This songs instantly hits home for me. It's such a classic to me, and it represents Aalyiah's unfortunate passing, in my opinion. It will always have a special place in my heart.
Cher Lloyd - End Up Here
I usually skip this song because of the verses whenever I listen to her album. The verses lack a lot, but the chorus is pretty great.
Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
One of the best songs in the last few years, IMO. Robyn proves on this track that even though she's under the radar to the general public, she will still slay your faves if she wanted to. One of her best songs.
Gwen Stefani - The Real Thing
This, along with tons from L.A.M.B., is such a perfect song. From Gwen's vocals, the melody, the beautiful instrumental... It's just amazing.
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Such a gem. A great highlight of the early 2000's.
Florence & the Machine - Shake It Out
I haven't heard of Florence except for maybe two songs, but this is quite nice! She has such a nice voice.
Call Your Girlfriend - 6
The Real Thing - 5
Rock the Boat - 4
Ms. Jackson - 3
End Up Here - 2
Shake it Out - 1
6 - Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend - A perfectly written pop track. Extremely clever twist on the breakup song, and Robyn knows how to EMOTE for a former Max Martin Britbot clone. The bridge is also one of the more genius moments to come out of pop in the past 15 years.
5. Outkast - Ms. Jackson - Just flawless. One of those songs that proves hip-hop and pop can meet in exciting, original ways that don't pander, but are relatable and accessible to all markets. Outkast were amazing at going mainstream without selling out even a little bit.
4. Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out - Not a huge fan of Ceremonials as a whole, but god this song is just a rush of beauty isn't it? I love how the verses sound like bridges. The drama and rush of this song is really staggering and really beautiful. Florence at her absolute best.
3. Aaliyah - Rock The Boat - It's a great little track, but it pulls Timbo's usual routine of being about 2 minutes too long. It could end somewhere around the 3:30 mark and we'd be all good. Such a smooth track though.
2. Gwen Stefani - The Real Thing - This is one of those LAMB tracks I don't have many feelings on, honestly.
1. Cher Lloyd - End Up Here - Ew. I hate the way she riffs, for one. I dunno, I just find her overall EXCEPTIONALLY tacky, and this style on teenbop hip-hop production just screams cheap to me.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” - Benjamin Franklin
Originally posted by Javan
Bye @ you still thinking that she was doing that live. The note was constant like a flute in listen to it as it fades out. Does that sound like someone's voice to you? It's clearly electronic :toofunny:
A navy criticizing Bey's vocal skills
Her voice is powerful but hallow.
Obviously one of the best songs ever. The most prominent vocals being backgrounded to add to the breezy, detached sensuality of the song is genius. Her voice just glides over the beat. Oh god that beat. The others could never. Any other placing for this song is incorrect, so re-evaluate your lives.
5. OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Nobody dislikes this song.
4. Cher Lloyd - End Up Here
Second worst song on the album, but still good. Works better in the context of the album as a cathartic closer than as a stand-alone song.
3. Gwen Stefani - The Real Thing
Pleasant but unspectacular.
2. Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
It's impossible for her not to be annoying. Go away Robyn you're mediocre. Always.
1. Florence and the Machine - Shake It Out
Florence your voice is utter **** and your songwriting is basic. Leave.
6. Outkast - Ms. Jackson
Was there ever any doubt? One of the best hip-hop singles of 2001/the decade/the century/forever. Forever ever, forever ever? Yes, forever ever.
5. Florence and the Machine - Shake It Out
Honestly, I don't care much for the verses, but I'm willing to listen to them to get to the chorus. It's all about the chorus. That THUNDERING chorus and then I was hooked. Probably one of the best of the decade, so far and I need it on my iPod already.
4. Aaliyah - "Rock the Boat"
Her voice sounds elegant, soft, and comforting as always. I've never been able to watch the music video in full, because it'll just be too sad. She was a real force in R&B.
3. Robyn - "Call Your Girlfriend"
I just heard it for the time and it reminds me of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" and David Guetta's "Titantium". But since "Call Your Girlfriend" came out before both those songs, I just sound uninformed. She has a sweet voice, but this song is a bit corny for my taste. Still, I can take comfort in knowing that she inspired some of my favorite songs and I thank her for that.
