Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina
This one perplexes me. At press time, “Stereo Love” is #17 on the American Top 40, placing before Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias, and the first Euro dance song on the chart in what feels like years. Now where I can’t help but get all over-analytical is asking, “Why this one?’ It’s not a bad song, it’s actually gorgeous and instantly recognizable for its unique use of the accordion alongside Vika’s melancholy voice, trance keyboards and a dancefloor beat. It’s just that … this isn’t any better than any of the other beautiful Euro dance music out there. But for whatever reason, Edward Maya’s specific combination of elements has the power to appeal to a nation whose playlists are otherwise dominated by hip-hop, pop and dance music. I just wanna know what radio stations are playing this. “Stereo Love” currently holds the record for longest time spend on the European Hot 100 at 52 weeks since it was released in 2009. Remixes abound, the digital single including a total of 12 tracks, and a controversial cover version exists by Canadian artist Mia Martina.