It’s the summer of songs about wanting to be called by people!
First Carly Rae Jepsen‘s insanely catchy “Call Me Maybe” bounced its way to #1 on the iTunes charts, and now English pop star Cheryl Cole (of Girls Aloud and The X-Factor fame) has achieved the same feat with “Call My Name,” which climbed to the top of the iTunes singles chart earlier today. Coincidence, or cosmic confluence?
Both songs are about the evergreen topic of love, specifically: the desire to be loved by someone. But “Call Me Maybe” has that earworm-y kind of melody that transcends genre; try as I might, I can’t dislike it, despite the fact that most teen pop makes me want to gouge my ears out. “Call My Name,” on the other hand, is very much a by-the-book rehashing of 90s dance music, and while it’s fun to reminisce about all those early ’90s afternoons I spent being subjected to La Bouche in my babysitter’s car, there’s no golden hook there to counteract that clubby, repetitive, Euro-disco quality that I’ve always found really grating, even when I was 8. Just my own personal taste talking, here!
Then again, if you like that kind of music, you’re probably in seventh heaven over Cole’s chart success right now, as she is really good at making that kind of music, and seems like a nice person, too. I wonder who’ll try to cash in on the “call me” trend next?
(Via Metro UK)