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  • #31


    The uber-talented Sara Bareilles (she composed the music to the brilliant Broadway show Waitress) delivers her best song her with Brave - a song about empowerment and acceptance. Rihanna charts here with an album track about destroying crockery - Breakin' Dishes is one of the best tracks from Good Girl Gone Bad.

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    • #32
      'Brave' is absolutely fantastic, especially due to the lyrics! One of the best songs of the past 5 years.
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      • #33
        "Brave" is brilliant. Lyrically, it hits so hard.

        "Breakin' Dishes" is also brilliant. I love Rihanna's ferocity on that track. After all these years, I still think it's her finest non-single.

        Originally posted by Spartan
        I knew the Believe Again/Biology combo would be a winner with you. <3
        Might've heard Bitch on the radio perhaps? Or maybe you're thinking of the Glee cover version they did.
        You're right. It was probably Glee.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by JSparksFan
          "Breakin' Dishes" is also brilliant. I love Rihanna's ferocity on that track. After all these years, I still think it's her finest non-single.
          She's got a couple of others which I consider better that may chart here.

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          • #35


            Simon and Garfunkel's most well-known song Bridge Over Troubled Water. Aside from the brilliant lyrics and great vocals, I think it's the structure of the song that really sells it for me. It's a classic and deservedly so. Icon Alesha Dixon is one of the most underrated UK pop-urban acts and only has a small handful of hits - Breathe Slow being one of her more well known ones - it's a lush ballad.

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            • #36
              The last minute of 'Bridge' is the definition of epic.
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              • #37


                A dark rock-pop song with Evanescence's Bring Me To Life set chart alight in the early 2000s and still holds up pretty well today. While La Roux's Bulletproof maybe hasn't been as timeless but still maintains being a great pop song with some fierce vocals.

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                • #38
                  I like both songs, the first one more than the second.
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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Benny
                    I like both songs, the first one more than the second.
                    Thanks, and I agree with you!

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                    • #40


                      California King Bed is one of Rihanna's most underrated singles, and certainly a highlight from the brilliant 'Loud' album. i think a lot of people have forgotten about how many good singles she churned out in that era. The second entry comes courtesy of a lesser well-known ABBA song, I originally discovered Cassandra through Benny and would now rank it in my Top 10 ABBA songs of all-time.

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                      • #41
                        Two fantastic choices!

                        Cali King Bed is indeed underrated, and one of Rihanna's best songs. I re-discovered it a few months ago.

                        How great to see that you discovered 'Cassandra' through me! It's unbelievable that such a strong song was only a B-side at the time, it should have had a proper single release as an A-side instead.
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                        • #42
                          I just listened to "Breathe Slow" for what I think is the first time, and it's okay. "Bridge over Troubled Water" is one of the most classic, and best-written songs ever. Although the Simon & Garfunkel original is my favourite, I think Aretha's cover is terrific.

                          "Bring Me to Life" has such a massive chorus! I love it. "Bulletproof" was one of the big indie-pop songs that took a while to grow on me, but I eventually appreciated it.

                          "California King Bed" is good, but forgettable. "Cassandra" is good!
                          Akini's Top 400 Songs of the Decade: [2-1!]

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                          • #43
                            Re: Spartan's A-Z Chart (C)

                            This looks good, love the presentation!

                            Will pick it up from the most recent batch.

                            California King Bed sees Rihanna in rare form, actually singing above a 4/10 for once - such a good ballad.

                            Bring Me To Life is a classic for sure, but I've always preferred My Immortal to it.

                            Bulletproof is brilliant, I used to love La Roux - this and In For The Kill were both bops back when I was at university.

                            Bridge Over Troubled Water is without question one of the greatest songs ever written, and the vocal structure continues to give me major goosebumps. I love watching old performances of them singing it live - as soon as the bridge comes, Paul just takes a step back and let's Art do the business.

                            Bitch is wonderful, it stood out back then and I think it'd easily stand out now.

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                            • #44
                              My fave songs for the B's in your list: Meredith Brooks song, Brave, Bridge over Troubled Water, Bring Me to Life and Bulletproof.

                              Bridge over Troubled Water was the greatest signature tune from Simon & Garfunkel.

                              I totally love Bulletproof along with the 1980s synthpop beats. I'm shocked that La Roux didn't have a duo after the La Roux album but solo instead. I didn't know why this synthpop act was now a solo.

