Monday, August 11, 2014

An Artist Retrospective: The Saturdays' Finest Selection Of Hits

I know that I might have thrown minor shade at The Saturdays when I talked about the new girl group in town Neon Jungle. However, I have to say that The Sats are one of the best groups in pop and have consistently put other bands like The Script, One Direction, and The Wanted to shame. For the past 5 and 1/2 years, Rochelle, Mollie, Una, Vanessa, and Frankie have kept us dancing, singing, and crying (lots of ballads with these girls) and we Just Can't Get Enough.

With 4 and a half albums to their name, The Saturdays are readying to release their first collection of Greatest Hits. Entitled The Finest Selection, the 20 track list is mouthwatering to any fan of music. Granted, the Saturdays discography is by no means consistent. I mean their only #1 hit in the UK is the amateur trop-pop anthem What About Us, which seemed like an excuse to give Sean Paul some work (there I go, throwing shade again). However, like the almighty Girls Aloud, the lows only make the Saturdays' highs that much more monumental. Allow me to elaborate while you listen to their newest single, Song Of The Day recipient "What Are You Waiting For?"

Back in 2008, the girls got together with each girl having a signature characteristic that makes a girl group legendary. Mollie is gorgeous and hilarious.

Rochelle has some of the best stage presence in the business right now.

Una's songwriting ability and red hair divinity make her a worthy successor to Geri HaliwellNicola Roberts's place as the ginger goddess.

Frankie's got the moves to back up that fierceness.

And Vanessa has got some pipes that would give Christina Aguilera a run for her money.

Basically they're gorgeous, gifted, and flawless. Let's look at one last gif of their perfect hair flipping game.

But it's all about the music, isn't it? Good thing that's pretty good too. Their debut single "If This Is Love" may sound familiar but the girls turn the sample into an infectious glittery track that announced their arrival. Follow up single "Up" solidified their status as the brand new bitches in town and their first album is by far their best. JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH!

They continued their reign as pop royalty with a string of singles that included the Kelly Clarkson almost single "Forever Is Over", their introduction to clubby dance music "Notorious" and the retro referencing "Disco Love." Their discography really is astounding and The Finest Selection might be the best greatest hits album released this side of the 2010s! If you're still unconvinced, let's just look at the Saturdays best singles before the amazing "What Are You Waiting For?"

5. Not Giving Up

The Saturdays' latest single didn't make an impact on the charts that much but it is a real highlight on their newest album Living For The Weekend. The video also displays the group at their most confident on top of the positive energetic dance track, taking in their majesty as the most experienced girl group since the Aloud and Sugababes.

4. Higher (feat. Flo Rida)

Forgiving the fact that they had to team up with Flo Rida, this was the Saturdays' moment to shine and really should have been their first #1. They also lived my dream of dancing in a traffic jam, so good for you girls.

3. Work

The most underrated Saturdays song also happens to be the best song off their first album Chasing Lights. The attitude and sass from each of the girls as they tell their men to get to work is a life lesson we should all take away.

2. Gentleman

Now this was unexpected! This retro rap-pop hybrid lamenting over rude men has some of the best lines of 2013. Highlights include "I let you taste my rainbow" "He already had the milk so why would he go buy the cow?" and "if he's been cheating on me, then he'll probably cheat on you." That is lyrical gold right there. But the best part is that insane rap at the end where they basically list all the guys they want to get with. If nothing else, the girls have good taste in men (minus Kanye and Larry King). But Kellan Lutz is mine okay?

1. All Fired Up

GAMECHANGER ALERT! This song has to be the highlight of The Saturdays career as this balls to the wall raveathon went down in history as one of the top 10 moments in girlband history. Thanks to Xenomania, the girls surpassed their predecessors to finally take the lead as the best girl band in the world for a moment.

So here's to 5 years of the Saturdays helping to make pop a better place. And hopefully, there will be another 5 years together before each of the girls goes on to a fruitful solo career!

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