This morning I realized that last night yesterday I had written about The Saturdays and their glorious sophomore album, Wordshaker. Then I realized I used a hashtag #tenyearsofthesaturdays. I couldn’t believe that it had been ten years since If This Is Love was released. In honor of their ten years, I’ve tasked myself to compile and rank a list of their top 10 singles. Granted, this is all in my humble opinion and has nothing to do with chart ranking. I do plan on adding an honorable mention to two songs that deserved single status. Buckle up kids, it’s time to get to work (work).
TEN Work: Glitter-pop done right. Their final single from the debut album and confusingly one of their lowest peaking singles. For some reason this music video does not exist online at the current moment. Peak: No. 22
NINE Forever Is Over: I wrote about this song yesterday. I do think it’s a great single, didn’t understand the sound they were attempting, considering the rest of the album was the glittering-pop sound we all loved. It peaked at No. 2.
EIGHT Issues: The third single (the artwork is amazing) off their debut Chasing Lights. The single version changed some lyrics due to a vicious knife attack that had stirred London’s stillness. The record label didn’t want to have the lyrics represent the support of violence. The lyric changed: “can’t decide if I should slap you or kiss you” à“can’t decide if I should leave you or kiss you”. Peak: No. 4
This is when it gets even harder…
SEVEN Ego: One of their best-selling singles which also charted at No. 9 in the UK. This is a jam and quite the Ego check itself.
SIX Higher (Ft. Flo Rida): This would be much higher (no pun intended) if Flo Rida wasn’t on the single version of the song. You could listen to this song on repeat for quite some time. Peak: No. 9
FIVE All Fired Up: The second single off On Your Radar, their third outing. This song was a massive success for the ladies. Peak: No. 3, also one of their best-sellers.
FOUR Disco Love: This song saved an era that looked trouble. Their final studio album, Living for the Weekend, faced some roll-out issues. They started with 30 Days, then had their first number one with What About Us (Ft. Sean Paul), then ruined all momentum with Gentleman, but Disco Love saved them from ruin. The song reminded everyone why they were such darlings of Brit Pop. It peaked at a very respectable No. 4 considering the run of trash singles before it. It features a massive chorus that sinks into your subconscious, and sticks.
THREE If This Is Love: Their debut single. The one that started it all. The Yahoo-sampling track was a great introduction to their sound. The blazing chorus, the strong vocal runs at the end by Vanessa. The girls worried if the public would love them, and yes, they really did love them and this song. Peak: No. 9
TWO Notorious: The first single off On Your Radar and arguably one of their most daring singles. It was a complete change of sound, but a change that worked really well. I considered it a pop triumph and showed us that there was more than glitter-pop within those record booth walls in their arsenal. This should’ve been a number one. The music video is among their best, if not, their best. It peaked at a questionably low No. 8, because it should’ve been a No. 1!
ONE Up: I sometimes wonder what success The Saturdays would’ve seen if they had released this as their debut single. This tune is massive. It’s immediate, it’s arresting, and it’s a banger. The vocals are so intense, the lyrics are well written and the chorus is massive. Not only did it out peak If This Is Love, but it also outsold it too. This banger reached No. 5, but inarguably should’ve been their first No. 1.
Honorable Mentions: There were two songs in their discography that I felt came along, crashed the album and stole the show. These two songs are White Lies (On Your Radar) and Lose Control (Wordshaker). Inarguably two prime examples of how what well-crafted pop music these ladies could deliver.
I still imagine a world where The Sats were still recording and delivering amazing glittering pop music, and a world where they would, at this point, have had at least 6 number ones.