UPDATE (March 15, 2010 1:05 PM PST):
The results are in, and you chose "Needle and Haystack Life" as the next single!
Go here for a recap post that I wrote up.
Hey friends. We're going to try to do more polls, more often; hopefully you all like it. So, for this week's poll, which you can find on the sidebar, the question is: "What should the next single off of 'Hello Hurricane' be?"
Now, I'm going to give some of my thoughts, so if you want to be unbiased, make sure you cast your vote FIRST before you read further.
So, first off, I'd like to say that "Mess of Me" has had a great run so far. It's made a slow (and I mean SLOW) ascension to Billboard's Alternative elite. It finished at No. 13 on last week's survey and was one of the fastest growing songs last week. Some interesting things to note about "Mess of Me," as it concludes its 20th week on the charts:
- "Meant to Live" was No. 7 in it's 20th week on the chart.
- "Dare You to Move" was No. 17 in it's 20th week on the chart (and already on its way down)
- "Stars" only reached No. 16 on the chart.
- Anberlin's "Feel Good Drag," in it's 20th week, was also No. 13. As many of you know, it went on to reach the No. 1 slot on the chart!
So that all to say, "Mess of Me" has had a pretty decent run so far, and if it faded away from this point on, we can still call it a successful single at the end of the day. Hopefully, though, with our continued efforts in voting for the video on FUSE and rating the song on ratethemusic.com, as well as the strong airplay on MTV2, the single is far from finished.
But it's always fun to look ahead and speculate, so this is what the current poll is all about. Personally, I think "Needle and Haystack Life" would be the perfect follow up single, and will truly be the big hit this album needs. It's highly accessible with a catchy hook, tons of melody, and is coupled with more universal and identifiable lyrics than "Mess of Me." It has enough guitar crunch to be a strong hit on Alternative radio as well, but there is definitely more crossover potential into the Hot AC/Pop markets. While it would be a rather safe single, it's definitely the one a lot of reviewers and casual listeners have referred to as their favorites off the record.
Then after this, I'd say "Your Love Is a Song" would be the hammer that brings this record home. While it very could be the band's next "Dare You to Move," it'd be better to release this one after "Needle," because it would be a little odd to put out a ballad right after one of the band's fiercest rockers in "Mess of Me." I can see "Your Love Is a Song" smashing through Hot AC radio, with potential towards getting airplay on some pop stations as well.
Anyways, I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts, so comment below and let's discuss this!