Ladies and gentlemen, introducing our No.1 pop song of 2010. Theo and Adam from Manchester duo Hurts burst onto the scene earlier this year with their rather brilliant debut single ‘Better Than Love’. With its thundering beats and electronic instrumentation, it harked back to the heady days of the 1980s British pop scene when bands like OMD, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys were all the rage.
But it was the follow-up that took our breath away. Telling the story of a man hell-bent on ending his life being saved by a woman called Suzie, the track employed the subtle tick of a metronome as percussion, before Theo popped in with some fragile vocals to tell the tale. Then… that glorious chorus.
The clip was stylishly minimalist too, with a quartet of dancers trying their hand at synchronised swimming and Theo looking pensive by the pool.
But ultimately, it was the A grade instrumentation coupled with a fab melody and a great story that turned a song that spoke of love, optimism hope into one of the classiest and most engaging pop songs we’ve heard for years.
Brilliance. It really is a ‘Wonderful Life’.