Jamelia - 'Beware Of The Dog'
Here's the thing: modern pop music is short of genuinely brilliant, original ideas. So, if you can't be the one who does something the first, you have to be the one who does something the best. Sampling an '80s track is nothing new (and we thought Rihanna was going to be hard to beat), but actually making it better - now that's inspired.
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Jam samples Depeche Mode's famous 'Personal Jesus' riff, but the addition of insistent drums and a massively catchy chorus managed to turn this from just another mash-up into a completely awesome track in its own right. The lyrical nod to the original ("you'd better reach out and touch me") is a nice, respectful, er, touch as well.
We don't want to hyperbolise or anything, but THIS IS THE BEST POP SONG OF THE YEAR. Simple as that.
Released: December 4th