1. PURE HEROINE by Lorde (ALBUM)
Now, if you don't know who Lorde is, then I'm completely sorry for you. She's a girl from New Zealand who writes her own music and was discovered after releasing her EP The Love Club. From then on, her career exploded. Her first single out of her debut album, PURE HEROINE, "Royals", topped the BillBoard 100 Alternative, making her the 2nd woman to take the top spot in the alternative charts after 17 years. At the age of 16, Lorde has definitely a lot to show and prove and her album does not disappoint.
1. Tennis Court
2. 400 Lux
5. Buzzcut Season
7. Glory and Gore
8. Still Sane
9. White Teeth Teens
The songs included in the album are not your typical high school girl who just felt like writing about a break up or a certain achievement. The album boasts of dark tunes and melodies that introduce the ideas of death as well as pain. Of course, it is typical to have songs about teenagers since Lorde is one but she puts twists in it, making an ordinary idea seem so much more complex. An example is "White Teeth Teens" which basically just talks about good looking individuals but actually talks about vampires (this is my opinion on it... Yours?)
"Glory and Gore" is a much darker take on a song for Lorde but that's what's so amazing of what she can do. There will be people who would not appreciate Lorde's music especially in this age of dance music but with the success of Royals, I don't think that Lorde will fail in this industry. As long as she works hard for it, I don't see any reason for her to lose to any big guns.
Here's her biggest hit out of PURE HEROINE: ROYALS:
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Original Movie Soundtrack by Various Artists (ALBUM)
Fans of The Hunger Games series delved into the world of Catching Fire as it premiered worldwide on November 21/22, 2013 in all cinemas. I love movie soundtracks. I really do. It allows you to hear so many new artists that you've never heard of or at least tried to listen to more of their songs. While watching Catching Fire, I was also attentive enough to listen to a bit of music playing in the background, maybe get an idea of what exactly was playing or what I would be hearing from the soundtrack. I only had the chance to hear "We Remain" by Christina Aguilera and "Atlas" by Coldplay, so getting to hear the soundtrack was something I looked forward to after watching the movie. OH YEAH, the movie was on FIIIIAAAAAHHH! HAHA!
Well, the songs in the album did not disappoint. I loved every single one of them! "We Remain" was an instant favorite and "Gale Song" by The Lumineers, though I did not entirely approved of the title, once heard, I cried over it. It's that good! And "Shooting Arrows at The Sky" by Santigold is my jam! I love this album so much!!!
Here are five songs from the album for you to listen to. Download your own copy now on iTunes.
3. Story Of My Life by One Direction (SONG)
I already have the Midnight Memories album of One Direction. It's actually pretty good. But there's just this one song that speaks to me every time. I dunno. I'm not a guy though to be so emphatic with the situation of the guy in the story. But I guess in a way, the idea of being able to keep something got to me. Plus the music video helped.
I like the lyrics to the song. It reminds you of Gotta Be You from their album Up All Night though a lot more mature. The song also caters all the voices of the boys. I actually find it a problem sometime in their boy band that at most times, only Zayn, Harry and Liam would sing like CRAZY! HEEELLLLOOOO! Niall and Louis are there too! And they have good voices to boot. So it's great that I actually got to hear more of them in the song and also the album!
Anyway, yeah. It talks to me, really, like in my sleep and that's why I keep on playing it. It hurts but it's a feel good song.
Here's the song. Credits to beatricef for this clip...
4. Yours Truly by Ariana Grande (ALBUM)
I saw a baby grow so fast! Ariana Grande may be older of a few months from me, but because of her character as Cat Valentine in Victorious and Sam and Cat, I just couldn't grasp how fast she's becoming a superstar. Her debut album, YOURS TRULY made hits on the BillBoard 100 and on iTunes. He first single in the album, "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, garnered her 1 million copies sold, making it a platinum record.
The thing about Yours Truly is that you couldn't actually tell if it's actually Ariana Grande. What I mean is that her voice could actually be that serious. Coz she always plays this crazy little Cat Valentine with the high pitched voice on TV that it's hard to imagine her singing about heartbreak or love. But she makes it all work. And I love her for that.
The whole albums sings of love and fun which depicts Ariana's character and personality so perfectly. I actually listen to this album on repeat sometimes just to savor each song. And the "whistle" register to her voice is something to be envious about! Like a young Mariah Carey in the making only much sweeter and cuter...HAHA!
My favorites from the album would have to be "Honeymoon Avenue", "Daydreaming", "Almost is Never Enough" and "Popular Song" featuring MIKA. But I guarantee that every song in this album is worth your headphones stuck to your ears all day just listening to the miracle of Ariana's voice.
Listen to YOURS TRULY here:
5. Night Visions by Imagine Dragons (ALBUM)
The first time I heard an Imagine Dragons song was when I was watching a trailer for The Perks of Being A Wallflower. The beats in the song urged me to go and listen to more of their songs, so I hunted them down on Youtube and listened to their awesomeness!
