Rich and exquisite, Kimbra’s talent shines through the ability to weave pop immediacy with nostalgic and unorthodox structures. While sometimes the music becomes too absorbed into 80’s soul to really feel innovative as “90s Music”, Kimbra is still making some of the freshest, most-inspired pop music out there.
Listen to: “Teen Heat”, “90’s Music”, “Carolina”, “Miracle”, “Nobody But You”, “Waltz Me to the Grave”
Super Critical by The Ting Tings
With their newest record, The Ting Tings take a step back from the garish incongruity of Sounds from Nowheresville and instead build on the disco-punk of their first record. While most of the time, it can be quite middle-of-the-road, songs like “Failure” remind listeners why we found them so witty and irreverent.
Listen to: “Do It Again”, “Wrong Club”, “Communication”, “Failure”
My Everything by Ariana Grande
My Everything feels rushed, coming only a year after her debut. Ariana’s inability to completely reconcile her pop sweetness with the her R&B grittiness. But, the soupy ballads (especially the Styles-penned, “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart”) feel like mere distractions compared to the wonderful R&B songs, especially the gloriously care-free “Be My Baby”.
Listen to: “Problem”, “Break Free”, “Be My Baby”, “Best Mistake”
Green Language by Rustie
Rustie’s music shone above the other dubstep producers because of his ingenious mix of 80’s power-pop, pulsating drum & bass and sugary bitpop flourishes. Unfortunately, these musical influences aren’t as original as they once were, and with Rustie taking a musical step backwards, his newest album feels a bit too safe. But, the melodic sunniness and colossal collages should entertain enough.
Listen to: “Raptor”, “Attak”, “He Hate Me”, “Velcro”
Okay, so I’m compiled a playlist with top Billboard songs from each year from ‘93 (my birth year) to 2014 (when I turned 21). I mostly picked songs that influenced me or meant a lot to me or I enjoyed a lot. So, like, reblog, etc.
So, my blog is one warning away from being permanently deleted so if that happens and you still want to keep up with my antics, follow audiofuryreloaded ahahah (Nicki reference, set this blog up like 3 years ago, I thought it was cute)