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lewistgreen
post Mar 13 2017, 11:06 AM
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This week marks the tenth anniversary since 'Acceptable In The 80s' charted in the UK Top 10 and introduced us to Calvin Harris. The OCC has compiled some facts and figures presented here alongside some of his biggest songs and his official Top 20.



Calvin has achieved the feat of 22 Top 10 singles. Only Merrymaking At My Place, Flashback, You Used To Hold Me, Open Wide, Pray To God and his features on Hype and Off the Record have missed out.

Of those Top 10 singles, 7 of them have reached #1. The biggest of which was We Found Love which he featured on in 2011 as part of the launch of Rihanna's Talk That Talk album campaign. The song spent 6 non-consecutive weeks at the top and is Calvin's biggest selling single having sold over 1.5million (with streams combined).

His most streamed song is his 2016 collaboration with Rihanna, This Is What You Came For, which has accumulated over 90 million streams since its release!



Calvin has also sold almost 2 million albums in the past 10 years from 4 releases:
I Created Disco (UK #8)
Ready For The Weekend (UK #1)
18 Months (UK #1)
Motion (UK #2)


He also held the record (until last week, thanks Ed kink.gif) for having the most Top 10 hits released from one album, this being 18 Months, with a grand total of 9 songs.

This year, Calvin plans to release 10(!) new songs with Slide being the first of those and it has already made the Top 10.

Official Top 20 (as of September 2016)

1. We Found Love (with Rihanna) (UK #1)
2. How Deep Is Your Love (with Disciples) (UK #2)
3. This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) (UK #2)
4. Summer (UK #1)
5. Blame (feat. John Newman) (UK #1)
6. Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding) (UK #6)
7. Dance Wiv Me (with Dizzee Rascal & Chrome) (UK #1)
8. Feel So Close (UK #2)
9. Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) (UK #1)
10. I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding) (UK #4)
11. I'm Not Alone (UK #1)
12. Bounce (feat. Kelis) (UK #2)
13. Drinking From The Bottle (feat. Tinie Tempah) (UK #5)
14. Under Control (with Alesso feat. Hurts) (UK #1)
15. We'll Be Coming Back (feat. Example) (UK #2)
16. Let's Go (feat. Ne-Yo) (UK #2)
17. Thinking About You (feat. Ayah Marar) (UK #8)
18. Ready For The Weekend (UK #3)
19. Acceptable In The 80s (UK #10)
20. Pray To God (feat. HAIM) (UK #35)

So, what's your favourite Calvin track from the past 10 years? And what are you looking forward to from him this year?



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post Mar 13 2017, 11:23 AM
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'I'm Not Alone' is still by FAR my favourite thing he's ever done!

He's had some real bangers though!
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post Mar 13 2017, 11:47 AM
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LEGEND!

Here's roughly how I'd rank his hit singles

01 We Found Love
02 Bounce
03 This Is What You Came For
04 My Way
05 I Need Your Love
06 Feel So Close
07 How Deep Is Your Love
08 Sweet Nothing
09 I'm Not Alone
10 Pray To God
11 Acceptable In The 80's
12 Drinking From The Bottle
13 Thinking About You
14 Under Control
15 Let's Go
16 Outside
17 We'll Be Coming Back
18 Dance Wiv Me
19 Blame
20 Slide
21 Hype
22 The Girls
23 Open Wide
24 Summer
25 You Used To Hold Me
26 Ready For The Weekend
27 Flashback
28 Off The Record

(yes, My Way really is that high. I seem to be the only one who puts it up with his very best though.)
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post Mar 13 2017, 11:58 AM
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10/10 We Found Love
7/10 Bounce
8/10 This Is What You Came For
5/10 My Way
9/10 I Need Your Love
10/10 Feel So Close
7/10 How Deep Is Your Love
6/10 Sweet Nothing
07/10 I'm Not Alone
4/10 Pray To God
7/10 Acceptable In The 80's
8/10 Drinking From The Bottle
8/10 Thinking About You
10/10 Under Control
7/10 Let's Go
11/10 Outside
10/10 We'll Be Coming Back
8/10 Dance Wiv Me
3/10 Blame - can't stand John Newman's voice
3/10 Slide - can't stand Frank Ocean's voice
0/10 Hype
6/10 The Girls
7/10 Open Wide
9/10 Summer
(don't recall) You Used To Hold Me
7/10 Ready For The Weekend
(don't recall) Flashback
(don't recall) Off The Record
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post Mar 13 2017, 12:00 PM
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QUOTE(cqmerqn @ Mar 13 2017, 11:58 AM) *
(don't recall) You Used To Hold Me
(don't recall) Flashback
(don't recall) Off The Record


You need to get listening pal! Off The Record you can take or leave as it's a Tinchy Stryder collab laugh.gif
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post Mar 13 2017, 12:01 PM
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It's incredible how far he's come and what a legacy of tunes *.* I actually like Merrymaking at the time but I've heard it recently and I now don't know why laugh.gif maybe there's a reason it failed to make the top 40 tongue.gif

my rank

1. I'm Not Alone
2. We Found Love
3. Pray To God
4. Acceptable In The 80's
5. Feels So Close
6. Under Control
7. Summer
8.Dance Wiv Me
9. We'll Be Coming Back
10.Flashback
11. Sweet Nothing
12. The Girls
13. How Deep Is Your Love
14. Ready For The Weekend
15. Blame

the rest are either average or overrated (even Blame is a 5.5 for me)
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'Flashback' is under appreciated. An absolute banger!
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Flashback is amazing!

Here's how I'd rank them...

---Amazing---
I'm Not Alone
Pray To God
The Girls
How Deep Is Your Love
We Found Love
Feel So Close
Flashback
You Used To Hold Me
Blame
---Good---
Sweet Nothing
Ready For The Weekend
Bounce
Acceptable In The 80's
My Way
Summer
---Forgettable---
We'll Be Coming Back
Outside
Let's Go
This Is What You Came For
Slide
I Need Your Love
Thinking About You
Under Control
---Bad---
Open Wide
Dance Wiv Me
Drinking From The Bottle
Hype
Off The Record


I'm Not Alone was such a daring song at the time, there wasn't anything quite like it in the charts. The formula has been copied so many times since (sometimes by Calvin himself) it was released by an artist today, I really think it would flop.
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QUOTE(lewistgreen @ Mar 13 2017, 12:00 PM) *
You need to get listening pal! Off The Record you can take or leave as it's a Tinchy Stryder collab laugh.gif

I've heard all his songs but I can't remember how it goes laugh.gif
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post Mar 13 2017, 01:09 PM
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Amazing
01. I'm Not Alone
02. Bounce
03. Pray to God
04. Sweet Nothing
05. I Need Your Love
06. You Used to Hold Me
07. Flashback
08. Feel So Close
09. We Found Love
10. Outside
Great
11. Blame
12. Slide
13. Under Control
14. We'll Be Coming Back
15. Thinking About You
Good/Average
16. Ready for the Weekend
17. Drinking From the Bottle
18. This Is What You Come For
19. Let's Go
20. Summer
21. How Deep is Your Love
22. Acceptable in the 80s
Don't Listen
23. Dance Wiv Me
24. The Girls
25. Hype
26. Off the Record
No.
27. My Way
28. Open Wide

When he's good, he's GOOD. When he's bad, he's very bad.
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ah why not

10 Acceptable In the 80s
6 The Girls
7 Merrymaking At My Place
10 Dance Wiv Me
9 I'm Not Alone
9 Ready for the Weekend (vastly underrated!)
8 Flashback
7 You Used to Hold Me
8 Bounce
6 Feel So Close
9 We Found Love
2 Let's Go
6 We'll Be Coming Back
7 Sweet Nothing
0 Drinking from the Bottle
5 I Need Your Love
5 Thinking About You
7 Under Control (Theo kinda sells this one)
2 Summer
6 Blame
7 Outside
6 Pray To God
7 How Deep Is Your Love
0 This Is What You Came For
0 Hype
1 My Way
9 Slide

Highly amused with how he lost the plot completely in 2016 before coming through with one of 2017's best singles so far :') pls let that not be a one off!

