By Chris Moore:
Every year, a significant percentage of music listeners base their playlists and knowledge of music on the tracks chosen as singles. The obvious drawback here is that these tracks are chosen based on the likelihood they will be radio hits. In short, the songs that fit the formula prescribed by the labels will be chosen, and the other – oftentimes superior – songs are left unnoticed.
Now, I understand why this is the process; I really do. Those who like albums are left to take our chances on the LPs. However, even in choosing the singles, the powers-that-be often surprise me. The following three tracks are the songs that I feel should have been the singles for their respective albums instead of the ones that were actually chosen. I’ve listed out the songs that were chosen as singles, and you’ll find that, in a couple cases, there are three songs that have been chosen over the song I feel is most single-worthy. As a final note, Colbie Caillat recently released “Brighter Than the Sun” as the second single from All of You, which leads me to believe that I’m not completely off base in my opinions.
1) “Hurts Like Heaven” – Coldplay (over ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” “Paradise,” and “Charlie Brown”)
2) “Fire Fly” – Childish Gambino (over “Bonfire,” “Heartbeat,” and “All the Shine”)
3) “Brighter Than the Sun” – Colbie Caillat (over “I Do”)