That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere.

Pepsi Chart 2003

Release Date: October 28th, 2002

Track List:

Disc 1:

1. One Love – Blue
2. Just A Little – Liberty X
3. Me Julie – Ali G and Shaggy
4. Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield
5. The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling) – Atomic Kitten
6. What You Got – ABS
7. Freak Like Me – Sugababes
8. Overprotected – Britney Spears
9. When You Look At Me – Christina Milian
10. Feel It Boy – Beenie Man feat. Janet
11. Romeo Dunn – Romeo
12. Fly By – Blue
13. It’s OK – Atomic Kitten
14. Love At First Sight – Kylie Minogue
15. Asereje – Girlzz
16. The Logical Song – Scooter
17. Shooting Star – Flip and Fill
18. Something – Lasgo
19. Walk On Water – Milk Inc
20. Tell It To My Heart – Kelly Llorenna
21. Forever – N-Trance
22. Shake Ur Body – Shy FX and T-Power feat. Di
23. In and Out – 3rd Edge

Disc 2:

1. Little by Little – Oasis
2. Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott – Hero
3. Flowers In The Window – Travis
4. Imagine – Eva Cassidy
5. We Are All Made Of Stars – Moby
6. It’s Written In The Stars – Paul Weller
7. You Were Right – Badly Drawn Boy
8. There Goes The Fear – Doves
9. Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
10. Lazy -X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne
11. Days Go By – Dirty Vegas
12. Dove (I’ll Be Loving You) – Moony
13. It Just Wont Do – Tim Deluxe feat. Sam Obernik
14. Shiny Disco Balls – Who Da Funk feat. Jessica Eve
15. Bunsen Burner – John Otway
16. Girl All The Bad Guys Want – Bowling For Soup
17. Come Back Around – Feeder
18. Grace – Supergrass
19. How You remind Me – Nickelback

Review

As I was thinking back to songs I used to listen to, and struggling with what I could write for my next That’s My Jam piece, I suddenly remembered an album that I had listened to almost constantly as a youngster. This was Pepsi Chart 2003, an album that compiled the UK’s Top 40 of the year in one album sponsored by Coca Cola’s enemy brand. This was however the very last album by Pepsi Chart, as Pepsi had terminated their sponsorship with the radio show that aired these Top 40 songs, and so the show became known as Hit40UK afterwards.

The album itself is one I remember fondly; upon seeing the track list again, I started to hum most of the tunes and sing along to the lyrics without the music, because I know them so well. To say that I looped this CD to death is an understatement, because I did know a good chunk of the songs off by heart as a kid. I adored most of these songs, at least the ones on Disc 1, and would dance around my bedroom belting my little heart out with no care in the world… ah, the memories!

Looking back at the CD, I still think most of Disc 1’s songs are as great as they were when I was younger. Songs like The Logical Song, Shooting Star, The Tide is High, When You Look at Me and Tell it to my Heart are some tracks that I would still listen to, because they left such a great impression on me as a kid; but songs like Just a Little Bit, which I generally didn’t like when I was younger, is a song that has grown on me more as I’ve gotten older… of course, I still dislike other songs on the track list, most that I have not listed, because I just find them awful… however a great deal of Disc 1 was, for me, amazing whenever I listened to them.

The songs were very catchy, it’s undeniable, but listening to them once again has made me realise just how slow the backing track can be on a few of the songs that I remembered being so upbeat and fun. I guess they don’t have the same effect on me now that I listen to more cutesy, energetic pop music from Japan, or I just came to realise that the songs aren’t as bouncy as I thought they were… but I can’t help but note that these songs aren’t as crazy as I thought they were in terms of pace back when I was about 10 years old.

Disc 2 is harder to talk about… mostly because I barely listened to it. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I only ever listened to that CD when I wanted to hear the song Lazy, because it was the only song I truly liked on the entire track list from Disc 2. I genuinely don’t remember any of the songs on Disc 2, none of them strike a chord in my mind, though I admit that Little by Little is one I know of, but that’s an amazing song anyway. (why it was on Disc 2 is beyond me… it deserves a Disc 1 place) But yeah… Disc 2 is one that I have a very vague opinion about, mostly because I never listened to it, and when I did, it was for one song and one song alone.

Pepsi Chart 2003 was a fun album to own as a kid, because it had a lot of music variety on it that, as a child, I enjoyed and thought was amazing and fun. This CD brought a lot of joy, mad dancing and singing to my bedroom, and it helped to develop my music tastes a little bit. It had variety, it had a ton of music on it, and it was a good CD when it came out… now though? Well, I would listen to it again if I ever found it, but the songs aren’t as fun and energetic as I remember them to be. But I do remember those lyrics!