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It's time we talked about why Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love' resonated so hard with us as teenagers

It was number one in Ireland for eight weeks back in 2007.

THE YEAR IS 2007. Mary McAleese is the president, Once is in the cinema and the Port Tunnel has finally opened to much excitement and acclaim from everyone. I think I don’t really remember.

Nevertheless the most important event of 2007 was, of course, the release of ‘Bleeding Love’ by Leona Lewis.

Source: leonalewisVEVO/YouTube

For those of unfamiliar with the tune (my deepest sympathies to you), Bleeding Love was the number one song in Ireland from the 25th of October to the 20th of December. As a result, the only excuse for you not knowing the song is that you weren’t alive yet.

Anyway, why is this song so important? Well, the truth is, it isn’t but it seemed to resonate with a lot of us when it was released. In fact, it was those of us aged between 11 and 16 in 2007 who it really resonated with. Given I was 12 in 2007, I fit into this age bracket perfectly and boy oh boy was Bleeding Love the soundtrack to my many heartbreaks.

Now aged 12 I shouldn’t have been suffering too much heartbreak. I was still a fridget for Christ’s sake, I could hardly say that I was bleeding love could I?

Well my emotions had other ideas and they determined that every crush I had was actually a Romeo and Julie-esque romance and if the feelings weren’t returned, it was clearly the worst thing that ever happened in the history of romance.

I wasn’t dramatic at all.

There I was, 12 years old, lying in bed in the dark with my iPod plugged in my ears acting like I was in the music video for Bleeding Love without the cool pink bra/black dress combo.

Source: Youtube

Those were the days.

But I know I wasn’t the only one. There’s no way that ‘Bleeding Love’ stayed at number one in the charts for so long because one lonely teen in Kildare was blasting it 24/7. It was, in fact, all the lonely teenagers in Ireland who decided that Leona Lewis spoke to us more than anyone else. She understood our heartbreak at not getting the shift at the GAA or fancying someone who didn’t fancy you back. She knew what it felt like.

And so, to this day, as soon as Bleeding Love comes on Spotify, I’m taken back to my time as an over-emotional 12-year-old screaming ‘KEEP BLEEDING, KEEP, KEEP BLEEDING LOVE’ in the hope it would fix my heartbreak.

It didn’t, but hey, it’s still a banging tune right?

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