Dancing On My Own // Vol. 1

Victoria Parkey is here to take you through her favourite pop hits and why they’re just so irresistible with her new column Dancing On My Own.

The train journey from London Euston to Prestbury in Cheshire takes 2 hours, 31 minutes. ‘Reggaetón Lento (Remix)’ by Little Mix and CNCO lasts for 3 minutes, 9 seconds.

Anyway, what I’m getting at here is that on a journey to visit my grandparents last summer I listened to this goddamn pop masterpiece 41 times in a row and somehow didn’t get sick of it.

The beauty of ‘Reggaetón Lento’ is that it’s a shamelessly sassy song and it is impossible to listen to without doing the gun hands dance – it’s not trying to be anything more complicated than a pop bop with a lot of euphoric “Hey!”s in it (there are nine of them and they’re all harmonised. I counted.) It’s literally just about wanting to dance with someone you think is fit, and truly sometimes – when the mood’s right – that’s all the no-strings-attached, no pretense kind of song that you want and need.

Between healthy sprinklings of Spanish guitar, our gals chiming in with the easy Spanish bits – which admittedly, they deliver better live than J. Biebs’ infamous Despacito performance – and Jesy being styled to look just like the flamenco lady emoji, it’s sweet Spanglish proof that Little Mix are an absolute juggernaut of a girl band who are overwhelmingly good at bangers.

One of the best parts about growing older is caring less about what people think about your tastes – I think that’s probably part of why I listen to a lot more pop music now than I did when I was younger. Then, I was under the illusion that it was cooler to listen to more “niche music” than mainstream pop. But honestly what’s the point in that when you’ve got pop hits like this to listen to a frankly worrying number of times in a row?

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