BBC series about how listening to music has changed over the years
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Sound of Song - Sound of the Underground (song) - Netflix
“Sound of the Underground” is the debut single by British pop group Girls Aloud, later featured on their debut album of the same name. The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, and Niara Scarlett, and produced by Higgins and his production team Xenomania. Following Girls Aloud's formation on the ITV1 reality television show Popstars: The Rivals, “Sound of the Underground” was released just sixteen days later on 16 December 2002. Commercially, the song was an immediate success. It became the year's Christmas number one in the UK, spending four consecutive weeks atop of the charts in total. The song also reached number one in Ireland, and reached the top forty in the Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It also entered the top 100 in Brazil, France and Germany. The music video was recorded in an empty London warehouse days after Girls Aloud were formed. The song has been performed by Girls Aloud in a number of live appearances including Popstars: The Rivals and each of Girls Aloud's concert tours. Critically appreciated for its juxtaposition of surf guitar against electronic beats, “Sound of the Underground” was praised for its quality for both a girl group and a reality television act. The song was referred to as a defining moment of the decade musically, credited with reshaping British pop for the 2000s.
Sound of Song - Critical response - Netflix
“Sound of the Underground” received a positive response from most music critics. It “proved a first: it was a reality pop record that didn't make you want to do physical harm to everyone involved in its manufacture.” A review for Girls Aloud's debut album stated that the song has “become a pulsating pop classic with a modern, metallic beat, catchy chorus and just the right amount of sleaze.” The song was further described as “an enticing blend of spiky guitars and Fatboy Slim beats topped off with an irresistibly catchy chorus.” Michael Osborn said that “Sound of the Underground” offers “a fresh tune that has no intentions of following the road to seasonal schmaltzville.” An article from The Guardian called the song “an icy confection very different from the normal run of girl-band things.” “Sound of the Underground” and another Xenomania production, Sugababes' “Round Round”, have been called “two huge groundbreaking hits”, credited with reshaping British pop music for the 2000s. Peter Robinson wrote, “Instead of what would become the predictable 'victory lap' ballad, here was an upbeat attitude-soaked celebration of life, partying, and being young.” In 2003, “Sound of the Underground” was voted Best Single at the Disney Channel Kids Awards. The Telegraph placed the song at number 15 on a list of 100 songs that defined the 2000s, while NME included it at number 39. Spinner.com named “Sound of the Underground” the eighth best British song of the 2000s.
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