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#1 Single of the Week – “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

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This week’s number one is an anthemic pop tune called ‘Fight Song’ by Rachel Platten. Released on the 21st August, ‘Fight Song’ is the American singers first number one hit in the UK.

‘Fight Song’ has been well received by the public due to the meaning behind the lyrics, which were written about her experiences in the music industry.

“’Fight Song’ was inspired by a lot of experiences that were hurting me and that were making me feel like maybe I didn’t have a chance in this industry,” she said. “I wrote it because I needed to remind myself that I believed in myself. No matter what, I still was gonna make music, even if it was on a small scale. Even if it was just for me.” – vh1

It’s a strong track; it’s one that people can relate to and feel empowered by, however, I think musically it’s very standard. The chorus, although lyrically empowering, is very weak. It doesn’t give that punch that you’d expect from an anthemic song.  As a whole the song is very straightforward, there’s nothing in the dynamics to lift certain sections and make them stand out. Yes the chorus builds from a single piano into a more instrumentally filled chorus, but there’s no lift, it’s all very straightforward.

I can see how it got to number one; reading through reviews and comments, the song has really connected with people and I’m glad there is a song out there that can help support people through their various struggles. At 34, Platten has struggled to succeed in the industry, and now that she’s writing more personally I think she may continue to do very well.

I give this song a 2.5 out of 5 – The song has done well and it resonated among many. I’m looking forward to hear her future releases.

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