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What are the worst songs?

vathek's recent FPP about a truly, truly awful song made me wonder: What are the worst songs ever recorded? What songs are legendary for their mediocrity? I'm familiar with "Friday" but that's about where my expertise here ends. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jul 5, 2014 - 87 answers

French music recommendations needed!

Hi! I'm traveling to a french immersion program this summer for 5 weeks. Nothing but French everything is allowed...even music. Anyone have some recommendations for great french music (with lyrics)? I've listened to Yelle, and have exhausted my Carla Bruni playlist. All genres are welcomed, but I'd especially love some contemporary stuff! Merci!
posted by LemonGardot on Jun 24, 2014 - 53 answers

Chilled Out pop songs for a summer mix.

I'm looking for pop songs -- dance or hip-hop -- that have the same kind of chilled out almost-but-not-quite-90s-euro-house vibe as Ne-Yo - Closer, Jhene Aiko - The Worst. The songs should have kind of a relaxed vocal, washed out synths, subtle guitar and/or piano, and an easy groove. I'm especially looking for songs from the past 5 years. (and not Daft Punk).
posted by empath on May 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Help Identifying a Song!

I'm looking for help identifying a song I heard earlier today. I don't have a lot to go on -- I only heard the last 30 seconds or so on the radio at a store. It was jangly and reminiscent of the Susanna Hoffs / Matthew Sweet cover albums. It sounded like a woman and a man harmonizing (but could possibly have been two women) and was upbeat. The last line ended with something like "...to make up for all you left behind", and the song ended abruptly with no fade out.
posted by Blue Jello Elf on May 18, 2014 - 1 answer

What happened to music recording dates?

Being a fan of music, I've noticed most pop and rock from the 1960s and 1970s often carried a recording date of each song in the liner notes. For instance, Elton John's Tiny Dancer shows a recording date of 9 August 1971. However I almost never see music from 1980 onward carrying any recording dates at all (with a few exceptions such as Prince and Tom Petty's material). Is this information actually printed somewhere in the trade publications, or is it simply not tracked anymore by most studios?
posted by crapmatic on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Summer jamz for 2014

Last year around this time misskaz asked this question that resulted in a Summer Jamz 2013 playlist that was SO AWESOME that it changed my life. Can we do it again? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Apr 29, 2014 - 33 answers

Help me identify an indie rock/pop song with two female vocalists.

Heard the song in a restaurant and liked it, but don't have a copy of Shazam. Here's what I could hear / learned: [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me identify this song based on the melody

What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
posted by flod logic on Mar 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Here we are now, emulators

What are some successful songs that were attempts to write a song like another band? For example, Kurt Cobain was trying to sound like Pixies with "Smells like Teen Spirit" and The Offspring's "All I Want" was an attempt at a Bad Religion song.
posted by michaelh on Mar 3, 2014 - 48 answers

Give me some easy songs for kids with no music training

I am part of a group of university-age music students who are volunteering at our local Boys and Girls Club to run a music playing-and-teaching program. I'm looking for easy pop songs that kids ages 9-15 would enjoy singing or playing along to on drums or guitar. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper on Feb 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Help with my NYE playlist: poppy, top-40-ish

We're throwing a house party tomorrow, and I'm looking for a painless way to get some top-40-ish best-of-2013 music playing all night. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Dec 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Good pop music internet radio

I listen a lot to Radio Paradise for a nice general music radio station but since I stopped driving I've been missing the trashy top 20 radio. Of course I could stream one of those stations on the computer, but listening to that many adds would seem silly. Pandora is fine, but it tends to be too limited in its scope. So does anyone know a good, human curated radio station that mixes in all of the new pop music?
posted by Buckt on Oct 27, 2013 - 4 answers

very, very difficult, and very, very fun

What's the most virtuosic catchy music you know? Or, alternatively, what's the catchiest virtuoso music you know? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 1, 2013 - 97 answers

Sad Bastard Music?

I'm looking for some new suggestions for good sad bastard music - that is, stuff that can leave you nice and melancholy when it's late at night and you want to feel comfortably down & depressed. To frame this a little I should note that Nick Drake, The Softies, early-period Belle & Sebastian, and The Mountain Goats have been go-to choices in the past. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 26, 2013 - 76 answers

Pop duets for alto and soprano?

A song came up on shuffle for me the other day (We Had It Right, by Nellie McKay and kd lang) and listening to it I think the thing I really enjoy about is the interplay between the alto and soprano voices of the singers. Anyone else know of any other pop music duets that share this characteristic? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for suggestions for [definition inside] karaoke songs!

There are, of course, many ways to define "awesome" when it comes to karaoke, but here are some of the key attributes we're looking for: [more inside]
posted by mccn on Aug 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Looking for stripped down versions of pop and rock songs

I recently have become very fond of some vocal track only versions of pop and rock songs that someone had reversed engineered from DVDs and posted online, and I would like to find more music like this. [more inside]
posted by jb on Jun 15, 2013 - 12 answers

In need of awesome flute solos.

What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Need some great Summer 2013 songs for a playlist

I'm making a Summer Jamz 2k13 playlist for a few BBQs I'll be hosting this month, and I'm looking for more songs to add to the rotation. Despite my best efforts I'm a little out of both the indie/hipster loop and the R&B/rap/pop sensation loop, so I'm turning to you for help. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on May 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Ethereal yet poppy electronic music?

Looking for more ethereal electronic (is that even what the kids call it these days?) music with a certain feeling to it - sort of happy, sort of sad, slightly otherworldly, all blending to create a dreamy, transcendant feeling. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Apr 25, 2013 - 52 answers

How can I become a better piano player?

