Which means, your winner is…
11 - @DJHazey
Our winner is “4Ever,” the lead single from The Veronicas’ debut album The Secret Life Of…
Written by The Veronicas with Dr. Luke and Max Martin, this song remains one of the band’s most commercially successful tracks, peaking at #2 on the ARIA singles chart (platinum certification) and charting in the US and across Europe.
Although I favor the original (2005) recording, the song was re-recorded in 2009 with new vocals and guitars to mimic the sound of their live performances. This re-recorded version was marked by a new video shoot and single release in the UK.
Let’s turn it over to DJHazey
, who graced this song with his 11: “There was never a doubt that this was getting my 11. Constantly catchy from the get-go. Just grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. A part of me was taken away forever and given to these girls the first time I heard "COME ON BABY WE AIN'T GONNA LIVE FOREVER..." It still electrifies me to this day.”
In addition to receiving 11s from me, Markus1981
, and DJHazey for undisputably being one of the best pop songs ever, this song was rightfully rewarded with a resounding refrain of 10s, starting with:
(10): “That chorus is glorious. I also love the middle 8 too. The production is a bit dated now but it’s still perfection especially with those ad-libs at the end. The 2009 version was a bit pointless though wasn’t it?” Indeed, pointless it was.
(10): “Perfect lead single and a contender for my 11. Just an incredible pop anthem. I’m a little sad that “4ever 2009” was just a re-recording in the vein of the original. I was hoping it would be remixed with a Hook Me Up style sound. I love the dance remixes from the Secret Life era as well.”
(10): “A timeless little anthem. Max's rawk-bawp years were actually quite amazing. The Veronicas, Kelly, Ashley Parker Angel, BSB, Ana Johnsson, P!nk, and Marion Raven all delivered some tunes under this guise.”
(10): “Completely forgotten about this. And I listening to this now and I am completely shook how I could have forgotten. This should be in my life 4ever!”
(10): “The blueprint for all fabulous pop rock songs in the mid-00s. You can’t help but belt it out. That chorus just goes so hard, I’m sad that it took Untouched’s release for me to discover this absolute gem.”
(10): “Absolutely iconic and one of Max Martin's best songs. Amazing to think they got such a brilliant song for their debut single.”
(10): “This was a song I kept hearing in the background of things, like the soundtrack to “She's the man”, which made me think “I really ought to get into the Veronicas”. Top Max Martin, and P!nk's inferior Max-recycling can go do one.”
(9.5): “They stormed in with this hit and I'm glad it was a success.”
Even our sole dissenter, VivaForever
(8) still gave this one a fairly high mark; she writes “I was aware of this at the time but wasn't really a fan... it obviously has a killer chorus, but the verses just aren't interesting and hold it back from being a classic.”
Music video (2005 version)
Music video (2009 version)
Performance at Radio 1’s Live Lounge: