#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 30

Hello all! Welcome to a (slightly later than scheduled) #ThrowbackTunesday, your weekly blast from the UK chart’s past to five huge hits from this exact week in the last 25 years. So let’s see which songs are on the playlist before we get to our featured hit this week…

  • 1993: The Breeders – Cannonball
  • 1998: Sash! feat. Tina Cousins – Mysterious Times
  • 2003: Busted – Sleeping With The Light On
  • 2008: Madcon – Beggin’
  • 2013: Ellie Goulding – Burn

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

  • ARTIST: Ellie Goulding
  • SONG: Burn
  • ALBUM: Halcyon Days

There’s a bit of a correlation with this summer, and the one from five years ago. On the whole, they’ve both been quite long and hot. And they’ve also been chock-a-block with some Grade A bangers ruling the top end of the UK chart. And as the summer of 2013 was entering its last few weeks, one such banger was delivering the biggest hit to date for the artist behind it.

Ellie Goulding had first come to public attention in 2010, when she won both the BBC’s annual Sound Of… poll and the BRITs’ Critic’s Choice award. This double seal of approval saw to it that her debut album ‘Lights’ – including hits like ‘Starry Eyed’, ‘Lights’ and ‘Guns & Horses’ – sold 1.6m copies worldwide, including double platinum certification in Blighty.

By August 2013, she had already returned to follow it up with her second album, ‘Halcyon’ also attaining platinum status following it’s October 2012 release. But not before a ‘deluxe’ repackage of the album, to ‘Halcyon Days’ saw it’s overall sales burst into life, following the addition of her huge hits ‘I Need Your Love’ with then-beau and superstar DJ, Calvin Harris, and several new collaborations with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and Greg Kurstin.

One of her collaborations with Ryan just so happened to be ‘Burn’, the first single off the reissued album. Originally pitched for Leona Lewis, it was an almost wistful, lighters aloft at the end of the night/Ibiza season torch-dance anthem. It was the musical equivalent of holding onto that last vestige of summer days before dreary home and reality set in, of living in the moment here and there, as if it would always matter.

It goes some distance, then, to explaining why five years ago this very week, the single went straight in at number one in the UK, becoming Ellie’s first single release to do. Until now, the closest she had got was a #2 peak for her cover of Sir Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ three years previously. And with first week sales of over 110,000 copies, it was fair to say that this was a big hit that resonated with a lot of returning Brits with post-holiday blues.

The newly engaged Ellie is currently readying the release of her fourth album in the autumn, but for now, this week, it’s all about her chart topper that arrived in a blaze of glory in the late summer of 2013. Altogether now: ‘And we’re gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn…’

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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