Points: 745.9 Currently Charting (or it was in January) Peak: 1 Debuted: 2020-09-25 Chart Run: 35-10-1-2-2-3-5-7-10-13-16-19-23-26-...
This was an unexpected chart-topper, as "Kyoto" is more... subdued in comparison to the usual bops and bangers with dominant beats that hit #1.
The song establishes a bittersweet mood pretty clearly. The lyrics describe how Phoebe's life isn't perfect, and the verses have an anxious rhythm. But the horns transform the vibe into something more uplifting. Like, despite everything, Phoebe continues to move forward with life. The chorus hook also leaps out effectively (ie. "I DON'T FORGIVE YOU").
This is the highest ranked Eurovision entry on my 2020 year-end chart. "On Fire" and "Think About Things" were my clear favourites from last year. Both entries contained endearing quirkiness (especially during the national final performances), and both songs had a unique style. "On Fire" is an alluring song, and I love the "squealing" instrumental breaks.
This was Ellie's first #1 since "Outside". My favourite songs on Delirium were the non-singles; "Love Me Like You Do" aside. And then everything she released after that was so sonically jarring and outside her usual style... until this song came along.
The chorus on "Power" has this sort of bellowing sing-along vibe that works well.
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