Another Very Special Christmas Ten Years Ago Vs Today


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I did. As usual for my adult Christmases, the highlight of the whole thing was getting up at 6am on Boxing Day and getting loads of half price make up and haircare products for my efforts. It follows that I have spent the Christmas period so far looking constantly immaculate and resolving that in the New Year I will look like this all the time and always do my skincare properly. Sadly by January 9th I will have remembered that looking good all the time is kind of like going to the gym or trying to find a half-decent date on Tinder in that it is an extra curricular activity that only the higher beings among us can manage.

Anyway, this is the last 10 Years Ago vs Today in 2014!!! Shall I get on with it then??????



I've decided to stop apologising for this post being late every week because A) no one cares and B) it is literally late 80% of the time. If, however, you are curious as to why on this very week this post is late here we go: I have been trying to write this since last Tuesday but could not face getting past this first, terrible hurdle. I have never enjoyed Bo! Selecta. I'm not sure if this is something that people enjoy or not because at the time it was on Twitter didn't exist but I have, even as a discerning twelve year old, always thought it was lowest-common-denominator and rubbish and stopped fancying boys on the bus if they started doing impressions of it. Eight minutes I spent watching the above video. Eight minutes. That's how much I care about doing this properly. I could not bear it. Davina, how could you?


This is the worst thing I have ever had to sit through for this blog and I once had to review Real To Me by Brian McFadden. This is literally potentially the worst song ever. I can find small comfort in the fact that although Real To Me was a 'serious' song, this is supposed to be 'funny' but in all honesty this is about as funny as eating undercooked chicken during a bout of cystitis.



4. ICE CUBE FEAT MACK 10 & MS TOI - YOU CAN DO IT (Down from 3)

Ice 'real name Oliver' Cube offers some valuable advice in the runup to the new year, new us. Everytime in 2015 you wonder if you can handle something, remember this: You can do it if you put your back into it. This might be less stupid than it sounds, honestly. People say that if you are low and heartbroken you appreciate all this high literature and films and metaphors and pathetic fallacy and all that rubbish but I think that the sadder you are the simpler the song lyrics you need. That's why No Regrets by Dappy got me through my last breakup.

I first reviewed this two weeks ago.

SCORE: 7/10

3. KYLIE MINOGUE - I BELIEVE IN YOU (Down from number 2)

Do you want to know what's really special about Kylie Minogue? Ask your friends, your mum, your taxi driver what their top three Kylie Minogue songs are. I bet they'll all give you different answers. But because Kylie has such a great discography at the same time they will ALL BE RIGHT! This is unlike e.g. Rita Ora or Jessie J or Pitbull or Cheryl all of whom have very fixed and empirically correct top 3 songs. My personal favourite top three Kylie songs are Love At First Sight, Red Blooded Woman and Where The Wild Roses Grow (I'm very alternative). What are yours? Please let me know. I bet it will still be right because Kylie is brilliant.

SCORE: 9/10


Ronan 'Old Father Time' Keating, literally 27 when this music video was filmed, covered this song with Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) as part of some kind of '10 Years of Ronan Keating' collection and the money all went to Band Aid, which was nice. In October 2004 Ronan also recorded a cover of an old cheesefest for charity, and I still lapped it up because I LOVE. THIS. STUFF. At the grand old age of twenty four I have found myself becoming more and more obsessed with songs about getting older. I can't tell you how many times I've cried listening to Here's To Never Growing Up by Avril Lavigne thinking about when I was seventeen and had so much ahead of me but everything was EXCITING and even though I moaned all the time I didn't really know what it felt like to be scared or sad or alone. This song is kind of about that too. Except a father saying it to his son. Which actually, I am unable to relate to. However: "For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not". WHAT A LYRIC.

I'm only going to give it a 7 though because we can pretty much agree that this song is so basic I'm fighting the urge to share it on my Facebook wall along with an inspirational quote as we speak.

SCORE: 7/10


Last week I made a great literary contribution to the universe by listing every single person from Band Aid 20 in order of how much I fancied them. Oh how the Twitter people loved to correct me and say McFly were not involved in Band Aid 20! Well, I was working from this Wikipedia article, which may be inaccurate, as on Google I was unable to find the proof they were involved I so boastfully wanted to link to for you all. Oh well, I was wrong and all the Twitter people were right, as usual. Feel free to amend the list as appropriate.

SCORE: 7/10

TOP 5 TODAY - 28/12/2014

5. OLLY MURS FT DEMI LOVATO - UP (Down from 4)

Olly 'I could deffo pull him if he still worked in a call centre, right?' Murs and Demi Lovato have really done well with this, I think. I'm getting more and more obsessed with it and this is my most played track of the week. Much like Me and My Broken Heart by Rixton, I listened to it for this blog not expecting to be that bothered and have accidentally ended up loving it. It's not a full scale Rixton situation of me hissing YESSS every time it comes on shuffle but my heart does skip a beat a little (HAHAHA SEE WHAT I DID THERE I AM SO FUNNY). 

SCORE: 8/10


If one of you finds me the exact lipstick Taylor is wearing in the above freezeframe and sends me a link where I can get it in the UK, I will send you one of my famed tat-on-Amazon prizes I sometimes send out on Twitter when I get bored. Per example, I once sent one of my followers this amazing item for guessing my favourite A1 song. Tweet me.

SCORE: 10/10


Weekly Is Ed Sheeran My Boyfriend Yet Update:
I'm feeling a bit better about that this week than I was last week. I bet Ed wouldn't understand me, really. (Who I am kidding. He would understand me so hard and think I was so funny and so charming. I think that's why I fancy him to be honest, because of my sure and certain conviction that he would definitely fancy me given half the chance). (Am I lying to myself). (Don't tell me it's best I don't know.)

SCORE: 8/10

2. BEN HAENOW - SOMETHING I NEED (Down from number 1)

Two facts presented without comment.
Ben Haenow, Something I Need YouTube views at time of writing - 457, 377
Fleur East, Uptown Funk YouTube views at the time of writing - 3, 155, 218

That will be all.

First reviewed last week.

SCORE: 4/10


Earlier this week I had a friend over and as I'm at my parents' house I was obviously spending most of the time flicking through every single music channel for many hours on end. This song came on and my friend, not a huge follower of pop music, hadn't heard it before. I got to witness someone else hearing this song for the very first time and I'll tell you what - it was exciting. All pop singles should aim to be the kind of singles that people remember playing for their friends for the first time.

SCORE: 10/10

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ten years ago: 30.5/50
Today: 40/50

Triumphant victory for today this week! Thanks everyone and hope you enjoyed the very last Ten Years Ago Vs Today of 2014. I don't want everyone to get TOO excited, but next week's top 5 does contain the debut single of a certain X Factor winner who told me on Twitter that I did not understand his book, so get ready.....

If you're interested, two of this week's current top 5 made it into my top ten top five hits of 2014 list.

All the information for 10 Years Ago Vs Today comes from the Official Charts website. 

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