Monday, May 25, 2009

y'all don't wanna hear me, you just wanna dance

I really don't know whether this will be a shock to you or not, but I love pop music. Bring me your vapid, shallow, empty, AutoTune-soaked, emotionless masses and I will consume. Yeah, you're talking about somebody who actually got excited when Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" came on the radio yesterday - "Oh, man, haven't heard this one in ages!" - and then proceeded to get into an indepth discussion on whether the lyrics on the original (I have the CD) are actually "Shawty wanna fuck" or "Shawty wanna hump". (It is in fact "hump", and I just found myself thinking that the first verse is pretty romantic)
For awhile, I tried to deny my true feelings about pop music, but then I realized that if it makes me so happy, why fight it? Since I'm getting fully confessional on ya, I'll tell you that I have within the past hour danced to NSYNC. Will you still respect me in the morning?
Anyway, I'm going to lay on you my favourite pop songs of the 00's - and I'm talking the type of pop songs that you'd actually hear on the radio (probably fairly regularly), not just any song released by a pop artist. Sorry, Britney's "Why Should I Be Sad".


My Top 5 Favourite Pop Songs of the 00's:

5. "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown feat. T-Pain
I can never resist this one...from "Yo, this is Nappy Boy Radio live with your boy T-Pain, we love. Rap music." to "Five, four, three, zero, yeah", I'm hooked. Though, I'm obviously unimpressed by Chris Brown's recent, uh, douchebaggery, but I ain't gonna be hatin' at his anatomy - this is about the music, and most of the props must go to T-Pain. Any guy who throws a one-two "I got money on me" "Let's hit McDonald's" punch has got my interest. If he's actually got money on him, this McDonald's feast should be one of the record books indeed. Maybe he'd even spring for a milkshake...

4. "1 Thing" by Amerie
I love pretty much all things Amerie (who else would throw an Emerson, Lake and Palmer sample on a R&B joint? Nevermind that it turned out mediocre...it's the idea that counts!) but the ridiculously awesome drums are what make "1 Thing" so special. I also adore Amerie's voice - raspy-ish, but still pretty.
3. "Me & U" by Cassie
This is a tough one to explain. She can't sing. The lyrics are unspeakably stupid. The beat is generic. And yet, it's just so good. It's almost....hypnotizing in its mediocrity, but it makes me feel amazing.
2. "Promise" by Ciara
I have so much love for this song because it's so heavily Prince-influenced. The drum machine in particular makes it sound like one of those kinky little numbers he produces for his talentless protegées. Again, not a lot of vocal power here, but it's fully unnecessary - the stellar production speaks for itself.
1. "Hey Ya" by Outkast
So genius in that its both 100% a pop song and simultaneously not pop at all. Its far too unique and bizarre to be pop, but its too fun, happy and, well, pop-y to be anything but. If you haven't heard it since its assault on every kind of radio station ever faded out, give it another go - I can understand how hearing it 32353084390 per minute made you a bit tired of it, but now your brain has rested and you are ready to plunge into the magical world of Andre 3000 once more. The video is fully worth your time as well.


top 5 pop songs of the 00s
(Click on the link to hear the songs in their entirety)

21 comments:

copperoranges said...

my boyfriend LOVES "me & u" and he's done remixes of it and it's all special to us and for christmas 07 he gave a me a cd of himself singing it! it's pretty much the funniest gift ever!

also "hey ya" never got old to me! i love it.

Mimi said...

I know exactly what you mean, I try to hide the fact that I secretly love pop music.
My gay best friend and I still reminisce about our middle school and early high school days of loving and dancing to NSYNC.
This is coming from the girl that loves the classic rock and punk rock... I cant help but love it, it's so damn catchy!

LOVE your #1 pick of course, LOVE Andre ♥

xo

The Clothes Horse said...

Oh man, "Hey Ya" is still such an awesome song.

Keith said...

I love all the songs you listed. My favorite you named is your numero uno. Great tune. Have a wonderful week. Cheers!

Allison said...

Omg, Molly, these are perfectttt songs... I do think Chris Brown is a douchebag, buttttt Kiss Kiss def came out before we all knew about it, so that makes it okay right? ;)
And Hey Ya...perfectttt song for the number one spot!
I love, love, love these posts Molly. Your taste is always spot on!

Planet Mondo said...

I only knew the Outkast tune before this, some great summer listening on your list..

Jill said...

I had "Hey Ya" on my playlist last night for our BBQ Memorial Day Partay! Such a great Summer song!

Kayla Linzy said...

I'm a metal head at heart, but I still love listening to these types of songs every once in a while. Hey Ya will always be one of my favorites. (:

Kayla @ kaylalinzy.blogspot

jess said...

I still know all the words to one thing even though I haven't heard it in years. I love love love Hey Ya it never got old to me.

Eyeliah SS said...

Girl, you are now officially on my blogroll - woop!

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

I was convinced that my comment was going to be, "Whatcho talkin 'bout, Willis" 'cause I'm old like dat.

But then your #1 song Hey Ya --- I know that one, which is amazing. I even OWN the cd - which is truly a miracle.

Carlotta said...

the Hey ya video is one of my fav ever!!

Austere said...

Ah, "Hey Ya" is one of my all time favorties. It's hard to find any duos better than Outkast.

Sister Libby said...

Good on ya for owning it. I also enjoy hearing "me & u"...it's hyptonizing. I think I might pull the plug on ice cube confidential...just a small warning.

Katelin said...

i'm pretty sure i have all of these songs on my ipod, haha.

Dooder City said...

I feel like such a dork because the only one I have heard is Hey Ya. BUT I have seen photos of Cassie and she is unbelievable looking. It is funny because I can totally dig pop songs. I love 'In The Zone' with Brit and Madonna.

Sister Libby said...

yaaaaa...unfortunately. it sort of feels like i'm done. just like, the end of an era, i guess? we'll see...i'll do one last post of course.

Eva. said...

""Yo, this is Nappy Boy Radio live with your boy T-Pain, we love. Rap music."hahah and i thought only my version played that and i'd learnt it out by heart :D by the way outkast's hey ya is the best song everrr (ok not ever but you know what im saying) Let's all stop pop being a guilty pleasure!

The_Brain said...

Good top 5, I try not to judge people by their choice of music lol

this wheel's on fire said...

"Will you still respect me in the morning?"
YES!! I gotta admit I'm not a huge fan of these songs, but I love a good, bad pop song :)

Kristina x said...

"Bring me your vapid, shallow, empty, AutoTune-soaked, emotionless masses and I will consume." haha Love it!

Can Definately relate..They suck us in with the booty shakin beat..