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November 25, 2014 by Dusk411
Debelah Morgan

Dance With Me

Album: Dance With Me

Year: 2000


           Debelah Morgan sparks some romance with her boyfriend in the  average          “Dance With Me.”


                 A modern waltz opens the single, setting a retro tone. The chorus starts the single. She...
November 23, 2014 by Dusk411
Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars


Album: Lazarus

Year: 2010


         Travie McCoy would help the world if he were  rich in the self-serving             “Billionaire.”


           An idealistic guitar opens the single, setting a rosy tone.  In the extended chorus, sung by Bruno Mars, he...
November 22, 2014 by Dusk411
Plain White T’s

Hey There Delilah

Album: Every Second Counts

Year: 2006


           Tom Higgenson keeps in contact with his girlfriend in the suffocating  “Hey There Delilah.”


             A sugary guitar opens the single, setting an dippy tone. She sends him a recent picture of herself over the phone. He tells her she’s beau...
November 21, 2014 by Dusk411
Jesse McCartney

Get Your Shine On

Album: Beautiful Soul

Year: 2005


           Jesse McCartney encourages his quiet friend to come out of his shell in the  sensational “Get Your Shine On.”


                Hustling strings open the single, setting a nostalgic tone.  He whistles and hoots for his friend. His friend, who...
November 19, 2014 by Dusk411
Ed Sheeran

Thinking Out Loud

Album: x

Year: 2014


              Ed Sheeran shares his intimate feelings for his girlfriend in the lovely          “Thinking Out Loud.”


               An adoring piano opens the single, setting a fervent tone. She says she’s afraid of ge...
November 18, 2014 by Dusk411
David Guetta & Sam Martin


Album: Listen

Year: 2014


                Sam Martin is smitten with his free spirited girlfriend in the uncertain      “Dangerous.”


              An enthralled piano opens the single, setting a rhapsodic tone.  Before she leaves, she waves to ...
November 17, 2014 by Dusk411
Selena Gomez

The Heart Wants What It Wants

Album: For You

Year: 2014


           Selena Gomez is hung up on her ex-boyfriend in the heartwrenching  “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”


             Muffled vocals and misty synths open the single, setting a lamentable tone. In the intro, she says she can’t help who she loves. (“Wh...
November 16, 2014 by Dusk411
Jessie J & 2 Chainz

Burnin’ Up

Album: Sweet Talker

Year: 2014


            Jessie J is aroused by her boyfriend in the arresting “Burnin’ Up.”


             A howling guitar builds up the sexual tension, setting a heated tone.  The second pre-chorus opens the single. Her face is flushed. She is tingling all over. (&ld...
November 15, 2014 by Dusk411
Taylor Swift

Blank Space

Album: 1989

Year: 2014


                    Taylor Swift can lose a guy in 30 days in the  calculated “Blank Space.”


                     A fidgeting synth opens the single, setting an anxious tone. A handsome young man, his tie ...
November 14, 2014 by Dusk411
Meghan Trainor

Lips Are Movin’

Album: Title

Year: 2014


           Meghan Trainor can’t believe a word out of her boyfriend’s mouth in the oversimplified  “Lips Are Movin’.”


              Placating drums open the single, setting a facile tone.  Part of the chorus starts the single. She says her boyfriend...
November 13, 2014 by Dusk411
En Vogue

Free Your Mind

Album: Funky Divas

Year: 1992


                 Dawn Robinson addresses stereotypes associated with African-American women in the astute “Free Your Mind.”


           In the intro, Robinson says she has opinionis about racism and sexism. She’s going to express them whether people like it or not...
November 11, 2014 by Dusk411
Company B

Full Circle

Album: Company B

Year: 1987


       Lori L. wants to date her crush in the crowded  “Full Circle.”


       An ornery keyboard opens the single and then  joined by circling synths, setting a haphazard tone. He tells her he has something to ask her later and if he could meet up with her. She grins and replies sure. This is it. This the moment she’s been wai...
November 10, 2014 by Dusk411
Sheila E.

Sister Fate

Album: Romance 1600

Year: 1985


            Sheila E. has to clear obstacles before she can be with her crush in the  cold  “Sister Fate.”


             A rowdy saxophone opens the single, pushing the the hyper synths aside. It sets a uncontrollable tone. People have noticed. She was sitting him at lunch. T...
November 9, 2014 by Dusk411
The Cover Girls

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

Album: We Can’t Go Wrong

Year: 1990


          Angel Civilles’ friends think her new boyfriend is a pathological liar in the                pristine “All That Glitters Isn’t Gold.”


             Chatty synt...
November 8, 2014 by Dusk411
Sweet Sensation

Hooked On You

Album: Take It While It’s Hot

Year: 1987/1989 (Remix)


            Betty LeBron has butterflies whenever she thinks of her crush in the              delightful “Hooked On You.”


           Persuasive drums and synths open the single, setting a flirt...