100 songs of the decade: I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora

 100 songs of the decade: I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora

Written by: Calvin Harris
Produced by: Calvin Harris
Album: –
UK release: May 2014
UK chart peak: 1

I think a lot of people thought Rita Ora was at her coolest when she first broke through in 2012, but I’m the opposite: I didn’t like RIP, and I had to really force myself to get on board with Hot Right Now. But when this – ostensibly the start of her second album campaign – came out, I was all-in: I Will Never Let You Down is a straightforward, peppy dance-pop smash with a huge chorus and breezy, simple lyrics.

Obviously the aftermath of this massive No1 was a bit of clusterfuck, and for various tricky reasons Rita’s second album didn’t come out for another four-and-a-half-years (without this single on it). But, along with Anywhere, it still holds up as a career-best release from her; and it’s one of writer-producer Calvin Harris’s finest efforts too.

  • 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.