2. Gwen Stefani - "The Real Thing"
Very Madonna-esque. Of course, Gwen's voice is great, but it's kind of boring.
1. Cher Lloyd - "End Up Here" Ehhhh.... no thank you. I've seen some of her X-Factor performances and she does have talent, but I'm not really feeling her songs.
Originally posted by fortheloveofmusic concerning GOF's #11 peak in February
:deadbanana: Could Billboard at least let Alicia slide in the #10 position for Black History Month?
"Rock the Boat" - I don't think I submitted a Top 4 for Aaliyah, but this is surprising. I quite like this song, and it will always be sentimental since she died after filming the video. It's so laid-back and it's an R&B song I can actually enjoy. Bravo!
"End Up Here" - Why is she so awful? I loved her cover of "Dancing on My Own", but I dislike pretty much all of her original material.
"Call Your Girlfriend" - Loved this from first listen. It's so nice when artists can make electronic music emotional, because the main criticism of the genre is that it's cold and emotionless. I love Robyn's take on infidelity, giving us a different side to the story. The breakdown is life!
"The Real Thing" - Another really emotional song! This was my #2 choice for Gwen, so I'm glad it gets to play. The bridge "It's you there when I close my eyes, and you in the morning"
"Ms. Jackson" - This song is excellent, OBVIOUSLY, but in a week full of some of my favorite pop songs, this falls towards the bottom.
"Shake It Out" - I was a late bloomer to this song, but it's so, so great Florence music isn't really jamming material, but I jam to this song like crazy
Probably one of the hardest weeks of Best of the Best I've ever played. Not only are all these songs worthy of the 6, but there were so many artists who I didn't want to let down and lose for the next round. It was quite a struggle—and maybe I got it completely wrong...
Robyn, performing Call Your Girlfriend: 6
Robyn's deliciously sweet brand of hurts-so-good dance-pop has always been a soundtrack for the misfits and the brokenhearted. So it's perhaps one of the most brilliant accomplishments of her career that she channels that compassion and tenderness so unexpectedly on this track, and makes being the other woman sound awfully right.
Outkast, performing Ms. Jackson: 5
This song works on every level—from the stuttering, distorted production to the compelling subject matter and witty couplets. But especially that FREAKING AMAZING sample of Wagner's wedding march. (How did it take me this long to realize what that organ line was?!)
Aaliyah, performing Rock The Boat: 4
Like good foreplay, the delicate, building sexuality is so alluring that I actually enjoy how long this song lasts.
Cher Lloyd, performing End Up Here: 3
The Princess of Brat-Swag Pop (I'm running with it, Ace!) + electric strings + a massive bubblegum chorus = there's no way I wasn't going to adore this one.
Gwen Stefani, performing The Real Thing: 2
Absolutely lovely and surprisingly affecting, but still only the third-best retro synthpop track on Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (after "Cool" and "Danger Zone").
Florence + the Machine, performing Shake It Out: 1
The sheer size and scope of the production are dazzling, and the choir of Florence Welches on the chorus is genuinely inspiring. A gorgeous cry of freedom.
At first I was all "What's going on here?" and then I was all "I know exactly what's going on here!" and now you're busted! I-I-I came to the realization that you guys were privately messaging each other and devised this unanimous no thank you out of fear that Cher would knock her inferior competition out of this game. I have contacted Ace and suggested that, in the interest of fairness, only scores of 3 or above should be counted for Cher in this round of competition. The Brat Swag Pop Kween will not be taken out of commission so easily. (6)
Robyn Call Your Girlfriend
OutKast Ms. Jackson
This will never not sound fantastic. It will always be great. Forever-ever, forever-ever? Yes. That's what I just said, isn't it?! (4)
Florence + the Machine Shake It Out
Cool. Anthemic. (3)
Gwen Stefani The Real Thing
The melody is so oddly ineffective, but I'm a sucker for anything this referential of the 80s. (2)
Aaliyah Rock the Boat
Filthy! Raunchy! Amusing, but otherwise forgettable. Would the general consensus about this one be as overwhelmingly favorable had that really unfortunate/tragic event (you know what I'm talking about) not occurred? Just throwing that out there. (1)