Okay, this whole business of sticking a score to something like SingStar is getting a little ridiculous, donâ€™t you think? New features are added every now and again, sure, but by and large, every iteration is identical except for the collection of around 30 songs on the disc. And when it comes to the song lineup, you either like it or you donâ€™t â€” itâ€™s not up to me to decide your musical taste for you. But oh boy, if it was, weâ€™d be drowning in Bruce Springsteen, Queen, and Leonard Cohen, I can tell you.
As a side note, can you imagine SingStar Leonard Cohen? Now thereâ€™s a party starter.
However! You are here to read about SingStar Chart Hits, the latest in a long, long line of SingStar titles. As you can guess, this oneâ€™s focused on super-popular pop songs from the last few years, so Lady Gaga mixes it up with the likes of The Pussycat Dolls, Nelly Furtado, and Mika. There are a smattering of older hits as well, the most incongruous of which is probably Wolfmother.
And in actual fact, there is some useful information I can impart about it beyond the songs, and thatâ€™s how fun the songs are to actually play. I mean, I like U2, but songs like â€śVertigoâ€ť and â€śBeautiful Dayâ€ť are boring as all heck to sing along to. So the standouts for me ended up being songs like Wes Carrâ€™s â€śFeels Like Woahâ€ť (in spite of that truly terrible title), OneRepublicâ€™s â€śAll the Right Movesâ€ť, the Lady Gaga songs, and Ben Leeâ€™s â€śCatch My Diseaseâ€ť. I might have felt hideously dirty after singing all those songs, but they are a good fit for SingStar. And in the best tradition of SingStar collections, I can guarantee youâ€™ll know many more of the songs than you think you do.
Oh, and sorry Lucy, but â€śJai Ho!â€ť just kinda feltâ€¦ average to sing. Please donâ€™t beat me.
As is the (unfortunate) norm these days, the PS2 version come with five fewer songs. Why is this, Sony? In any case, hereâ€™s the tracklist:
â€˘ 3Oh!3 - Donâ€™t Trust Me
â€˘ Michael BublĂ©,- Havenâ€™t Met You Yet
â€˘ A.R. Rahman feat. The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
â€˘ Mika - We Are Golden
â€˘ Alex Lloyd, Amazing
â€˘ Milli Vanilli - Blame it on the Rain
â€˘ Ben Lee - Catch My Disease
â€˘ Natalie Bassingthwaighe - Alive
â€˘ Colbie Caillat - Fallinâ€™ For You
â€˘ Nelly Furtado - Turn off the Light
â€˘ Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
â€˘ Pixie Lott - Boys and Girls
â€˘ George Michael - Outside
â€˘ The Presets - This Boys in Love
â€˘ Guy Sebastian feat. Jordin Sparks - Art of Love
â€˘ The Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
â€˘ Kate Miller Heike - The Last Day on Earth
â€˘ Vanessa Amorosi - This is Who I Am
â€˘ La Roux - Bullet Proof
â€˘ Vitamin C - Friends for Ever
â€˘ Lady GaGa - Poker Face
â€˘ Wes Carr - Feels Like Woah
â€˘ The Last Goodnight - Pictures of You
â€˘ Wolfmother - New Moon Rising
â€˘ The Living End - White Noise
And these are the extra tracks for the PS3 version:
â€˘ Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
â€˘ OneRepublic - All the Right Moves
â€˘ The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
â€˘ Wes Carr - Yeah
â€˘ Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Someday Soon
And thatâ€™s really all I can say about SingStar Chart Hits. Itâ€™s a fun collection of songs if your music taste swings that way. If youâ€™re like me, of course, itâ€™ll just leave you wishing every darn pop artist on the planet (or, more accurately, their songwriters) could actually write decent lyrics. Seriously, Leonard Cohen needs to set up a boot camp for this sort of thing.