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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:24 pm

I was introduced to Sia through "Titanium," which is a firm all-time favourite of mine (among my Top 10 favourite songs ever). As a vocalist, I think she's criminally underrated; she has to be among the Top 5 greatest singers of this generation. As a songwriter, she's also among my all-time favourites; she has such a knack for writing insanely catchy hooks.

I checked out the "Breathe Me" remix, and it was okay. I'll give it a few more spins.
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:33 am

Love Alanis, she has so many good songs. definitely in my all-time list too! What do you think of the amazing "Tapes"? Probably still my favourite song of hers, actually the Flavours album still sounds really good.



I like a few others too, Natalie's "Want" is one of her best for sure, RHCP have lots of good tracks too.
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Postby BlueScorpion » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:50 am

Regarding Sia, is Big Girls Cry an answer song to Fergie? :lol:

Very surprised to see "Bailamos" as your #1 Enrique song :o I have found memories of it since I performed that song with a cousin of mine for a crowd of 2k. I was so nervous because I was like 8 at the time and I'm a really shy person and the bish was about to give up the moment we were behind curtains being introduced so I basically dragged her to the stage to execute the choreography with me :lol:
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Postby Benjamin » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:41 am

Aww 'Tapes' is a great track indeed. :D

@BlueScorpion Sia's song is fantastic :) I like it better than Fergie's haha.
Yaaaaas at you performing 'Bailamos'. Slay! :P Such a great track! Classic.
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Postby Benjamin » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:57 am

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Britney Spears really is the Princess of Pop. Ever since the release of her debut album '.. Baby On More Time' she has been releasing hit after hit. I've been a Britney fan since the beginning (I was totally hooked on '.. Baby One More Time') - but never became a huge Britney stan. Probably because I've always been more #TeamChristina haha.

My favourite Britney album is 'In The Zone'. That album is pure perfection in my opinion. She released the worst songs as singles though (No, I'm the only gay boy who doesn't like 'Toxic' that much.. haha). 'Breathe On Me' should have been a single. Oh well.

I love Britney and I hope she will continue to deliver bops in the future. I didn't like the 'Britney Jean' album - except for the fantastic 'Work Bitch' single - but I really enjoyed 'Glory'. Hopefully she will release another album like the latter soon.

My favourite Britney Spears songs:

01. I'm A Slave 4 U
02. ... Baby One More Time
03. Breathe On Me
04. Gimme More
05. Oops! I Did It Again
06. Unusual You
07. Boys (+ Pharrell)
08. Work Bitch
09. Till The World Ends
10. (You Drive Me) Crazy

11. Stronger
12. Born To Make You Happy
13. Overprotected
14. Outrageous (+ R. Kelly)
15. (I Got That) Boom Boom
16. Early Mornin'
17. Me Against The Music (+ Madonna)
18. Toy Soldier
19. Touch Of My Hand
20. Hold It Against Me
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Postby Benjamin » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:20 am

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When Lady Gaga first came out with her debut single 'Just Dance' I was in shook. Blown away by the song, her image, performances and everything. She was the next best pop star on the block, but she took it to the next level. Pop culture 2.0 - and I was loving every moment of it. Her debut album 'The Fame' instantly became one of my favourite records of all-time. It really reflects such an important period in my life. The songs, the lyrics, for me are all very coming of age. I was about 22 years old, finding my ways in the world. This album became the soundtrack of that time.

Now, almost 10 years later I still love 'The Fame'a album to death, but I'm not that huge Gaga stan anymore. She kind of lost me with the release of 'Born This Way', although that album aged pretty well. In retrospective the music really wasn't that bad. The pretentious image turned me off. I guess. 'Born This Way' includes some of her finest moments.

I think 'ARTPOP' and 'Joanne' were two nice records. I'd say 'ARTPOP' includes some really catchy tunes, but is her weakest album so far. I'm happy she did a record like 'Joanne', because it's more mature. I'd love her to release another pure pop album next though, not here for 'Joanne pt. II'. I need her to lure me back to stan modus again. I know you can do it Gaga.

My favourite Lady Gaga songs:

01. Americano
02. Just Dance
03. Alejandro
04. Poker Face
05. So Happy I Could Die
06. Judas
07. Bad Romance
08. I Like It Rough
09. Gypsy
10. Paparazzi

11. Heavy Metal Lover
12. The Fame
13. The Edge Of Glory
14. Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
15. Marry The Night
16. Perfect Illusion
17. Telephone (+ Beyoncé)
18. Summerboy
19. Venus
20. Dancing In The Dark
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Postby JSparksFan » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:13 am

I wasn't prepared for Britney and Gaga back to back. :lol:

You don't like "Toxic," and "I'm a Slave 4 U" is your favourite Britney song? Safe to say, we have different tastes when it comes to Britney. :lol: Anyway, she's a pop legend, someone who has a voice tailor-made for the sexy pop uptempo numbers that have solidified her status as one of the greatest ever, and "Slumber Party" proved that she's still got that special spark after all these years. I'm slightly disappointed she didn't at least make your Top 20.

