Playlisted 2020, week 11: In which Rebecca Black bests Ellie, Rita, Ava

 Playlisted 2020, week 11: In which Rebecca Black bests Ellie, Rita, Ava

Well it seems we’re all going to be living through even scarier times than usual for the next few months, but at least we have some Coronabops to see us through the UK’s first stretch of isolationmania. And given how slim the pickings were last week, THANK GOODNESS.

Follow my rolling 2020 Spotify playlist here, or at the bottom of this post. Here are the songs I’m adding to it this week:

Forever – Fletcher

Last year’s Undrunk notched up 91 million Spotify streams for Fletcher, so she’s properly close to hitting the Big Time now – and Forever might just be the song to do it. Somehow it’s a… kinda chilled-out pop song you can also imagine sweatily dancing to?! I think it’s the combination of wistful guitar moments and a pounding synthy bass track. It’s really good; my song of the week.

Closer – Rebecca Black

Coming up for a full decade on from Friday, and Rebecca Black is still pumping out little electro-bops and… not for the first time!… she’s released a proper good’un. Closer has a touch of the Charli XCXs about it, actually; it’s not quite as innovative and exciting as other tracks in this wheelhouse (and the clanging of pans towards the end is a bit naff) but it’s still really lovely: Rebecca’s voice sounds great, the production is very algorithm-friendly, and it’s actually a darn site better than loads of the more high-profile releases this week.

Innocent – Zoe A’Dore

I’ve never encountered Zoe A’Dore before, but the PopJustice NMF post points out that she seems to… only release one song a year? I won’t get too attached, but Innocent is a great little bop.

Toxic – Kehlani

I’ve ALWAYS got time for a new Kehlani track, and Toxic is another ace. I’ve been regretting not putting Nights Like This on my best singles of 2019 list, so I shan’t be sleeping on her anymore in 2k20, no ma’am!!

Kings and Queens – Ava Max

The Official Charts Company’s New Releases post compared the chorus of this to allSTARS’ Things Go Bump In The Night and now that’s basically all I think about. Kings and Queens is ridiculous and dramatic, and I still haven’t fully fallen for Ava’s actual voice, but she has put out some perfectly decent tracks since Sweet But Psycho and I’m not writing her off yet.

Worry About Me – Ellie Goulding feat. blackbear

So I really didn’t like this on Friday, but of all the songs on this list… it’s been in my head the most over the weekend. I guess it’s hard for Ellie to know where she fits in the current pop landscape, so while she figures that out, I guess this is pretty decent for now??

How To Be Lonely – Rita Ora

This makes the cut based solely on Rita Privileges; I really like her voice on this song and I like the sort of ballpark it’s aiming for but it doesn’t feel quite as impactful as the first few singles from the Phoenix era. Obviously I hope it is a monstrous hit!!! But I’m not sure I’ll still be playing it a few weeks from now.

Shaun Kitchener

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