100 songs of the decade: Shine – Years & Years

 100 songs of the decade: Shine – Years & Years

Written by: Oliver Alexander Thornton, Resul Emre Turkmen, Michael Thomas “Mikey” Goldsworthy, Mark Ralph and Greg Kurstin
Produced by: Years & Years and Ralph
Album: Communion
UK release: July 2015
UK chart peak: 2

King gave Years & Years the big breakthrough smash they needed, and its follow-up Shine established them as true long-term saviours of boypop.

Olly and co have an incredible knack for emotionally complex songs (Sanctify! Take Shelter! Even King!), but I love how… lovely Shine is?! How tentatively optimistic and shimmery it is, despite its melancholic edge. Also when it’s performed live and the backing vocalists do a full harmony on “lightning” and “shining” in the chorus, OOOH the feelings!!

  • 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.