YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)

Artist: Dead Or Alive

Genre: 80’s pop

Notable Lyrics:

If I, I get to know your name
Well if I, could trace your private number, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re lots of fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
I want some, want some

I set my sights on you
(And no one else will do)
And I, I’ve got to have my way now, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re havin’ fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out, here I come

You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round
Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round
Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round

I, I got to be your friend now, baby
And I, would like to move in just a little bit closer

If there were 2 words to sum the 80’s up, they’d be ‘fabulous’ and ‘interesting’.

Not to be confused with Florida’s track ‘you spin me right round’ (which is just a remixed version of this song), this classic tune was made famous by the hit Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore film ‘the wedding singer’. The song has further been used in several movies and T.V. shows. The band, ‘Dead or Alive’, was an English band which was formed in the high-rise of 80’s pop music. The front-man, Pete Burns, was mainly known for his eccentric outfits and his effeminate dancing style.

The 80’s had its fair share of ‘songs meant for a crush’, and this one’s quite popular in that sphere. Being one of their more popular songs, the song speaks about the desires one has for the ‘objects of their affection’ and the feelings thereby ensured. It’s an authentic 80’s tune with grooves and funk in all the right places. The 80’s style of experimenting with music videos is also quite apparent, with Burns dancing his way through your heart (and into your pants. kidding. or not.).

The song might not be desirable to everyone, owing to the coarse singing and the aged beats, but that’s therein lies the entire charm of the song. The drums, the disco themed costumes, the big hair and the shrill tunes, all form essential parts of a typical 80’s song. What’s also endearing is the blatant lyrics and Pete’s glamour, paving way for more ‘fabulousness’ than what’s usual. Be what may, this song rightfully has earned its position on the list of ‘best of 80’s’, and I’ll stand by it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAVORITE PART

Artist: Mac Miller (and Ariana Grande)

Genre: Hip-hop/soul

Notable lyrics: 

Said, you know I know who you really are, ain’t need to lie
Said, the universe couldn’t keep us apart
Why would it even try?

A few weeks ago, I played a less popular ‘pop’ song, when in the car with my mother, and she was surprised after learning that the song was a very famous artists’, because it was particularly great. When I told her that the song wasn’t all that famous, she was taken aback with the mediocrity of people’s likes and dislikes and how they want all their songs to be similar. Her argument was that ‘some people weren’t lucky enough to identify good music and appreciate them’. Now, this woman isn’t a huge fan of western music at all, but she’s got the concept of choosing great music, with some discretion right.

Speaking about the song, it isn’t all that spectacular or ostentatious, in comparison to the best songs to ever exist (I’m not talking about ‘hit me baby one more time’ for Christ’s sake). What I really appreciate is the effort to deviate from the conventions of making music video and actually produce something fairly rich, once in a while. For once, they’ve actually created a good piece for the sake of art and not business. This can create a whole revolution within the industry of ‘pop’ music. I can’t begin to explain how this particular gem can change the entire face of the music venture:                                         The song has credited 3 writers, 2 of which are the actual artists, as opposed to the 8 usual writers required to write a song. Now, the lyrics aren’t really sensational, but aren’t as bland or gaudy as the rest of mainstream pop songs. The setting is very intimate and the lyrics are well-crafted accordingly. Kudos to that. Moreover, the background music, even if electrically produced, isn’t too clumsy. As a matter of fact, it is a rather alluring tune and the music video has been designed appropriately. The aesthetics of the music video and the color tones are particularly pleasing. There isn’t any nudity or unsettling content in the music video, which works out all too well for me and most people (don’t mistake me for a prude, but some pop music videos are highly explicit. After all, sex sells). The best and the most evident part is the lack of voice manipulation of any kind. Every emotion, every imperfection, has been delivered the way it is, the way it’s meant to be. To be fair, it’s too good a ‘pop’ or hip-hop song to be true.

I wouldn’t really credit Ariana here because a few incoherent mumbles and giggles won’t make a song. However, I really appreciate Mac Miller in the song, he’s simply proficient in this particular song. The R&B aspect of the entire song is ridiculously magnificent. If this is post-modern jazz, I’m definitely impressed.

