So the song at #3 went through a bit of a journey. Not the one I was always talking about through the voting period, but a journey nonetheless.
Top 10 was never ever in question, but barely in that Top 10 was also never a question. It sat at like #9 or #10 for most of voting, but a combination of the songs ahead of it being suddenly bombed with low scores and this staying consistent led it all the way to #2 and I was jumping for joy. A 3rd place finish is still a personal victory for me and for all of you who love the subgenre like I do.
Not bad for a song I threw in last second to makes the number match and also to rep as one the forum's biggest fans.
#3. Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song - 8.897
11 x 2 (@Aester
) <---Infinite love forever.
10 x 14 (DJHazey
, @Posh Spears
) 6 (@ohdenny
) 6.5 x 2 (@sfmartin
#17 USA // #22 UK // #16 Ireland // #18 Norway // #83 Netherlands // #65 Europe // #72 Canada
Platinum (USA) // Gold (Denmark)
I'm not going to get into their entire on-going? ddd
careers right now or I'd be here forever and also I plan to run their discography rate in some future life.
Alyson and Amanda Joy (like all their music -- #TeenPopCanBeArt2) but also teen-pop writing legends Antonina Armato and Tim James (Selena, Demi, Miley, Vanessa, etc.)
It was the opening single for their second album Insomniatic
and is easily their biggest commercial smash. It signaled the a shift from the acoustic magic of Into the Rush
to something more poppy and often darker on their sophomore effort. It's no surprise this is also the fan favorite of people who stan for the duo and also of people who just casually stopped by, grabbed this single, and said "peace out". It really does stand out from the rest of the material as probably the biggest "BAWP" persay, that's why I chose it and it alone for this rate.
Time Magazine ranked it as the 9th best song of 2007 and that's why that magazine is legendary and your favs are flops. Digital Spy sounds like one of you hipster tricks with the back handed compliment: "by Disney Channel standards at least, 'Potential Breakup Song' is fairly adventurous, riding its bassline and tango-inflected rhythm track to a chipper, synth-fueled chorus." BBC Music alludes to the fact that I might have worked their at some point: "was already introduced 'Potential Breakup Song' on Back of the Sofa Tunes pt.2
, after I bullied Steve P into listening to it until the poor lad was quite overcome by its brilliance and subsequently forced to bully Fraser into covering it."
Of course there was an edited version sent to Radio Disney where you'll find "getin' to
me" instead of "getin' me" and "without me you're gonna cry
" instead "die".
(10) - I'd actually rank this just outside the Top 5 in this rate. Don't get me wrong I absolutely stan hard for them, so I would've definitely been thrilled with them winning. I'm just glad no one came with the "are they really a girl group?" nonsense, because they still count dammit! *sobs* This is always just been a fun bop to me, of the highest order of course, but I could literally write a thesis about at least five other songs on its parent album. There's something a little retro-sounding about the foundation of the chorus and how it comes at you in waves like that can really fuck you up fast. The little stutters are still affecting to this day. They both have equal footing vocally, but it's AJ that truly shines through the chorus, with Aly providing the background support. My other favorite aspect of it all is when it shifts to "this is the potential makeup song" near the end. Yas, drag ha and then provide a little optimism afterwards you tricky little vixens!
This ranks as an easy 10 in their discography for me, but then again the following are all easy 10s for me as well. Behold: Rush, Something More, One The Ride, In A Second, I Am One Of Them, Walking On Sunshine, Chemicals React, Potential Breakup Song, Bullseye, Division, Insomniatic, Silence, Blush, I'm Here, Hothouse, Little Notes, Hole In The Earth, Today, Belong Here
At least Mollie knows who is slayin'
(7) - Song Aly’s voice is too autotuned here, I love AJ’s voice though but the song itself hasn’t aged as well as I’d hoped.
With a multiple-faceted discovery session like this, one would've expected a 10.
(8) - Good verses. Good bridge. Good chorus. Good post-chorus bit. Good middle 8. Good
Ally says this like I won't be able to get her votes when this rate comes.
(8) - Okay I was ready to go off about how I don't understand this forum's obsession with this song but teeeeeeeebs it sounds a lot better in comparison to like 80% of the songs here and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bopping. It's still a bit… messy… but in an endearing way.
(9) - That intro though. This song was my guilty pleasure as a teen.
Check out their other material it's much more mature
Baby Spice understands exactly how teen-pop got this far.
(10) - Definitely a go-to song when you need to shut the Disney pop detractors up.
Michelle was me, but the difference is I never stopped.
(10) - I was such an Aly & AJ stan, Insomniatic is a brilliant album! I hammered this song so hard, I love its groove.
At this point, Cheryl has to be used to these scenarios. Soz.
(10) - I WANT MY STUFF BACK.
(10) - I actually never really invested a lot of time and effort into getting into them, but I’m living for this song. It’s not as if I never listened to it before, but it took all these years to finally click with me. They sound atrocious during the verses, but the chorus fucking slays.
Please refer to my selections below. Thank you.
(10) - Though I did enjoy Rush and Chemicals React, I never expected Aly & AJ to deliver a bop of this caliber. It’s really fantastic and still holds up. The album is really great, and I’m hoping an eventual third one will be as good.
Yes, educate them on other potential bops, and also this was written before I PMed you the unreleased Hothouse album.
(10) - Rock Mafia and Aly & AJ have come to tear everyone’s scalp to SHREDS with the best song of the 21st century. Bury all your faves because they could never.
And yet, no 11?
(10) - This is still unbelievable. I did enjoy this song a lot when I was a kid, but now that I’m older I’m able to thoroughly appreciate how clever and amazing of a song it really is. Like… a song that pops off THIS much on Disney Channel??? I mean yeah there were a lot of bops on there but this is nothing short of iconic. I was so #blessed to grow up with stuff like this. Also, I thoroughly believe that “I want my stuff back” was originally “I want my shit back.” But like Disney etc etc. Anyway Aly & AJ are legends.
Oh I grew up with it too, just I was in my early 20s. Kii.
It has to be said: The song lived up to its name. *RUNS* (Love you)
(10) - I forgot how much fun this music video was. I was introduced to Aly & AJ by my first boyfriend and we stanned all the way and he is responsible for bringing teen pop in my life. We broke up after a year, but we are still on good grounds, so I can still unashamedly stan this, without feeling hurt or weird. A true anthem, though I am a bigger fan from 'Like Whoa'.
(11) - interestingly, my relationship was on the rocks when Insomniatic was released in the UK – this wasn't my potential breakup song, “Like it or leave it” was.
I couldn't have this comment at the end, but I'll post your song instead.
If you are wondering what the power of Insomniatic can do for people, just listen to this healtfelt connection
(10) - ABSOLUTE BOP. This song and the album it comes from have a special place in my heart. At that time, my papa had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was going through his chemotherapy. This album was a great escape from all the cancer talk. I had also not long my now husband and we both bonded over this album.
Thank you for sharing.
Three more of my absolute favorites. One from each album:
"On The Ride" -- Always my fav and shows you the kind of acoustic pieces you'll find on Into the Rush
"Silence" -- It's hard to pinpoint a fav from this album but it's probably between this and "Division". The kind of Vanessa Carlton deep-cut mood piece I was never prepared for from these girls. Still give me all the right goosebumps to this day. Yes y'all, they sleigh piano too.
"Little Notes" -- A little taste of what never got an official release. Yes, it's THAT good.