I've noticed that in some contemporary pop, especially songs drawing inspiration from hip-hop, have a chanted syllable on the off-beats that sounds like "ayy" or "eh". For example - 0:31 in "Fancy", 0:40 in "Turn Down For What", 0:48 in "Imma Be". Is there a term for this?
Something about the lion's roar at the beginning of the Pet Shop Boys' cover of Always on my Mind really gets me. What other songs use animal sounds to great effect? [more inside]
Where can I learn more about Japan's heightened interest, starting in the late 70's, towards cultures they deemed to be exotic, especially in (but not limited to) music? [more inside]
Friends, help me compile a list, would you? I'm looking for pop/rock songs that feature very distinctive beats from the drummer. Anything really ear-catching and creative that departs from more ordinary timekeeping, in some fresh way. As an example, one that falls into that category would be the Zombies' Time of the Season. And please include a YouTube (or other) link if you can, since almost any song ever recorded is now on YouTube. Thanking you in advance.
Can you recommend some newish instrumental rock/pop songs? I really like it when artists will add an instrumental track to an album, but it's mostly serendipity that I find them. Can you recommend some recent instrumental tracks of note? Or whole instrumental pop/rock albums? [more inside]
One of the activities in my Japanese class is learning and singing songs in Japanese, and I think I just exhausted my playlist. [more inside]
I like this album, especially tracks 1, 4, and 11. Which other composers or pieces should I look into? I have a very limited knowledge of music outside of classical piano, and it's hard to know where to start or what reference to use. I know of Philip Glass, and Yann Tiersen, and would like to learn about the broader spectrum that includes these styles.
My entire cosmology of music fell apart when I found out how much I love Taylor Swift. I grew up on cheesy 80's pop and still love it to this day. What music did I miss because I was haters gonna hating? Are there great songs by boy bands?
Please recommend to me some awesome newish power pop artists/songs! [more inside]
I work a typical 9-5 job. Sometimes my job is routine, sometimes it is project management, sometimes it is complex thought. I am getting tired of listening to the same couple of albums at work, so I am extremely interesting in finding some new music that I could work to. [more inside]
What are your favorite popular songs about winter that do NOT mention holidays? [more inside]
I'm looking for songs that aren't objectively scary or spooky, but due to their use in horror/slasher/whatever movies/TV, they're now associated with scary times. "Goodbye Horses" in Silence Of The Lambs would be the ideal with "Red Right Hand" in Scream just squeeking in.
What are some of the most ludicrous exhortations in pop music? [more inside]
I'm looking for music to fit into my "Big Happy" playlist. It's kind of a specific sound, at least it is to me... I like really big, synth-y, pop music that has big bursts of noise. Some examples that work for me... [more inside]
My sister is moving from the UK to the San Francisco area in a few weeks. As a goodbye and good luck present I want to buy her tickets to a pop music concert in/near SF. Her tastes are quite broad, but mainly she likes good old sing-along pop music. [more inside]
I love the minimalism of Young Marble Giants and The xx - and in online reviews the term "negative space" describes just what I like about them. So, what else should I listen to?
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]
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!
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).
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.
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?
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]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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]
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?
What's the most virtuosic catchy music you know? Or, alternatively, what's the catchiest virtuoso music you know? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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]
What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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!
looking for a cover version...? [more inside]
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.
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]
What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
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.?
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]
What are some good examples of popular English songs translated into another language? [more inside]
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]
Identify a song from half-remembered lyrics [more inside]
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.