Your favourite Gaga song is "Americano"? That's such a left-of-field pick! Many believe that Gaga peaked too early (2008-2009) but when I hear songs like "Born This Way," "Do What U Want," and "Million Reasons," I have to say her greatness never really paused at any point. Her popularity may have wavered, but Gaga brings a wackiness and edge to pop that wasn't in the mainstream before her arrival. If David Bowie and Madonna had a daughter, Gaga would be that daughter...and a case could be made that, at her best, she's better than both her 'parents'.
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Postby BlueScorpion » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:14 am

Two Pop Princesses. Love that "Toy Soldier" was mentioned. Such a bop.
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Postby Benjamin » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:48 am

JSparksFan wrote:I wasn't prepared for Britney and Gaga back to back. :lol:

You don't like "Toxic," and "I'm a Slave 4 U" is your favourite Britney song? Safe to say, we have different tastes when it comes to Britney. :lol: Anyway, she's a pop legend, someone who has a voice tailor-made for the sexy pop uptempo numbers that have solidified her status as one of the greatest ever, and "Slumber Party" proved that she's still got that special spark after all these years. I'm slightly disappointed she didn't at least make your Top 20.

Your favourite Gaga song is "Americano"? That's such a left-of-field pick! Many believe that Gaga peaked too early (2008-2009) but when I hear songs like "Born This Way," "Do What U Want," and "Million Reasons," I have to say her greatness never really paused at any point. Her popularity may have wavered, but Gaga brings a wackiness and edge to pop that wasn't in the mainstream before her arrival. If David Bowie and Madonna had a daughter, Gaga would be that daughter...and a case could be made that, at her best, she's better than both her 'parents'.
Back to back like BAM: pop music in your FACE. haha :lol:

I agree with you on Britney, she's a pop legend and indeed, she's still got it. 'Slumber Party' just missed my top 20. It's a great track that deserved much more.

'Americano' is so catchy! She really should've released it as a single. I think it's her most fun track. She definitely would've been Bowie + Madonna's lovechild haha. But at this point ('Joanne') she's more like Dolly Parton's younger cousin haha.
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:47 am

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When I first heard 'Pon De Replay' I absolutely loved it, but I expected Rihanna to be the 2005 equivalent of Lumidee and Nina Sky: a one-hit wonder with a hot summer single. How wrong was I? Over the years Rihanna has become one of the biggest pop stars of the moment and she continues to slay with every release. I love how the label invested in her from the very beginning, by releasing a new album almost every year. Their strategy worked out so well.

I see Rihanna as the Madonna of her generation, because she's constantly reinventing herself. She's out there, unapologetic and delivers hit after hit. My favourite Riri album still is 'Good Girl Gone Bad', as it includes so many of her hits - and some great album tracks as well.

What I love about Rihanna is that she's so versatile. She can easily deliver urban bops, pop tracks and dance tunes. The dance orientated songs she did ('We Found Love', 'Only Girl') are among my Rihanna faves. I hope she will deliver another one with the new era. As much as I liked the more urban sounds of 'ANTI' (it had to grow on me though), I'm ready for pop/dance Rihanna to return in 2018.

My favourite Rihanna songs:

01. We Found Love
02. Don't Stop The Music
03. Only Girl (In The World)
04. Hard
05. Good Girl Gone Bad
06. Man Down
07. Umbrella
08. Diamonds
09. Pon De Replay
10. Work

11. Te Amo
12. Firebomb
13. Cheers (Drink To That)
14. Breakin' Dishes
15. Rude Boy
16. Rehab
17. Birthday Cake
18. Bitch Better Have My Money
19. Disturbia
20. Where Have You Been
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:49 pm

And now Rihanna, too! Who do you have in your Top 20? :lol:

There simply hasn't been a more consistent hitmaker since 2005. The fact that she can back up commercial success with legitimately high quality music is just terrific. She's perhaps the most played female artist in my neck of the woods, so I'm grateful that such an omnipresent figure is someone I happen to love very much.
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:11 pm

JSparksFan wrote:And now Rihanna, too! Who do you have in your Top 20? :lol:
S Club 7, B*Witched and Liberty X :lol: :lol:
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Postby JSparksFan » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:30 am

Benjamin wrote:
JSparksFan wrote:And now Rihanna, too! Who do you have in your Top 20? :lol:
S Club 7, B*Witched and Liberty X :lol: :lol:
Oh. :lol:
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Postby Benjamin » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:15 am

Hahahaha :lol:
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