Our Weekly Ten: 10 Hey Songs

22/04/2013 20:30

Hey guys! Hey! It seems we got overwhelmed by this simple word. But isn’t the real beauty hidden in the simplest things? While listening to my favourite song of the week, it occurred to me I could come up with a list of the best songs with this viral interjection playing the main role. So hey! Enjoy!


10. Hey Ya by OutKast

We’ll begin with something really fresh to cheer us up. Do you remember the band Outkast? Although I can personally recall only three of their songs, they won 6 Grammy Awards during their career! Unfortunately, they broke up and worked solo for some time. In any case we are all thankful for their Hey song. Hey, what’s cooler than being cool?


9. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's

Hey there Delilah is another Grammy award song and the best known one by Plain White T’s. Or the only one known? Isn’t it sometimes enough for the band to have only one hit? At least for me, in times when most singers are either yelling or the whole songs are accompanied by techno sounds, this song is a great balancer.


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8. Hey Mama by The Black Eyed Peas

Yeah, that is what I was talking about... still, we can’t deny that it was a moderate hit in 2004. Moreover, the song appeared in the movie Garfield, and this lazy cat along with a stray dog Odie performed an unforgettable dance. Appearing in a movie like that is a great honour. And we should not forget that they helped spread the booty-shake dance. Actually, it seems that it is almost impossible to imagine our lives without the song!


7. Hey Jude by The Beatles

Well, now back to normal again. This classic Beatles’ ballad is exceptional not only for its brilliance but also because of its length. More than seven minutes long, at the time of its release this song was the longest single ever to top the British charts. But you can also take advantage of it. These long songs are great when you are in a pub with a jukebox and don’t want to listen to songs chosen by the others. Or you can try it with November Rain.


6. Hey Soul Sister by Train

This is something more contemporary. The song Hey Soul Sister by Train was the second overall best-selling song in the US in 2010. It seems that these Hey songs are quite successful. It’s high time we chalked this up to experience. To all songwriters: if you want to be successful, just use Hey in your songs.


5. Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

OK, I know that Hey didn’t make it to the title of the song, but in my defence I must say that it is a very important part of the chorus. And we should appreciate the creativeness in the band’s title. Of Monsters and Men, doesn’t it ring a bell?


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4. Hey Good Lookin by Hank Williams

I must confess that with this song I just ran out of ideas - I wouldn’t recommend listening to the whole song if you are not a fan of country music. I just liked the verse: “Hey, hey, good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’? How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me?” It is just great how men tried to attract women back in 1951. Thanks for fun, Mr. Williams.


3. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House

Although I think this song is a classic, I’ve never realized it is performed by an Australian / New Zealand band. And guess what, it became the band’s biggest international hit and in 2001 it was even announced the second best New Zealand song. “Hey now, hey now. Don’t dreaaam it’s oveeer...” We have two more songs on the list.


2. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne

Hey, hey, you, you I don’t like your girlfriend...” It is certainly a little bit rude to yell at boys like that, but it seems Avril Lavigne can afford it. Girlfriend was the top selling song of 2007, but what is maybe more interesting, Avril was sued because of its resemblance to I wanna be your boyfriend by Rubinoos. It seems one must be also careful with Hey songs.


1. Ho Hey by The Lumineers

And finally, we are getting to my favourite song - Ho Hey by The Lumineers. Compared with Hey Jude, it is quite short and simple, and maybe that is why it is so great. Fraites, one of the band members, sums it up as follows: "We’re not reinventing the wheel or doing anything that different, the songs are super simple. The ideas themselves are very simple ideas. Anyone who can play an instrument can play a Lumineers song. I think there’s a certain cinematic aspect of our music that I really like."


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Now it’s really over. Keep on singing our Top Ten Hey songs and enjoy the spring sunbeams!


Zuzana Servanská