                              California King Bed was one of my fave Rihanna song. One of the best rock-R&B song for me since I'm unforgettable about this song and its lyrics are beautiful and powerful.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Benny
                                Two fantastic choices!

                                Cali King Bed is indeed underrated, and one of Rihanna's best songs. I re-discovered it a few months ago.

                                How great to see that you discovered 'Cassandra' through me! It's unbelievable that such a strong song was only a B-side at the time, it should have had a proper single release as an A-side instead.
                                One of the many ABBA songs I discovered through you - still some more yet to come!

                                Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                I just listened to "Breathe Slow" for what I think is the first time, and it's okay. "Bridge over Troubled Water" is one of the most classic, and best-written songs ever. Although the Simon & Garfunkel original is my favourite, I think Aretha's cover is terrific.

                                "Bring Me to Life" has such a massive chorus! I love it. "Bulletproof" was one of the big indie-pop songs that took a while to grow on me, but I eventually appreciated it.

                                "California King Bed" is good, but forgettable. "Cassandra" is good!
                                Not you being the only comment that doesn't approve of a Rihanna song.
                                I've just checked Aretha's version of BOTW and realised that this was the version Glee covered (arrangement wise). It's very good but I feel like it's less melodic than the original.

                                Originally posted by Wayne
                                This looks good, love the presentation!

                                Will pick it up from the most recent batch.

                                California King Bed sees Rihanna in rare form, actually singing above a 4/10 for once - such a good ballad.

                                Bring Me To Life is a classic for sure, but I've always preferred My Immortal to it.

                                Bulletproof is brilliant, I used to love La Roux - this and In For The Kill were both bops back when I was at university.

                                Bridge Over Troubled Water is without question one of the greatest songs ever written, and the vocal structure continues to give me major goosebumps. I love watching old performances of them singing it live - as soon as the bridge comes, Paul just takes a step back and let's Art do the business.

                                Bitch is wonderful, it stood out back then and I think it'd easily stand out now.
                                I don't think I've seen any live performances of it so I'll check it out.
                                I was also recently reminded that La Roux's Mum is June Ackland from The Bill.
                                Thanks for venturing into the Personal Charts section and commenting on mine though babes.

                                Originally posted by Jerz
                                My fave songs for the B's in your list: Meredith Brooks song, Brave, Bridge over Troubled Water, Bring Me to Life and Bulletproof.

                                Bridge over Troubled Water was the greatest signature tune from Simon & Garfunkel.

                                I totally love Bulletproof along with the 1980s synthpop beats. I'm shocked that La Roux didn't have a duo after the La Roux album but solo instead. I didn't know why this synthpop act was now a solo.

                                California King Bed was one of my fave Rihanna song. One of the best rock-R&B song for me since I'm unforgettable about this song and its lyrics are beautiful and powerful.
                                Thanks for commenting, not sure if I'd describe CKB as rock-R&B though, but glad you enjoy. Yeah La Roux was somewhat of a one-hit wonder.

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                                • #46


                                  As a sucker for a ballad, I was completely in awe of the beautiful simplicity of Caught In A Moment, the babes convey strong emotion throughout the song and it's one of my favourites from them. Meanwhile, Clarity is one of the few 2010 songs that will likely appear on this chart - a thumping dance-pop track with an infectious chorus.

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                                  • #47


                                    The original Disney Princess, Hilary Duff, defined my teen years with her Lizzie McGuire and awfully amazing low-budget movies, but her music has always been a joy to listen to. This is arguably her most iconic song, Come Clean bursts into pop gloriousness and remains untouchable. While I was never a fan of Destiny's Child, I've enjoyed a few Beyonce songs, this dance smash from Kelly Rowland really caught my attention - she sounds awesome on Commander and it has a killer beat.

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                                    • #48
                                      Re: Spartan's A-Z Chart (C)

                                      I cannot see the images.

                                      Sorry I have been quiet. But I have been stalking your chart

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                                      • #49
                                        Originally posted by cheapthrills
                                        I cannot see the images.
                                        I can't see them either.

                                        I quite liked 'Clarity' at the time.
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                                        • #50
                                          Thanks guys, I think I've fixed it now and used a separate upload site.

