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Pop Song 89

Mr. Lileks is still going on about the worst songs ever, but he's thrown in a twist. Next up: The Best Pop Song Ever. Now, you may have a hard time reconciling the word pop with the word best, but even I, a metal/thrash/hardcore kind of gal, can appreciate the goodness of a sugary, bouncy pop song once in a while. And by pop, I'm going to assume James meant any song that has ever made an appearance on American Idol. That kind of thing. My definition of pop is this: There's no discernable electric guitar; if there is a guitar present, it sounds more like a Casio keyboard set on the rock mode. It's not often I open the the closet for you to see my skeletons, so pay attention while I do this once and only once. Bye Bye Bye NSYNC Just Want To Be Your Everything Andy Gibb - Don't ask. Just don't ask. I Ran - Flock of Seagulls Just A Friend - Biz Markie Wonderwall - Oasis Anything by Air Supply What? Stop looking at me like that. I'm sure I could come up with more, but I have to go listen to some Iron Maiden now to wash the sound of Biz Markie out of my ears. I mean, I like the song, but I don't want it on repeat in my head all day. [On a slight related note, I'd like to thank James for this morning's Bleat. It was just what I needed to take me out of a seriously foul mood. Chicken soup for the blogger's soul, if you will.]


There isn't already a Chicken Soup For The Bloggers Soul yet?

I hate to admit it, but I have a soft spot for "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves.

"Take on Me" by A-ha, too, but mostly for the video.

- Erik

Good start. Scanning though my CDs here's my USD $0.02 of pop that I like.
I dont know what qualifies as "pop" these days (to me some 80's "pop" songs are now classics).

Like a Cannonball - Menudo (I am soo embarrased)
Summertime - Will Smith
One thing leads to another - The Fixx
Burn Rubber on Me - The Gap Band
If I cant have you - The Bee Gees
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
I want you to want me (Live Version) - Cheap Trick

Ok, don't hate me, but...

That Thing You Do - The Wonders

From the movie of the same name.


N'Sync! Pack thee off to re-nedification!

Punshinment of Biz Markie should be fitting

"You got what I neeeedddd..
and you say he's just a friend and you say he's just a friend..Oh baby uuuuuuuuu got what I neeeeeeed"

Funny thing about this song, it became a modified ditty to describe a student (sophmore) and gym teacher relationship scandal when I was in high school.

I feel great! I haven't heard any of those songs, unless "Summertime" is the tune from Porgy and Bess - and it's one of the great songs!

Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

I heard "Seasons Change" by Expose (lame 80s girl-group trio) in the grocery store the other day and was humiliated to realize I still kind of like that one.

And from the Andy Gibb era . . . okay, okay, so maybe Shaun Cassidy's "That's Rock-n-Roll" absolutely wasn't rock-n-roll, but I still like it. I'm not expecting it to be covered on American Idol anytime soon, though.

These two votes for "Walking on Sunshine," however--I'm officially never apologizing for any of the cheesy songs I like again, and that includes everything on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Ecch.

I kinda have a thing for "Hey Ya"

I gotta go with the Bangles version of "Hazy Shade of Winter".

Basia "Time and Tide."

And, at the risk of being stoned, "Baby Hit Me One More Time" by Ms. Spears.

{ducking and running}

'Seasons in the Sun' by.......

That was just incredibly sadistic, Mary.

Sorry - above 'Seasons" - thought we were on worst songs ever.

Jesse's Girl-Rick Springfield
You Might Think-The Cars

and my embarrassing one:
Hit Me Baby One More Time-Brittney Spears

Somthing about that song.

For you whippersnappers out there -- one day you, like me, will be old. And one day you'll be in the grocery store or the record store or the old folks' home, and there will come a song on the annoyingly omnipresent sound system.

This will be a song from your youth. A song which you hated. A song which all your stupid tasteless peers just loved, and played over and over and bloody over again, and went on and on about how the band was sooo talented, and the song was sooo good, until you wanted to strangle every last damned one of them, but knew you could never do it before the cops arrived. But their love of it reinforced your belief in the inherent evil and stupidity of humanity, and of high school in particular.

And you will hear the opening bars of this song, and of their own volition your toes will begin to tap and your fingers to snap and your head to nod, and unbidden the thought will pop into your head, "Hey, good song, man."

Try not to kill yourselves when that happens.

(I was in Tower Records several years ago when they started playing a song that was instantly familiar. Wo-o-o-ooooo. And my heart lifted and a smile came involuntarily to my lips. Wo-o-o-ooooo And for a few seconds I couldn't think of what song it was, but knew I hadn't heard it in years. Wo-o-o-ooooo
And I was so thrilled to hear it now. Wo-o-o-ooooo

Everybody was kung fu fightin'
Those cats were fast as lightnin'

If we're not putting a date limit on the best pop song (Didn't think Pop started until around '74)

How 'bout Calfornia Dreamin'

"Barbie Girl" by Aqua always brings a (very hidden) smile to my lips.

Carl Douglas' one and only hit. You'll pardon the pun.

Dancing Girl - Abba

First of all - Michele, Air Supply? Seriously? Your reputation may never recover.

For my part, I like nearly anything by Annie Lenox (Eurithmics or solo), "Primitive" is a favorite (but not very popular), so "Walking on Broken Glass" would be the favorite of her more popular offerings.

