What the Shazam trending chart says about usBy Editor
Shazam is a great app. I really don't know what I'd do without it. I use it everywhere: in the club (obviously) or in slightly upmarket clothing outlets like Cos or the chain Jamaican eatery Turtle Bay. It does exactly what it says on the tin. How else do you find out what song was playing at the end of your favourite HBO show? Google, I suppose, but that would take time.
So, anyway, as I was scrolling through my hall of fame of songs that I'd Shazamed in the past (some highlights include Maxi Priest's Close to You and Joan Armatrading's The Weakness In Me - a song I heard during a montage scene in 10 Things I hate About You) to find that there's a list of tracks that are currently trending in your area. Some were obvious, some were shocking. This was what I found lurking in the top 100.
Years & Years - King
Well, this is an obvious one, isn't it? There's at least one person in the office who, although played to death all over every medium invented, can't get enough of those boys. Next please.
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
It came out in 1980 but is still going strong. But why is it still going strong? Because it's the archetypal pop song, surely. Simple, short verse and then it peppy chorus. What's not to Shazam?
Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You
What a miserable song to be trending, ay? What could that be about? The end of Milifandom? The return of Farage? Who's to say, but they probably could do with cheering up. Go and hug your nearest person just in case. But be safe in the knowledge that Prince actually wrote this.
Shaggy - Angel
I can't even begin to imagine what type of person stopped in the middle of the tinned foods aisle of Morrisons to Shazam a song that features the lyrics "I want to show the nation my appreciation". I know one thing's for sure, it wasn't me. I thank you.
Shania Twain - Man, I Feel Like A Woman
Seeing as the music halts before the Canadian starlet belts out MAN, I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN, you have to wonder why the person who Shazamed didn't chance googling the exclamation first. Oh well, each to their own, I guess.
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
Who in the Jiminy Christmas hasn't heard the most well-known song of all time? It spent 234 weeks in the top 10 in 2003. My retired headteacher mother once used it in an assembly on bullying, for God's sake.
Robbie Williams - Eternity
Why? Just why? This makes no logical sense. It came out in 2001 and isn't even his finest anthem. The world is a crazy place, I guess. Unpredictable as any exit poll.
So what have we learnt from this exercise? Not much, really, other than by and large we, the UK public, refuse to move on from the early noughties. It was a different time, full of optimism and free of anxiety. And unmitigated, shameless bangers. Now excuse me whilst I have a nervous breakdown in H&M.