First Hit #1: March 11, 2006
A Craigslist missed connection of a song, You’re Beautiful is somewhat refreshing, but it’s not very exciting. It’s almost a throwback, a ballad that is the very definition of timeless since it could fit in pretty much era you can think of with minimal modification. Timeless, of course, doesn’t mean amazing, it just means it has a quality that can’t be tied to a specific era. If Blunt had not existed until today, his song would be just as appropriate, and it could be released in the mid-80s without any big changes. Which isn’t to say I love it, it’s just a simple ballad that stands out because it was released in the same year as Grillz and could not be more different. Hell, after a string of ballads it might even be unbearable, since it is so simple and slight, and Blunt’s voice would probably grate if it wasn’t relatively unique in context. But at the time and place, it works as something as a palette cleanse. It’s simple, direct, and owes very little to the various trends of the decade. Charts run in cycles, and at a certain point we hit a level of saturation where trends and hits start to run together, and it’s songs like this which exist to keep the chart from getting too saturated, since it is so far from the trends of the day.