Nice Hits! is a Reverb column that unironically dissects, reviews, and appreciates the best songs of the current Top 40. It is unsnobbishly premised on>"/>
Nice Hits! is a Reverb column that unironically dissects, reviews, and appreciates the best songs of the current Top 40. It is unsnobbishly premised on the logic that just because a lot of the music on the radio is crap doesn't mean all the music on the radio is crap.
The hit: "C'Mon," by Ke$ha, off Warrior.
Current chart position: #24 on iTunes; #30 on Billboard Hot 100; #20 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart.
The team: Ke$ha wrote "C'Mon" with two of her most successful collaborators: Dr. Luke and Max Martin, who also co-wrote her hits "Blow" and "We R Who We R." (Dr. Luke is additionally responsible for "Tik Tok" and "Die Young"). Writing credits also go to Bonnie McKee, the former Seattleite who's co-written massive hits for Katy Perry ("Part of Me," "Wide Awake," "Teenage Dream," "California Gurls," "Last Friday Night"), Britney Spears ("Hold It Against Me"), and Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"); Henry Walter, the Canadian producer and songwriter known as Cirkut, who's worked with Britney Spears ("Seal It With a Kiss"), Marina and the Diamonds ("Primadonna"), Katy Perry ("Part of Me," "Wide Awake"), and Jessie J ("Domino"); and Benny Blanco, the 24-year-old phenom who's had a hand in such smashes as Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," Trey Songz' "Heart Attack," and Mike Posner's "Please Don't Go." Blanco, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke produced "C'Mon" along with the young Barbados producer and rapper Joseph Derivé, whose biggest credit to date is his producing work on Kanye West's "Mercy."
Breakdown: It's easier to become a Ke$ha fan if you just accept that most of her songs sound the same and are about the same thing (partying, duh). She's not a very versatile artist (at this point in her career, anyway), but what she does, she does better than most. "Die Young," the first single from her latest release, Warrior, is hellaciously catchy, but it's become such a radio smash that it's becoming a little overplayed, so it's nice that "C'Mon" has been officially released and that it's just as strong a single as its predecessor.
The brilliance of Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends" reminded us all that Ke$ha is a songwriter as well as a performer, and she's been remarkably smart about choosing her collaborators. She's experimented outside of the Top 40 zone with the Flaming Lips and Iggy Pop, but she's stuck with the producers and co-writers who helped her craft the songs that made her a star, and because of that, she and Dr. Luke and Max Martin and Benny Blanco keep churning out hit after hit after hit. She's nothing if not consistent.
"C'Mon" sticks to the Ke$ha formula of naughty-girl lyrics ("Feeling like I'm a high schooler/Sipping on a warm wine cooler") with a quick and stuttered delivery ("Causing trouble in the dark/Tr-tr-trouble in the dark") and relentlessly pulsing background synths. Its chorus steps away from the more sinister mood of "Die Young" and instead bursts with pure, infectious exuberance. Ke$ha's themes are repetitively about dancing, drinking, screwing around with your friends, but that also means that her songs are usually loaded with a sense of joy, and "C'Mon" is one of her liveliest and sunniest. There will likely come a day, maybe soon, when I'll start to expect Ke$ha to do move on and do something different. But for now I'm too busy obsessing over this awesome song.