Six D - Best Damn Night
Since seeing the six-piece group for the first time supporting The Saturdays on tour, Best Damn Night has grown and grown on me. It's one of those tracks that at some point suddenly clicks and you see it for the piece of absolutely brilliant pop it is.
And what's more, Six D aren't just purveyors of ace tunes, but they're super-skilled dancers too. Seeing them perform the single on Daybreak this week, the energy they pack into this track and its accompanying routine is undeniable - I predict big things for these guys.
JLS - She Makes Me Wanna
Again, another dance-pop smash that is just impossible to get away from right now. That unmistakable 'oh oh oh' hook stands out as one of JLS's best with this track picking up where Eyes Wide Shut left off, the band moving firmly further down the clubland route.
It's a bit of a flavour of the moment for pop bands at the moment with The Saturdays and The Wanted pursuing a similar direction - but you know what, when the tracks sound as good as this, we're all for it. Now where did we put that glo-stick?
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Body
A real highlight from a stellar album, this is one of my favourite indie tracks of the year. Mining deep into a vein of Cure-esque melodies, pairing soaring 80s synth glides with frantic guitar, The Body is a case in point as to why you need this band's album in your life. At its most anthemic moments there's touches of Manic Street Preachers too - that wistful, indelible notion of life-affirming music at its very best.
Now That's What I Call Music 79
If the NOW compilations were an actual person, they'd be old, wrinkly and walking with a limp by now. But instead, they seem in exceedingly fine health - continuing to sell hundreds of thousands of copies. There's something indefinably special about holding in your hands a collection of the best/most successful pop tracks of the past few months - it's a kind of time capsule quality really.
This thing, this sliver of plastic stands as a record to what those people we like to call the 'public' went out in the droves and bought (or more likely downloaded these days). And as such, it could be argued that the NOW albums stand as the best albums ever, through sheer fact that they contain the highest concentration of 'hits' - of course, it might not all be to everyone's tastes, but the odds suggest there'll be at least something on here you'll like.