10 Years Ago vs Today


It's time for the fifteenth(!) ever edition of 10 Years Ago vs Today. I hope you are all ready. (IT'S TIME!!! TO FACE!!! THE MUSIC AND IRRELEVANT PERSONAL ANECDOTES!!)



Rachel Stevens is relevant in 2014 this week funnily enough as the news broke that S Club 7 are reuniting for Children in Need. In honour of this we will drag the clock back yet another five years. In 1999 I was 8 going on 9 and S Club 7 were the best thing that had ever happened to me. I played their albums over and over and over again (how great a song was Viva La Fiesta?) and watched all their series and their films. Here is the definitive 'best members of S Club 7 according to childhood me' ranking:

7. Paul (Who ever liked Paul? No one was surprised when he was first to go)
6. Hannah
5. Jo (I never liked the lead singer the best in anything because of my lifelong support of The Underdog)
4. Bradley 
3. Rachel (Who I would inevitably get confused with Rachel from Friends embarrassingly often for a childhood pop aficionado) 
2. Jon (My absolute dream man. Interestingly little did I know that in 2012 I would run into him in G-A-Y Bar and embarrass myself by telling him how much I loved Viva La Fiesta)
1. Tina (I was yet to pass the stage of childhood development where the one you like the best is always the one that has your hair)

Score: 5/10

 4. KHIA - MY NECK, MY BACK (LICK IT) (Non-mover)

Last week I had extreme trouble deciding if this song was amazing or completely terrible so decided to open up the decision to the public and held a Vote. My sincere thanks to everyone that voted. I can reveal that with a total 58 votes cast the verdict is, with 41.4% of the vote... this song is "Amazing/tune etc - 8-9/10"! I will rank it 8.5 for clarity's sake. Don't listen to Russell Brand - democracy is the backbone of this country and from now on we will recognise that My Neck, My Back (Lick It) is precisely 8.5/10 and anyone that tells you it is less than that can be fined. 

Score: 8.5/10

3. ROBBIE WILLIAMS - RADIO (Down from no 1)

I used to listen to the radio all the time but I don't really anymore now I have a Premium Spotify subscription. This is probably for the best as I am humanly unable to hear a radio competition without entering it, probably spent about £20 a month on it, and I have still to date only won two competitions in my life:

1. I won a dress designed for Rare by The Saturdays
2. I was a runner up in a competition to meet Nicola Roberts. This meant I got to go to a Nicola Roberts event type thing, get given a goody bag of Dainty Doll makeup (so far, so good) and with the other runners up watch the winner meet Nicola Roberts. It was a very depressing experience.

Here's the original review I did. (I know the text above brings new definition to just how tenuous a link I am willing to go but I really could not think of anything else to say. It's been a busy week of content over here). 

Score 7/10


A song and video so saccharine it lends to the expression "parody of itself", I Believe My Heart, Duncan James' debut solo single, bizarrely managed to reach number two in the charts back in 2004. Although the song appears to be very much written to brief ("Right, guys, 2005 is going to NEED a basic wedding first dance for couples with such differing music tastes they'll pick any old crap under the misguided belief it will keep the other one happy - THIS IS OUR CHANCE") it is actually a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's a-lot-less-famous-than-Phantom The Woman In White. The Woman In White was in fact the first West End musical I ever saw after our school arranged some kind of ridiculous trip to London for the whole of year 10 to go and see it (All this tells me is that if The Woman In White was on nowadays we'd definitely be seeing it regularly cropping up on Groupon.) I didn't go and see a West End musical again until my best friend's 18th birthday as after The Woman In White I sadly assumed they must all be like that.  :(

SCORE: 3/10.

1. ERIC PRYDZ - CALL ON ME (Up from number 2)

Much like modern times when I thought we'd finally got George Ezra out of the top 5 and Budapest clawed its stubby, unpointed nails back in, 2004 found itself faced with this essential TEMPLATE of all basic dance songs with women writhing around in the video at number one AGAIN. What is there even left to still say about this? One thing I can say is, you might think I don't know much about fitness but I did actually used to be a fitness blogger (really, and got sent free trainers!) and I'm pretty sure exercise is much less cumbersome if you put your hair up rather than whipping it everywhere seductively. 

This was first reviewed four weeks ago.

SCORE: 4/10

TOP 5 TODAY - 26/10/2014 

5. TAYLOR SWIFT - SHAKE IT OFF (Down from number 2)

Now I've reviewed this a million times before (this has been in the top 5 since my literal birthday which feels like it was about eight years ago) so why not link this song's theme of addressing your haters to MY OWN LIFE? God knows linking the songs I review on here to my own life isn't something I do often. Anyway.

I've dabbled in the blogging world before (as I like to mention whenever I get the chance, I once got sent some free trainers for my fitness blog) but I am no writer and honestly don't really have a clue what I'm doing when it comes to this. It really touched me that my last blog got so much positive response as I cannot tell you how much I enjoy writing these things and it means a lot to me when people say they enjoy reading them. As nobody has ever really read anything I've written above 140 characters before, I've never had to deal with any "hate". Well, with retweets comes responsibility and I've had more than my fair share of "go back 2 journalism school" thrown at me this week. Like TayTay I'm just gonna shake shake shake, but before I do: I cannot emphasise enough how I am NOT a journalist, I do not claim to have ANY writing prowess, I am just a person in a very different industry who really likes pop music and likes to talk about it a lot writing huge extended paragraphs on the internet so all my friends don't have to hear as much about it. Also, I would have thought this was obvious, but apparently it bears pointing out that I don't make any money off of this (how on earth even would I?!?!).

Anyway, back on point, this song is still amazing and I am so excited for 1989 to drop tomorrow.

Nine weeks since my first review of this.

SCORE: 8/10


I've been trying out this song as my alarm tone this week and all I can say is I can't recommend it enough.

SCORE: 9/10

3. WAZE & ODYSSEY VS R KELLY - BUMP & GRIND 2014 (Up from no 164)

Basic dance song o'clock once again today. I'm not a huge fan of the original R Kelly song (20 years old, fact fans!) and this remix doesn't really add anything except for perhaps making it more annoying. Now we use the Basic Dance Song Test: Would I leave a club if this came on at 2.20am and I was tired? And the answer is 100% definitely yes.

SCORE: 4/10

2. ED SHEERAN - THINKING OUT LOUD (Up from number 4)

This song is still so good. The performance on X Factor was amazing. I wish Ed Sheeran was my boyfriend. I bet Ed Sheeran would really like me you know. I am nice and down to earth and like eating pizza. Still though, that hasn't brought me much luck so far so maybe I'm wrong. 

PS I know I'll probably change my mind when 1989 comes out tomorrow, but X is probably my favourite album of the year so far. If you told me before 2014 my favourite album would end up being by Ed Sheeran I would have laughed in your face but it is a beautiful piece of work.

SCORE: 8/10


Four weeks at number one which means Megs is matching Clean Bandit with Rather Be for the longest-running number one of 2014. Now, Rather Be is a 10/10 song if there ever was one and something utterly amazing would have to come along for me to oust it as the best song of this year, but I must admit, All About That Bass has really grown on me. I heard it on a night out on Friday and it was actually really fun to dance to. Lots of finger-wagging.

SCORE: 5/10

My original review was four weeks ago.

SO.......DRUM ROLL......
10 YEARS AGO TOP 5: 27.5/50
TODAY TOP 5: 34/50

The winner is once again Today! I hope you all enjoyed this stroll down memory lane. See you next week, chart fans! x

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