Happy New Year.
Let’s celebrate with some music. I considered a video of Auld Lang Syne, but couldn’t find really good video, so instead I’ll present a music video by a Swedish group who is one of the few winners of the Eurovision Song Contest that lots of people have heard of.
Chantal Kreviazuk is one of my favourite singers.
This is so much a song for New Years’… or the singer’s birthday.
Over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars there is a long comment thread about the Worst Song Ever Made.
Now, there is much music I don’t like. I don’t like country, and don’t really care for opera, which you would probably find surprising if you knew which songs in school band I liked the best. With a few exceptions, I really, really dislike rap and hip–hop.
The songs I listed at Dispatches, plus some additions (in no particular order and not an exhaustive list):
- “Drift Away” by Uncle Kracker: This is cover, but I’ve never heard any other version, so I can’t comment on them. However, it would be hard to be worse than this version.
- “Big Yellow Taxi”, especially the Counting Crows f. Vanessa Carlton version: I know I’ll probably be attacked for picking this one, but I won’t back down. Does a cover of an awful song qualify as being one of the worst covers or not?
- “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel: Isn’t it amazing that the author of one of the best love songs ever also wrote this appalling drivel?
- “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes: I used to really like this song. It made me think of someone climbing a mountain, with the climax of this song coming on as soon as they reach their destination. Since then, this song has gone downhill with me.
- “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael: The title says enough about this.
- “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera: Pure, unadulterated gimmickry.
Besides the above, I really can’t stand Mariah Carey’s recent (post–Daydream) stuff. Her old school music is like a million, million times better than her newer songs. The old and the new Mariah Carey might as well be different people. I miss the old Mariah Carey.
At the Dispatches thread, “Foster Disbelief” mentioned “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. Now, I have a copy of Jagged Little Pill, and while not the best song on the album (that award is a toss–up between “All I Really Want” and “Head Over Feet”), it is nowhere near the worst song. And to quibble, a song you expect to be ironic, but isn’t, clearly is the opposite of what you expect;)
As for the best popular music–type songs (some of my picks), those are after the jump.
Chantal Kreviazuk is one of my favourite musicians. As a bonus, she’s Canadian.
Don’t ask why, but when I first heard the studio version of this song, I thought it was P!nk that was singing it. But actually, it’s Suzie McNeil.
Kelly Clarkson’s latest single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” has made the largest jump to number-one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, climbing from 97 to 1. The song is pretty fantastic. Isn’t it obvious that Kelly is the best American Idol winner ever? Jordin Sparks is a clear second. Everyone else, well they don’t compare at all.
Although Kreesha Turner is a talented singer, I can’t stand her music mostly because I don’t like the sound of her voice. I’ll just say that the background leitmotif in her song “Lady Killer” sounds like it comes from a mystery movie. Listen and find out. (If the song is not “Lady Killer”, use the buttons on the player below her name in big font at the right of the screen until that song starts playing.)