Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My shameless love of pop music - Tia

I love pop music. Always have. I will sing into a hairbrush whilst dancing in my underwear on any given Saturday morning and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

However, in the last few years I feel like pop (along with every other genre) has taken a hit in quality. It seems like they will give ANYONE a record deal these days. So I very much like that there seems to be resurgence in good, regular, car karaoke, fun to sing along with pop music.

The following are a list of my current top 5 favorite pop songs in no particular order.

Karmin - Brokenhearted
So here's the thing: I liked Karmin from the jump. I thought their covers were super cute and really fun. But I was a little apprehensive about original material. I guess in the back of my mind I figured that the reason that they only did covers was because they either couldn't write original stuff or the stuff they wrote was pretty bad.  (Oh wait...that's me who can't write songs.)

Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Brokenhearted. Like listen to it everyday, sing it hard in the car, don't care how crazy I look to the driver in the car next to me, LOVE IT!! Plus I totally dig that Nick and Amy are a couple in real life.

The Cab - La La
Confession: I'd never heard of The Cab until a few weeks ago. My rental car had satellite radio and I was listening to the Top 20 station. This song came on and I had to pull over so that I could SoundHound it. (In case you're wondering, I pulled over to use Soundhound because even though satellite tells you the artist and song title, I wanted to make sure I had a record of the song so that I could download it immediately upon arriving at my hotel...moving on.) 

I kind of hate how catchy this song is because if I'm interpreting the lyrics correctly, he saying he'll lie to get in the girl's pants. (16 and Pregnant is real. Careful, children) But I sing this song with reckless abandon. I can't help it.

Gotye/Glee - Somebody That I Used To Know
No one can argue that "Somebody That I Used To Know" isn't a great song. So it's no surprise that I loved the song INSTANTLY upon hearing it. However, I have to be honest, I think I prefer the Glee version. (SACRILEGE, I know.) I don't dislike the original. It's not like it's a Katy Perry song (Aside: I like all of Glee's versions of Katy Perry's songs better than when Katy does them herself. I don't like her version of "Teenage Dream" AT ALL. But I LOVE (top 25 in iTunes LOVE) the Glee version.) But for some reason I like Darren Criss' vocals better. I'm be awaiting the onslaught of hate mail. Our email address is just to the right side there. 

(The Glee version is in the last Weekend Roundup.) 

The Wanted/Glee - Glad You Came
A few weeks ago I asked a friend of mine, "What is a 'One Direction'? Are they the same as a 'The Wanted'?" Yes, that is exactly how I phrased those questions. While I do love some pop music, I won't lie and say that I have my finger on the pulse of the genre. I don't usually listen to the radio unless I have satellite in my rental car. And since I'm many years removed from the target demographic of MTV Hits, I'm getting a lot of these new pop artists late. 

A friend of mine told me about The Wanted back in February when Glee covered "Glad You Came." He said my inner 14 year old would love them. But my inner tween has been on vacation for some time now. So I made a mental note, that I quickly forgot, to look up The Wanted. I mean, I had every intention of looking them up because I thoroughly enjoyed Glee's cover of their song. (That Sebastian is dancing his CW haircut off isn't he?) I honestly just never got around to it. 

But "Glad You Came" is everywhere. So eventually I did look the children up. They are precious. I would have a crush on the one who opens the song if I weren't old enough to be his mother. Bless their hearts. And while I don't understand why it takes FIVE of them to sing that one song, I'll let it go and continue to sing the mess out of the song every time it's on. (I have not yet received a One Direction, though.) 

Turn Up The Music - Chris Brown
*sigh* I always say that film is forever. You will never find a sex tape/promiscuous picture/salacious "Draw Something" photo from me. Why...because nowadays that stuff NEVER goes away. That being said, one of the reasons some people will NEVER forgive Chris Brown is because of those pictures we've all seen of Rihanna's face. It's been YEARS since I've seen those pictures but I can vividly remember what her beat up face looked like. That's not something you just forgive and forget. 

I want to believe that Chris Brown has paid his dues to society and is a better man. (I believe the former has occurred, no? He's not on probation any longer is he? I'm too lazy to Google.) But his Twitter antics, random photo posts and questionable remix partners *coughRihannacough* lead me to believe that he's still got PLENTY of growing up to do. I hope at some point he sees the error of his ways. I really do. Like him or not, you can't argue with Chris Brown's talent. "Turn Up The Music" is easily at the top of my workout mix. You can't help but get moving when this song comes on. I want and NEED Breezy to do better. I need him to man up a man. I need him to make better choices, ignore the haters and be the best Breezy that he can be. Because frankly, people are missing out on his talent and he sometimes seems to be trying his best to squander it away. 

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