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August 28, 2014 by Dusk411
Taylor Swift

Shake It Off

Album: 1989

Year: 2014


             Taylor Swift isn’t going to let other people’s opinions bother her anymore in the casual “Shake It Off.”


            Spirited drums open the single, setting an enthuiastic tone.  She and her friend solidify their plans for the night. As she passes by one of h...
August 27, 2014 by Dusk411
Nicki Minaj


Album: The Pinkprint

Year: 2014


            Nicki Minaj’s favorite part of her body is her butt in the stylized  “Anaconda”


             In the pre-chorus, a line from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” is cut short several times, setting a  brisk tone. (“My anaconda don't, ...
August 26, 2014 by Dusk411
Pitbull & John Ryan


Album: Globalization

Year: 2014


               Pitbull reassures everyone his libido is intact in the inadequate “Fireball.”


            A winking guitar opens the single, setting a ribbing tone.  In the intro, Pitbull says he’s going to get the ladies dancing and fill them up enough...
August 24, 2014 by Dusk411
Partners In Kryme

Turtle Power

Album: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sdtk

Year: 1990


            Partners In Kryme summarize the plot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in the detailed  “Turtle Power.”


          A vigilant synth opens the single, setting a responsive tone.  Part of the chorus starts the song.  James Alpern and Rich...
August 23, 2014 by Dusk411
Ellie Goulding


Album: Halycon

Year: 2013


          Ellie Goulding can no longer lead a passive life with her boyfriend in the mystical               “Explosions.”


           Celestial “oh’s” and reserved strings open the single, setting a revelatory tone.&nbs...
August 22, 2014 by Dusk411
Sarah McLachlan

Building A Mystery

Album: Surfacing

Year: 1997


            Sarah McLachlan’s boyfriend is figuring out his identity in the  imaginative  “Building A Mystery”


            A wondestruck guitar opens the single, setting a  questioning tone.   She hears him get out of their bed. He gives her a kiss ...
August 20, 2014 by Dusk411
Bruno Mars

It Will Rain

Album: The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1 sdtk

Year: 2011


            Bruno Mars would fall apart if the love of his life became indifferent towards him in the  beautiful  “It Will Rain.”


           A tense synth opens the single, setting a passionate tone. She hasn’t looked him in the eye. He k...
August 19, 2014 by Dusk411
Danity Kane & Yung Joc

Show Stopper

Album: Danity Kane

Year: 2006


              Shannon Bex and her girlfriends cruise in their fancy cars in the lethargic                 “Show Stopper.”


             A droning beat opens the single, setting a ...
August 18, 2014 by Dusk411
Pussycat Dolls

When I Grow Up

Album: Doll Domination

Year: 2008



                   Nicole Scherzinger dreams of becoming famous in the  ruthless  “When I Grow Up.”


             A hesitant siren and overpowering handclaps open the single, setting a bandaged tone. In the intro, e...
August 17, 2014 by Dusk411
Usher &


Album: Raymond v. Raymond

Year: 2010


           Usher is rendered speechless by a beautiful woman he sees in the club in the               fair “OMG.”


           Crowd cheering and leaden synths open the single, setting a molde...
August 16, 2014 by Dusk411

We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)

Album: The Party Album

Year: 1998


                     Kim Sasabone travels cross country determined to visit every club in the United States in the simplistic  “We Like To Party.”


                   A blaring horn ...
August 15, 2014 by Dusk411
Little Mix


Album: Salute

Year: 2014


           The young women of Little Mix encourage women to band together in the solid             “Salute.”


       A warning siren opens the single, setting a striking tone. Jesy Nelson says she’s looking for women who will support to each other. She knows they a...
August 14, 2014 by Dusk411
The 1975


Album: The 1975

Year: 2013


          At any age, Matt Healy doesn’t get girls in the jubilant  “Girls.”


         A sprightly guitar opens the single, setting a winsome tone.   She presses herself against him. His little brother is in the next room playing video games. At any second, he could pop in, asking for something. His paren...
August 13, 2014 by Dusk411
Lidell Townsell

Nu Nu

Album: Harmony

Year: 1992


          Lidell Townsell is smitten with a neighbor in the  cold “Nu Nu.”


              A ticking drum machine and “bah dah pow” open the single, setting an aged tone. He turns the lawn mower around and sees his pretty neighbor from a couple blocks over. He stops the mower and...
August 12, 2014 by Dusk411
Afrojack & Wrabel

Ten Foot Tall

Album: Forget the World

Year: 2014


          Wrabel is grateful for his girlfriend who was willing to believe in him in the trite         “Ten Foot Tall.”


          A stock quiet piano opens the single, setting a  humdrum tone. She thinks that I’m wonderful, he thinks as he i...