The Song: Put The Needle On It
CONTROLRadioUK HQ Thoughts: First let me apologize for the extremely poor video quality. I searched around online but this is honestly the best I can find. Then let me say this is here by request of those at CONTROLRadioUK HQ who are massive Dannii Minogue fans, and sometimes I have to feature songs I don't particularly like to "make things fair". On a final note let me protest that this song is apparently suitable for the ears of young children, but the likes of Aqua's 'Barbie Girl' gets everyone up in arms? I'm feeling like there's some deep seeded discrimination going on there, because the innuendo here is obvious. OK the video is far detached from the song but we have ears people! Oh and bonus note for the fact that despite my protests I do actually like the odd Dannii Minogue song; 'Who Do You Love Now' & 'I Begin To Wonder' are my favorites.
The Song: Love's Got a Hold On My Heart
CONTROLRadioUK HQ Thoughts: *Evil cackle*. When I suggest to my good people at CONTROLRadioUK HQ that we do a themed Pop week Throwback Thursday and rub my hands together like a cartoon villain THEY SHOULD KNOW WHAT'S COMING. But they never do. EVER. Nope, they innocently enough suggest songs to put here, I nod calmly enough and when it's my turn to pick? Oh I just nonchalantly start loading my Steps collection & tell them to pick. Due to these events there is now a conspiracy floating around CONTROLRadioUK HQ that I do these Throwback Thursdays as an excuse to select a Steps song. WHICH IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS (I also do it as an excuse to select Little Mix). 'Love's Got a Hold On My Heart' got chosen this time around because it is a tune. The greatest Steps song you'll ever hear? Not by a long shot but it's still a fabulous song with a nice fun video to suit. The harmonies in the breakdown towards the songs end are very reminiscent of ABBA which I also like. So to sum up 90's Steps will never not be awesome, present day Steps still have to warm my heart, always question my motives, and don't be surprised if a 'Steps' Throwback Thursday makes its way onto these shores at some point in the future.
The Song: Better
CONTROLRadioUK HQ Thoughts: I really need this song to be a single, which means that it won't be and that severely annoys me because this is one of the songs on the album. Lyrically this song is an absolute masterpiece and easily makes my all-time top 10 list, and musically this is sound as well. Honestly whenever I'm in a bad mood I put this song on and start to feel better. I'm also never going to miss a chance to feature OneRepublic in an article, even if this song is more in the Pop-Rock genre than straight up Pop but I don't care.
The Song: Hymn For The Weekend
CONTROLRadioUK HQ Thoughts: I just really love this song and for some reason the video is quite captivating (although not as good as Up and Up) Yes the lyrics are slightly generic, the video is rife with cultural appropriation which they were rightly called out on and I won't shy away from. You know you like a song though when you trawl through the depths of the Internet to find the instrumental version & it's honestly as flawless as this.
The Song: Don't Stop Movin'
CONTROLRadioUK HQ Thoughts: To finish this weeks Throwback Thursday a true early 00's bop & a rare song from S Club 7 that I like. Yes it goes by a basic rhyming pattern which doesn't exactly overwhelm me with joy, but the vocals & music is strong enough to keep me dancing 10+ years later. If I was going to recommend any S Club 7 song to a person it would be this. It feels a little more daring and adventurous compared to some of their safer numbers. Plus I'm always here for promoting 90's/early 00 bops since they paved the way for what we're listening to today.