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Tinchy Stryder ft. N-Dubz - 'Number One'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:13 UK time, Saturday, 18 April 2009

Tinchy StryderIt seems that, of recent weeks, some of the ChartBlog massive have begun to question our editorial rigour. Comments have been posted claiming that we are deliberately pedantic, that we often neglect to describe the music when we review songs, and that we're not objective. Now, leaving aside for a moment the fact that these are all fair points (and that we're doing it on purpose), can I just reassure everyone that nothing is more important to the CB review panel than the respect of our readers.

Well, nothing apart from pop music, obviously. Pop music and jokes about pop music.

Oh alright, so it's pop music, jokes about pop music, Twitter, Harry Hill's TV Burp, LOLCats and THEN the respect of our readers. You're still in the Top 6, and that's got to be good, right?

(Here's the video...hidden behind FAR too many promotional messages.)

With that in mind, here's an attempt at an objective review (if that's not a contradiction in terms), balancing the good and bad things about this song and trying not to wander off the point too much. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Things I Like:

N-Dubz. Everything they do raises a grin to my chops. Dappy's insistence on throwing in a "nah-nah-naiii-hee" as soon as his microphone is switched on is a brilliant pop thing.

Tinchy's singy-raps, contrasting nicely with Dappy's rappy-singing. And I use the word 'contrasting' quite wrongly there.

Nice lyrics about feelings taking you over when you least expect them to. We've all been there, right?

"I'm telling you ONE THIIIING!" and the music stops. That's nice. Good chorus too.

The 'Bittersweet Symphony' synths. Not that I'm saying there's a direct rip off happening. I'm no expert in copyright infringement in any case. All I know is the Verve ended up paying a huge wad of cash to the Rolling Stones over the string refrain in that song, so it'd be a shame if Tinchy had to too. In fact, legal people, don't read this bit. Look over there instead. No, THERE! It's where the ice-cream van stops. Fancy a 99?

Things I Like Not:

Not being able to remember how the song goes once it's finished. I've heard it SO many times now, and yet it takes a bit of an effort of will to remember it. That's not a good sign.


Did I mention the promotional messages on the video? Yeah, that.

There, reputation restored!

Four starsDownload: April 20th
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)


  • Comment number 1.

    haha, bravo.
    nicely done

  • Comment number 2.

    It's a great song, is this!

  • Comment number 3.

    WAIT!! No review FROM SPIRITWARRIOR interspersed WITH capital letters and favourite songs... my world's falling apart!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    lmao! Maybe he/she is away this weekend.

    There'll be MUCH commenting next week, CATMAN!

    Nah, I like you really, SPIRITWARRIOR!

  • Comment number 5.

    YO love to you all !!!

    LOVE your humour CAT, really made me smile.

    Love the new review format as well.....


    1) less deliberate attempts to be pedantic

    2) more objective

    3) mostly kept to the point

    4) you reviewed the song (not just the title like the JAMES MORRISON one ) lol that was so funny.

    **** 4 star rating lol


    you know where he/she predicts that NUMBER ONE will be a TOP 15 HIT !!

    PLEASE !!!!!!! LOL

    pps. love and respect to you too DANNY!

  • Comment number 6.

    erm, nice. I don't know why but I find myself agreeing with the things you listed as you liked. hahaha!

    hidden promotional messages...huh?
    Fat Loss Review

  • Comment number 7.

    Hahaha, Welcome home, Spiritwarrior!

  • Comment number 8.

    I know CAT really likes RADIOHEAD............................. hmmmmmm

    I am tempted to list my ten favourite RADIOHEAD songs ..........

    Do you dare me DANNY ? LOL

  • Comment number 9.


  • Comment number 10.

    Double Dog Dare

  • Comment number 11.

    Ok due to popular demand.... (well two of the RADIO 1 massive ) not to mention countless letters and e-mails to ask me to do this.......... just for you CAT

    in no particular order....

    my ten favourite RADIOHEAD songs...

    1) Fake plastic trees.
    3)High and dry
    5)Street spirit (WARRIOR)
    6) Paranoid android
    8)No surprises
    9)Karma police
    10)There there

    I love the album IN RAINBOWS as an entire piece of work so could not pick out a favourite song.....

    They are a very important band.

    My fave N-DUBZ track is PAPA......... MY FAVE TINCHY track is his duet with FRANKMUSIK of BETTER OFF AS TWO.

    There normal service resumed.....

    xxxxxx SPIRIT

  • Comment number 12.

    Nice one, Spirit.

  • Comment number 13.

    Im not much of a Radiohead fan, Ive really tried. But I've always been under the impression that liking Creep (which I do, funnily enough) doesnt make you a real fan xD

  • Comment number 14.

    Haha Liam, that's the only radiohead song I like as well, but even then I think that David Cook (American Idol winner, but when he was in Axium) did it better.

  • Comment number 15.

    As we are on the blog for a song called "NUMBER ONE " it seems appropriate.......... to predict a song that I feel will go to number one in May.

    From the first time I heard this song two months ago I thought.......................... Number One Single !