Just when you think things couldn’t get any better, the live performance proved it wrong. The jazz instrumentals are mind-blowing. Accurate, professional and seductive, the perfect song for a night-ride. So much talent has been used up in the song, it’s actually unthinkable of a proper ‘pop’ song. Now, here’s the sad part: the music video has only 37 million views and that’s a tiny amount when compared to most pop songs. The YouTube section is filled with comments related to their break-up and what not. Why does their relationship matter so much to you? Just enjoy the good music and forget everything else. If you can’t identify a gem when you come across one, you’re doing everything wrong.

KISS ME

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Genre: Soft pop

Notable lyrics:

My heart’s against your chest,

your lips pressed to my neck,

I’ve fallen for your eyes but

They don’t know me yet.

(I would’ve uploaded the original video but it was just an adult couple being cute and I didn’t quite feel the correlation; the song is more of teenage romance-oriented)

Oh, our beloved Ed with his cheesier-than-a-vineyard-cheesery songs. This one, however, is unlike any of his corny love songs. In fact, the stripped down, barely there feeling adds a certain vulnerability to this lovely tune. Arising from some of his earlier brilliant works, this song has failed to garner much popularity, which I quite can’t comprehend.

The perfect song for high school sweethearts to be wrapped in each other all the while falling deeply in love for the absolute silliest reasons is so heart-wrenchingly beautiful; It takes you back to when there might have been a possibility of something glittery and warm. Young love, so awkward and enchanting. There’s nothing quite like your first time being in love (god she’s gotten corny) I know, I’ll stop. What upsets me, however, is that the song took 4 people to writee, which seems redundant but hey, the outcome’s not clumsy at all.

This song is perfect while talking a stroll along a sunset-layered road or when the rain pours heavily or just about any other time or place (try to avoid playing this at a funeral, unless you’ve actually kissed them). There’s only the tune of the guitar whose strum pattern sounds easily like a heart-beat and some heavy whisper-singing at particular places. The odd intimacy prevails along the entire length of the song and momentarily wraps you in a warm, safe blanket, which is the absolute best feeling in the world. The passionate singing further enthralls you, swooping your heart off the floor and leaves you wanting to play it over and over again; that’s what a good love song should be capable of doing. Mr. Ginger happens to have a soul, after all.

CAMEO LOVER

 Artist: Kimbra

Genre: Indie pop

Notable lyrics:

I’ve got high hopes baby, but all you do is take me
Down to depths that I never knew
You’ve got two arms baby, they’re all tangled in ladies
As the black skies posing blue
Let go of your mother and turn to your brother
Not a long gone lover’s noose

Kimbra? rings a bell? ‘isn’t she that chick from that weirdly amazing song with the body paint and everything?’ Yes, this is the same Kimbra of the ‘somebody that I used to know‘ fame. and yes, she’s covered with body paint in that album cover, again.

Kimbra with her Zooey Deschanel- pre fame Katy Perry realness, her decisively hollow but gratifying voice, bizarre haircut and quirky moves with equally quirky music videos writes this song to bring color into the life of her potential, indecisive lover who only keeps making appearances in her life because he’s so wrapped up in his own problems that he can’t even spell happiness, let alone return her affections. in an effort to pursue him, Kimbra offers to help him deal with his struggles and soothe his somewhat wounded soul. well, gotta love Kimbra.

The song is seemingly happy but it really isn’t all that merry. add a sad tune and you’ve got a depressing one-hit wonder. there’s something about Kimbra and her innate obsession with making the impossible look easy: creating happy sad songs. definitely is a complex challenge, that one is. The song simply revolves around a depressed individual (who everyone usually wants to offer comfort) or a ‘bad boy’ who manages to sweep Kimbra off her feet. being aware of his state, Kimbra, like every other good girl (I’m kidding, can’t be too sure about this) wants to woo him and make his world a better place by turning his skies blue and such specifics. on a journey to win his heart over by creating a colorful environment, she manages to capture all our attentions too! don’t believe me? read the YouTube comments below her music videos.