But yeah if you bin the shit ones it's a pretty good singles catalogue~
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post Mar 13 2017, 01:44 PM
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He still hasn't topped Acceptable in the 80's
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I could rank my 10 favourite Calvin songs, but then again I'd just be listing his first album
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I think here's how I would rank them:

[Spectrum (Say My Name)]
01 Sweet Nothing
02 Outside
03 This Is What You Came For
04 Feel So Close
05 Pray to God
06 Drinking From the Bottle
07 Summer
08 I Need Your Love
09 Thinking About You
10 How Deep Is Your Love
11 We Found Love
12 Ready for the Weekend
13 Bounce
14 Acceptable in the 80s
15 Blame
16 Under Control
17 The Girls
18 My Way
19 Let's Go
20 We'll Be Coming Back
21 Slide
22 Dance Wiv Me
23 I'm Not Alone
24 Open Wide
25 Hype

What an amazing greatest hit would that make *-* I must admit that he's been a bit more hit and miss in recent years though (Hype, Open Wide, Slide either aren't very exciting or just outright terrible). I'd love for him to make another Florence single in the future too heart.gif
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10 years since 'Acceptable In The 80s' ohmy.gif oh wow! In these 10 years he has failed to top it for me. Such a brilliant debut wub.gif

11 Acceptable In the 80s
10 The Girls
05 Merrymaking At My Place
10 Dance Wiv Me
10 I'm Not Alone
08 Ready for the Weekend
07 Flashback
06 You Used to Hold Me
08 Bounce
09 Feel So Close
08 We Found Love
06 Let's Go
08 We'll Be Coming Back
08 Sweet Nothing
06 Drinking from the Bottle
07 I Need Your Love
07 Thinking About You
08 Under Control
08 Summer
07 Blame
07 Outside
09 Pray To God
08 How Deep Is Your Love
07 This Is What You Came For
05 Hype
02 My Way
09 Slide

Generally a strong discography!
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Started out cool and different, loved him when I saw him live in 2009, then started cosying up to America and everything he's released in the last five years has been shit.

Feel So Close was his last genuinely OK track.
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Very hit and miss, he was definitely at his most innovative prior to 2012 and I doubt we'll ever see something as great as Acceptable in the 80s, but I do find the anthemic summery dance sound suits him very well so I do find myself enjoying some of his generic dance songs, can be absolutely fantastic when he wants to be yet absolute shit at others, though his voice remains one of the best in dance music <33333. I'd rank them

Amaze:

I'm Not Alone (just the right mix between old Calvin and new Calvin done right, he will never top this heart.gif)
We Found Love
Pray To God
Acceptable In The 80's
Feel So Close

Very good:

How Deep Is Your Love
Summer
Under Control
Let's Go
Outside

Fairly Good:

Bounce
I Need Your Love
Drinking From The Bottle
You Used To Hold Me
Flashback

Liked at the time, but dated badly:

Dance Wiv Me
Ready For The Weekend

Average:

The Girls
This Is What You Came For
Thinking About You

Poor:

My Way
Merrymaking at my Place
We'll Be Coming Back
Sweet Nothing (I love Florence, but I've never been able to get into this, such dull production)

Strongly dislike:

Blame (The vocals on this puke.gif)


Don't remember but pretty sure they were shite:

Hype
Off The Record
Open Wide

Haven't heard~

Slide


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Yeah agreed that he's extremely hit & miss. There isn't actually single song I'd rank among the greatest dance songs of the decade but he does a lot of VERY GOOD ones, but yeah he's definitely churned out some dross in more recent years. My rate:

07 Acceptable In the 80s
09 The Girls
?? Merrymaking At My Place (I genuinely have no idea how this even goes)
08 Dance Wiv Me
08 I'm Not Alone
08 Ready for the Weekend
07 Flashback
07 You Used to Hold Me (I feel I should like this one more, always a tad underappreciated even by myself back then!)
06 Bounce
05 Feel So Close (never ever got the hype about this one)
07 We Found Love (but still vastly overrated)
07 Let's Go
10 We'll Be Coming Back (this is amazing wub.gif)
08 Sweet Nothing
03 Drinking from the Bottle (by a mile his worst)
08 I Need Your Love
08 Thinking About You
06 Under Control
10 Summer
10 Blame
09 Outside (he was on absolute FIRE in 2014!!!)
06 Pray To God
11 How Deep Is Your Love (genuinely think this is his best ever single)
05 This Is What You Came For
06 Hype
07 My Way (didn't like at first but grew to it slightly)
07 Slide

Ah a couple I forgot about:
07 Off The Record
06 Open Wide (but C.U.B.A. would be a 9)
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Oh I have a bit of a soft spot for this.

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Flashback was the first Calvin song I really loved and listened to on repeat. Did the same with We Found Love, Feel So Close, Let's Go, and Thinking About You, and then Pray To God is my fave post-18 Months.

Overall I genuinely enjoy all his singles, even This Is What You Came For although I wouldn't mind it being erased from existence either.
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