Review: “Number One Fan” — MUNA

Tackling self-doubt can be a taxing venture, and few know that better than queer people. “Number One Fan,” the new single by MUNA — a band comprised of three queer women — and first taste of their forthcoming sophomore record, Saves the World, is about the feeling after you’ve conquered the voices in your head. Backed by shuffling synths and bright percussion, lead singer Katie Gavin’s deep, monotonous voice cuts through the melancholy and accepts herself in the self-help track.

Self-deprecation leads the song, opening with the sarcastic line “so I heard the bad news/nobody likes me and I’m gonna die alone.” After admonishing the comparison culture that was borne out of social media in the rest of the verse, Gavin reads into her own hype as she propels herself into the chorus: “I’m your number one fan/so iconic, like, big, like, stan/I would give my life just to hold you hand.” Speaking to herself for the rest of the track, the singer explains that she’s “coming for everyone” and asks if she’ll stand by her convictions when times are hard. She decides she will before launching into the final explosive chorus, making “Number One Fan” one of MUNA’s most infectious songs so far.

Rating: 4/5

A music business student with a passion for writing about music almost as intense as his desire to curate it.

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