100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 8. Move – Little Mix

 100 songs of the decade [Top 10]: 8. Move – Little Mix

Written by: Maegan Cottone, Nathan Duvall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall
Produced by: Nathan Duvall
Album: Salute
UK release: November 2013
UK chart peak: 3

What if there was a song that sounded a tiny bit like Blurred Lines, only poppier, sung by women, and not really fucking rapey? Well, HERE IT IS!!

Move is the best Little Mix song (from the best Little Mix album) because it masterfully walks the line between commercially viable and A Bit Weird; because their vocals – individually and in harmony – sound lush; and because it’s an outright fucking BOP. From the bizarre intro into Jade’s first verse, into Perrie’s “OHHHHHHHH!” and Jesy’s tease of a first chorus; it’s choreo-friendly, attitude-filled and exhilaratingly exciting. And there are so many great little flourishes along the way, too: the “lookin’ at no-one else, lookin’ at no-one else WAH” moment, the harmonious ending, the little echo-y effect at the very start of Leigh-Anne’s verse…

This felt like a big make-or-break single, in that it came hot on the heels of a debut album that provided a couple of decent hits (DNA says hi!) but didn’t go as stratospheric as Syco perhaps hoped. And while Move (and, in turn, the Salute album) didn’t quite do the NUMBERS it should have, it at least proved that – artistically speaking – the girls had a LOT of fuel in the tank.

They’ve put out a LOT of incredible songs in their career so far, but none top this.

  • 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

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