U.S. iTunes Top 5 [5/18/12]

US iTunes Top 5 – A Review


Written by Lyla Page.

1.    “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jespen

        The infectious chorus of “Hey, I just met you /And this is crazy/But here’s my number/So call me, maybe?”, is not only “crazy”, but backed up by obnoxious synthesizers and drum machines offers nothing new to the current spectacle known as mainstream pop music. However, we may as well give Ms. Jespen credit for our inability to hear auto-tune ringing true and free throughout her one-octave vocals.

2.    “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye (ft. Kimbra)

        A mellow acoustic intro kicks off this heartfelt ballad as Gotye sings about the joys and conflicts of supposed love. A surprising vocal feature, courtesy of Kimbra, serves only to add emphasis and emotion to the song’s in-depth lyrics. Kimbra’s solo is easily the highlight of the song, wailing, “Now I’m just somebody that you used to know.” A solid effort, this hit offers a refreshing change from the 80’s pop-esque love songs that dominate teen radio.

3.    “Payphone” – Maroon 5 (ft. Wiz Khalifa)

        OH DEAR GOD. Not ANOTHER catchy Maroon 5 single, right? But this time, it’s featuring Wiz himself. There’s not much to say about the auto-tuned vocals and generic lyrics, with the exception of “All those fairy tales are full of shit.”

4.    “Wild Ones” – Flo Rida (ft. Sia)

        THE MASTER OF MAINSTREAM PARTY MUSIC IS BACK. Flo Rida has returned, this time featuring newcomer Sia (how many Flo hits don’t feature a rising star? *cough cough KESHA* ), whose voice adds the right amount of carefree, wild enthusiasm to the perfect house party theme.

5.    “We Are Young” – Fun. (ft. Janelle Monae)

        A simple yet dominating drum beat kicks off Fun.’s massive hit, “We Are Young.” While the lyrics may be intentionally ambiguous (“I know I gave it to you months ago/I know you’re trying to forget”), they offer the hope a promise can bring. From the piano outro to the emotional singing, “We Are Young” is the perfect song to kiss and make up to.


“In short, what’s considered popular at this day in time makes me want to shove a spoon down my throat and regurgitate the Harry Potter jelly beans I had for breakfast.”


~ by Musical Indulgence on May 18, 2012.

One Response to “U.S. iTunes Top 5 [5/18/12]”

  1. LMBO. i love the words you used to describe most of the songs

Flop yo' words here.

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