Song of the Day #2,075: ‘Dark Horse’ – Postmodern Jukebox

postmodern_jukebox_dark_horseI dedicated a week to Postmodern Jukebox back in November, shortly after I discovered them for the first time.

The band is the brainchild of Scott Bradlee, who plays the piano on all of their tracks. They re-imagine modern hits in various classic style, from doo-wop and ragtime to blues and jazz.

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Song of the Day #2,047: ‘Dark Horse’ – Katy Perry

katy_perry_prismDuring the great “radio hits” debate of late 2013, I agreed to dedicate time each month this year to the songs topping the charts. That way I won’t be ignorant of some ubiquitous smash when populating my year-end list with deep album cuts by bands like Belle & Sebastian.

I’ll probably still leave those hits off my list, but at least I’ll do it consciously.

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Song of the Day #1,957: ‘Roar’ – Katy Perry

katy_perry_prismThere is no denying the pop mastery of Katy Perry’s 2010 album, Teenage Dream. It produced five #1 singles (the first album to do so since Michael Jackson’s Bad) and another that reached #3.

It also raised expectations for her next release to impossibly high levels — commercially if not artistically.

Based on early sales, that album — Prism — is another hit. Whether it will prove to have the legs of its predecessor (or the number one hits) remains to be seen.

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Song of the Day #1,099: ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ – Katy Perry

I mentioned Katy Perry in yesterday’s Nicki Minaj post as the artist with whom big hooky choruses have become synonymous. Perry, over the course of a couple of years, has become the summer hit-maker all others envy.

Last summer’s defining song was her ‘California Gurls‘ and I would not be at all surprised if this summer she earned that crown once again with ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’

Perry recently released the ambitious video for this song, which includes cameos by Glee stars Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, Kenny G, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Hanson and Rebecca Black. Now that’s a random guest list.

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Song of the Day #736: ‘California Gurls’ – Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg

One of my musical blind spots has always been the “summer single.” I often read end-of-the-year wrap-ups in magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone and see references to smash hits that inescapably poured out of boomboxes and car windows all summer and I’m at a loss, having never heard a note of any of them.

I’m the guy who’d never heard Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ until I was called on it earlier this year. Yes, I’m serious.

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