100 songs of the decade: DNA – Little Mix

 100 songs of the decade: DNA – Little Mix

Written by: Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Iain James, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall
Produced by: TMS
Album: DNA
UK release: November 2012
UK chart peak: 3

Wings was an excellent, chaotic pace-setter for Little Mix but it was the superior DNA that really broadened their appeal (not that I necessarily agreed at the time: for some reason I made Wings my No1 single of 2012? Wild!).

There’s so much good stuff in this: Perrie’s delivery of “S’OBVIOUS!” in the first verse, the big choral bit in the middle, the flatlining heart monitor at the end(!)… truly, TMS were at the height of their pop powers here. And the X Factor performance – though it looks a bit basic now when you think of what Little Mix have gone on to achieve – was one of the most exciting Winners’ Returns.

Side-note: the Kat Krazy remix is also brilliant.

  • 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.