Song of the Day #2,281: ‘Steal My Girl’ – One Direction

one_directionAt lucky number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 is One Direction, with ‘Steal My Girl,’ a power pop ballad that shamelessly steals its opening piano riff from Journey’s ‘Faithfully.’

Or if you grew up in the 00s and not the 80s, you might think they shamelessly ripped off the opening riff of New Found Glory’s ‘It’s Not Your Fault,’ blissfully unaware that NFG ripped it off from Journey first.

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Song of the Day #2,280: ‘Hope in the Air’ – Laura Marling

laura_marlingBritish singer-songwriter Laura Marling was all of 20 years old when she recorded this stunning little song. And this was on her second album, the first having come out when she was 18.

A British Fiona Apple, perhaps? I don’t know anything about Marling except that I’ve stumbled upon a few of her songs and been blown away every time.

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Song of the Day #2,279: ‘Let’s Take a Ride’ – Justin Timberlake

justin_timberlake_justifiedHere’s a track from Justin Timberlake’s debut solo album, Justified, released in 2002.

Like most of the album, the track was co-written by Timberlake, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. I believe this is the first time I’ve heard the song, and god willing, it will be the last.

This track solidifies my opinion that Timberlake is a better actor than a pop star. I know he went on to bigger and better things, but isn’t it all pretty much in this vein?

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Song of the Day #2,278: ‘Hot Nigga’ – Bobby Shmurda

bobby_shmurdaIn Billboard’s 12th spot is a song called ‘Hot Nigga’ by a rapper named Bobby Shmurda. The Billboard chart lists the song’s clean title, ‘Hot Boy,’ which is less offensive but makes the song sound like a gay anthem.

My first thought when I saw this entry on the Hot 100 was “How on Earth did this young man’s manager allow him to record as Bobby Shmurda?” He sounds like a paste-eating junior high bully victim.

Hey, have you heard that dope new Bobby Shmurda track?! I’m sorry, that just doesn’t work.

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Song of the Day #2,277: ‘Rather Be’ – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

clean_banditIn Billboard’s 11th position is the most interesting song of the list so far.

‘Rather Be,’ by the British band Clean Bandit, mixes house beats with classical instruments and a soulful vocal into a catchy concoction that reminds me a bit of Moby during the 30 minutes when he was big.

From what I can tell, Clean Bandit provides the instrumental backdrop and recruits guest vocalists (in this case, a woman names Jess Glynne).

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Song of the Day #2,275: ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ – Jeremih Featuring YG

jeremihIn Billboard’s seventh spot this week is Jeremih with ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em,’ a song as stupid as the spelling of his first name.

The girl power wave that put women in the top six Billboard spots hits a wall with this lazy R&B jam that celebrates women as mindless sex objects.

Songs like this make me sympathize with Tipper Gore and Bill O’Reilly. Does Tipper Gore still care about offensive song lyrics?

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