100 songs of the decade: Happiness – Alexis Jordan

 100 songs of the decade: Happiness – Alexis Jordan

Written by: Joel Zimmerman, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Autumn Rowe and Petr Brdičko
Produced by: Stargate and Joel Zimmerman
Album: Alexis Jordan
UK release: October 2010
UK chart peak: 3

Alexis Jordan really is The One That Got Away, isn’t she? She released three absolute belters – Happiness, Good Girl and Hush Hush – provided the chorus for one of Sean Paul’s better singles, and then… nothing. Truly cruel.

Happiness, her debut, is just a classic; there’s no two ways about it. The “mmm-mmm-mmm” pace-setters? The “quick! quick! quick!”? The way the power behind the titular word in the chorus grows from “haaaaappiness” to “HAAAAAA!! PINEEYEYEYEEESSS!!!” as the song progresses? Exquisite!

Fuck, this is such an eternal banger. COME BACK, ALEXIS! SAVE US ONCE MORE!

  • 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.
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Shaun Kitchener


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