100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 6. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen

 100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 6. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen

Written by: Carly Rae Jepsen, Robin Fredriksson, Mattias Larsson, Oscar Holter, Jonnali Parmenius and Karl Schuster
Produced by: Mattman & Robin and Shellback
Album: E•MOT•ION
UK release: July 2015
UK chart peak: 58

You know in A Quiet Place, those weird alien things can hear sounds from miles away and instantly come running? I think the opening sax riff of Run Away With Me has that same effect on gays. Play it absolutely anywhere at a top volume and they’ll come SPRINTING. Sprinting and weeping.

E•MOT•ION, the second album from Carly Rae Jepsen – which arrived three years after the Call Me Maybe mania of 2012 – is the big cult record of the decade, and Run Away With Me its most recognisable track (even if I Really Like You was the one that seriously impacted the charts). An achingly beautiful, euphoric love song, it was even featured in straight-faced best-of-the-year lists from the likes of Noisey, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone at the end of 2015.

The huge chants of the chorus, the stadium-size drums, the transcendent middle-8… Carly may be ordering her beau to “take me to the feeling”, but she’s doing exactly that to us; taking us to lust and heartache and the kind of romantic longing that hurts your chest a bit. I’m finally seeing her live for the first time in 2020, and this song is… well I think it may be a religious experience.

  • 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.
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Shaun Kitchener


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