In an attempt to make up a song list for my wedding reception, I was going through all my music (English at least) to pick the best and the brightest. Just FYI, for an average 4-hour reception they recommend having 80-110 songs to play! Whoo! That is a lot of music. Luckily, I have tons of songs to choose from.
Scanning through my music brought back a lot of fond memories to me – especially when I got to Mariah Carey. The first CD I ever bought was Mariah Carey’s Daydream (back in ’95!! Holy crap!) and I seriously played the shit out of that CD. I loved every song! Classic classic album with hits like Fantasy, One Sweet Day, Always Be My Baby… sigh. I really hope that the young whippersnappers of today realize that Mariah Carey is way more than “Touch My Body” or the woman who married a guy 10 years younger than her (Nick Cannon. And they have twins now!).
Not to be panning on Mariah’s recent songs… but they just can’t compare to her classic hits from before. Although I do love “Obsessed”, partly because it’s inspired by a line from the movie “Mean Girls”! Good movie.
I think another reason why I loved her songs was also because she used impressive vocabulary (or at least it seemed that way when I was 12!). Or at least referenced things that required a little intelligence. I mean, even in “Obsessed” she talks about a Napoleon complex. A little more complex than, for example, Dev’s “Dancing in the Dark”.
A good example is my favorite song of MC ever, Breakdown ft. Bone Thugs n Harmony.
So classic, so good! The lyrics seemed very meaningful even before I even had my first breakup! And she used words such as “nonchalant” and “guise”! Okay, maybe not SAT material but I was impressed, back in the day.
And just to finish, a gorgeous cover of MC’s classic Whenever You Call, originally with Brian McKnight.
First off… I hate that new song by Jason Derulo, “Don’t Wanna Go Home”. But why, you might ask? Party beat, vapid lyrics, and mildly catchy tune = instant pop hit. But yep, I hate it, mostly because it samples from Robyn S’s “Show Me Love”, a classic from 1993 which I remember well as the background music to our aerobics class at Paerdagat Day Camp. Ahh, Paerdagat Camp!
Another reason why I hate the Jason Derulo song – stupid and vaguely offensive lyrics like:
“And this girl in my lap, passing out, she’s a blonde”
And then also… he’s taking lyrics from the BANANA BOAT SONG?! Can you GET any less original?! Augh. I just can’t stand some songs on the radio! But they keep playing over and over again….
Anyway that concludes the bashing.
Ahhh, 2NE1 is back with their latest single, aptly titled “I Am The Best“!!! Honestly I’m not a huge huge fan of the super-electro beat, but it’s still catchy and I still love ’em. And you really cannot look away from their crazy outfits, and Dara’s hair in the last part. Geez! I want Bom’s shiny leather outfit… and the dog.
Tribute post for some of my favorite 2NE1 songs!
2NE1 – It Hurts
I love this song…. slow and soulful. Plus you can really hear the girls’ voices, which is not always the case with their more ‘processed’ songs. The video is pretty interesting as usual with their MVs… Dara’s crazy frizzy hair, and I really love Bom’s hair color and her fringe umbrella. As usual… loving the style!
Live of “It Hurts” with English subtitles and romanization!
I think this really highlights all the girls’ great vocal talent… I love all their voices in this.
2NE1 – I Don’t Care
Another great slower tempo song, the lyrics are good too. Stupid boys! Great song for breaking up, cursing boys, etc. This is during their first album before they went really crazy with their style… I do like the “I don’t care eh eh eh eh” dance! They also made a terrific reggae version of this song which I love, gives it a great island feel.
2NE1 – Can’t Nobody
Wild style, all I can say. The part with CL, her pink megaphone, veiled hat and the entire crazy outfit… blows me away! I want a freaking pink megaphone!!! A very catchy song, and just FIERCE.
Honestly, I really loved 2NE1’s first album, when the songs weren’t so electronic but still very catchy and showcasing their vocal and rapping skills. I’m not sure if I’m totally loving the direction they’re going in but I’m still a big fan! Blackjacks baby!