First Hit #1: February 28, 2009
As big dumb dance music, there are few better places to start than Dead or Alive, and even if Flo Rida’s interpretation sounds largely like a misremembered lyric, it still works in his own song, which is actually a surprisingly great piece of dance music. Sure the lyrics aren’t anything special – mostly about how much money Flo Rida is spending – but they’re delivered rapidly enough to work, because it’s connected to a propulsive, synth-based beat that goes between relentlessly pushing forward and breaking down on the chorus – which features an uncredited Kesha pulling out a star performance. It’s best not to think about it too hard, but it’s actually a pretty decent bit of synth-driven dance pop, enlivening what could have been a pretty rote record with some quality performance and composition. It’s not quite a song that sticks, but I’m always a bit happy to hear it.