BSBB Round 2: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"
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Classic

MKTO

Chandelier

Sia



DENISE WARNER: It’s a tough call. Sia’s video for “Chandelier” has a ‘Dance Moms’ kid as the star. But Walt from “Lost” makes up half of MKTO. Still, as catchy as “Classic” is, the trite lyrics keep it from besting Sia’s song.
My Vote: “Chandelier”

JOE LYNCH: MKTO's "Classic" doesn't quite live up to its title. It's a fun piece of pop, but will you still be playing it three years from now? Sia's "Chandelier," on the other hand, is an operatic pop epic that's so good she can get away with singing it with her back turned to the audience. It's a gem built to last.
My Vote: “Chandelier”

MAURA JOHNSTON: Situating yourself in the pantheon of classic pop artists is always tricky; MKTO, by name-checking the likes of Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye in “Classic,” place themselves squarely in the soul-pop pantheon, and their charm allows them to hang around their idols for at least the length of the song. “Chandelier,” meanwhile, is a barnburner, Sia contorting her letters so as to only let those who listen closely hear what she really has to scream about. Give MKTO a couple of years, and maybe they'll be able to hang.
My Vote: "Chandelier"

WILLIAM GRUGER: MKTO is just too corny, and I can’t stand for that bubblegum crap. “Chandelier” isn’t that much better, but at least Lena Dunham running around on TV and the little girl from the amazing video really gave this song a whole new dynamic that I can appreciate.
My Vote: “Chandelier”

ALEX GALE: Sia takes the listener on a emotional ride from towering dancehall trap to cathartic opera-pop. MKTO, however, goes from classic to slightly cloying on its breakthrough, and presumably only, hit. Especially when the rap verse comes in. Walt from Lost left the island for this?
My Vote: “Chandelier”


OVERALL WINNER: “Chandelier”

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