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post Nov 17 2016, 01:26 PM
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This is the 20th year of the CIN single since it had its first big hit (the #1 and million-seller 'Perfect Day'). Which singles have been the most impressive?

1997 Lou Reed and Various Artists "Perfect Day" 1
1998 Denise van Outen and Johnny Vaughan featuring Steps "Especially for You" 3
1999 Martine McCutcheon "Love Me" 6
2000 S Club 7 "Never Had a Dream Come True" 1
2001 S Club 7 "Have You Ever" 1
2002 Will Young "Don't Let Me Down" / "You and I" 2
2003 Shane Richie "I'm Your Man" 2
2004 Girls Aloud "I'll Stand by You" 1
2005 Liberty X "A Night to Remember" 6
2006 Emma Bunton "Downtown" 3
2007 Spice Girls "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" 11
2008 McFly "Do Ya/Stay with Me" 18
2009 Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" 1
2010 JLS "Love You More" 1
2011 The Collective "Teardrop" 24
2012 Girls Aloud "Something New" 2
2013 Ellie Goulding "How Long Will I Love You" 3
2014 Gareth Malone's All Star Choir "Wake Me Up" 1
2015 Jess Glynne "Take Me Home" 6
2016 Craig David ""All We Needed" —

Jess Glynne by far the best of this lot, I'll also give a vote to Peter Kay for the video and concept even if the song by itself isn't amazing.
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post Nov 17 2016, 01:34 PM
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The S Club ones obvs, but I also really enjoyed I'll Stand By You and Downtown. And Love You More is one of my favourite JLS singles.

The Craig David one is the best in a few years imo
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post Nov 17 2016, 02:39 PM
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Girls Aloud x2
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post Nov 17 2016, 03:04 PM
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I would say Jess Glynne and Girls Aloud - Something New
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post Nov 17 2016, 03:22 PM
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I voted for S Club 7 x2 and Girls Aloud x2, I really like the Emma Bunton, Ellie, JLS, Spice Girls and Jess songs too but I couldn't vote for them compared to the other four, among my all-time favourites by two of my favourite music acts ever wub.gif
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post Nov 17 2016, 03:55 PM
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Something New is leagues ahead of the rest.
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post Nov 17 2016, 05:15 PM
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Perfect Day
Never had a dream come true
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post Nov 17 2016, 05:58 PM
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Voted S Club 7 (x2), GA (ISBY), JLS, Jess Glynne & CD.
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post Nov 17 2016, 06:19 PM
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Oh S Club - "Never Had a Dream Come True" definitely nab it for me. JLS a close second with "Love You More" - along with "One Shot" one of their finest singles.
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post Nov 17 2016, 06:29 PM
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I adore How Long Will I Love You way more than the average person probably does. I remember the first time hearing it on the deluxe re-release bonus tracks section of Halcyon, thinking it was a surefire smash (yet didn't expect to see it pushed as a single because of its placing on the album!)

Something New is also incredible for me, still adore it. But the S Club 7 double whammy is pretty unbeatable. I actually probably prefer Have You Ever, even though both are classic turn of the century pop.
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post Nov 17 2016, 07:56 PM
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QUOTE(Joe. @ Nov 17 2016, 03:55 PM) *
Something New is leagues ahead of the rest.


Agreed!
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post Nov 17 2016, 08:40 PM
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Not a fan of Craig David's one; I liked 'Take Me Home' as an album track but it got tired out pretty quickly after becoming a single; 'Wake Me Up' is awful; and 'How Long Will I Love You' has always been dull and a great example at how hit and miss Ellie Goulding can be. Clearly I'm just not that impressed with the slow ballads that have the Children in Need tag, although I always quite liked 'Love You More' and 'I'll Stand By You'. I also legit really like 'Headlines' too. ph34r.gif

I always forget 'Never Had a Dream Come True' was a CIN song - I associate it much more with Christmastime in general and, of course, it's classic S Club. That has to be one of my favourites from the list, as well as 'Something New' which deserved a whole lot more than it did and I thought the Peter Kay All-Star Animated Band idea was fabulous. I remember watching the latter for the first time on CIN and it was just so clever and made me really happy when I watched it. Those 3 (and 'Headlines') get my votes.
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post Nov 17 2016, 09:37 PM
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I prefer Something New but have to vote for Never Had a Dream Come True as it really is a classic pop track. Embarrassing to see so many votes for Jess Glynn.

Headlines must rank as the most pathetic comeback single of all time.
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post Nov 17 2016, 10:13 PM
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Thanks for creating this thread Dan, it's quite useful.

Please can you do one for Comic Relief and Sports Relief too. smile.gif
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post Nov 17 2016, 10:13 PM
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Voted S Club 7 x2, Girls Aloud x2, Emma Bunton, Spice Girls & Liberty X!
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post Nov 17 2016, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE(Rob @ Nov 17 2016, 09:37 PM) *
Headlines must rank as the most pathetic comeback single of all time.


It could have been so much more really, I wish they'd returned with a stomper. I do believe a great song would have gone top three for them, I mean Emma Bunton's own effort was a top three the previous year and even Boyzone scored a top five after a longer break the following year.

Melanie C was the only one whose vocals on the track didn't sound phoned in. The song itself was like a b-side from 1996 too, not sure why or how the record company and the girls thought it was a good idea.
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post Nov 17 2016, 10:24 PM
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Most of these are dire, but Never Had a Dream Come True is sweet and I'll give kudos to Peter Kay on one of the best music videos I've ever seen (seemingly not on Youtube anymore </3)
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Something New for me, shame it wasn't number 1 sleep.gif
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QUOTE(xxwtsxx @ Nov 18 2016, 12:02 AM) *
Something New for me, shame it wasn't number 1 sleep.gif


Troublemaker by Olly Murs beat it to the top spot and Cheryl rejected a contestant who sang Troublemaker at The X Factor bootcamp two years later. I wonder why...


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I know 'Headlines' received a pretty mixed reception, but they really didn't help themselves out with how its release was staggered out.


05/11/2007 - Headlines download released [entered at #20, selling 7,198 copies.]

12/11/2007 - Greatest Hits released, including Headlines [Headlines fell to #23, selling 5,900 copies.] {Greatest Hits - #2, 75,787 copies.}

19/11/2007 - Headlines physical released [climbed to #11 - its peak, selling 14,941 copies. It missed out on the Top 10 by 446 sales.] {Greatest Hits - #7, 47,172 copies.}


Its music video was... rather strange for a sentimental charity-single ballad!



kink.gif I honestly believe the video detracted from the song and was partly responsible for its failure, it's pretty bad.

Additionally, it wasn't promoted very well. A clip of the video premiered on BBC One and they performed the song for Children In Need (but did it in the Dancing With The Stars studio because of Mel B's commitments). They didn't do any UK interviews, press or TV. It was all strangely low-key for a Spice Girls comeback single. It was probably lucky to even reach the #11 peak. laugh.gif

Its midweek positions in the week the physical was released:

20/11: #10 (5,278) [Tuesday]
21/11: #09 (7,616) [Wednesday]
22/11: #09 (9,557) [Thursday]
23/11: #09 (11,209) [Friday]

Sugababes 'About You Now' was behind it throughout the midweeks (mids progress: 11-11-10-10) and ended up at #10. Girls Aloud's 'Call The Shots' (mids progress: 44-18-14-11) leapfrogged both and entered at #9 on the strength of downloads alone (the same week they released their 'Tangled Up' album). ohmy.gif Interesting that two of the biggest girl groups of the 2000s were responsible for denying the biggest girl group of the 1990s a Top 10 hit.

... I did not intend to write this much. heehee.gif
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