With one of the most different voices in the industry, Kimbra manages to employ it in a very appealing manner. most of her videos are sweet as candy, unnecessarily vivid and vibrant (I’m not complaining *heart eyes emoji*). Her endearing, feminine appearance makes her stand out among the rest of the “edgy” (basic is the word I intended to use) female pop singers. After all, nobody wants to go back to the 2010’s, do they? But Kimbra manages to pull it off so well, with her floppy raven hair and girly face. Also, how quirky are her dance moves? Gotta love Kimbra, again.

 

SHE IS LOVE (ACOUSTIC)

Artist: Parachute

Genre: Soft rock

Notable lyrics: Cuz when the world slows down, dear

and those stars burn out here,

oh she’ll be here, yes she’ll be here.

they call her love, love, love love love

she is love, she is all I need.

Here’s an original quote (of the day): ‘pain comes from a place deeper than love does’ and trust me folks, no one knows it better than I do now.

Parachute, a less heard-of pop/punk rock band, releases this beautiful, intricate track in 2009, one of the best of its kind. the song slowly takes us through a timeline of our own experiences where, even if for a fraction of a second, you find it relatable. maybe your sister? a parent or a lover? a dedicated and a loyal friend? versatility is what makes an excellent song and a less popular boy band brings us that. in conclusion, never underestimate the talent of a home-grown boy band for it all probably started in a garage. nothing bad ever comes out of a garage (except pests, but that’s your problem).

I don’t wanna stray off topic so here’s the anatomy of the song: a melodious, soulful track made beautiful only with a guitar and a little bit of dedication, feelings and a person behind the song in your mind. the guitar tune can be easily mastered but I’ll tell you what can’t be: the message and the meaning, ever so intimate to the singer only. from what I can determine, the song was probably a little experiment to woo a high school sweetheart but instead developed into an artwork of the most exquisite kind. the best part is where the lead singer goes ‘when the worrrrrrld slooooooows dooooooown dear’ in an absurdly delicate and leisurely manner, giving the song its eccentricity and melliflous disposition.

Here’s the back story of how this personal favorite came to me – a friend of mine told me about how she was serenaded to this song, by the fire and I had to find out what made her talk about it so tenderly. Beautiful how songs can capture an essential moment virtually and can take us to the exact place and time whenever you listen to it, like a surreal poem with a fragile meaning behind every word and a memory that clings to every rise and fall of the singer’s voice.

 

 

 

 

 

RUNAWAY

Artist: AURORA

Genre: Pop

Notable Lyrics: 

I was listening to the ocean
I saw a face in the sand
But when I picked it up
Then it vanished away from my hands
I had a dream I was seven
Climbing my way in a tree
I saw a piece of heaven
Waiting, impatient, for me

And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
Nobody knows, nobody knows
And I was dancing in the rain
I felt alive and I can’t complain
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I can’t take it anymore

I was painting a picture
The picture was a painting of you
And for a moment I thought you were here
But then again, it wasn’t true
And all this time I have been lying
Oh, lying in secret to myself
I’ve been putting sorrow on the farthest place on my shelf

And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
Nobody knows, nobody knows
And I was dancing in the rain
I felt alive and I can’t complain
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go
Now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go
Now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I can’t take it anymore

But I kept running for a soft place to fall
And I kept running for a soft place to fall

And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go
Now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go

Now take me home, home where I belong

I can’t take it anymore

You’ve probably heard of this new-in-town singer, AURORA, anytime in the past few days. who exactly is she? here’s a brief introduction: Aurora Aksnes is an enthusiastic white-haired 19-year-old Norwegian “pop” star with an angelic voice and an angelic appearance, especially when pertaining to her abstruse obsession with neutral (mainly ivory-white) colors. If I may, I’d refer to her as the Bjork of Norway.

This song, unbeknownst to me, wrapped my heart around its fingers and I ceased to let worldly problems engulf me as a whole. I know I’m not being professional now but I can’t help enunciating its potential and sorcery which will work its way through your soul and sit with you through misty days and star-less nights. it’s not about anything ‘deep’ in particular. but nothings hits you with a feeling of nostalgia and home-sickness quite like this song does; at least for me. The composition is very intelligent and heavy-bodied, especially with the audacity of AURORA’s voice. there’s nothing quite like her voice, yet it reminds you of the feeling you get when your carefully implanted memories are being played in front of your eyes. the song has been smartly made artistic, like it hasn’t been written but painted. it’s not really a love song but you’re bound fall in love with every second of it.