I really enjoy playing piano as a hobby. I've played in worship bands for 3 different churches, and played in a few local bands as well with live gigs. But I don't think I'm very good, and I'm not sure how to improve. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Apr 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Sample in Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris vs Hotline Miami

What's the origin of this sample from Sweet Nothing? Is it original to the song? I swear it sounds so much like something from the soundtrack of Hotline Miami. Is there a name for this type of beat/sound?
posted by gzimmer on Feb 7, 2013 - 1 answer

Songs with a global consciousness

I wanted to pick the hive mind a bit with regards to Music that deals with global issues. My Daughter is working on a great project about modern songs that would have stories about problems in the world. The first thing I could think of was We are the World but well that just doesn't do it for her (or me really). She had some more criteria as we walked through what she would like... [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Jan 12, 2013 - 50 answers

Le Pop Super-Bon!

Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant? Like Yelle (particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

cover version... where did u go?

looking for a cover version...? [more inside]
posted by swindlehorne on Dec 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Chinese music

Chinese pop music question. What is the background music in this video? It doesn't identify in Shazam or SoundHound. I looked through 50 pages of the YouTube comments and it's all a lot of arguing about HAARP and ice crystals, so I guess I'll need some help from Chinese MeFites. Thanks.
posted by crapmatic on Oct 25, 2012 - 2 answers

This sound is coming like a ghost sound.

What do the cool dead kids listen to? I'm looking for vintage spooky pop with a particular flavor: that sparse, echo-y Day-O/Ghost Town mournful message from beyond-the-grave sound. With a beat. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Best Music Writing 2012

What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 16, 2012 - 7 answers

More videos like Gangnam Style?

I'm finding myself quite happily drawn to the Gangnam Style video. Can you point me towards the best dance/pop/crazy dance videos NOT from the U.S.?
posted by agregoli on Sep 29, 2012 - 49 answers

Music lost in translation.

Are there music blogs or Internet radio stations that feature links to reasonably recent English-language pop tracks re-recorded by foreign artists in their native tongue for those foreign markets? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Sep 1, 2012 - 1 answer

The loose translation must have lost her...

What are some good examples of popular English songs translated into another language? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Aug 30, 2012 - 55 answers

Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah! Cheerleader/Marching Band Inspired Pop?

Turns out I really like to exercise to cheerleader/chanting/marching type pop songs. Can anyone recommend songs with that same kind of chorus/chanting and beat that isn't actually marching band music? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 23, 2012 - 60 answers

play it again

Identify a song from half-remembered lyrics [more inside]
posted by spork on Jul 9, 2012 - 1 answer

Indie pop female vocalists

I'm really liking female indie-pop vocalists right now (Kimba, Florence Welch, Adele, Marina + the Diamonds). Who else should I listen to? Sorry, I hate Kate Bush.
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 26, 2012 - 69 answers

We're gonna write! Cite! And write again!

Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Retro pop suggestions?

I'm looking for recommendations of poppy jazz or maybe jazzy pop sort of (kind of) similar to older Hey Ocean! stuff. [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Apr 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Because if the Eagles done with Flamenco is good, Simon and Garfunkel must be great.

I want more spanish guitar covers of popular american songs. Give them to me. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Database of pop chord changes?

Source for machine-readable lists of chord progressions of popular songs? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Feb 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Songs like Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)

Please recommend songs like Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) the 2010 FIFA World Cup song [more inside]
posted by apcmwh on Feb 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Dance party USA teeny bopper type ish?

Looking for a source for DJ dance mixes that lean toward the indie rock/pop side of the spectrum but don't neglect radio dance-pop. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 22, 2011 - 4 answers

I'll take Poorly Remembered Bands for 200, Alex

I'm trying to remember the name of a band. They make slow, trippy, synth-y pop songs that are almost ambient. I'm pretty sure they have a silly multi-word name, along the lines of Neutral Milk Hotel or Natural Snow buildings, though it isn't either of those. I remember getting a distinctly hippy/granola vibe from their album art and song titles. They're recent, from the 2000s. That's all I can remember. I lost my whole music library a while ago and their name has been on the tip of my tongue for months.
posted by Rinku on Nov 13, 2011 - 43 answers

Giving you the future hits today.

I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Bands or song titles with the them of the ten commandments?

Pub quiz music question setting. Bands or song titles with the theme of the ten commandments? [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Oct 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Musical Mashed Potatoes!

Looking for some great music mashups! [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 17, 2011 - 20 answers

DA-DA-DA da-da-da da-da-da da-da-da

Name that song! Instrumental. Very recent. Overheard on the radio and in stores/restaurants where they typically play indie/alt rock. Bouncy. Very strong bassline. Kinda reminds me of Air. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Aug 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs!

Find me offbeat wonky pop in the vein of W H O K I L L by tUnE-yArDs! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jul 27, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me identify this song... Pet Sounds + Joni Mitchell = ?

Help me find a song! It was on Sirius radio on July 23, between 10am and 3pm mountain time. It was a female singer singing over what sounded like a very Pet Sounds-like arrangement. She sounded like Joni Mitchell to me. (Maybe it was Joni Mitchell!) The song also sounded very familiar. I thought it was Both Siders, Now, but I listened to that song again and that's just guitar. This song sounded just a little more upbeat, more poppy, but equally as beautiful. Any ideas?
posted by ageispolis on Jul 26, 2011 - 6 answers

One-man band wannabe!

Help learning pop music arrangement for piano? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

seeking the playlist of a compilation cassette

Can someone locate the complete playlist of a cassette that was included with the purchase of a Mercury Marquis station wagon in 1984? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jul 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Summer Music Pop Extragavanza.

I'm looking to expand my "happy music" collection for summer. I'm thinking pop music that is fun to sing along to and scream that is catchy as hell. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lakerk on May 23, 2011 - 37 answers

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