Rising to fame in 2005 with an instant-classic No.1 single (You’re Beautiful), former British Army soldier James Blunt turned the pop world on its head by unleashing a radio-friendly vein of post-Britpop melodicism. Having sold more than 20 million records worldwide, the singer-songwriter, born on 22 February 1974, remains unfairly maligned by critics, despite attracting a cult following for his hilariously snarky Twitter account, as well as maintaining his popularity with fans by growing a respectable canon of modern pop standards. To explore why the Hampshire-born singer deserves far more kudos than he gets, here are our ten best James Blunt songs.
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10: Heart To Heart (2014)
Keen to capitalise on the success of his UK No.4 hit Bonfire Heart, the piano-based lilt of Heart To Heart was a snappy pop tune produced by Robopop, the LA-based producer responsible for Lana Del Rey’s Video Games. Stalling at No.42 in the UK, Heart To Heart is nevertheless a much-overlooked addition to James Blunt’s songwriting catalogue.
Originally, Heart To Heart co-writer Daniel Parker says the song was a lot slower, but James Blunt convinced him to raise the tempo. “It was a gloomy, cloudy day so he thought the more upbeat one would be more appropriate,” Parker said. You’d never tell how bad the weather was, as Heart To Heart’s summery melody and feel-good vibes easily makes it one of the best James Blunt songs.