In honour of the 6 month anniversary of this blog (a project I consider an integral part of my achievements in 2010) and a new year, here are MY Top 5 best (least annoying), worst (most annoying), or most memorable (or, um, "most weird") songs of 2010! P.S. This thorough review is also dedicated to my loyal fans and haters who may laugh with - or at me - for my (hopefully) entertaining comments and useful insights. Enjoy :) I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with prosperity, love, and good health. Thanks, everyone!
TOP 5 BEST
1. "Airplanes" (PART 2 ONLY) - BOB featuring Hayley Williams and Eminem
This may be BOB's song, but Eminem's highly anticipated resurrection and guest appearance just somehow default Part 1 to pale in comparison. As inspirational as it is passionate, this piece's rappers both reminiscence back to their pasts of poverty and loss of hope where they may still reside if they didn't follow their dreams, but again, Eminem wins us with his most promising verse of all: "Pretend he even had a friend to say was his friend...He wasn't socially awkward and estranged as a kid. He had a father, and his mother wasn't crazy as SH#!..." Eminem proves he still speaks with raw honesty in songs like "Love the Way You Lie" - where he collaborates with Rihanna on depicting the typical love/hate relationship inside a relationship involving domestic violence - and in this next song, which makes my list...
2. "Forever"- Drake, Lil' Wayne, Eminem, and Kanye West
4 rap powerhouses join forces singing - and rapping - on how they "just want this SH#! forever." It's arguable as to what this song is REALLY about, as many factors come into play regarding the true fruits of global domination. But when once-newcomer and now-overnight success, Toronto/Canada-bred Drake coins the phrase "Last name EVER, first name GREATEST," you know this song foreshadows one of the best hip hop music teams of all time: not just with Drake but with Lil' Wayne (Drake's sidekick who's famous for his sexually explicit lyrics in songs like "Lollipop" and a favourite of many mainstream urban duets like alongside Nicki Minaj and TPain, just to name a few), Kanye West (who's notorious for his scandalous verbal assaults and feuds against Taylor Swift and George Bush), and Eminem (who they had to beg to help them with this song and finally gave it a chance).
3. "Life After You" - Daughtry
I chose this as my #3 for no specific or special reason, other than that just because I love Daughtry and have a *tiny* crush on their heart-moving rhythms and romantic lyrics. Sacrifice their pride in convincing that "there's no life after you" (or you) - or any life worth living, an empty life worth remembering - without that special someone. Of course, I imagine "you" means "me" whenever I listen to this song, which brings back good and bad memories - or "what-if" hypothetical ones - where I see myself being seen by my many failed love pursuits, infatuations, or "friends" I've been through this year. But, enough about me; moving on :)
4. "Just A Dream" - Nelly
After (was it 5, 10 years?) of musical silence in the industry, Nelly also makes his comeback with his now overplayed hit single "Just A Dream" (which is less annoying than most overplayed songs, I have to admit). Nelly usually strives for more dance-y, upbeat tunes yet still succeeds in complimenting his raspy voice and casual ad libs with this softer song and theme about losing someone and letting go; repeating the thought process and hallucinations responsible for human insanity and mental deterioration required in missing him or her: "I was THINKING about her, THINKING about me, THINKING about us, what we're gunna be. Open my eyes, and it's only just a dream..."
5. "Live Like We're Dying" - Kris Allen
Now, I'm not sure if this Kris guy has any other songs (perhaps he's just a one-hit wonder), but his non-superficial lyrics and sing-along pop-rock beat here shouldn't fall under that same cliche category of cheesy, horrible songs. This song has a message, a meaning - the same one as Carpe Diem "Seize The Day," but only better and more specific: "We only got ? seconds in a day, to turn it all around and throw it all away.."
TOP 5 WORST
1. "Smile" - Justin Bieber
As much as 13-year-old girls shriek, hyperventilate, and break restraining order laws to touch or breathe on him, let's say it altogether now: "Justin Bieber is sooo oversold." He now has a line of barbie dolls, lunchboxes, and condoms (yes, I said condoms - I must be missing something else?!) to promote his Beatles-mocking fame even more. In his 2010 smash hit "Smile," Justin sings "you smile, I smile" (how original). In his debut single "One Time," he was merely a prepubescent 15-year-old boy from Stratford, Ontario who wooed over girls with lyrics like "your world is my world, and my fight is your fight, and my breath is your breath." This is the same guy who suggests in his second hit "One Last Lonely Girl" that a girl would "pack up her bags and leave," because, you know, no one under the age of 5 (sorry, 18) doesn't need a letter of permission or parent to leave the country. It's called "running away," Justin. But, oooh, now, he's flaunting a deeper voice and interest in porn, which can lead to a sexier, more mature persona. See you in the next 2 years, fellow Biebers.
2. "Fireflies" - Owl City
This song (and attaching music video) was created for 2-year-olds who need lullabies to soothe them to sleep. I decided :)
3. "Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
I think this guy was on crack when he wrote this song, which explains his arrest for coke possession. Actually, I was thinking to his crack in this song. Come on, who has "hair that falls perfectly without her trying" and "eyes that make the stars look like they're not shining?" Crack! When you're on it! I especially confirmed my belief in his lack of geniality in his songs, when "Grenade" came out - until I heard the lyrics. Of course, then I thought it was a publicity stunt. Thanks, Jersey Shore.
4. "Telephone" by Lady GaGa featuring Beyonce
A pair, because they're both arguably the most iconic, richest artists in the world right now? Sure. A pair, because they match in vocal skill and visual style in dressing themselves and killing people for no apparent reason? Not so much.
5. "California Girls" - Katy Perry
Nice functional bra, Katy? Is this Candyland or Planet Mars? Oh Snoop Dogg, how much I love you - but why are you here?