Sunday 20 October 2019

US magazine declares a Samantha Mumba song one of the '100 greatest choruses of the 21st century'

Singer Samantha Mumba. Pic: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Singer Samantha Mumba. Pic: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

Sasha Brady

A Samantha Mumba chorus has been named one of the best of the 21st century by Billboard magazine.

The US music magazine has compiled a list of the greatest choruses of the new millennium.

The objective was to find a song that has been released between 2000 and now that "will have the power to get a bar full of strangers singing in unison at the top of their lungs decades from now".

Song choices were "ranked by no metric other than the songs that most immediately came to mind when thinking about everything that a great chorus should be."

And Ireland's own Samantha Mumba found herself on the list with her 2002 banger, Gotta Tell You.

Billboard said: "When the strings crescendo into the hook of the Dublin pop sensation’s 2000 hit, Mumba’s chorus flows in like a waterfall. The urgency of the message (“Don’t wanna tell you this now, but it wouldn’t be right/ If I didn’t tell you this tonight”) inspired turn-of-the-century teens to pump the brakes and listen to their conscience before jumping in the sheets.

It was the song that made Samantha 'break America' as it entered the number four spot of the Billboard Hot 100. She also went on to star in a Steven Spielberg movie in 2002 (The Time Machine) with her brother Omero on the back of its success, so you know, very big deal.

She beat Bruno Mars', Grenade, City High's, What Would You Do and LeAnn Rimes', Can't Fight The Moonlight to hit the number 74 spot.

The top ten:

1. Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe

2. Kelly Clarkson: Since U Been Gone

3. The Killers: Mr Brightside

4. Outkast: Ms Jackson

5. Jimmy Eat World: The Middle

6. Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind

7. Katy Perry: Teenage Dream

8. R Kelly: Ignition (Remix)

9. Nelly feat. City Spud: Ride Wit Me

10. Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball

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