Thursday, May 1, 2008

Greatest Songs of All Time Series: Michaela's Picks

Here's something I've wanted to do for a while-accumulate a list of all of the songs that I declare brilliant, and in to particular order. Some may be extremely obvious,and some may be extremely odd. Check them out yourself, I'm sure they won't disappoint if you're open to all kinds of music. I've picked fifteen(I tried!) amazing songs to let you see what's been in my head. Enjoy!

1."Frank Sinatra" by Miss Kittin & The Hacker
Straight of of Party Monster, it's been a long time favorite of mine. You either love it hate it!
Either way, those French people are insane, and I mean that in the best way possible.

2."Gettin' It" by Too $hort
A favorite song of mine since I was a mini, and the best song by Too $hort in my opinion to this day. He's still on top of his game, though. The lyrics hit the spot, the beat is dope, $hort's a boss.

3. "Blue Monday"/"Ceremony" by New Order
The video for Blue Monday is bananas-so random, so 80's. I don't even think it's humanly possible to hate this song. Chances are that you're mom got down to this one, just like mine did.
Ceremony is it's polar opposite though, and simply beautiful. Beautiful enough to be on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack-in which it fits in so perfectly. Sofia Cappola knows good music.

4. "Black Plastic" by Ladytron
Classic. I bought Light & Magic when it first came out, stepping into synth-pop after my long industrial/EBM phase and it was a smooth transition. The song clearly is a combination of Shoe-Gaze and Synth-pop to where you can actually take notice.

5. "Fox in the Snow" by Belle & Sebastian
It's hard to explain why this song means so much to me. On the contrary to what you think, it's not about a "fox" being the main subject. It always has a way to make me calm and get my self together. Sometimes I feel like the song could possibly be about me and my struggles. Just let me go on and think that.

6."Sexy Boy" by Air
Air is one of the best bands in world. The music they make have this way of capturing every moment in your life that you want it to, and though the story in the song may be unclear, I find it an advantage. That being, the song can be anything you want it to be. I don't think about sexy boys when I listen to this song, and chances are that neither will you. It's too magnificent and hypnotizing to do that anyway. Air's songs are like a platter of hot platonic-uber sexuality with a side of beauty and a glass of class. Discover Air and you'll know what I mean.

7."Safe and Sound" by Azure Ray
The only song that make me instantly cry. Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor have the most beautiful voices I have EVER heard.

8. "Around the World" by Daft Punk
The duo that are legends. The masked, larger than life, genius duo. A group that hip-hop, pop, and electro fans love alike, Daft Punk have shown us some serious staying power throughout the years and they keep handing out their crafty concoctions like it's Christmas. Let's just face it now, Daft Punk is inspired by the greatest and inspires the greatest. This song is just one example of why that's so clear to see, well, hear.

9."Rock N' Roll" by The Sounds
The Sounds kick ass, period. This one is a personal favorite of mine, and it's like a gorgeous punch in the face. I guess i'm drawn to songs like that, ha ha.

10."Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears
I think the title speaks for itself. Whether your relationship is constantly sweet, perfectly bittersweet, or just bitter, it tells a story that you understand.

11. "Pretty Baby" by Blondie
Debbie Harry was, and still is, the most beautiful woman of rock. That voice, that face-What will it take you people to listen to another song of Blondie besides "Heart of Glass"?

12. "Call Me Up" by Chromeo
I'm a firm believer that there is nothing sexier than Dave 1's voice and P-Thugg's beats. Damn I wish they were Prince's proteges, but it reallydoesn't matter because they sound like it anyway.
This specific track could also do no wrong in the mixing world, Kill the Noise and Swear Words have released dope remixes that are as good as the original.

13. "Romantic Rights" by Death From Above 1979
What was going though my mind when I first heard this song? It was like nothing i've ever heard before, and all I wanted to hear from then on out. The grinding, mega-distorted guitar, the banging, bass-y drums, the laid back vocals and the cheeky lyrics. The cherry on top would have to be the electro influence thrown in there. A perfect big mess, I like to call it. It works wonderfully, either way. R.I.P., DFA1979, but we're happy to see that JFK has moved on to better things, like our beloved powerhouse, MSTRKRFT.

14. "D.A.N.C.E." by Justice
Alas we've come my favorite group. I can go on listing why this song is f**king perfect for days on end, but instead i'll just say that Justice has creativity you wish you had. You can see it in their performances, their style, their music, their videos, their remixes. They're the type of group you wish you could be. Definitely a huge influence on what I plan to do next, and their music inspires me in all kinds of ways. Thanks, boys.

15. "Monster Hospital Remix" by MSTRKRFT
How many songs do you know of that have a remix and a video to go with it? This would be one of them and the reason is quite clear, the MSTRKRFT remix is far better than the original. The song oozes something that I described about Air, it totally serves you perfection and tact. Everything has been manipulated in the right way-obviously the song that made me fall in love with MSTRKRFT. They are just as perfect as their counterpart, Justice.

16. "Hypnotize" by Notorious B.I.G.
It's pretty damn hard to list just one Notorious B.I.G. song, when every single one is amazing.
Either way, this particular song is one that I've loved since it came out. Even when I was a kid, I knew this song was boss. It's easy to see that if he was still alive, he'd be a bigger mogul than Diddy, and a better role model for everyone. Guess that is one reason why they called him "Biggie". Everything he did was larger than life.

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