    The song is "bonkers " by Dizzee Rascal.

    So powerful. catchy, a dancefloor filler (as proved) for the last 4 weekends of my life, an amazin , strong production by Armand Van Helden..... this song will be massive !

  • Comment number 16.

    haha this is like a chat room lol.
    love the song :D..shud be 5 stars tho mate! xx

  • Comment number 17.

    This single will be the highest new entry in the singles chart on Sunday 26th april.

  • Comment number 18.

    La roux and Calvin Harris still fighting for NIMBER ONE though.

  • Comment number 19.

    But jokin aside... and the clue is in the title of this song.... NUMBER ONE is my tip to be NUMBER ONE on Sunday.......


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  • Comment number 21.

    an absolute tune. best to come from ndubz + tinchy so far.

  • Comment number 22.

    yeah totally agree and it is playing everywhere right now.

  • Comment number 23.


  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Spirit,

    Thanks for all your other recent predictions, they've all been gratefully received, and do keep 'em coming. We all like tips!

    To be clear, my problem was with the predictions on this comments feed, specifically about the tussle between La Roux and Calvin Harris.

    These were very close to the figures put out by the Official Charts Company in their mid-week charts - something I couldn't explain before Sunday's chart, for obvious reasons - and seemed to change as new information became available later in the week. (First you noted the tussle between the two acts, then you accurately predicted the winner).

    If this is just coincidental, please accept my apologies. But I have to say - and this is for anyone - we'll take down any comments which break the confidentiality agreement the BBC has with the Official Charts Company.

    Now, you were saying something about Green Day being a band to watch? I should write this down! ;-)



  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Fraser

    Firstly congratulations to Tinchy and N-DUBZ........

    Regarding the above I hope you know that anyone who knows music who listens to information could have worked it out! There was no crystal ball, supernatural powers or cosmic ordering !! (well not on this occasion !)

    Calvin Harris was gonna challenge as he had been number one for two weeks... easy to guess !!!

    Secondly La Roux has been out for 6 weeks and has increased sales each week and was at number 2 ! ...The song would obviously challenge ! Easy to guess !

    Thirdly NUMBER ONE was NUMBER ONE in all the pre release charts way before it was released, thousands of people had ordered it... it was "a" listed at radio 1 AND WAS RECEIVING HUGE RADIO AND AIRPLAY..EVERYWHERE !

    How could I guess/predict NUMBER ONE would be NUMBER ONE FOR SURE ?

    Simple...... Radio 1 !!!!

    My favourite radio station.

    I listen to RADIO 1 quite often as music is obviously a huge part of my life.... and on some occasions throughout the week, when the excellent d.j's played the song "number one " there was an impliance that this song would be yes....NUMBER ONE !

    Now when it became broadcast MIDWEEK that Tinchy and Dappy would be on the Sunday Chart Show with the brilliant Fearne AND Reggie , various comments were made as to possibly why they would be there at that time... you did not have to be amazin to figure it all out !

    I think one of the entertaining comments were :

    "Wouldn't it be embarrassing if they came in and the song was NUMBER TWO ?

    Fraser... as clues go.... you must admit that was the clincher !

    Hope all this settles you down... there are loads more tips to come !

    Loads of love


  • Comment number 26.


    Your apologies are accepted.


  • Comment number 27.

    See i dont understand how THIS SONG IS number one..

  • Comment number 28.

    Oh I can see the appeal of this one Liam.......... I did a pop quiz last night and the audience were going mad for my Dappy impression !!!

    NAY NE NA NIGH !!!!!!

    As soon as I did that they were in the palm of my hand.. and when I played the song.. the place went crazy...... !

    I think next weeks number one single will be a battle between

    Tinchy / N DUBZ
    La Roux

    Its a really close one to call it will be close... and Tommy Sparks will be a very high new entry so could also challenge...........oh its gonna be excitin !

  • Comment number 29.

    i think the song number1 is good you should do more songs like it and i love you so much i love n-dubz i think you to are the best

  • Comment number 30.

    Ugh its growing on me.

  • Comment number 31.

    Hey Liam... 2 good things to cheer you up !!!

    Basement Jaxx release new single :

    Raindrops is released on June 8th

    White Lies are re releasing their first single "DEATH ", maybe this time it will be a hit, it's my favourite track on the album , released June 15th ....... woo hoo !

    Keep smiling !!!!! :)

  • Comment number 32.

    They played Death last night when I was out and nobody else knew it. I was shocked an appauled, its my fav song off the album!

    Also looking forward to the release of Raindrops, good track.

  • Comment number 33.

    Sugar... that was a lucky guess that I predicted the top 3.. ..... a week ago.... no insider dealings.... honest !

    ooooooh.... spooky !

    And who's to say it won't be the same 3 acts battling it out in the top 3 next SUNDAY ?

  • Comment number 34.

    i think that song ids great is the best song in the world only because tinchy stryder has done it but i still think n_dubz a way better there is one song of theirs i lke the best and that is ouch because my last boyfriend chated


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