BSBB Round 2: John Legend, "All of Me" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
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All of Me

John Legend

Fancy

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX



JAMIESON COX: I really dislike “All of Me,” a song so generic and plain and dry-mouthed it’s completely devoid of any meaning. John Legend can do better! I don’t quite understand why this song became a hit. “Fancy” isn’t perfect, but I get it, at least: the simple but effective DJ Mustard knockoff beat, an unforgettable sneering hook from queen-in-waiting Charli XCX, and Iggy Azalea being smart enough not to get in the way. When I think of 2014 in music a few years from now, it’s probably the song I’ll remember, and that’s more than enough to give it a win over Legend’s bucket of lukewarm bath water.
My Vote: “Fancy”

ERIKA RAMIREZ: While Iggy Azalea took over the Hot 100 with the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy,” I can’t help but lean towards the emotional. The minute I heard “All of Me” on “Grey’s Anatomy” at the end of 2013, I was faithful to it.
My Vote: “All of Me”

NICK WILLIAMS: Everything about “Fancy” is just pop perfection — the pairing of Iggy with Charli was bold, and the song is stacked with hooks, especially in Iggy’s verses (ie “first things first I’m the realest,” “drink the liquor straight never chase that,” etc.) Also Charli has said many times in interviews that Iggy always treated it as both of their song, not just that was featured on it, which makes it a sweet lay-up for both of them.
My Vote: "Fancy"

JEM ASWAD: No matter what the style, John Legend’s songs somehow all seem to sound the same. This one owes more than a slight nod to Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” — a hell of a better lyric than “All of me loves all of you,” which kind of sums up Legend’s spectacularly bland songwriting in general. The guy is a great singer and pianist — we’ve all heard him tear up some covers — but zzzzz. “Fancy,” on the other hand, is one of the best singles of the year due mostly to Charli XCX, who, between this and her own “Break the Rules,” needs just one more high-school-themed video to make it a trifecta.
My Vote: “Fancy”

ERNEST BAKER: "Fancy" is so good that everyone hates it now. Such is the fate of most multi-week number ones, but then those songs continue to be played for decades and the backlash against them is exposed as the contrarian bullshit it was in the first place. This will be "Fancy’s” legacy. Few songs this year were better, especially not that sentimental, weeping John Legend ballad.
My Vote: “Fancy”

KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: Countless times my best friend has tried to get me to listen to “All Of Me” with the same emotional impact she does, but it’s too much of a snooze for me to conjure up any real feels. “Fancy” is no snooze. The ubiquitous Iggy hit stayed on top this year, and though I should be sick of it by now, that intro beat still gets me amped, every single damn time. Woof, girlfriend really murdered summer ’14.
My Vote: “Fancy”

JASON LIPSHUTZ: It’s easy to tear apart Iggy Azalea’s aesthetic — inauthenticity is usually at the center of such arguments — but “Fancy” is bulletproof. From the opening line on, Azalea peppers the song with the sort of lyrical eggs that a listener preserves in his or her brain forever; when I’m 95 years old and my great-grandchild asks me “Who dat? Who dat?,” I’ll still know to croak “I-G-G-Y” in response.
My Vote: “Fancy”


OVERALL WINNER: “Fancy”

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