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Well we all know of at least one or two pop songs that when they come on the radio, you want to turn them up...what are your favorites?

 

Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" comes close, but the bridge seems a little forced. The Hooters' "And We Danced" is really pretty cool, compact writing, good performances.

 

I guess I'd have to give a real thumbs-up to Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time." Hell, if it's good enough for Miles Davis...come to think of it, the Scritti Politti song he covered was pretty close to perfect pop too.

 

There are others, but...what are YOUR faves?

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For me, "pop" music is a guilty pleasure. So, there's not much on my list. I'd have to go back to Herman's Hermits "Henry the Eighth" to start off. Maybe The Waitresses' "I Know Want Boys Want", Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", and if you want to get REALLY cheezy, most anything by Duran Duran or U2.

 

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"There's A Kind Of Hush".

 

EVERY part of this was a hook unto itself, and the whole was a seamless arrangement of hooks designed to go with each other.

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My pick wasn't a huge hit, but it should have been.

 

There's something about it that's so perfect it makes the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear it, to this day.

 

The song? "The Mayor of Simpleton" by Andy Partridge, from XTC's Oranges and Lemons.

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Originally posted by Anderton:

Well we all know of at least one or two pop songs that when they come on the radio, you want to turn them up...what are your favorites?

 

Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" comes close, but the bridge seems a little forced. The Hooters' "And We Danced" is really pretty cool, compact writing, good performances.

 

I guess I'd have to give a real thumbs-up to Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time." Hell, if it's good enough for Miles Davis...come to think of it, the Scritti Politti song he covered was pretty close to perfect pop too.

 

There are others, but...what are YOUR faves?

I have come across other good Cyndi Lauper tunes lately, even though I wasn't even listening to pop music when she was around.

 

"I Don't Want To Be Your Friend"... off of "A night to remember"- Dianne Warren penned this one. Excellent song and a really fun, unique arrangement."

 

"I'm Gonna Be Strong" off of "Twelve Deadly Cyns"... another very cool song and arrangement.

 

But I guess the perfect "pop" tune has to be a smash, because that's the name of the game.

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XTC in general was underappreciated.

 

One song that is apropos any time of the world is Peter Pumpkinhead. Check out the lyrics if you have any question.

 

Musically as well, it's extremely well-written and even got them onto MTV. Other songs like My Bird Performs and Dear Madam Barnum paint exceptionally vivid pictures. Listen to this band if at all you can to capture a taste of Andy Partridge's stuff.

 

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I love pop. I grew up on CKLW (you Detroiters and Windsorites know what I'm talkin' 'bout). For some of my favorite AM radio pop/bubblegum tunes...I'd vote for stuff like a couple Foundations tunes: "Build Me Up", and "Baby, Now That I've Found You". How about "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" by "Edison Lighthouse" (a sort of studio-only group whose lead singer, Tony Burrows, had the most tunes with separate bands on the chart at the same time)? Catchy, innocent, yet not too stupid. How 'bout "Pleasant Valley Sunday"? I could go on and on...
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Couple of my faves:

 

Del Amitri-The Last To Know

 

K.D. Lang-Constant Craving

 

Shona Lang-Fear of Falling-if you can find this one, check it out-just about makes me shiver

 

Tasmin Archer-Sleeping Satellites

 

Level 42-Children Say

 

Mr. Mister-Kyrie

 

Night Ranger-Rock in America

Same old surprises, brand new cliches-

 

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Originally posted by skipclone 1:

Couple of my faves:

 

Del Amitri-The Last To Know

 

K.D. Lang-Constant Craving

 

Shona Lang-Fear of Falling-if you can find this one, check it out-just about makes me shiver

 

Tasmin Archer-Sleeping Satellites

 

Level 42-Children Say

 

Mr. Mister-Kyrie

 

Night Ranger-Rock in America

And-Frank Marino-Strange Dreams

 

Heart-These Dreams

 

Toni Braxton-Another Sad Love Song

Same old surprises, brand new cliches-

 

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You know the story about the eskimo sculptor who was asked how he carved such great polar bears? He answered "I just carve away everything that is not a polar bear". I imagine there are other versions of that story. It's the same with pop songs. They are so simple and so *just right* that it's as if they aren't created. They just get found.

 

I vote for Sting's All This Time.

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I love k.d. lang's "Constant Craving"...the backup vocals, especially on the break, send shivers up me. And Mr. Mister's "Kyrie" too.

 

One really poppy oldie I've been digging a bit lately is Grand Funk's "Bad Time To Be In Love".

 

Todd Rundgren..."I Saw The Light". Heck, just a ton of Rundgren's stuff..."Couldn't I Just Tell You"..."Love Of The Common Man".

 

As a matter of fact, I'm kinda trying to steer a band in this very direction...because really, it's an under-represented format in band music. Do poppy oldies that a lot of folks remember, but no bands ever play.

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Well this is my first post here, seems like a very informative board.

 

A couple of pop tunes come to mind, and although they aren't my favorite artists or anything, I just can't help a tappin my foot when they come on the radio.

 

- Walkin On Sunshine by Katrina and Waves.

- Mony Mony the Billy Idol version.

- Take On Me by Ah HA

 

There are a bunch that come close but seem to have something that I have no idea why they added, like Walk Like An Egytion, Manic Monday, Electric Avenue, Sedated, Theme from Friends, there are some newer ones too, but you get the idea.

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Hey Welcome, Desdinova! Some good choices there, to which I'll add the one I'm listening to right now...Sheryl Crow "Steve McQueen"...I like the way they kinda quote those Steve Miller backup vox in that tune.
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Ahh, a subject near and dear to my heart. :thu: I've got tons of examples of nearly perfect pop songs, and what I'll refer to as "the perfect pop song" at any given moment is likely to change... but a short list of some contenders in my book would include:

 

Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind

 

Elton John - Tiny Dancer

 

Squeeze - Tempted

 

XTC - The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead

 

Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him

 

Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

 

The Beatles - Hey Jude / Yesterday / Strawberry Fields / many more...

 

The Beach Boys - God Only Knows / Good Vibrations

 

And a couple of songs by some guy named Ralph Torres. You've probably never heard of him ;) , but he writes incredible pop tunes.

 

I could list a lot more, but I'll save it for later...

 

Good topic Craig. :cool:

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Pop eh. At the risk of seeming trite...

 

T. Rundgren "Hello Its Me"

My Sharona

Twist and Shout , Please Please Me, about a dozen other Beatles tunes.

SATISFACTION

Reeling in the Years

Del Amitri- "Roll to Me"

Spooky

Its my Life - Bon Jovi - killer chorus

I cant go for that- Hall & Oates- try getting this one out of your head

My girl- temps

Aint too proud to beg, Dancing in the streets, - a few other motown numbers fer sure.

 

There are sooo many good ones.

 

Notice Most of these are under 3:30 and are faily simply both musically and lyrically.

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I have to go with "She Loves You" by the Beatles... Structurally, the hook is right up front, then there's a mini A-B, 8 measures each, and back to the hook... It also used the word yeah, with great success, a word which seems to be mandatory in pop songs (nowadays, yeah is pronounced yeee-ah but it's still mandatory).. . :)
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