YMMV / Calvin Harris

  • All-Star Cast: "18 Months" and "Motion" both feature many Europeans, as well as a couple of Americans, and quite a few Swedish/Dutch producers, such as Nicky Romero, Ummet Ozcan, Firebeatz, and Alesso.
  • Black Sheep Hit: After releasing Ready For The Weekend, Calvin took to having other artists sing for him instead of singing vocals himself. However, two of his greatest hits; Feel So Close and Summer are probably his biggest hits that he's ever achieved, despite the fact that he sings them himself.
  • Broken Base: Many parts of Calvin's fanbase prefer him more when he was a pop singer/disco producer than what he is now. People who don't know his previous work are split between thinking that he's a reliable producer who makes great dance hits, or is a generic and bland rich DJ who makes the same music over and over again.
    • The base became even worse when he started dating Taylor Swift. Many Swifties seem to think that Calvin is a very attractive and likeable guy, while others think that Taylor shouldn't waste her time on him. Him ending the relationship after 15 months didn't help.
  • Crowning Momentof Funny: Calvin Harris has been banned for life from attending any X-Factor shows, due to the fact that he came onstage with a pineapple on his head, while Jedward was performing. The spectacle was caught on live TV, and drove many Jedward fans up the wall as a result.
  • Follow the Leader: Ever since “I’m Not Alone” was released to success in the UK, it seems like a number of other songs have utilized a similar-sounding (if not the same exact) synth chord progression. “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown, "Eyes Wide Shut" by JLS, and “You Make Me Feel…” by Cobra Starship are just a few.
    • “The Rain” features a notable saxophone sample. In 2011, the saxophone seemed to have become “hip” again, as heard in songs like “The Edge of Glory” and “Hair” by Lady Gaga, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry, “In the Dark” by Dev, and “Mr. Saxobeat” by Alexandra Stan, which were all, curiously enough, released within months of each other.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Typically is associated with David Guetta, Zedd, Dillon Francis, and Taylor Swift on the radio, and the same can be said with their fandoms.
    • If you're into any type of EDM, chances are that Calvin Harris is a well-liked name for playing hits.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Calvin has been known to make some really weird Instagram posts...
    • His music video for Slow Acid is creepy as well, with a blue girl stretching and turning into some kind of ghost (which happens to be the album's artwork). It really gets you wondering about what's in Calvin's head.
  • Signature Song: Being who he is, Calvin's bound to have many signature calling cards, some of which include:
    • "We Found Love" featuring Rihanna is probably the biggest, since it's basically the track that got Calvin famous in America.
    • "Feel So Close" and "Summer", have Harris himself singing the vocals, and are the songs that prevent people from getting him confused with another artist.
    • "We'll Be Coming Back" featuring Example is also a well-known song throughout the community.
    • "How Deep Is Your Love" with Disciples, featuring (uncredited) vocals from Ina Wroldsen became a very big hit during the summer of 2015. It also helped Disciples become immensely popular in both the States, and the UK.
    • "Blame" featuring John Newman became one of the fastest chart climbers in 2014, and is well-liked throughout many clubs. It probably has the most remixes out any other one of Calvin Harris' tracks. Since Newman is very obscure compared to most of Harris' other collaborators, it is one of the songs least associated with the featured artist.
    • "Slow Acid", is very popular with underground music listeners, since it uses Acid House sounds prominently featured in the works of Richard D. James and DJ Pierre.
    • "I Need Your Love" and "Outside" both have English singer Ellie Goulding on vocals, and are considered to be some of Calvin's best works to date. The latter is even considered a masterpiece by Calvin Harris himself.
    • "Pray to God" featuring HAIM, while not as popular as his other works, still deserves some credit due to breaking a bit from the formula that Harris works with.
    • "Under Control" with Alesso featuring Hurts is also very popular in clubs and on the radio.
    • "Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo is slightly oldschool, but is also a well-known radio hit.
    • "This Is What You Came For" is Harris' biggest hit in America as a lead artists, but since its vocals are provided by his most his most famous collaborator, Rihanna, it is the song least associated with him of all his American hits.
  • Star-Making Role: Calvin was practically unknown in America until We Found Love and Feel So Close hit the charts. After that, he became the most sought-out artist that people wanted to work with.
    • His track Blame featuring English singer John Newman, was able to propel John to become famous worldwide, who had previously only been known mostly in the UK for 3 singles off of his debut album: Love Me Again, Losing Sleep, and Cheating (the former getting some minor success in America).
    • Fly Eye Records, Calvin's record label allowed BURNS and R3hab to become recognized internationally as well.
    • London trio Disciples and singer-songwriter Ina Wroldsen became much more popular after Calvin released a track with them in 2015 called How Deep Is Your Love.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Thinking About You" is similar to Avicii/Tim Berg's "Silhouette" and "Seek Bromance".
    • The guitar riffs in Pray To God are reminiscent to that of Stevie Nicks's One Winged Dove.
    • Swedish producer and fellow collaborator Alesso criticized Iron for being extremely similar to his unreleased single Clash.
  • Tear Jerker: "We'll Be Coming Back" has some melancholy lyrics. Fortunately, there's enough optimism in it to bring happy tears, too.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Despite only having 5 lines in the song, Summer makes no sense when you put it into context. Calvin himself has lampshaded this.
    • "Open Wide". The track has Big Sean rapping about his ex-wife and oral sex, and has no verses that make sense when put together.
    • This was apparently the case with We Found Love; Calvin was trying to find words that sounded good with what he had produced. This turned out to be his greatest hit of 2012.
  • What It Could Have Been: Calvin revealed on his Instagram that he was mixing Jessie J's vocals in the studio sometime around 2014/2013, implying that there would be a collaboration between them. As of March 2016, this has not been expanded upon.
    • Early in his career, Lady Gaga of all people asked Calvin if he wanted to work with her. Unfortunately due to Gaga not being quite as popular as she is now, Calvin declined the offer because he wasn't interested, and her name sounded stupid to him.
    • The beginning verse of Under Control was very different from how the final product turned out. Word of God states that Theo Hutchcraft, frontman of the english synthpop/rock duo Hurts was responsible for most of the changes provided.
    • Apparently Calvin wanted Emili Sande on 18 Months, but couldn't fit her in, due to her being on tour at the time.
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