REVIEW: The iTunes top ten

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THE Standard’s new reviewer, Boston Grammar School pupil Liam Chambers, looks at this week’s iTunes top ten chart.

Well, this weeks top 10 is looking good, a few major artists up there, as well some more, shall we say, ‘unconventional’ artists, all of whom I look forward to reviewing.

* Number 10: Good time, by Owl City feat Carly Rae Jepsen

When I first heard about this song, I was fairly sceptical, as Owl City is one of my personal favourite acts, whereas Miss Jepsen, who has had one decent single, is most certainly not ‘up there’ in my all time greats. However, I must say I am impressed with this particular single, there is a nice beat to it, not too fast and shouty, but equally not slow, and like a line dance, the lyrics weren’t too impressive, but it’s most certainly catchy, and I can see it climbing to at least 5th.

* Number 9: Wings, by Little Mix

I must say, I despise this song. It’s like all other songs by groups of similar ages. There is a fixed beat, which follows a similar pattern to just about every other boy/girl band out there. I would attempt to describe said beat, however I fear it would be to the detriment of my character. Aside from the beat there isn’t much to complain about. The lyrics, I have to say are catchy, and the video, well that’s certainly entertaining, overall not a bad tune, however I don’t see it climbing much in the forthcoming weeks, but it’ll stay in the top 40 for a while to come.

* Number 8: She Wolf (Falling To Pieces), by David Guetta feat. Sia

I’m not a huge David Guetta fan, however, this song is most certainly the exception to the rule. The base line beat was very enjoyable, and wasn’t too heavy compared to some of the more modern pieces by other DJ’s. I must say, having listened to it three times now, that the lyrics are not the main feature to the song, and that I honestly didn’t notice them that much. Overall a very nice tune, and I can honestly say I would be happy to see this climb to number 1.

* Number 7: You Bring Me Joy, Amelia Lily

I have never heard of Amelia Lily, and I can’t say I’m glad that I have. This song is terrible. The beat is over-pretentious, and pointlessly harsh, and the lyrics are as solid and meaningful as a bowl of Alphabet Spaghetti, which is how I suspect the song was written in the first place. I would be more than happy to see this drop right off the bottom of the table and never rear its ugly head again.

* Number 6: I Cry, Flo Rida

Despite my ‘Metal Head’ roots, I genuinely enjoyed this tune. The rhythm is smooth and gentle, and the bass not too hard. I’m not normally a fan of artists like Mr. Rida, but in this case I think it has worked well. The style, although not unique, is a nice break from the other songs in the current chart, and I would be happy to see this rise, and I should imagine, were it not for the presence of Example in the chart it would rise as high as No.1

* Number 5: Gangnam Style, PSY

What can I say, it’s... well it’s unique. I’ve never heard anything like this reach the charts, And to reach No.5 is outstanding. It seems to be taking the world by storm, and well I’m happy that it has. Its quite a catchy song, and I hope that it reaches much higher than where it currently sits.

* Number 4: We Are Never Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift

I won’t be too harsh on the poor American, however this song is an atrocity. I have yet to hear a song that I have disliked as much of this, with the exception of One Direction and Bieber, however I make a point of not listening to the above to avoid such a painful experience. However this is personal opinion, and from a purely unbiased musical perspective, I can’t say that there is a lot wrong with this particular number. The words are catchy, the music steady. Not a record breaker, but certainly not a home-made YouTube clip.

* Number 3: Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself), Ne-Yo

Like Flo Rida, I am not normally a fan, however this song does have a lot going for it. The lyrics are very catchy, and it’s actually a bit of a foot tapper, the sort of thing that would go down well in a club on a Friday night. The bass isn’t too heavy, which I like, and the basic music, though not fantastic, is certainly entertaining. I would be happy to see this rise much higher, however as with certain other artists, the presence of example in the charts may hinder this climb.

* Number 2: Say Nothing (Radio edit), Example

I’m not going to lie, I like Example, very much so, and this song fails to disappoint. The lyrics seem to have meaning, however that’s just my perception, and, I hate to repeat myself, but the lyrics are again, very catchy, and easy to learn, I should imagine that most people, whether Example fans or not, will be singing along in no time. I can well imagine that this song will climb even higher, and I must say I am considering adding it to my collection.

* Number 1: Hall Of Fame, The Script

The Script are another personal favourite of mine, and I was pleasantly surprised when this made it all the way to the top. It’s a fantastic song, far better than any of it’s competition, and were it possible for it to go higher then I think it would. The words are most certainly meaningful, and I can genuinely say that I will be sad to see it get knocked off the top spot in the next week or so.

Well, that’s the end of this review, come back next week for another top-ten review, as well as a review on the latest Mumford and Sons Album-Babel.