Hello and welcome to my weekly look at the new songs in the UK chart. This week is effectively an Olympics Closing Ceremony special. The Closing Ceremony was one big concert where loads of artists performed. And many of those have reached the chart, along with a few others, to create this enormous post with TEN songs in!
Our first song of the day is No Name by Ryan O’Shaughnessy. I wish he actually had no name because “O’Shaughnessy” is extremely hard to spell.
Well it’s a pretty song but also pretty dull. Yawn. It’s so uninspiring and boring! I suppose Ryan has a decent voice but it’s not put to great use here and the song is terribly written and doesn’t flow very well. Not impressed. 2/5.
Cheryl Cole is back with another song (although she’s only known as Cheryl these days). It’s called Under the Sun. I haven’t heard this yet but I expect it’s another typical Summery pop song.
Despite myself, I kind of like that. It’s not a particularly Summery song but it’s an upbeat pop song. Cheryl’s voice is auto-tuned in the chorus which loses her a mark but having other voices in it makes up for it a little. A cheery pop song. 3/5.
Now we’re onto the Olympics songs. Next up is John Lennon with Imagine. Now there’s something I never thought I’d be writing here. Enjoy the classic!
A beautiful song by an incredibly talented singer and songwriter about imagining an entirely peaceful world. They don’t write them like that any more. How can it be anything other than 5/5?
Next we have George Michael. This is his brand new song which he performed at the Closing Ceremony. It’s called White Light.
This is a weird song. White Light I assume is talking about death. This is probably the best song George has created in many a year but it’s still not great. Too much auto-tune and general trickery to make him sound better than he actually is. 2/5
Porter Robinson is up next with a song called Language. I have no idea who Porter Robinson is and can’t tell you even which gender they are. Let’s listen to the song and find out.
Well that was a typical Ministry of Sound track. It’s quite enjoyable though, but nothing particularly special. Same old stuff. 2/5.
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Do you know who is Simply Amazing? Well Trey Songz is apparently. Or more likely he’s talking about the feeling of love towards a girl or simply the girl herself.
Yawn. Boring, a typical song from Trey Songz or one of the million artists who sound identical to him. Sure, decent singing but I feel like I’ve heard that song a hundred times before. 2/5.
Another Closing Ceremony song now and this one is from Kate Bush. It’s called Running Up That Hill. I missed this part of the ceremony and I don’t know this particular song so this is a brand new experience to me!
Whilst this isn’t quite the brilliance of Kate’s famous song “Wuthering Heights”, it’s still damn good. Without the Closing Ceremony I would never have discovered this song so it’s done a pretty good job. 4/5.
Another Olympics song next, it’s Elbow with One Day Like This. You might recognise the tune as the one the BBC used for their Olympics theme, although it was an edited version.
This is a fantastic song. Original and that tune will be stuck in your head for ages I promise. Elbow is brilliant, 4/5
Emeli Sande must be pretty pleased with Read All About It, the song that just keeps giving. This time rounds it’s Read All About It, Part 3, which has charted highly thanks to the Closing Ceremony again.
I have a huge admiration for Emeli Sande and her incredible voice. This is the perfect song for that voice and it is truly beautiful. I think I might have to download Emeli’s album, I love her voice a lot. 5/5.
This week we have a brand new number one, which oddly enough has absolutely nothing to do with the closing ceremony. It’s by Rita Ora and is called How We Do (Party). A party song with Rita Ora’s voice? Sounds good to me!
This is a great song and the chorus is fantastic. I don’t very much care for the bit before the chorus, the repetition of “party and bullshit” which sounds unpleasant. Nobody wants a party with cow dung everywhere. Still, a great party song, Rita has done it again. 4/5.
I hoped you enjoyed this mega-post and let me know your thoughts on any of the songs in the comments! Thanks for reading and do come back tomorrow to hear about my adventures in Edinburgh!