We don't know much about Brooklyn-based S V Ē, other than the fact that she's responsible for one of the best pop songs of the year in 'Talking to the Walls'. Put it this way, if she follows it up with anything above a 5/10, then we suspect her status of 'lacking a manager, publicist or label' might swiftly change. In fact, it probably already has.

Instead of interviewing her (we'll save that for 2014), we asked S V Ē to provide us with her 10 favourite pop songs of all time. Let the battle, in all its unedited for enthusiasm glory, commence...

You can listen to 'Talking to the Walls' by heading here.


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Lets begin with...

#10 Roy Orbison - 'I Drove All Night'

Why it's great:

  • + His voice is butter
  • + Guitar sounds that make you swoon
  • + Sounds like a current song the Killers would write
  • + The galloping feel in the verses, melodic climb in the pre-chorus, the call and response with the lyrics "I drove all night to get to you" and the guitar riff


#9 Demi Lovato - 'Give Your Heart a Break'

Why it's great:

  • + The title itself sets you up to think it may be a "break up song" but you are pleasantly surprised to find a twist
  • + Clever word play "don't want to break your heart, wanna give your heart a break" GENIUS and adorable
  • + I am a huge fan of a double chorus at the end, but I am an even bigger fan of lyrical changes at the end of a chorus
  • + The triplets on "might make a mistake" brilliant. The overall structure and form of this song melodically is well crafted.

the addition of...

  • "Cause you've been hurt before
  • I can see it in your eyes
  • You try to smile it away, some things you can't disguise
  • Don't wanna break your heart
  • Maybe, I can ease the ache, the ache
  • So let me give your heart a break, give your heart a break"

...really seals the deal for me. BRAVOOOOOOOOO!



#8 Kelly Clarkson - 'Gone'

This is song that always get overlooked. This comes off of her Breakaway record with classics like 'Since You've Been Gone' and 'Behind These Hazel Eyes' and that beautiful ballad 'Because Of You'

Why it's great:

  • + AWESOME POP LYRICS... Kelly does an amazing job when given subjects with the "FU I'm outta here" vibe

+ Verse two throws up one of my favourite moves... melodic variation:

  • "Sometimes shattered
  • Never open
  • Nothing matters
  • When you're broken
  • That was me whenever I was with you"
  • [HERE the genius move to get you to wake up!]
  • "Always ending
  • Always over
  • Back and forth, up and down like a rollercoaster
  • I am breaking
  • That habit
  • Today"
  • + Do I even need to say it: THE BRIDGE. Aggressive lyrics with aggressive rhythms. So well done
  • + Final chorus! belting counter melodies...way to just do give it to everyone Kelly. Killer


#7 One Direction - 'More Than This'

Though 'What Makes You Beautiful' was the song that got me into them... this song: hook line sinker.

Why it's great:

  • + This song can conquer with just one instrument and a voice
  • + Melodies in the verses, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge just simply perfect
  • + Broken down solo chorus after the bridge with the power vocal belt transition into the full chorus. Class boy band move. You will notice Zane is the one to do most of the long note Bridge into Final Chorus transitions

+ LYRICS LYRICS LYRICS that make me want to cry:

  • "When he opens his arms and holds you close tonight,
  • It just won't feel right,
  • 'Cause I can love you more than this, yeah,
  • When he lays you down,
  • I might just die inside,
  • It just don't feel right,
  • 'Cause I can love you more than this,
  • Can love you more than this"


#6 Celine Dion - 'That's The Way It Is'

Why it's great:

  • + MAX MARTIN
  • + BACKGROUND 90s VOCALS
  • + MELODIC SHAPE OF THE CHORUS!!!!
  • + BRIDGE BACKGROUND VOCALS
  • + UMMM OH YEAH>>>>>>> KEY CHANGE!
  • + Not to mention this song is sung by one of the best voices to grace this planet. CELINE. You do not need to be a fan to recognize that she is a woman who works to maintain such vocal stamina, grace, and tonality. She makes it look and sound effortless


#5 Jojo - 'Too Little Too Late'

Why it's great:

  • + Great melody executed by a great vocalist
  • + HOLY HELL CHORUS LYRICS + EPIC MELODY
  • + The epic Toni Braxton "WOOO!" at the end
  • + Billy Steinberg ladies and gentlemen... Look him up. You can hear him all over this song along with Josh Alexander and Ruth Anne Cunningham


#4 Go West - 'King Of Wishful Thinking'

Why it's great:

  • + I am a big fan (if you can not already tell) of lyrics. Lyrics that are appropriate to the genre and to the subject matter, most importantly great rhymes... this may be unimpressive to some in 2013 but when it came out man was it fresh.
  • + Every time "YOU MADE HOLE IN HEART" happens... DAMN emotion!
  • + Nothing like a good fade out on the chorus... :)
  • + The production is just fun. The entire song is SOOOO FEEL GOOD even though the content focuses on the down moments of an ended relationship



#3 Britney Spears - 'Stronger'

Can't have a favourite pop songs count down without throw my ALL TIME favourite pop queen in.

Why it's great:

  • + Not in the song but the "whatever" in the music video kills me every time
  • + MAX MARTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + BACKGROUND VOCALS.... singing things all broken up "loneliness...me to no more... oooo... AAhhhh"
  • + Late 90s/early 2000s bridges for pop acts always seemed to be broken down versions of the chorus, which is essentially brilliant. Why because once that "long note" happens into the final chorus the bridge acts as a perfect counter melody. The background "gospel like" vocalist just do their thing and make the track amazing
  • + Extremely new production for its time, and started shifting the pop game
  • + Overall it's the melodies in all the sections, the use of dramatic pauses. It's just awesome


#2 Lady GaGa - 'Bad Romance'

  • + It starts with a melody that will forever be burnt into your brain
  • + "You and me can write a Bad romance" Ugh. I just love that... I can understand the artistic license used when choosing 'you and me' over 'you and I'. Though 'you and I' would be better, it does NOT sing as well as 'you and me'.
  • (I have already taken endless artistic license writing this.. I can write songs. Not essays. End of story)
  • + the production drives, but leaves for the song to shine. Cause man that chorus. THAT DAMN CHORUS. IT IS JUST STUPID HOW GOOD IT IS


#1 Heart - 'Alone'

  • + Starts with a smooth easy listening melody for the verse and pre-chorus. Oh? why is that... because it's the perfect calm before the STORM of a CHORUS
  • + BOOOM! with that drum >>>"TILL NOW" Those first two words, on those two notes. It makes the song instantly huge.
  • + "Till now i always got by on my own, i never really cared until i met you" ....that is a powerful, brave statement that some can't even bare to say 1/4 of the sentiment to the person they love. This powerful line...paired with a powerful melody = perfection
  • + "And now it chills me to the bone, how do i get you alone....how do I get you alone?" the melody on the final line of the chorus soars back down from its epic thunder completing the beautiful melodic arch.
  • + How about that Power high note in the instrumental break down. DAAAAMMMMNNNNNNN!
  • + Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly