A summary of my musical taste in 10 songs:
If I’m going to be writing about music, I think it’s best to give readers a background for my musical tastes. I figure that showing my taste’s will help you understand why I might not like something you like or vice versa. I’ll try to cover the whole spectrum of music I enjoy through 10 different songs, each covering a unique category of music I. Just to note, these aren’t exactly my 10 favorite songs, but more an overview of 10 songs I love. As always, thanks for reading.
1) Classic Rock
Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
I was pretty close to picking “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, but I think “Bohemian Rhapsody” just edges it out. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but sing along to the line “I don’t wanna die, I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all!” .
2) 80’s Era “Cheesy” Song I Love Anyway
Toto – “Africa”
Any of my friends from senior year of high school can attest to my love of this song. My favorite part is the falsetto harmony “I bless the rain”. Look for that part at 3:32 on the video.
3) R&B Song
Frank Ocean –“Wiseman”
This is a much newer song than the first two songs, as it was only released in late 2012. This song was intended to be in the 2012 film Django Unchained, but the director, Quentin Tarantino, couldn’t find a place for the song in the movie, and he didn’t want to dishonor it by throwing it in haphazardly. After listening, you can see why Tarantino cared for it so much.
4) Dance Song
Daft Punk – “One More Time”
It’s simple, it’s a bit repetitive, but play this over huge speakers and see how long you can make it without dancing.
5) Hip-Hop Song
Kanye West – “Hey Mama” Grammy Version
Show this to anyone who hates Kanye West. They might still hate him, but they’ll now like one of his songs.
The Strokes- “Last Nite”
The Strokes first album was so good, they spent the rest of their career trying to get close to it in quality, and have not yet succeeded. But man, was that first album great. This song, “Last Nite” takes its opening from Tom Petty’s “American Girl”.
7) Pop Song
Usher – “Climax”
Usher is in top form in this 2012 hit song, produced by Diplo. Unlike current pop music, the beat is constantly rising and falling, without ever breaking out into a dubstep frenzy.
8) Old School 50’s Song
Bobby Darin – “Beyond the Sea”
Yes, the original was technically written in 1946, but Bobby Darin’s 1959 version is my favorite.
9) A Little Off The Beaten Path Song
Animal Collective – “My Girls”
Something about this song is just perfect to me.
10) Favorite live performance song/video
LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
Though the quality of the video isn’t the best, the song is.
Please excuse the one s-word at the beginning of the video. The rest is clean.