This is a shorter playlist than normal, but a few long explanations, so bear with me.
There’s pretty much nothing I love more in this world than a song that gives me goosebumps. And since this one has given me the goosies every single listen-through, it’s worth a post. The concept of the video is beautiful. (Pretty obvious through the similarities in his videos that David Guetta wants to unite the world through music – a concept I can fully get behind!) Also, Usher’s voice is stunning. (Many people seem to forget the guy can actually sing!) And nobody makes jumping up and down look more tempting than David (@1:16)…gimme some glow sticks and let me go!
David Guetta feat. Usher ~ “Without You”
It was really only a matter of time before this next song made it to my blog. I’ve loved it since the day it was released (I literally yelled “Oh hot damn!” the first time I heard it), but it wasn’t until I saw the music video that I had to put it on here. The general reception to the video seems to be disdain. However, it leaves me completely tickled pink. I grin like an idiot – and dance in my chair – until about 3:16. Then Madame Xtina shows up, and Adam Levine puts his shirt back on. (What’s the point after that?!) Really, my only problem with Christina is that I don’t feel she fits the song. I never have. I think she’s a ridiculously talented woman, but her voice showing up out of nowhere in this song just irks me. (Also, I kind of wish she’d at least try to lose a couple pounds so we could see her in something other than long shirts and leggings these days. There. I said it. Makes me sound like a bitch – especially since I usually love women who are willing to carry a few extra pounds on their frame – but c’mon. Xtina’s only like 5’2″. Pull out the Stairmaster, put down the martini, and buy yourself a sexy minidress, honey!)
Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera ~ “Moves Like Jagger”
P.S. There is an “explicit” version to that video, which includes a couple of boob slips from the dancing girls. However, they’re very boring, blink-and-you-miss-them, and the editing on that video just isn’t as good. So feel free to hunt it down if you’d like. I prefer the above version.
Okay, this next song requires some lengthy explanation, so I apologize. When I first heard it, performed by Haley Reinhart on American Idol, I liked it. (Which is probably saying a lot, since I couldn’t stand Haley.) Actually, I had heard it before then, via recordings of Gaga concerts, and I knew I loved the song. It wasn’t until a dear…er, we’ll just say relative of mine, sang this song’s praises to the moon and back, gushed about it incessantly, and sang along so loud that I literally couldn’t hear anything coming out of the car speakers that I took a disliking to it.
Really. For a good month, I couldn’t stand this song, just because of that. I found the whole incident in the car with my relative that irritating. (Especially since I may have known ulterior motives for that person’s being so obsessed with it.) But I digress!
I’m back to loving it. Because, really, it is one of THE most fun songs to belt out. (Just please save it for your alone time in the car, like I do. And don’t pretend it’s a once-in-a-lifetime musical masterpiece, because it’s not! Kthx.)
One thing that irritates me is that radio stations insist on playing a version of the song that changes “my cool Nebraska guy” to a badly-edited “my cool insert-whatever-state-we’re-in guy”. It’s so fucking lame. The lyrics are Nebraska guy. Not Florida guy. Not New York guy. Not Washington guy. What the F ever! It’s Nebraska! I’m actually ashamed for Lady Gaga that she was willing to desecrate her own song to record those different versions. Le sigh. But again, I digress.
Do yourself a favor and listen to the song before actually watching the video. As with most Gaga videos, it’s an absurd spectacle that has little to nothing whatsoever to do with the song. I was a little disappointed. I know, it’s Gaga. She wouldn’t want anyone to think she’d gone soft, but still – I would have been so happy with a black-and-white video of her pounding this out at the piano. This song begs for that treatment.
The one thing I do like about the video is the appearance of Gaga’s male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. (Is it weird that I like her better as a chain-smoking dude? Eek. I’m not going to try to delve into that one psychologically.)
Lady Gaga ~ “You and I”
P.S. Yes, I realize the “u” in that title is supposed to have an umlaut over it, but I couldn’t remember for the life of me how to type one. So there.
Okay, I was going to post a few more songs, but I’ve been much too longwinded today. Plus I’ve got to go practice my Mick Jagger moves, so…