100 songs of the decade: Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen

 100 songs of the decade: Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen

Written by: Carly Rae Jepsen, Simon Wilcox and Nolan Lambroza
Produced by: Sir Nolan
UK release: May 2017
UK chart peak:

The thing about this song – and I know we, collectively as homosexuals, do the MOST over it – is that the verses… actually aren’t that good. When it comes to this track being omitted from both the album it was recorded for (Emotion) and its spin-off (Emotion: Side B), I disagree but I can kinda see the working. Those pesky verses could have perhaps done with a bit more time in the oven.

But it’s the CHORUS, lads. The CHORUS!

The chorus is easily one of the decade’s most euphoric masterstrokes. It’s like being drop-kicked in the genitalia by a glitter cannon. It gives me this urge to put on an 80s perm wig and a leotard and skip enthusiastically round a deserted dance studio. It is TRANSCENDENT.

The irritating thing about Carly Rae Jepsen‘s career is that the vast majority of people who don’t actively follow pop still only know her for Call Me Maybe, when she’s become such! an! incredible! decade-defining! artist! in the years since. But when spreading the good word of Carly to those who may not be in-the-know, this song is a very good entry point.

  • 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.