Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Best Of Sugababes

Girl groups have been changing their personel since the beginning of time (or, at least, the rock era) but British trio Sugababes took it to a whole new level with their constantly evolving line-up.

And now, the original group - Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy - have reunited. Not as Sugababes, since a completely different set of singers (Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah, Jade Ewen) still comprise that group (in theory anyway), but as Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

Original Sugababes line-up: Keisha, Siobhan, Mutya

New music is imminent, but there's no better time to look back over the best tracks by my favourite act of the 2000s. Here are my top 10 Sugababes singles...


1 EASY
Sugababes version 3: Keisha, Heidi, Amelle
Album: Overloaded: The Singles Colection
Year: 2006
Not one of their best known songs, this new track for the group's greatest hits album was co-written with members of pop/rock band Orson and was my favourite song by any artist for the year.




2 HOLE IN THE HEAD
Sugababes version 2: Mutya, Keisha, Heidi
Album: Three
Year: 2003
The first single from the group's third album shot straight to number one to give them their third UK chart-topper, and it also wound up as my favourite song for 2003.





3 ROUND ROUND
Sugababes version 2: Mutya, Keisha, Heidi
Album: Angels With Dirty Faces
Year: 2002
Proving the revamped version of Sugababes was back to stay, this track gave the girls their second UK number 1 in a row.





4 FREAK LIKE ME
Sugababes version 2: Mutya, Keisha, Heidi
Album: Angels With Dirty Faces
Year: 2002
The song that resurrected the group after Siobhan's dramatic departure and the loss of their original record deal was an inspired mash-up of Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" and Tubeway Army's "Are 'Friends' Electric?", and was only recorded by Sugababes when producer Richard X couldn't get clearance for the original vocals.





5 RUN FOR COVER
Sugababes version 1: Siobhan, Mutya, Keisha
Album: One Touch
Year: 2001
The third single by Sugababes was a modest success in the UK (it got to number 13) but for me, it was the highlight of their fantastic debut album.





6 ABOUT YOU NOW
Sugababes version 3: Keisha, Heidi, Amelle
Album: Change
Year: 2007
Their best-selling single in the UK so far was another number 1 for them there, but is, to date, their last song to hit the top.




7  FREEDOM
Sugababes version 4: Heidi, Amelle, Jade
Album: single release only
Year: 2011
And this is where it all went wrong (although "Get Sexy" might actually be to blame for that). Intended as the first single from album number eight, "Freedom" instead ended up being made available as a free download and was therefore ineligible to chart. It's still a great song and suggested the latest incarnation of the group might have had some life left in them.




8 IN THE MIDDLE
Sugababes version 2: Mutya, Keisha, Heidi
Album: Three
Year: 2004
The third single from Three came out in the middle of an uninterrupted run of top 10 hits that ran from 2003 to 2006.





9 RED DRESS
Sugababes version 3: Keisha, Heidi, Amelle
Album: Taller In More Ways
Year: 2006
They had bigger hits from their fourth album, but this single was the one that appealed most to me.





10 TOO LOST IN YOU
Sugababes version 2: Mutya, Keisha, Heidi
Album: Three
Year: 2003

Just beating "Stronger" and "Follow Me Home" to become my favourite of the group's big ballads, this was written by big ballad expert Diane Warren.





So there you have it, my favourite singles by Sugababes so far (although if I was listing my favourite songs overall, excellent album track "Ace Reject" would also get a look in).

I'm intrigued to see what Mutya Keisha Siobhan will come up with musically and just as interested to see if Sugababes version 4 will ever release another song again!


6 comments:

  1. I'm excited about the news of the original crew recording together again. Sugababes were easily my favourite girl group of the 2000s with Bardot as a distant second. Here's my Top 10 singles of theirs...

    1. Hole in the Head (2003)
    2. Red Dress (2006)
    3. Run for Cover (2001)
    4. Round Round (2002)
    5. Stronger (2003)
    6. In the Middle (2004)
    7. Push the Button (2005)
    8. Too Lost in You (2004)
    9. Ugly (2006)
    10. Overload (2001)

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    1. Girls Aloud were my not-so-distant second. Stronger and Overload were the next two on my list.

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  2. I love Heidi Range and don't care about another group members.

    My top 40 songs:
    1. Change Your Wicked Ways [Heidi Range's solo]
    2. Sometimes
    3. Denial
    4. Stronger
    5. Follow Me Home
    6. Caught In A Moment
    7. Little Miss Perfect
    8. Too Lost In You
    9. Easy
    10. Change
    11. Nothing's As Good As You
    12. Can We Call A Truce
    13. Shape
    14. Mended By You
    15. In The Middle
    16. Walk This Way
    17. Push The Button
    18. Wear My Kiss
    19. Back When
    20. Sound Of Goodbye
    21. Good To Be Gone
    22. Sweet & Amazing
    23. Every Heart Broken
    24. Surprise
    25. No Can Do
    26. Freedom
    27. Bruised
    28. Red Dress
    29. Angels With Dirty Faces
    30. About You Now
    31. Side Chick
    32. Sunday Rain
    33. Undignified
    34. You On A Good Day
    35. Never Gonna Dance Again
    36. Obsession
    37. My Love Is Pink
    38. Open The Door
    39. Thank You For The Heartbreak
    40. About A Girl

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    1. You wouldn't be related to Heidi would you (or is it a coincidence)? I love My Love Is Pink and You On A Good Day!

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  3. Good list. The first one 'Easy' doesn't work though. Keep 'em comin. Finn.

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    1. Thanks - have updated the Easy links.

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