Holiday Playlist

Ultimate Holiday Playlist

Popfools is on holiday! A lovely, tan-on-the-beach, swim-in-the-sea, and drink-lots-of-cocktails type holiday. So that you still get your Popfools fix over the next fortnight, and to convince ourselves that our holiday is hard-earned and well deserved, this feature will be rating some of the top holiday tunes, in plenty of time before the British summer hits. We have devised and strenuously-tested all new holiday-themed criteria for our best holiday songs to live up to, so hold onto your inflatable fly-fish, because this is going to be a whale of a ride!

All Saints – Pure Shores

From the coolest girlband of our childhood comes this ‘The Beach’ soundtrack classic, without which our Popfools holiday playlist would be most definitely incomplete. How will the 1999 UK #1 compete against our other especially selected holiday-themed songs? There’s only one way to find out…

References to beach/sea/sun/sand in lyrics?: Many references to ‘the beach’, ‘drowning’ and ‘swimming’ bring the song’s total to an impressive 20 references. 12/10

Steel-drums present? Yet another holiday themed song without any steel drums. WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?? Rating: 0/10

Other dodgy ‘holiday’ sound effects? The synthesiser which starts the song sounds suspiciously like waves crashing on the beach. The breakdown at 3:13 uses distortion vocal effects which make the girls sound like they are singing underwater. Rating: 6/10

Video evoke ‘holiday’? The video for the song comprises many clips from motion picture The Beach. This has the advantage of lots of shirtless-and-not-yet-podgy Leonardo di Caprio, including the opening scene where he has a towel wrapped around his waist which he subsequently drops (oooh-err missus!) The first portion is set in a hotel and thus is very holidayish. Our first glimpse of a beach satisfyingly include sea, sun, surf and sand as well as parasols and sunloungers. There is frolicking in a waterfall and an exciting rainforest-village scene. Later on, a beach used looks like paradise and there is cartwheeling taking place on it. WHAT A HOLIDAYISH ACTIVITY! There are also some swimming-underwater and catching tropical fish shots, plus the obligatory snogging in the sea at night time. NOTE: The action we describe takes place in this video; this video is not as satisfying but does at least include the girls singing. Rating: 10/10

Nonsensical lyrics, preferably holiday-themed? There are many layered ‘oooo-oooo-oooh-ooooohohhhh’s, although on closer inspection they may be ‘mmmmm-mmmmm-mmmmm-mmm’s. It’s hard to be sure. Anyway these come in at 3:12 and then there are many different elements in the final chorus with the girls wailing ad-libs over each other, or attempting harmonising. The lyrics make the beach seem very mystic, exotic, and ‘Other’ and thus we would definitely call them holiday-themed. Rating: 10/10

Verdict: This song is definitely an epic beach-based banger. It scores 38/50

Ultimate Popfools Holiday Playlist (Ranked)

The Vengaboys – We’re Going To Ibiza 57
= The Vengaboys – Uncle John From Jamaica 57
The Cheeky Girls – Hooray Hooray (It’s A Cheeky Holiday) 53
Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl 46
All Saints – Pure Shores 38
Alphabeat – Vacation 37
New Kids On The Block – Summertime (RedOne Remix) 36
Ashley Tisdale – Fabulous 35
Beenie Man – Dude (ft. Ms Thang) 30
Madonna – La Isla Bonita 29
Edward Maya – Stereo Love 23
Annie – Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix) 21
= Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me 21


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