Despite being a “pop star”, she’s nothing like one. why? because unlike a myriad other pop stars, Aurora writes her own songs (with a little help from her friend/s), sings her own tunes without heavy manipulation, doesn’t feel the necessity to use racy visuals to attract attention and doesn’t sing about sensitive subjects (such as sex, politics or any other indications of it). In this modern age of blatant vulgarity and heavy use of mixed art (with technology), AURORA really manages to stand out as a to-be prodigy. is it because she hails from a less heard-of country where the struggle to achieve fame and success in the popular countries are more prevalent, or because she really does have a knack for musical progress?

Whatever be it, AURORA really has captured the undivided attention of a reasonable sum of people and will continue to do so, if the genre of pop music wasn’t being exploited like it is now.

 

 

 

 

 

SHE WILL BE LOVED

Artist: Maroon V

Genre: Pop (fairly)

Notable lyrics:

Beauty queen of only eighteen she
Had some trouble with herself
He was always there to help her, she
Always belonged to someone else

I drove for miles and miles and wound up
At your door
I’ve had you so many times but somehow I want more

I don’t mind spendin’ everyday
Out on your corner in the pourin’ rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved, and she will be loved

Tap on my window, knock on my door, I
Want to make you feel beautiful
I know I tend to get so insecure
It doesn’t matter anymore

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along yeah
My heart is full, and my door’s always open
You can come anytime you want yeah

I don’t mind spendin’ everyday
Out on your corner in the pourin’ rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved, and she will be loved
And she will be loved, and she will be loved

I know where you hide alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all
Comes back and makes me catch her every time she
Falls

Yeah, tap on my window, knock on my door, I
Want to make you feel beautiful

I don’t mind spendin’ everyday
Out on your corner in the pourin’ rain oh
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved, and she will be loved
And she will be loved, and she will be loved

I know this is a quite popular song and I know it has paved its way into about a million playlists, world-wide. this song might mean different to all of them; to me, it means a whole chapter of my life – a fairly important chapter.

This song speaks of insecurity and how a loved one can help you deal with it. this song has always been there for me on a rainy day, had my back when my best-friend told me he was affectionate about me but I didn’t reciprocate his feelings, when I was half in love with my former best friend (who no longer talks to me because we’ve both got egos the size of Mt. Everest) and when my life still continues after a significant loss.

This isn’t a gimmick to earn more followers, but a shared secret with people I don’t know.  I’m not all that comfortable about sharing this, but I can’t hold it in any longer. I won’t be promoting this post at places my closest friends are active on. if they happen to stumble across this, ‘now you know’.

I sent this song to the former best friend every time I could, so he’ll discover the under lying meaning. I unintentionally sung this song to him, every time I did. I found a new meaning within the song when I first felt the butterflies flutter. it was the first real and meaningful sense of endearment; it was the closest thing to love I’ve ever felt. unfortunately, we had a rather cinematic fall out and no cinematic getting-back together. he was either unaware of my devotion or pretended to be so. I’m not very hurt, i’ve made sure i won’t be. change is the only permanent thing and I know that. at least now all the songs about heart-break make sense and I don’t feel less included. this song just makes more sense now.

That’s a heavy load off my chest. now, about the configuration of the song, it’s a remarkable master-piece that will definitely deserve its rightful place in the music hall of fame. with the tastefully written ‘genius lyrics’ (with a little help from his fiends), this song was the face of ‘that cool new band in town’. Adam Levine was truly determined about making excellent music, about 12 years ago.

This whole album ‘songs about Jane’, is a blessing, I must say. the acoustic guitars and soulful pop gives the band a homely, neighbourly feeling. this song revolves around a young girl’s insecurity and her beau’s hard-set ambition to make her feel beautiful. it is the kind of fairy tale people unknowingly seek after. amidst all the cloudy feelings of resentment and agony, true love is what shines the brightest. I wonder what happened to Mr. Levine that he decided to conform to the conventions of making music in this decade. was it the loss of his heart or his guts? maybe he should make a song about that and win our hearts all over again.