Just something about that woman's voice - she's an incredible performer.

What about "Oh, Yea." by Yello (from "Ferris Beuller" fame) - now there was a fun song.

I realize this is from before mathematics, but...

'Till There Was You by the Beatles.

George took this innocuous little Broadway song and redefined guitar genius. At 17 years old.

Second choice: Popsicle Toes, Micheal Franks.

D- I love BOTH those songs. Popsicle Toes brings back great memories.

/begin rant
Listen Michele... if ya gonna have flock of seagulls on the list, you HAVE to include "spaceage lovesong"
/end rant
/'er not really a rant, just like the song:-)

"she bangs". to show you how badly "pop" it was, it took william hung to make it popular!

ok, seriously. pop.

"gettin jiggy with it" by will smith. i hate will smith. the lyrics? it's all talking about how great he is. yet, i will always find myself singing that stupid "na na na na na na na" part.

I'm not even all that old but I know already that everything Angie says is true. It's already happening. I have even begun to forgive Lionel Ritchie and there was a time I wanted to stab him in the vocal cords with a battery acid-coated fork. I got your laryngotomy right here, Lionel.

Before 1980: Joy to The World, Three Dog Night

After 1980: Whisper to a Scream, Icicle Works...mostly for the drums

"Mayor of Simpleton" (XTC)


"Wings of A Dove" (Madness)

Gads! I'm showing my age again.

The ones that my friends don't know I like:

Dancing Queen and Fernando by Abba
Working Girl by ?
Sugar, Sugar by the Archies

Okay, just kidding on the last one.

I'd disqualify Wonderwall and the Bangles' Hazy Shade of Winter here, since they're both more Pop/Rock than pop in terms of the use of ye olde electrick guitar. But they're great songs.

Another vote here for "Walkin' on Sunshine," and a similarly bouncy song, the Traveling Wilburys' "Heading for the Light." And, of course, the Saw Doctors' "N17," which is pure pop heaven mixed with a hearty helping of nostalgia. And who can't sing along to the Eagles' "Already Gone"?

Then there's Motown . . .

"Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac

Hey! The song's older than I am!

I always liked "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde...I got Dad brownie points for being able to produce it (LP, of course) for my 9-year-old daughter who'd just heard a cover of it on some movie.

Sekimori: "That Thing You Do" rocks!

yeah, I kinda liked the On-nay-ders. O-need-ers?

gotta be prince song somewhere on that list.

I always thought Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry was a great pop song

Oh and 'Tell it to my Heart' by Taylor Dayne

And that KLF song with Tammy Wynette in it....Justified and Ancient!

As you can see theres a 1989-1991 thing here.

I've got a thing for Tell it to my Heart. Yea, I said it.

Pop tunes, eh?

Pop Musik - M
The whole Prince ouvre (When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, 1999).
Is She Really Going Out With Him - Joe Jackson
ABC - Jackson 5ive
I'm Not in Love - 10cc
Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe
Anything by Squeeze or Difford & Tilbrook
99 Luftballoons - Nena
The Mountain's High - Dick and Dee Dee
Band of Gold - Freda Payne
Want Ads - the Honeycomb
Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis

Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
My Town - Glass Tiger

and, unfortunately, I have to admit to being a fan of Baby One More Time as well.


Katrina and the Waves ? Yes, excellent.
Motown ? Think all of that, with Stax, Atlantic and so on has to be filed under soul, not pop. Otherwise who could pick between " Sittin on the Dock of the Bay", " How Sweet it Is " or " Tears of a Clown " ( and about 500 others ) ?
Defining the perfect pop song as three to four minutes of sublime aural bubble gum : flavour but no calories :
Maybe Good Vibrations ?
No, has to be Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel " Come up and see me Sometime ( make me Smile )". Y'all may know it from " The Full Monty " but I remember it from the first time round. And Steve Wright ( no, not that one, the UK DJ ) even agrees with me. There,an argument to authority . Next up a straw man.

Pop songs. That would include Burt Bacharach, right?

"This Guy's In Love With You"

'Take on Me' A-Ha
'Video Killed the radio star' The Buggles
'Turning Japanese'
"Let me entertain you" Robbie Williams
Prince (any)

Die With Your Boots On

The envelope, please. (Drumroll in background.) The greatest pop song of all time is... "Semi-charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind! (Band starts playing. Crowd erupts into applause.) Thank you! Goodnight!

"Pop" music has gotten a bad rap due to
recent abuse. But, back in the day
pop was good and should not be sneered at.

Some good ones have been mentioned,
but lest we forget...

Muskrat Love -- Captain & Tenille
bang shang a lang -- the archies
knight in rusty armour -- peter & gordon
bus stop -- the hollies
henry the 8th I am -- Herman's Hermits

I could name 3 or 4 more for each group/artist above, too. I leave out many more that deserve mentioning.

For those with a vinyl fetish, you can
turn most any hard rocking tune into chipmunks pop by playing them at 45rpm.
WARNING: playing chipmunks at 45rpm can be hazardous.

The Babys -- "Midnight Rendezvous".

Bryan Adams -- "Summer Of '69".

Cool power-chords for guitars in those songs.