BSBB Round 1: Pharrell Williams, "Happy" vs. Bastille, "Pompeii"
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Happy

Pharrell Williams

Pompeii

Bastille



KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I’d probably like “Happy” better if it wasn’t played literally everywhere in 2014. Now “Happy” is like that disgustingly gleeful friend you resent because they remind you of what a sad sack you are. But I suppose that’s not “Happy’s” fault.
My Vote: “Happy”

ERIKA RAMIREZ: While both songs strike me to dance, I have to go with Pharrell Williams, who is out here genuinely trying to make others happy. The 24-hour music video spawned remakes that brought Pharrell to tears while being interviewed by Oprah. It’s deeper than rap.
My Vote: “Happy”

JAMIESON COX: "Happy" feels like a relic at this point thanks to its omnipresence throughout the year, but I can still feel my ears pricking up when I hear it nearby, eager for its warmth and Pharrell’s buttery lead vocal. I can’t say I’ve ever been eager for any part of “Pompeii,” save maybe its ending.
My Vote: “Happy”

NICK WILLIAMS: I’ve always been a huge Pharrell (and N.E.R.D.) fan, but seeing fans from all over the world dancing along to “Happy” and that video of Pharrell crying to Oprah about the song’s influence just makes this anthem all the more inspiring. To see him dominate as a mega producer, come back with this record and literally take over the world makes me feel really hopeful about the industry.
My Vote: “Happy”

JEM ASWAD: “Happy” is last year’s “Let It Go” — obvious, insidious, undeniable and damn-near irresistible, not that I ever need to hear it again for the rest of this life or the next. “Pompeii,” on the other hand, is a nightmarish combination of Imagine Dragons and the “Lion King” soundtrack that has somehow clocked more than 150 million views on YouTube.
My Vote: “Happy”


OVERALL WINNER: “Happy”

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