by Stacy McKeigue
Not every song is a gem, and some really good songs lose their appeal after the thirtieth replay.
Here are the top ten songs I hope not to hear in 2014:
10. Roar– Katy Perry. This song has a really good message, and Perry’s voice only gets better as the years go by. But do I really need to hear this song played every ten minutes?
9. Wrecking Ball– Miley Cyrus. I’m not a Miley fan, but I’ll give her this: her singing has a lot of heart. I even like this song somewhat. However, the music video, as well as the constant controversy surrounding every move she made all year, killed it for me.
8. What Does the Fox Say?– Ylvis. I don’t hate this song; I just don’t love it. I’ll be honest, I thought it was a joke the first time I heard it, and according to several people, that’s what the band intended it to be. Either way, it became last year’s Gangnam Style, and just like that song, it was overrated and overplayed.
7. Blurred Lines– Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams). For the 21st century, this song is incredibly narrow-minded. We’ve got people like Malala Yousafzai fighting for the rights of women to equal education…and then we have this song.
6. Summertime Sadness– Lana Del Rae. For a song that was a hit towards the end of the summer, it is incredibly depressing. I know that’s the point, but my gosh- I want to think back on the past three months fondly, and not as culminating in lyrics that express pain and anguish. A real “bummer song”.
5. Royals– Lorde. I’m guessing the intention of this song was a positive message: that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can have fun even if you don’t live on lobster and caviar. Instead, what I heard was this: “I hate not being rich. I wasn’t born into the upper class. I guess it’s alright…”
4. Get Lucky– Daft Punk. It has a catchy beat you can dance to, but it felt like another version of Blurred Lines.
3. We Can’t Stop– Miley Cyrus. Some of the lyrics in this song just weren’t very developed: “Things don’t run we.” That’s not even grammatically correct. Some say that the accompanying music video is artistic, and I’ll concede on that point. But overall, this just wasn’t her best song.
2. Saturday– Rebecca Black. I give Black a lot of credit for brushing herself off and getting back out there after the flop that was Friday. However, this song felt like a copy of We Can’t Stop, and in fact the music video does allude to Miley’s several times. It also alludes to Friday quite often, and the way to move on is not to look back. Even the title implies it’s a sequel. Can anyone guess what her next song will be called?
1. Chinese Food– Alison Gold. I feel confident saying that this song is even worse than Friday. The music itself is a bit on the amateur side, and the lyrics just express Gold’s love of friend rice, noodles, and chow mein. To be honest, it sounds more like a song written for Barney and Friends than one for young adults to enjoy. But I will give it this: I’m always hungry after listening to this song.