Song of the Day #3,009: ‘Cheap Thrills’ – Sia feat. Sean Paul

sia_cheap_thrills‘Cheap Thrills,’ the latest from Sia, lands at #4 this week. This song was initially written for inclusion on Rihanna’s Anti but didn’t make the cut. It found a home on This is Acting, a collection of songs Sia wrote for other artists, and wound up as a hit for her.

‘Cheap Thrills’ likely would have been a hit for Rihanna as well — it’s very radio friendly — but I don’t know how well it would have fit on Anti, which largely eschews this sort of party song.

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Song of the Day #2,405: ‘Elastic Heart’ – Sia

sia_elastic_heartSia’s ‘Chandelier’ video generated some controversy from those who thought an 11-year-old girl dancing in a nude body suit was catnip for pedophiles.

That controversy died down pretty quickly, though, as people realized how friggin’ good the song was, and what a talented dancer little Maddie Ziegler was. It clearly wasn’t a stunt but a real work of art on both of their parts.

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Song of the Day #2,373: ‘Chandelier (Live)’ – Sia

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Best Songs of 2014 – #7
‘Chandelier’ – Sia

I’d never heard of Sia before discovering the provocative video for ‘Chandelier,’ in which 12-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler performs an avant garde routine wearing a flesh-colored leotard.

Some called the video a pedophile’s dream come true, but most people were just impressed by the kid’s dance moves.

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Song of the Day #2,142: ‘Chandelier’ – Sia

sia_chandelierI’ve been wanting to feature this song and video for several weeks now but I was caught up in the desert island picks.

I first discovered Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ through one of those annoying click-book Facebook posts by Huffington Post, Vulture or Slate: “You’ll be amazed by this new video by Sia!”

I hate falling for those things, but the truth is they’re often worthwhile. This one was.

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