Singles of the year: #23

23. It Hurts – Lena Philipsson.

1999: Comedy – Shack
1994: Supersonic – Oasis
1989: Me Myself & I – De La Soul

Following Pay TV, The Concretes and Alcazar, Lena Philipsson becomes the fourth (*) Swedish act (**) to make my Hot Ninety, with a cheeky ode to taking it up the jacksie that stormed last year’s Eurovision in Istanbul. (OK, it actually came sixth. But for anyone who saw just how suggestively Lena worked that giant microphone stand, it was a moment to treasure.)

(*) But will she be the last? Eh? Eh?

(**) And there have also been two entries by Annie, from Norway, which is sort of Sweden isn’t it?

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