Incredibly 2014 is almost up. And that means one thing – it’s time for “Team Wiwi’s Top Tracks of The Year”. Just like in 2013, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite releases and recordings by Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who’ve never made it to the Eurovision stage (sorry Ace and Adelén). And this year we’ve decided to supersize and create a Top 50 – there was just too much great music for us to ignore. So #JoinUs as we continue our daily countdown. Today we look at numbers 20 through to 16.
20. “Good Lovin” – Alcazar*
What we said: “Good Lovin” wouldn’t sound out of place among a late 00s rogues gallery of September, Cascada, Bass Hunter and Eric Prydz. But you wouldn’t have to think long about who it is you’re listening to and that’s mainly a result of how phenomenally – and gloriously – camp this is. “Good Lovin” is curiously triumphant as it serves up Alcazar realness. They aren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves – “we’ve been around since the dawn of time” – but thanks to botox and the dynamite pairing with producer Jonas Von Der Burg the song continues the momentum that “Blame It On The Disco” delivered in the spring. (Angus)
*Andreas Lundstedt was a member of Six4One
19. “Body Language” – Robin Stjernberg
What we said: Robin Stjernberg’s new single ‘Body Language’ thumps to life with a set of JT-heavy riffs. It feels very reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 era material, but it’s been blended with the vocal gymnastics of the Scissor Sisters for a catchy pop result. Bouncy is definitely the word for the song. The subtle R&B nods might look toward a direction for the future, but “Body Language” leaves Stjernberg rooted in the pop landscape where he’s most comfortable. (Angus)
18. “Juliet” – András Kállay Saunders
What we said: After the child abuse and domestic violence he’s chosen love once again. Granted it’s all about heartbreak. Poor András is distraught following the departure of a certain lady – Juliet. And he has an awful lot of questions for her. Why’d she go? How does the story end? If he wants answers, his best bet might to consult a certain Shakespearean play. Or maybe not… it’s rather long and quite depressing. In spite of the sombre tone, the song is PER-FECT. Just simple music with his strong voice, there’s no excess. (Judit)
17. “Shouldn’t Have To Bother” – Ira Losco
What we said: The video casts Miss Losco as the world’s best-looking shipwreck survivor as she struggles to make ends meet on a self-made raft. Shot in the clear blue waters that surround the Maltese Islands, this video is definitely one to make all you office folk wish you were right there next to Ira. A passing boat party (a common sight in Malta, and something which every tourist should do) rescues Ira. To thank them she performs a mini gig, which features all of Ira’s band members. This is definitely one for your playlists guys! (Noel)
16. “Don’t Hold Back On Love” – Helena Paparizou
What we said: “Don’t Hold Back On Love” is a real pop banger. It has rhythm and drive, and a catchy melody you won’t forget. The relatively calm verses build nicely to a thumping chorus, giving you just enough time to catch your breath before it’s time to bust a move. This is hot. Visually she goes sci-fi and futuristic. Her grand prix-esque race in a sports car is given a fashion edge with a metallic outfit, and some killer shades. Is Helena about to slay? YESS!!! It’s enough to make me overlook the random rollercoasters, lollipops, sunsets and a galaxy of stars. (Deban)
Do y’all agree with our list so far? What changes would you make?