Call the Shots (3:44)

Cover of Tangled Up

From Tangled Up and 20 other releases

“Call the Shots” is a song performed by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their fourth studio album Tangled Up (2007). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Inspired by an article about the advance of women in business, “Call the Shots” showed a more mature side of Girls Aloud and proved to be commercially successful upon its release in November 2007. It charted at number three in the band’s native United Kingdom, continuing Girls Aloud’s five-year streak of top ten hits, and received a silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry.

The music video was filmed in Los Angeles, California. “Call the Shots” was promoted through numerous live appearances, including a high-profile performance on The X Factor, and has since been performed on all of Girls Aloud’s subsequent concert tours. The song, described as “an elegant electro-pop ballad,” received positive reviews from most contemporary music critics. Music journalist, Peter Robinson, who runs the successful Popjustice describes the song as the “greatest pop song of the 21st century”.

Described as “an elegant electro-pop ballad delivered with a restraint and maturity to rival groups of twice their age,” the song juxtaposes guitar against an introduction and chorus heavy on synthesizer.

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