Have you ever experienced it, when you’re having a bath/shower, minding your own business, submerging yourself in another world, daydreaming about winning the lottery when all of a sudden you hear a grotesque singing noise?
This monstrous, screeching, shrieking, shrill voice…
…and then realised it’s you?
What is it about the bathroom that makes it everyone’s X-factor stage? The privacy? The perfect environment for creating that oh-so-familiar echo we know and love? Well, whatever the reason it’s a bathroom habit we love to love. So much so, that as many as three out of five of us sing in the shower and with the average shower lasting eight minutes, that’s a whole lot of “working nine to five, what a way to make a livin’!” over and over again because you don’t know the rest of the words!
And, if at any point you doubt your singing expertise, then just remember that Paul Simon wrote the marvellous and world renowned Sound of Silence in his parents’ bathroom. In the dark.
Who knows? You might be the next one to come up with a masterpiece.
10) Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
We’ve already mentioned it so it would be rude not to include this one. 9 to 5 was released in November 1980 by Dolly Parton and appeared in a comedy of the same name. Dolly won awards for ‘Best Country Song’ and ‘Best Country Vocal Performance’ for this No. 1 smash hit. As of July 2014, the song has sold 303,511 digital copies in the UK.
9) TLC – Waterfalls
What’s a shower song countdown without a song relating to water? Although, interestingly enough Waterfalls actually concerns issues surrounding illegal drugs and the HIV epidemic. Released in May 1995, the song spent seven weeks at No. 1 and earned TLC two Grammy nominations for ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’.
8) Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
Following a bet with Murray Kaufman, who bet Bobby that he couldn’t write a song that began with the words “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath”, this song went to No. 3 on the U.S pop singles chart in 1958. In fact, it was Bobby Darin’s first hit and he was so pleased with its success that a skin condition he had suffered from, cleared up.
7) Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Well, this is a DECEMBER edition, after all.
Released as the lead single from her album, ‘Merry Christmas’ in 1994, All I Want For Christmas Is You originally peaked at No. 5 then climbed to No. 2 in the UK singles chart in 1994. In 2010, however it had spent 50 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and was named the No. 1 holiday song of the decade.
6) Wham! – Last Christmas
After a struggle for the much coveted Christmas Number One between Wham!, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Band Aid in 1984, Last Christmas only managed a peak of No. 2. However, it is the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach No. 1. The song has been covered by many artists since its release including the Arctic Monkeys, The Only Way is Essex cast and The Crazy Frog.
5) Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Originally written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, Band Aid is back and this time hopes to raise money towards the Ebola crisis in Western Africa. This line-up includes acts such as One Direction, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. There will be a number of official remixes made including ones by Underworld and Disclosure.
4) Bring Me The Horizon – Drown
This song is one for the rock lovers in us. You know who I mean; those of us who like to swing our hair around and sing into our loofah sponges. This track is brand new from Bring Me The Horizon (and the title is in no way intended to be taken literally!). Set to be released on December 7th, they are expected to headline their biggest-ever headline date at London’s Wembley Arena at the beginning of December. Their previous album, Sempiternal, won Kerrang!’s Album of the Year 2013, emphasising their recent metamorphosis.
3) Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
After the massive success of her debut single, All About That Bass, which reached number 1 on the charts across the globe including in countries such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, Trainor is now back with this punchy, catchy track. The song doesn’t currently feature on her forthcoming album however this track proves to be a very apt choice for follow-up single. Lips Are Movin highlights Trainor’s signature doo-wop sound whilst her edgy attitude shines through.
2) DubRocca ft. Paul Akister – Here For You
Played on Radio 1’s 1Xtra earlier this year, this deep house track features the vocals from recently eliminated Paul Akister of X-Factor fame. His shock departure last week prompted a huge outpouring of support, even prompting X-Factor bosses to hint at a possible return. The song has been under the radar throughout Paul’s time on the show but is now making the rounds and it’s hoped that his collaboration with house producer and DJ DubRocca secures it as a smash hit.
And The Winner Is….
1) Frozen (Idina Menzel) – Let It Go
Of course it is! The most famous song from smash hit animated film, Frozen, this song was the first song from a Disney animated musical to reach the top ten since Colours of the Wind. Described as a ‘musical epidemic sweeping the nation’, this song has not been far from the mouths of the public across the US and UK. The character that performs the song in the film, Elsa, was originally written as a villain and, in fact, the producers only rewrote Elsa after Let It Go was composed. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards in March 2014.
And there you have it!
That’s our rundown of the top 10 shower songs you should be singing this December. If you’ve got any songs you love to sing along to in the bathroom then let us know by leaving a comment below, getting in touch via Facebook or Tweeting us.