#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 23

Happy Tuesday one and all – hope you’re not melting too much in this glorious heatwave! Time once again for our weekly flashback to five UK chart hits of the last 25 years with #ThrowbackTunesday. As always, let’s see who’s on the Spotify playlist this week before we get to our featured song…

  • 1993: East 17 – West End Girls
  • 1998: Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
  • 2003: Siobhan Donaghy – Overrated
  • 2008: Ne-Yo – Closer
  • 2013: Icona Pop feat. Charli XcX – I Love It

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

      • ARTIST: Icona Pop feat. Charli XcX
      • SONG: I Love It
      • ALBUM: This Is…Icona Pop

      With it now being almost three years since Fridays became Global Release Day, it’s easy to forget now that there was ever a time when the UK occasionally played catch up with the rest of the world where pop music was concerned.

      One such instance in recent memory was as far back as five years ago this very week. Lauded by the pop blogosphere from Pitchfork to Popjustice, Swedish DJ duo Icona Pop teamed up with British pop singer and songwriter Charli XcX for ‘I Love It’, the first release from their debut album.

      The single was first released in their native Sweden a whole year before it’s UK release, where it got as high as #2. Then it gave them international breakthrough in a different way, when it scaled to #7 on the Billboard charts in America.

      By the time the catchy electro dancepop track had soared to number one in the UK in late June 2013, the single had shifted two million copies worldwide, on its way to sales of 4.3 million. A truly remarkable feat, and one we’re sadly never to see the like of again. But then, with the announcement yesterday of YouTube video views counting towards official sales data for the UK chart, we could be proved wrong yet…

      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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