Dutch Group Sings Best Song in the World Today

"Fascination," an ageless pop tune by the Dutch group Alphabeat, takes Matt Martinez back to his teenage years in Superior, Ariz.

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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

So, every once in a while someone here at the BPP latches onto a song and just can't let go. Could be the melody, could be the lyrics, could be the memories the song invokes, could be old or new, could be bad sound but could be something good. It could be almost anything. One thing it surely is - it is the best song in the world today.

ALISON STEWART, host:

Today the BPP's Matt Martinez is here with his best song in the world. Hi, Matt!

MATT MARTINEZ: Hey, there. A lot of me in this hour of the show, isn't there? Goodness gracious.

MARTIN: Never enough of you, Matt.

MARTINEZ: I wonder how that happened? At first I thought I would back into this song, but I'm just going - to explain it a little bit, but I'm just going to play the first 30 seconds of my best song in the world, and explain afterward. The song is called "Fascination," by Alphabeat.

(Soundbite of song "Fascination")

ALPHABEAT: (Singing) Easy living, Killed the young dudes, In the high boots. Teenage, in the pace age, That's when love burns. Now it's your turn.

MARTINEZ: So, I heard the song on BBC's Radio One. I listen to it a lot. I record the morning show, or the "breakfast show," as they say, and I listen to it on the iPod after work, and I listen to lots of the programs. And I did a little digging and found out a little more about Alphabeat. They're Danish. They speak great English.

It turns out the song was a huge hit in Denmark last summer, and it was just released in the U.K., and they started playing this song on Radio One a couple of weeks ago. And when I heard it, it immediately transported me back to this really specific time in my life, and I couldn't figure out why, but every time I heard that opening beat...

(Soundbite of music)

MARTINEZ: Yeah, you know, it took me back to my hometown, this little town called Superior, Arizona. And actually, specifically, this after-school feeling coming home, having a snack, watching MTV or whatever cartoon was on, and I couldn't figure out, you know, what exactly was taking me to this place when I heard this song until I was listening to Radio One, and they started talking about how the beginning of this song sounded an awful lot like this song.

(Soundbite of song "Theme of DuckTales")

Mr. JEFF PESCETTO: (Singing) Life is like a hurricane Here in Duckburg...

MARTINEZ: Yeah, so the theme song to "DuckTales." I was like, huh, yeah, it does kind of sound like that, and then they pointed out that it sounds even more like the opening of "Footloose."

(Soundbite of movie "Footloose")

MARTINEZ: And, you know, I totally flipped out...

MARTIN: Totally.

MARTINEZ: Because it all clicked at that moment. The opening beat of "Fascination" so reminiscent of these two songs, songs that were ubiquitous in my elementary and junior high school days, and that's why whenever I hear this song, whenever I hear "Fascination," I'm back in Superior, Arizona, after school. It's three o'clock.

I'm on the couch in front of the TV with a bag of chips, or cookies, or whatever junk I can find, and you know, I'm still a bit amazed that songs so new can take me to such an old place. I know songs can do that, but it's so weird that it takes me to this very specific place, and it's a great thing that it happens every time I hear it. So, that's why it's the best song in the world today, and it's called "Fascination" by Alphabeat.

(Soundbite of "Fascination")

ALPHABEAT: (Singing) Easy living, Killed the young dudes, In the high boots. Teenage, in the pace age, That's when love burns, Now it's your turn.

Fascination. Fascination. It's just the way we feel. Fascination. Fascination. It's just the way we feel.

We love this exaltation. We want the new temptations. It's like a revelation. We live on fascination.

Passion, is our passion, in the moonlight, on a joyride. Easy living, killed the young dudes, in the high boots.

Fascination. Fascination. It's just the way we feel.

We love this exaltation. We want the new temptations. It's like a revelation. We live on fascination.

The word is on your lips - say the word...

STEWART: And that's the best song in the world today, provided by Matt Martinez, from Alphabeat's "Fascination," which now means that we'll go get Matt some cookies, milk. We'll all get on the rug....

MARTIN: I was just thinking that it makes me want to eat Cheetos and watch "Days of our Lives."

STEWART: And we'll watch him as he sits and listens to MTV. Matt Martinez, thank you so much.

MARTINEZ: Oh, you're very welcome.

STEWART: And thank you everybody for listening to this hour of the Bryant Park Project. You can listen anytime you want, online all day at npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Alison Stewart.

MARTIN: And I'm Rachel Martin. This is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. I'm going to dance like Molly Ringwald now.

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