Album: Heart On My Sleeve
Mary Lambert is unapologetic about her issues in the plain-spoken “Secrets.”
In the intro, over an affable guit...
Album: Rhythm Nation 1814
Janet Jackson disapproves of her boyfriend’s new life of crime in the mighty “Black Cat.”
A pointed cowbell and furious guitar open the single, setting a seething tone. The police show her the search warrand. A...
Shoppin’ From A To Z
Album: Word of Mouth
Toni Basil goes to the grocery store to pick up some necessary items in the odd “Shoppin’ From A To Z.”
Demanding synths open the single, setting a controlling tone. A variation o...
Got To Be Certain
Kylie Minogue is cautious when it comes to sex in the reasonable “Got To Be Certain.”
Easygoing synths open the single, setting a nonconfrontional tone. In the chorus, she isn’t going to get sleep with with someone unless it’s ...
I’m Your Baby Tonight
Album: I’m Your Baby Tonight
Whitney Houston flirts shamelessly with her crush in the full-blooded “I’m Your Baby Tonight.”
Ardent synths open the single, setting an invigorated tone. He...
Kim Cesarion lusts for a woman he meets in the club in the inconsistent “Undressed.”
Nonchalant whistling and tumultous drums open the single, setting an obvious tone. He puts his hand on table. The people si...
La Isla Bonita
Album: True Blue
A trip to the fictional San Pedro in Belize stays with Madonna in the fascinating “La Isla Bonita.”
In the intro, she says “as it may be...
Calvin Harris & John Newman
John Newman rationalizes his cheating in the underdeveloped “Blame.”
Trickling synths open the single, setting a listless tone. He fluffs his pillow again and turns on his side. It’s the fifth time tonight. He has got...
If I Had You
Album: For Your Entertainment
Adam Lambert’s new life in the entertainment industry is lacking without his crush in the charismatic “If I Had You.”
Conspicuous synths open the single, making a pronounced statement. His assistant asks him he needs anything else. He puts his black ey...
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo & Kid Ink
Album: Neon Future I
Kid Ink is too high and drunk to comprehend what’s going on in the perfunctory “Delirious (Boneless).”
A pressing synth opens the single, setting a urgent tone. Kid Ink says his friend’s weed is awesome. He knows th...
Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller slam Midwestern life in the holier-than-thou “American Dream.”
In the intro, a low piano plays, setting a fatal tone. they tell people to get out of the daily grind and not sit around dreaming. (“Do something with your...
Jennifer Lopez & French Montana
I Luh Ya Papi
Jennifer Lopez likes taking care of her boyfriend in the uncertain “I Luh Ya Papi.”
Rubbery synths slide back and forth, setting a Part of the chorus opens the single. She says she will sleep with him anytime he wants. The car isn’t the m...
I Choose You
Album: The Blessed Unrest
Sara Bareilles has found her soulmate in the intimate “I Choose You.”
A content synth opens the single, setting a grateful tone. A natural disaster could affect their home, destroying everything they’ve worked for. Their wor...
Burnin’ It Down
Album: Old Boots, New Dirt
Jason Aldean and his girlfriend have sex all night in the stiff “Burnin’ It Down.”
A sliding guitar opens the single, setting a pacing tone. He gives her a kiss on the lips and tells her how much he missed her today. She runs her hand down his shirt and lets her index finger slide throug...
According To You
Orianthi resents her boyfriend for humilating and chipping away at her self-esteem in the skilled “According To You.”
A gutsy guitar opens the single, setting a teed off tone. She offers to drive. He remarks that she drives too fast and is going to get a ticket. She folds her arm acro...