Calvin Harris' Underrated Songs: Listen to 5 Best Deep Cuts
Calvin Harris might just be the biggest EDM crossover star of all time. He's made songs with the biggest pop stars on the planet. Hell, he even got engaged to one, as brief as it may have been. He might as well build an estate on top of the charts for how long he stays there, and yet there are still hits from his past that Rihanna and Ellie Goulding fans may have never heard.
In honor of his performance at Billboard Hot 100 Festival, we take a short trip down Calvin Harris' songs less traveled.
Ready for the Weekend
Before he was an A-list dating, certifiable babe monster, Harris was a dark-haired goofer swallowed by every suit he wore, but damn if he didn't know how to write a nasty hook even back then. Old school Calvin fans will always love his older, nerdy days, and this title track from his 2009 LP is a favorite for sure.
Another cut from Ready for the Weekend, “Flashback” seemed to herald the beginning of his bright future. It may have never been so big as “We Found Love,” but if you were plugged into electro house circa 2010, it was damn near inescapable.
This track from the earth-shattering 18 Months plays like an updated version of Daft Punk's “Burnin.” It's got that same lil blip and mechanical repetitiveness as the late '90s throwback. It's a gritty reminder of Harris' electronic upbringing among the shiny, high-production hits that fill the rest of the album.
Another deep cut from 18 Months, “School” takes the vibe back to good, old fashioned, straight forward funk grooves. It's the kind of sound wave a girl can get lost in for hours.
Maybe it's Francis' edgy touch or Dizzee's Jafaican jabber, but we just can't get enough of this hard jewel. It's got way more attitude than most of Calvin Harris' song catalogue, but tough looks good on him.
The first single from Motion stands stark against the rest of his bright and shiny body of work. It's grimy and dirty and weird, but it's still got that Calvin Harris melodic charm. Maybe now that the Taylor Swift romance is in the rearview, we'll see more of the musician's darker side.