So I've been pounding on the floor and I've been crawling up the wallsI would have liked this song in any year I was alive. This is exactly what great pop music sounds like when it's great to me.
And I've been dipping in my darkness for serotonin boosters, cider and some kind of smelling salts
And now I have a catalog to acquire.
#9 "Follow Your Arrow" by Kasey Musgraves
If you save yourself for marriage you're a bore
If you don't save yourself for marriage you're a whor-rible person
Kasey's is the supreme song addressing the classic Breakfast Club double standard (Ally Sheedy's "It's a trap" scene--the second most famous "It's a trap" scene of the 80s).
The song hands out a lot of advice and, while some of it might not be what parents want their kids hearing, I think it's good a nice balance to it. Of course I don't have a 14 year old daughter who'll get all potted up on weed and become a lesbian because some country singer told her to.
Then again neither do you.
#8 "Wake Me Up" by Avicii/Aloe Blocc
I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
Avicii's second single on the list. He's no Pharrell, but otherwise huzzah.
The single, Aloe Blocc, is married to Maya Jupiter. Or I'm just making shit up.
#7 "Happy" by Pharrell
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to spaceWith the air, like I don’t care baby by the way
Pharrell shared with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke for a great year but didn't share his Oscar nomination with anyone else.
That seems rude.
Still, hoping it beats the boring song from Frozen.
#6 "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus
Remember only God can judge ya
Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya
I can't tell you why this took up space in my head since late last summer.
I'm sure Robin Thicke is happy to have her twerqing during this VMA performance. I'm sure Justin Timberlake, the night's "big winner" is not happy that no one remembers who the night's big winner was supposed to be. It was Miley. It's she who owns the night.
And after all of this I will just say she's done a great job of maneuvering herself into a position where "Hannah" isn't bugging her anymore.