Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.
It's pitched somewhere between "Disco Duck" and "Dick in a Box" on the novelty song scale, but Ylvis bamboozled the nation with a parody song so moronic it became a Top 10 hit. That is an absolutely absurd accomplishment, and it almost makes me laugh as much as the song itself does.
One major theme of this album seems to be "Meet my new band", yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse.
There is a long hair who doesn’t like the short hair for being such a rich one that will not help the poor one—but they can all listen to the 155th most acclaimed album of all time. So should you.
"It was Christmas Eve, babe / In the drunk tank / An old man said to me / 'Won't see another one'" -- "Fairytale of New York" has become a modern holiday standard, and Sound Affects lists five reasons why it deserves that status.
As I consider the music of the past year, I find a newfound admiration and affection for an '80s throwback I had discounted months ago.
It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.
From Kavinsky to the Chromatics to nearly everyone else, '80s synthpop is back in action, but no one does it quite like Anoraak, who also has a love for great things like moderately proportioned red wine and Anchorman.
Freak out and give in. Doesn't matter what you believe in. Stay cool and be somebody's fool this year—possibly while listening to the 154th most acclaimed album of all time. I want a walk-in humidor!
Many genres collided in the pop realm in 2013, and the result (mostly) sounded great.