100 songs of the decade: Chandelier – Sia

 100 songs of the decade: Chandelier – Sia

Written by: Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin
Produced by: Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin
Album: 1000 Forms of Fear
UK release: June 2014
UK chart peak: 6

In the wake of Titanium’s huge success in 2012, Sia’s profile was raised considerably – and after gaining mainstream recognition as a songwriter to the stars, when Chandelier came along in 2014 she properly became a power player in her own right.

An absolute monster of a song about hedonism and addiction, Chandelier is virtually unsingable; Sia making not only the technical acrobatics sound effortless, but also the emotive delivery. When she howls “I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night”, the words themselves may look fun-loving and party-ready, but the tear-stained execution brilliantly tells a different story.

Sia contributed a lot to pop this decade – for Britney, for Beyonce, for Kylie, for Celine, for Rita, for Katy, for Kelly – but she also kept a fair few aces for herself. Alive, Elastic Heart, The Greatest and Cheap Thrills have all been standouts, but it’s Chandelier that remains her calling card.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.