Written by: Dr L***, Alexander Kronlund, Max Martin and Kesha
Produced by: Dr L***, Max Martin, Billboard and Emily Wright
Album: Femme Fatale
UK release: March 2011
UK chart peak: 21
At the top of the decade, Kesha took her knack for writing a dance-pop thumper and co-created this absolute belter for Britney Spears: an apocalyptic floorfiller that is, in my view, Brit’s best song of this decade (and one of her three best overall; the others being Stronger and …Baby).
Till The World Ends’ strongest asset is its hands-aloft, scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs chorus, which is why it’s Quite Something that we don’t actually get it until after the second verse, more than two-and-a-half minutes into the damn song. When it comes, though, the payoff is incredible; an almighty life-affirming adrenaline-rush that can only come when pop music is done right.
You know how much I love it? I made an ACAPELLA VERSION(!) an integral part of my first professionally-produced play. Deep and meaningful, or inherently cringeworthy? TIME WILL TELL! But the song itself still stands proudly as a mighty fine piece of musical goodness.