Ava Max is quickly becoming the queen of giving well known melodies new purpose in her own songs. So far she used famous hooks in songs like ‘Kings & Queens’ (uses the melody of Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love A Bad Name and Bonnie Tyler’s ‘If I Was A Woman and You Were A Man’), ‘Torn’ (production seems to sample ABBA’s ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’), David Guetta collaboration ‘Let It Be Me’ (samples Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’) and one of the strongest tracks of her debut album ‘Born To The Night (uses the melody of Peter Schilling’s ‘Major Tom (Coming Home)’.
For her new single ‘My Head & My Heart’ , part of a re-release of said debut album, she interpolates the melody of Russian 90s banger ‘Pesenka’ by Ruki Vverh!, mostly known through cover ‘Around the World’ by German band ATC.
Ava Max and producers Cirkut, Jonas Blue and Earwulf used the insanely catchy melody of the euro dance classic for the verses and wrote new lyrics to it that fit perfectly. The iconic ‘la la la la’ bits follow as a post-chorus, only adding to the outrageous catchiness of it all. The chorus itself is an original and has a strong hook too and a bouncy 90s house vibe.
The track is a certified bop from start to finish with a production that properly pops to give the chorus extra oomph. Ava Max might not be the most original pop star out there, but she certainly fills a void of unapologetic, uncomplicated dance pop with killer hooks. She brings the bangers to us every single time.