my puuuuuuuulse
3. I struggle to contain the love that’s in my veins and how it circulates

The 21st Most Poptastic Single of 2014

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Released: 10th November (USA)
Writers: Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Devon Gallaspy, Nicholaus Williams
Trivia: Uptown Funk took 82 takes to record, and Mark was so stressed about getting it perfect that he fainted at lunch. Obviously, it was worth it!
Best bits: 1. Saturday night and we in the spot, don’t believe me just watch!
2. Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up
3. I’m too hot (hot damn), call the police and the firemen


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One of the great pop mysteries of the 2010s is why Fifth Harmony, the popular girlband from The X Factor US, haven’t been launched in the UK. Perhaps Syco have convinced the girls and their team that Little Mix have cornered the pre-teen girlband market and there would be no room for them here, or perhaps Sony UK are waiting for them to deliver a really undeniable hit. I thought they might go for a UK launch with their last US single, the Single Ladies-esque BO$$, but there’s no sign of it so far. Their new single Sledgehammer is less cool, but it’s a great piece of pure pop singalong fun. It’s early Saturdays-meets-Demi Lovato – catchy and upbeat, but still leaving room for big vocal moments. It's the only song that’s managed to get stuck in my head in the past week that hasn’t been by Taylor Swift, so that’s got to be a good sign.

Read my original Future Pop feature on Fifth Harmony here.