First Hit #1: July 9, 2011
When a song is a big pile of contributors, it becomes a question of who exactly was responsible for the song’s success. Ne-yo’s got the hook, and his contribution makes up both the majority of the song and the bit that’s going to be pulled out by any DJs putting this into their nightly mix. Afrojack’s beat is a versatile bit of EDM that can be placed basically anywhere in a DJ’s mix – this is a song about clubbing and a song designed specifically to be played in clubs as much as possible, and one can tell that it’s put together for the express purpose of being able to get cut up and placed within all manner of long-form mixes. Next down the line is Pitbull. It’s on his album, and he does give the world a really awkward mixed metaphor involving Kodak – which did not benefit significantly in association with the song, as it was bankrupt early the next year – and some rap verses that don’t really sound great until he stops shouting a bit. Finally, in last place is Nayer, who just has a backing vocal that’s needed, but maybe not what made the song popular.
It’s otherwise some end of the world clubbing, which sounds better now than it did in the context of the time largely because the compressed timeline means it wasn’t that long ago I had to deal with the will.i.am, and everyone here is putting in way more effort than that guy ever did. It’s a bug dumb club song, but as such things go, there are worse big dumb club songs.