Saturday, September 10, 2011

One Week of Pop

I'm not one to listen to pop music much. At least not beyond what I hear on singing competition shows like American Idol and The Voice. But a few weeks ago, my friend Cat challenged me by saying pop music today is actually very good. So, trusting my buddy, I took a week and listened. Honestly.

I found a local Top 40 station. I have to say I'm mystified by that moniker. They didn't play 40 songs at all. More like 10. OK, 20. But still...that's not very many. And I have to say, some of the songs I enjoyed. The first 10 times I heard them. Now most of them annoy me. Here's a list:

"I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears: It's got a good beat and you can dance to it. LOL! Seriously, though, it's catchy. I can see why people like it. Definitely dance-able. Definitely (unfortunately) gets stuck in my head. But there's nothing original or inspiring...just fluffy. Nothing wrong with fluff.

"Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People: I really liked the sound and the groove of this one. Kinda reminded me of Mott the Hoople. But then I listened carefully to the lyrics...really? "All the little kids with their pumped up kicks better run, better run; faster than my bullet..." OMG. Such innocuous instrumentation with scary lyrics. Weird.

"The Edge of Glory" by Lady GaGa: I kinda like Lady GaGa, actually. I think her new album has quite a variety. This song, though, is weak. Sounds like a poor facsimile of the 80's to me.

"Good Life" by One Republic: This is a new song? I swear I've heard it before. Is it a cover? I don't think so. On a commercial? Probably. In any case, I tired of it quickly.

"Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry: I kinda like Katy Perry, actually. LOL. But this one...I mean, the subject matter is sort of...well, I'm all for free speech and all, but...I would hope that my daughter (if I had one) would aspire to more wholesome fun.

"Mr. Saxobeat" by Alexandra Stan: All I can think of is Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" and Taco's version of "Puttin' on the Ritz". Not just done before, but overdone, and redone before.

"I'm Into You" by Jennifer Lopez: This one, I really like, and happily, it wasn't quite as heavily rotated.

"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO: The song is cheesy, but the story behind it is hysterical. Good for LMFAO! I hope they don't go the one-hit-wonder route, but I have a strong suspicion they will.

"If I Die Young" by The Band Perry: What sad lyrics...but what amazing song writing. I hope they make a huge splash.

"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5: I had first heard this song on the TV show "The Voice", and I liked it. I didn't want to like it long-term, but I think I might. Especially after seeing the clever video. This is quality stuff.

"Rolling in the Deep" by Adele: Now, this is what I'm talking about. Finally! Brilliant, different sound. Inspired me to buy her whole album on iTunes. I'm a fan. I wish all pop music could be this unique and well-done.

"Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj: If I never hear this song again, it will be too soon. But then, I guess sometimes we all just need to dance....

1 comment:

Food Czar said...

Well, you gave it a go, but it sounds like a no go for your go go!
(Hey, that's not bad...sort of....)