And now, Imagine Dragons is one of the newest alternative rock groups that made waves in the music charts after just 4 or 5 years in the business! Their debut album NIGHT VISIONS, skyrocketed the bands career. Songs such as "It's Time", "Radioactive" and "Demons", showed the bands versatility as well as their intense take on music.
The band is pretty known now for their use of over-sized drums and snares to intensify their music. You can definitely hear a wild thump in the heart when you listen to this album... And good feels too!
And with the band working with such a highly respected music producer, Alex Da Kid, there's no knowing how far their careers gonna be but for sure the only way they're going is up.
My personal favorites would have to be "Demons", "Radioactive", "On Top of the World" and "Tiptoe" but I sincerely suggest that you mix up your playlists a bit with all the songs from their album! You won't regret it!!!
Here's the NIGHT VISIONS album for you to listen to:
6. PARAMORE by Paramore (ALBUM)
After Paramore's hiatus and all the drama with the band members, I thought that that so-called "hiatus" is gonna turn into a complete resignation of the band in the music scene and Hayley Williams will pursue her own career as a solo artist (which I'm sure won't fail, coz she's amazing!) But lo and behold! Paramore came back this 2013 with a new album and self-entitled too!!!
The first single out of their album is "Now" which is reminiscent of the Paramore we use to know and Hayley's power vocals echoing through our speakers and headphones. It's a perfect rock song! The next single out of their album is "Still Into You" which still incorporates rock elements but in a more bubbly fashion! I love this song so much that I insisted that I'd learn the lyrics in a day... I'm that much of a Paramore fan!
And their latest single out of the album is Ain't It Fun, which now has a music video! OFFICIALLY! HAHA! Anyway, this new Paramore album still resonates the amazingness of the band that I'd kill for. Although it's not as punky as the previous albums, I'm just glad to know that Paramore is actually back!
In an interview, Hayley even said, that she feels more Paramore now, the reason why they released a self-entitled album. I agree! And at least all of them worked on the album! I'm sooo proud! #ProudMama!
Anyway, here's the album for you to listen to:
Credits to brandi_h of SoundCloud.
7. Misery Business by Paramore (SONG)
I told you I love Paramore! HAHA! And this song is my personal favorite from their album RIOT. I just love the message of this song, though it's not really a sappy sap! HAHA! And I love singing to it, though I'm not as a good a singer as Hayley. And I love the evil sadistic feel on this. I'm sorry. I'm awkward. HAHA!
And plus, the rock value of this song is fantastic. If I finally catch the guy that everyone likes, imma definitely sing this to yah faces. Imma practice my Hayley yell now! LOL!
Anyway, here's a SoundCloud. Credits to Paramore Fans LAT
8. Give Love On Christmas Day by The Jackson5 (SONG)
And if you guys aren't aware, HAHA!, IT'S CHRISTMAAAAS SOON! And Christmas songs stalk our days and haunt our dreams. And this one, particularly, is a song that suddenly pops into my head out of the whim just by thinking that Christmas is coming along.
The Jackson5 has a whole album full of Christmas songs but this one is probably the best out of them all. It definitely puts you in the spirit of giving. And especially now that the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda are gonna celebrate Christmas without homes, let's at least give them some hope. And this song, I feel, is a fire-starter...
OH YES! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the Christmas feels!
Listen to the song here: Credits to MaJic
9. You Make My Dreams (Come True) by Hall and Oates (SONG)
My dad is such a Hall and Oates fan that he dragged my to his obsession and this song, You Make My Dreams (Come True) is my jam... LOL! I just love twisting and shaking to it. And during this season of fun, I just find it appropriate to feel all dance-y! HAHA! And for a guy to actually say that I make his dreams come true, OMG! FREAKIN' GIRL MOMENT! Excuse me... HAHA!
Here's the song. It's remixed a bit but it's definitely an original. I just didn't want to put in a cover. Credits to Cachorro Casal.
10. Where Did The Party Go by FALL OUT BOY (SONG)
So, I am literally obsessed with Fall Out Boy! And I just love all their songs. And this one from their album, SAVE ROCK AND ROLL is one of my current favorites and played all throughout the night on repeat.
It's pretty much any party music except more like reminiscent of what a party person would think after a hangover or maybe thinking that everyone has gotten so uncool. I'm not a party person really, but this song is just too awesome to let pass!
Here's a clip from the song from Universal Music Backstage. Download the song on iTunes for the whole version.
So, that's basically the playlist. It could change over the course of the month or so. HAHA! But I will definitely update my playlist when I get new songs or if I listen to all the albums I have. Thanks to SoundCloud for being so helpful and efficient! I just love incorporating songs to my blog!
And that's it for this post. Comment on your favorite song if you know these and suggest songs too! I LOVE YOU MISFITS!!!