Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Fantastic Four - Grammys Edition

Sunday night is the Grammys, probably my least favorite show of the Awards Season.  It seems like there are too many average artists nominated and too many performances.  I know, the performances are supposed to be better than actually hearing these folks speak, but sometimes, I'd rather hear the speeches.

My list this week is heavily influenced by being in the car an awful lot with 11 year old boys and 8 year old girls.  We hear a lot of heavy-rotation, Top 40 stuff.  Thankfully, this was a great year for big-label, big artists with Britney Spears in a comeback, Pink showing more and more (musically), Katy Perry hot all summer, LMFAO party rockin' and soulful Adele on at least one of the stations 24/7.

What are your four best songs of 2011?

  1. 'Pumped Up Kicks' - Foster the People - This one was everywhere last summer. Great lyrical story hidden behind the beautiful, haunting musical arrangement. I can't wait for more from them.
  2. 'Rolling In The Deep' - Adele - Surely the most beautiful vocal performance of the year. I chose this one over her other mega-hit, 'Someone Like You' because it's not quite as needy.
  3. 'The Edge of Glory' - Lady Gaga - Maybe the best '80s song ever. Even I try to dance ot this one.  Clarence Clemons' last performance is breezy and pulls it all together in the end.
  4. 'Forget You' - Cee Lo Green - Funk Lives!!! I loved this song, both for it's unabashed homage to the 70s funkmasters, but also for the message.  Gotta love the lyrical nod to Mr. T as well. (Video is the clean version)

Everyone enjoy the music and the weekend!


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