“L’Amour Est Bleu (Love Is Blue)” by Paul Mauriat 
“L’Amour Est Bleu” first received notice as the Luxembourg entry to the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. Performed by Greek singer Vicky Leandros, the song finished fourth in the voting, a place that would normally leave it as a mere historical footnote. When French light orchestra conductor Maul Mauriat got ahold of the song, however, a surprising thing happened. Mauriat’s instrumental stormed up Billboard’s Easy Listening chart, commandeering the pop chart in the process. In fact, only one song fared better on the Billboard charts in 1968 than “Love Is Blue” and that was “Hey Jude”—the #1 song of the entire decade.
Not sure how this one slipped through the cracks. It’s old music, but I like the way it’s put together. Major Lazer’s don DJ Jillionaire joins forces with The Hype Machine to help present the Top Tracks of 2012 as part of the year-end Music Blog Zeitgeist.
For a DJ/performer, touring the world is only partly glamorous. The other part involves a lot of idle time, of which Andy Cato has endured plenty during the past 15 years while on the road for his day job (as one-half of Groove Armada). That’s where this album was born—in airport lounges, hotel rooms, planes, trains and “an array of tour buses.” It’s a vicarious trip around the world.