#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 6

Time once again for this week’s edition of #ThrowbackTunesday, our weekly series of blogs and Spotify playlists, bringing you five songs that were big hits on the UK chart on this exact week at five points from the last 25 years. Let’s see what we’ve got in store this week before we get onto our featured track…

  • 1993: Annie Lennox – Little Bird
  • 1998: Cleopatra – Cleopatra’s Theme
  • 2003: Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
  • 2008: The Feeling – I Thought It Was Over
  • 2013: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop

    And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

    • ARTIST: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • SONG: Thrift Shop
    • ALBUM: The Heist

    Rare is the rapper or hip hop artist that doesn’t rock up with, in the parlance of Eddie Izzard, ‘enough power and money to make Solomon blush’ when they make their debut. So when US hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis arrived on UK shores five years ago this week, it’s safe to say they were a breath of fresh air.

    Quirky, catchy and very ‘f***ing awesome’ as per the song’s hook line, ‘Thrift Shop’ bestowed the virtues of what we would call here in Blighty vintage or charity shops, and the joys of picking up a killer look without a hefty price tag.

    In an interview with MTV in 2012, Macklemore himself said: ‘Rappers talk about, oh I buy this and I buy that, and I spend this much money and I make it rain, and this type of champagne and painting the club, and this is the kind of record that’s the exact opposite … it’s the polar opposite of it. It’s kind of standing for like let’s save some money, let’s keep some money away, let’s spend as little as possible and look as fresh as possible at the same time.’

    Coupled up with a tongue in cheek video of the guys in a leopard print fur coat on an old Chopper bicycle, it struck a chord with audiences in the States and here in the UK, and the result was a slow building but huge selling number one single – one of the biggest of 2013 in fact. With Macklemore featuring on Rudimental’s new single and currently challenging for the top slot this weekend, could history be about to repeat itself five years on?

    Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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