1. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J: I love Katy Perry. I think the girl can belt out a song while still showing an awe-inspiring sense of vulnerability. Ever since her marriage to Russell Brand ended, Perry has made countless contributions to what I consider “girl power anthems”. You know the ones, like “Wide Awake,” “Part of Me,” and now “Dark Horse”; these are the songs that touch upon inner strength and the ability to move forward after heartbreak or other similar life-altering experiences. What I appreciate most of “Dark Horse” is the no-nonsense way Perry speaks to potential suitors. Her message basically is: listen I’ll rock your world, be the most amazing thing in your life, but if you fuck me over, you’ll wish you were never alive. I am positive every girl has felt that at some point in their lives, and without a doubt, they have felt like screaming it out. Now they have a poetic and anthemic way of doing so, with a hip-hop bass line, to boot. Plug your iPod into the auxiliary cable, blast those speakers and amp up the bass, and enjoy! Favorite lyric: “Make me your Aphrodite, make me your one and only, but don’t make me your enemy.” (Don’t you just love that subtle warning mixed with wanting?)
“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. It’s fun, up-beat, and so much fun to dance to. Or when drunk, sing to.
“When We’re Apart” by The Morning Benders. A great Bay area band. They have two albums and an EP out. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan, who they say is an influence. Relaxed music, hushed voices, simple lyrics, but all come together to create something wonderful.
“Basket Case” by Sara Bareilles. This song tugs at my heart. Her voice is the most prominent feature on this track. It adds intimacy to the lyrics, like she is singing to you.
“Killing a Camera” by Braid. Brings me back to high school and when I delved into the post-hardcore emo scene. My first real taste of different music, as I had grown up listening to the oldies stations and adult contemporary (my parents liked their radio stations). It sounded so different with static drums, diverging guitar rifts and double vocals. It strayed away from the classic A B A B bridge B B B consistency of most music. But it still maintained a level of consistency. This song, specifically, I did not discover until recently, but it holds a level of rock mixed with just the right amount of pop.
“Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons. Freak folk, I believe, is how these guys are described. I think it is an apt description. This song, specifically, makes me so happy.