Schlesinger used his songwriting talents to the fullest, adding to the power pop sounds and rich musical tapestry of the past 25 years.
From bubblegum bops like ‘Call Me Maybe’ to grittier songs like ‘Ho Hey’ to the SoundCloud stylings of ‘Old Town Road,’ the 2010s were packed with memorable pop music.
Perhaps ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is just a song. But it’s a remarkable one in a way, and if we were still writing Christmas songs these days, we probably wouldn’t write it again.
Lana Del Rey’s retro persona is built on images ranging from boozy film-noir fatalism to the open road and California self-invention.
At this point, Miley Cyrus’s bland celebrity leftism is just about as boring as her twerking.
From the childlike rhyme scheme to the singsong vocals to the circus-like sound of the production, ‘Rich, White, Straight Men’ embraces the simplicity of its argument.
Billie Eilish is famous not only for her music but for the ‘realness’ and substance she represents to a generation eager for something genuine.
Willingness to subsume guitar virtuosity in service to the song will, ironically, be essential to guitarists regaining the cultural spotlight.
If you don’t like Christmas music, this list may turn you around. If you already love Christmas music, here are a few gems you may never have heard.
Lauren Daigle is finding impressive commercial success as a Christian artist. So who is she, and how is this former ‘American Idol’ contestant finding success in the music industry as a devoted Christian?
For a donut-licking child star, ‘thank u, next’ is surprisingly mature.
The classic album was born out of the discord of the late ’60s and The Beatles’ disintegration, and remains poignant in today’s political discord.
‘…Baby One More Time’ turns 20 this week. The famous ‘Hit me’ lyric, as it turns out, was mistaken as American slang for ‘call me.’
Maggie Rogers is pulling back the curtain on her viral rise to success in her single ‘Lights On’ and her Instagram feed reposts of fan covers.
If you haven’t heard of ‘Truth of Truths,’ blame Rolling Stone. Its reviewer described the show as ‘preachy,’ which was exactly what it aimed to avoid.
Long gone are the ballads of the common man. In their place, we’ve got lots of booze, driving on dirt roads, and objectifying lyrics about women.
The difference between songwriting and poetry is encapsulated into ‘For No One,’ which is still the best composition of the best songwriter of our time.
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