While writing this post up, I went down a rabbit hole of 2000s music that I had completely forgotten about but made me really happy! So enjoy some random honorable mentions before we start:
Day 14 – A song you like that uses an unconventional instrument
Berryz工房 – あなたなしでは生きてゆけない
I read this prompt and immediately though of the weird wind instrument-y riff from this song! I swear I listen to Japanese pop that’s not super corny, I swear!
(Oh my God, I’m re-watching this video now and I feel really icky about it! I swear, I am their age! I was also, like, 12 years old when I was listening! I can’t speak for everyone else! God, listening to idol music make me feel like such a creep now!)
Honorable mentions: I really couldn’t think of another one! Every time, I think about this prompt, I start thinking about this riff again. Gah!
Day 16 – A song that’s fun to scream along to
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
I’m pretty sure I already spent half of my freshman year of college singing this song at the top of my lungs. I was so obsessed with this song that my roommate even gave me one of my favorite birthday presents ever: these business cards!
Honorable mentions: Say Anything – Every Man Has a Molly (I know I used this one already, but I couldn’t resist! I have screamed along to this song, and it’s fun!)
Day 19 – A song you’d play for your haters
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
Do I have a specific person in mind whenever I listen to this song? OF COURSE I DO.
(I’m not a fan of this music video though, which is a shame!)
Honorable mentions: Lily Allen – Smile (apparently I love a white girl diss track – who knew?)
Day 20 – A song everyone loves but you can’t stand
Doja Cat – Say So
I learned that Dr. Luke produced this song before listening to it for the first time, so now I can’t bring myself to enjoy it!
This is really complicated, because I can still listen to Kesha’s older stuff (Ke$ha-era, if you will) and Kim Petras and haven’t even done my research to see who else should be “tainted” in the same way. I even heard about and really enjoyed Doja Cat’s song “Go To Town” and don’t feel weird about listening to that song. But now that I know about Dr. Luke and “Say So”, I can’t listen to any of her other songs! It sucks because this song has all the makings of a song that I should LOVE, too!
There’s a lot for me to unpack there – maybe that’s fodder for another post?
Honorable mentions: I’m sure there are more, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been around other humans that I’m not even sure what they like anymore??? The only thing I could think of was a similar example of a song that I still enjoy while still acknowledging that the artist is a bad person and not allowing myself to enjoy to any of their newer music: Chris Brown – Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
Day 23 – A song you love that’s an opening track on an album
Ariana Grande – Honeymoon Avenue
I once heard another woman perform this song with perfect enunciation and, wow, it feels like a completely different song when the words are clear! (And yes, I do sing “HANEYMOO” when I sing along to this… by myself…)
I love a dramatic, romantic ballad, and that first couple of seconds is the chef’s kiss of album openers. I’m pretty bummed that Ariana isn’t a huge fan of her first two albums – I understand that they’re not the type of music she wants to make now, but they’re still bangers!
Honorable mentions: Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe (tell me that those opening drum hits don’t get you hyped up!), Franz Ferdinand – Jacqueline (another that I’ve already used but couldn’t resist – I used to own this CD and have fond memories of seeing this CD start spinning and hearing Alex Kaparanos croon “Jacqueline was seventeen, working at a desk, when Iver…“), Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (I love this song so much but didn’t realize it was the opening track of EMOTION until it was trending the other day! WHAT!)