100 songs of the decade: Tears – Clean Bandit feat. Louisa

 100 songs of the decade: Tears – Clean Bandit feat. Louisa

Written by: Jack Patterson and Sam Romans
Produced by: Clean Bandit and Mark Ralph
Album: What Is Love?
UK release: May 2016
UK chart peak: 5

Maybe because there was a slight line-up change immediately afterwards, maybe because subsequent hits went on to eclipse it; but Tears is the song Clean Bandit seem to have shoved to the back of their discography over the last couple of years. Which is FOOLISH!

I’d argue it’s their best. Here the group are in full I Will Survive mode, all defiant lyrics and tears-at-the-disco production; and it’s the second half in particular when it all kicks up a gear – taking the standard ‘plonky piano and sweeping strings’ recipe that shot them to stardom, and adding a slight glitterball-friendly edge. Louisa – here only a few months on from winning The X Factor – feels right at home on vocal duties, 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.