BSBB Round 1: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando"

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CHRIS PAYNE: I love catchy songwriting, but there comes a time when your musicology skews too close to advertising jingle instead of pop song. That’s been my beef with “Classic,” in addition to having the lyric, “I wanna do ya like Michael” — how did no one tell those guys, “No, hold up, that’s kinda creepy, bad vibes”? On the other hand, I could certainly do with more Sean Paul on pop radio. Gimmie the hooks, Enrique.




My Vote: "Bailando"
MEAGHAN GARVEY: It’s hard to vote against “Bailando,” a breezy, unassuming reggaeton crossover, and one of a handful of promising examples of Spanish language releases getting much-deserved attention on American airwaves this year. It’s especially hard to vote against “Bailando” when the opponent is a smarmy, faux-retro duo of fratboys-next-door who invoke MJ and Prince but evoke the Lifetime biopic version of Maroon 5.




My Vote: "Bailando"
MYLES TANZER: "Classic" sounds like the climax to a Disney Channel Original Movie and it isn't apologizing for it. That corny rap verse is just begging to be performed by the lovable best friend. But that little piano part that hovers in the chorus and comes back at the end of the song is disgustingly good. "Bailando" is a fine Enrique Iglesias song, but it doesn't give me the same levels of silly joy that "Classic" does.



My Vote: “Classic”
ERIN STRECKER: Sounding like a throwback Jackson 5 hit, I can’t help but dance the second I hear the opening chords of “Classic” – and that always deserves to be rewarded.



My Vote: “Classic”
STEVEN J. HOROWITZ: “Classic” may be one of the most musically trite singles this year, replete with shameful name-checking, but at least it isn’t “Bailando.



My Vote: “Classic”
OVERALL WINNER:


“Classic”
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