                                          Originally posted by cheapthrills
                                          But I have been stalking your chart
                                          I'd be surprised if you hadn't been.

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                                          • #51
                                            Re: Spartan's A-Z Chart (C)

                                            Now I see gray circle with a white line inside it like you are putting up dirty pictures and they are banned.

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                                            • #52
                                              Originally posted by cheapthrills
                                              Now I see gray circle with a white line inside it like you are putting up dirty pictures and they are banned.
                                              Yeah, it's just d**kpic after d**kpic.

                                              It's working fine for me. :-?

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                                              • #53


                                                Today's update is one for the gays. Constant Craving is a massive gay anthem from out-and-proud k.d. Lang with lovely layered vocals and a catchy chorus. We also have the opening number from the 1970 Sondheim musical Company, you kinda gotta know the concept musical to get a full appreciation of the song, so if anyone's got a spare 2 hours, here's the 2011 show with Neil Patrick Harris, Martha Plimpton, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone etc.:
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                                                • #54
                                                  Re: Spartan's A-Z Chart (C)

                                                  Can’t beat a bit of KD.

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                                                  • #55
                                                    "Caught in a Moment" is sublime. I think the only two songs in their catalogue superior to that one (that I know of) are "Push the Button" and "Follow Me Home". "Clarity" is nice. It's very chorus-centric.

                                                    "Come Clean" is okay. It definitely sounds better now than it did the first time I heard it and rated it 6/10 (I think it was 6/10 I gave it). I'd give it 7.7/10 now. "Commander" is one of my favourite songs of the decade actually. It's the best thing Kelly Rowland has ever done. (I think you like "Stole" more).

                                                    "Constant Craving" is quite relatable. "Company" is lovely! I will never need context to appreciate opera-esque high notes, speed-singing, and melodrama.

                                                    EDIT: So that was "Getting Married Today" that I was raving about. I just listened to the actual "Company" and...um, yeah, context might help for this one. Well, honestly, when they're not screeching for Bobby, the track's pretty nice. It's good enough that I added both real and fake "Company" to my Spotify library.

                                                    Originally posted by Wayne
                                                    Can’t beat a bit of KD.
                                                    Not even with a KO?
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                                                    • #56
                                                      I love 'Constant Craving', such a great song!
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                                                      • #57
                                                        Originally posted by Wayne
                                                        Can’t beat a bit of KD.
                                                        You better stan!

                                                        Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                                        "Caught in a Moment" is sublime. I think the only two songs in their catalogue superior to that one (that I know of) are "Push the Button" and "Follow Me Home". "Clarity" is nice. It's very chorus-centric.

                                                        "Come Clean" is okay. It definitely sounds better now than it did the first time I heard it and rated it 6/10 (I think it was 6/10 I gave it). I'd give it 7.7/10 now. "Commander" is one of my favourite songs of the decade actually. It's the best thing Kelly Rowland has ever done. (I think you like "Stole" more).

                                                        "Constant Craving" is quite relatable. "Company" is lovely! I will never need context to appreciate opera-esque high notes, speed-singing, and melodrama.

                                                        EDIT: So that was "Getting Married Today" that I was raving about. I just listened to the actual "Company" and...um, yeah, context might help for this one. Well, honestly, when they're not screeching for Bobby, the track's pretty nice. It's good enough that I added both real and fake "Company" to my Spotify library.
                                                        There are verses in Clarity?
                                                        Yes, you know my Rowland loving so well.
                                                        Once you get over the "Bobby" shouting, the music to Company is flawless. Glad you like Getting Married Today, such a great patter song.

                                                        Originally posted by Benny
                                                        I love 'Constant Craving', such a great song!
                                                        Everyone loves that song.

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                                                        • #58


                                                          Cool Kids by Echosmith is one of the more modern songs on my list, a cute little radio song but it's so damn catchy. The chorus is one of my faves of the 2010s. Baby Spice finds a track from her awesome Maybe album - Crickets Sing For Anamaria - a Latin-infused pop song with basic lyrics but such a catchy beat that you can't help but love it. She's had better songs but this one is quirky and cool.

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                                                          • #59
                                                            'Cool Kids' is great, both the melody and the lyrics.
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                                                            • #60
                                                              Originally posted by Benny
                                                              'Cool Kids' is great, both the melody and the lyrics.
                                                              You have the best taste.

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