10 Years Ago Vs Today


Here we are. November. 28 days until we can listen to Christmas songs with a guilt-free religious conscience. 16th edition of 10 Years Ago vs Today. It's TIME! To FACE! The MUSIC and BARELY RELEVANT PERSONAL ANECDOTES! .

Top 5 10 Years Ago - 30th October 2004

5. DUNCAN JAMES & KEEDIE - I BELIEVE IN MY HEART (down from number 2)

A year ago this week was Bonfire Night. I had recently split up with my boyfriend I had lived with for two and a half years and after an extremely stressful month of dragging my ragged belongings from sofa to sofa around South London I had just managed to find myself somewhere to live. My brand new housemate invited me to the fireworks with her and her boyfriend and I thought it was probably best to go out and do something (rather than spend another night treating my waking life like a shift at a call centre and desperately wait for 10pm so I could clock off and go to bed).  I ended up paying £12 to go to Wimbledon Park to watch the fireworks with two couples. Afterwards, they all went on the waltzers. They were so happy. I held their bags.

Why are you telling this story, I hear you ask? Well partly because it's been on my mind a lot this week. It's strange to think that at the start of November 2013 I was pretty much at my alltime lowest ebb, but by the end of it I was happier than I'd ever been in my life. Anyway, maybe I'm feeling particularly bitter today, but I'd rather spend every Wednesday night of the rest of my life standing alone in the freezing cold ruining my shoes in the mud whilst watching happy people beam with joy as they playfully readjust each other's scarves than listen to this song one more time.

SCORE: 3/10

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

I thought as a special treat today I could include the video we were treated to on UK music channels as opposed to the official Khia version. When I was in my early teens my parents got Sky for the house and called it my birthday present. I didn't even mind about this blatant copout as apart from when my dad was watching the football I was allowed to spend literally all of my free time flicking through every single music channel ad nauseum. My point is, I'm well versed in the kind of rubbish directed-by-Nuts-magazine videos of girls in bikinis we had constantly in 2004 when all I wanted was for Toxic to come back on. Is it any wonder that in the face of all of this Duncan James and Keedie managed to get their Stay Covered Up And Wait For True Love anthem into the charts? What a sad time for everyone concerned. 

SCORE: 8.5/10


I hear you ask: Why do you keep writing these chart blogs every week? Why don't you just keep doing random stuff whenever you think of it? Why have you imposed this ridiculous burden on yourself? Why are you choosing, of your own accord, for no money, to have to try to think of something to say about Call On Me by Eric Prydz for the sixth time? Well, there's a multitude of reasons for this, most of which involve attention and having too many thoughts and needing somewhere to write them down, but this song is a perfect example of one very good reason: I haven't listened to this song in very many years and suddenly it's come back into my life and it's a brilliant, very well written and produced anthem that I cannot stop playing on repeat. One of Kelis' very best songs. Huge well done to everyone concerned.

SCORE: 9/10


Nobody likes a song about politics. No wait, let me rephrase that: if you ever end up sat next to someone at a party who likes songs because they are "political" and "mean something", do anything you can to get out of that situation, Anything. If you need to piss yourself so you have an excuse to leave, just do it.

(Sonically it's okay I guess, so I'll allow it a 5).

SCORE: 5/10

1. ERIC PRYDZ - CALL ON ME (Non-mover)

This is the sixth week I've had to try and string a sentence together about this and it just doesn't get easier. Maybe in the coming weeks I'll do a different type of exercise every week listening to this song and  then write up if I felt any more than usual urges to lunge? Yeah, like that's going to happen. The thing is I don't even know if I remember enough what it's like to exercise to make an exercise anecdote up. What a sad state of affairs.

SCORE: 4/10

TOP 5 TODAY: 2nd November 2014 

5. JEREMIH FT YG - DON'T TELL EM (Up from 6)

One thing I neglected to notice last time this song was knocking about the top 5 is that Jeremih is also the one and only vocal powerhouse behind the future first dance at my wedding, Birthday Sex! A song that represents what love should sound like if there ever was one. In all seriousness, Birthday Sex is a solid 7/10 despite it being ridiculous, and is a welcomed addition to my Birthday Playlist that everyone should have to listen to in full before they blow their candles out. Anyway, back to Don't Tell Em - I don't know how this managed to crawl back into the top 5 after a two week absence, but it is still pretty charmless with ridiculous lyrics. :(

SCORE: 4/10


Ariana reminds me so strongly of the girls that were mean to me at school (must be the dodgy ponytail and the lack of range of facial expressions). This worries me as it reminds me that despite my lofty dreams of myself as a popstar I feel that if it ever did happen there's a strong chance I'd end up as a Jessie J type figure. I already cried last week when I read something mean someone said about my blog on a Joe McElderry fansite.

First reviewed this five weeks ago (the longevity of this one is starting to drag, isn't it?)

SCORE: 9/10


I can understand why Shake It Off was the lead single of 1989, but it still seems a shame when it's the worst song on it apart from the absolutely terrible Bad Blood (4/10 max). I spent two minutes on the day before my 24th birthday crying in the toilets of a Manchester Travelodge because I was so frightened that 1989 was going to be generic and totally not-Taylor and that I would hate it but at the end of the day - apart from Bad Blood and Shake It Off, EVERY track is a 9 or a 10. I mean it. EVERY TRACK. Here's my full 'review' of the album if you haven't read it yet (also, my most personal blog to date), but just to warn you, I'm sure it won't surprise you to discover that it's not so much of a review of the album as a love letter and you'll definitely roll your eyes at least four times.

This song has now been about for ELEVEN WEEKS.

SCORE: 8/10.

2. MEGHAN TRAINOR - ALL ABOUT THAT BASS (Down from number one)

In retrospect this deserved a seven, but if there is one thing that I will NEVER do, it will be to mess with my statistics. Sorry Meghan.

SCORE: 5/10


Ed has broken a record this week by achieving the longest ascent to Number 1 of any single in chart history - this has been knocking about the top 40 for 19 weeks and it's only just reached number one. To put this in ridiculous length of time into perspective, I only started doing this feature 16 weeks ago. As you may remember, I once swiped left to Ed Sheeran by accident, despite the fact he is my ideal boyfriend. I've crawled back to Tinder an evening or two this week (my life is dull and needs colour) and Ed has had a lasting effect as I now check every single person at LENGTH before daring to swipe either way, but the best I've got out of my hard work is still only four "Hi :)" messages. Is it any wonder I'm so bitter.

I first reviewed this two weeks ago.

SCORE: 8/10 

10 Years Ago: 29.5/50
Today: 34/50

And 'Today' continues its' winning streak - which is interesting, as I often find myself coming back to the songs of today and thinking I initially rated them too early and should have rated higher (I'm currently staring out into the rain pensively and wondering if Thinking Out Loud was a 10). Yet Today is STILL winning! So don't listen to anyone who says music was better when we were young. On that cheerful note, until next week, chart fans! 

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