Recently, I had the pleasure of being invited to contribute a short piece for the music forum, Pop Hates Flop’s “Best Songs of 2020”. It’s a fun community and I enjoy discussing and engaging there occasionally. It’s been over a week since it’s release on the website, so I figured I’d share my selection.
Dua Lipa – Break My Heart
Submitted By: @365MM
‘Sophomore slump’? Not a chance!
Back in the oh-so-innocent, pre-pandemic era, Dua Lipa was finally releasing her second album, Future Nostalgia. Great new singles had been dropping over the last few months. Sounded promising. Maybe pick it up when it comes out, I thought.
Old news now, but then everything was turned on its head. Crazy times.
Seemed like there was only constant; “Break My Heart” was the bop everyone was loving at the same time! It really is an amazing combination of a killer dance beat (acknowledged as similar to INXS’ “Need You Tonight”), sublime vocals, and unbelievably catchy lyrics. Great production too, but personally the writing here edges out. It might be a pop song, but the story here is a very mature. An exploration of vulnerability with heartbreak and strength of wisdom out of unsuccessful relationships while still needing to risk it all again in the pursuit of love. I think we’ve all been there. I just wish we could own it as well as Dua.
Arguably the best track on an album that proves to be both ridiculously consistent and infinitely playable. No wonder it broke into the tops of so many charts (including entered at number 6 on the UK Singles and peaking at 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100). Perfect dance-pop! And the video? The colors, the set movement, THAT DANCE? In this year with virtually no live concerts, “Break My Heart” was the performance we needed and deserved. Easily top 20 of 2020.
Here’s a link to the entire countdown. Great selections from first to last!
If pop music is your passion, I highly recommend PHF. Modern or classic, there’s always lively discussion and lots of great music to explore!