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post Apr 3 2016, 08:55 PM
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Roses by The Chainsmokers has inspired me to make this thread, it's quite rare for an act to go from releasing something so awful (in #SELFIE) to something very good with their very next hit.

I was wondering what other examples of this people think there are - obviously Chainsmokers had singles in between this but none of them charted, so I'm wondering which artists you think went from having a crap hit single to a great one with their very next chart hit. I always love when this happens, especially if I've written an act off and they take me by surprise the next time around. It's a lot easier to go from great to crap in one hit, it seems, than the other way round. Pop acts often regroup after a flop or poorly received single, hence this has happened in pop quite often I think, and many talent show winners usually improve on their coronation single with something much better.

Obviously it's all subjective but I'd be interested to hear some of the views people have on this. Other examples I can think of (in my opinion, some I'm sure many people will disagree with):

Chris Brown: Turn Up The Music / Don't Wake Me Up
Vengaboys: Cheekah Bow Wow / Forever As One
S Club: Alive / Say Goodbye
Girls Aloud: Walk This Way / Sexy! No No No...
One Direction: Gotta Be You / One Thing


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post Apr 3 2016, 08:58 PM
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Whatever Stereophonics song came before Dakota.
Whatever Adele song came before Rolling in the Deep
Chasing Cars to Set Fire to the Third Bar
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post Apr 3 2016, 08:58 PM
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Obvious one for me is Hozier from Take Me To Church to Someone New.

Other recent ones which spring to mind:
Sia: Alive to Cheap Thrills
Sam Smith: Stay With Me to I'm Not The Only One
Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud to Bloodstream
Maroon 5: Sugar to This Summer
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:00 PM
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Meghan Trainor 'Dear Future Husband' to 'NO' is a huge one for me. I know she had 'Better When I'm Dancin' and 'Like I'm Gonna Lose You' in between but neither of those charted here.
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:11 PM
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Katy Perry is a big one, I Kissed a Girl was a pretty dire track selling on a novelty and one hit wonder material, then Hot N Cold came which was just perfect pop and still sounds great to this day.

Little Mix quite a few times - from the very average Change Your Life and How Ya Doin' to the brilliance that was Move and for from the dull, formulaic Black Magic to the fantastically retro Love Me Like You.

Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You was fun but tacky and Run Away With Me was on a different level, similar story with Lady Gaga with Just Dance to Poker Face. Female pop stars quite common with this for me it seems

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post Apr 3 2016, 09:32 PM
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QUOTE(Colm @ Apr 3 2016, 09:58 PM) *
Whatever Stereophonics song came before Dakota.
Whatever Adele song came before Rolling in the Deep
Chasing Cars to Set Fire to the Third Bar


Agree with all of these, I can't understand how Set Fire to the Third Bar isn't seen as a classic when Chasing Cars is.

QUOTE(Jack @ Apr 3 2016, 10:00 PM) *
Meghan Trainor 'Dear Future Husband' to 'NO' is a huge one for me. I know she had 'Better When I'm Dancin' and 'Like I'm Gonna Lose You' in between but neither of those charted here.


Same here. Thank god she's ditched the doo wop sound, for one single at least. Some more for me:

Blue - Curtain Falls / I Can
Lemar - Another Day / If There's Any Justice
McFly - Don't Stop Me Now / Star Girl
Fergie - London Bridge / Glamorous
Rachel Stevens - Funky Dory / Some Girls
Beyonce - Diva / Sweet Dreams
Rihanna - We Ride / Umbrella
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:39 PM
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In terms of bad to good, here's some I can think of at the moment-

Jason Derulo - "Wiggle" to "Want To Want Me"
Coldplay - "A Sky Full Of Stars" to "Adventure Of A Lifetime"
Alesso - "Heroes (We Could Be)" to "Cool" (lol this one will go over well)
Britney Spears - "Piece Of Me" to "Break The Ice"
Sugababes - "Walk This Way" to "About You Now"

and a thousand times YES @ the #SELFIE/Roses suggestion
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:40 PM
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Pulp - Sorted for E's and Whiz to Disco 2000
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE(richie @ Apr 3 2016, 10:40 PM) *
Pulp - Sorted for E's and Whiz to Disco 2000



So glad you changed your opinion on Disco 2000 laugh.gif
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ Apr 3 2016, 10:32 PM) *
Agree with all of these, I can't understand how Set Fire to the Third Bar isn't seen as a classic when Chasing Cars is.



Set The Fire is all sorts of wonderful. Great chords, Martha uses her beautiful voice amazingly, it's simply a world away from the Coldplay formula of Chasing Cars. One of my favourite songs of the 00s.


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QUOTE(Chez Wombat @ Apr 3 2016, 10:11 PM) *
Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You was fun but tacky and Run Away With Me was on a different level, similar story with Lady Gaga with Just Dance to Poker Face. Female pop stars quite common with this for me it seems

Lady GaGa was my first thought as well. She did it again with the atrocious Judas followed by The Edge Of Glory.

Jessie J's Do It Like A Dude was terrible, but Price Tag was decent enough.
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post Apr 3 2016, 10:17 PM
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Just Dance is better than Pokerface and Judas is better than Edge of Glory (but neither is genius).
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Soulja Boy - Crank That (Soulja Boy) to Kiss Me Thru The Phone
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post Apr 3 2016, 10:37 PM
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fire with fire - any which way
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post Apr 3 2016, 10:51 PM
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Chasing Cars? Are you guys mad? In my opinion that's the best song of the last 25 years!
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post Apr 3 2016, 10:51 PM
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For some of these pairings I'm not sure which one is supposed to be the bad one and which one is supposed to be the good one laugh.gif

This is basically the Saturdays' entire career, although What About Us (great) to Gentleman (pretty awful) to Disco Love (great) is a standout.
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QUOTE(JCM20 @ Apr 3 2016, 11:51 PM) *
Chasing Cars? Are you guys mad? In my opinion that's the best song of the last 25 years!



Better than Set the Fire to the Third Bar?
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post Apr 4 2016, 07:22 AM
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personally both Chasing Cars and Set Fire are amazing songs, Chasing Cars was overplayed and put people off but it's a great song with grey lyrics

I guess it's quite normal to have a bad song every now and then especially with acts with long careers, easiest example is Madonna following Vogue with Hanky Panky... or the Walk this Way example used above...

but cannot think of any other case of bad debut single, great second single...
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For some reason I thoroughly loathe Stay With Me but really like I'm Not The Only One.
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post Apr 4 2016, 07:43 AM
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This thread is a mess, people just airing their personal opinions of popular songs they don't like. Rich's opening example with Chainsmokers was good though.
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