Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tune in Tuesday — Bring On the Pop

Tune in Tuesday is a weekly music feature that was originally hosted by the fabulous Ginger at GReads. However, for the time being, Katelyn of Kate's Tales of Books and Bands will be hosting. It's probably obvious by now that I love music almost as much as I love books! When I found out about Tune in Tuesday, I couldn't resist getting in on the action! Be sure to check back every week for new music and if you'd like to join us, just drop by Katelyn's blog and link up your post!

I have a confession to make.

I am a total sucker for a catchy beat. If a song makes me want to dance or tap my toes when I'm listening to it, I'll probably put it on repeat the second it's over (this includes head bobbing and shoulder shuffles too, just to clarify).

Many of my friends have very particular tastes in music. If the lyrics aren't profound, if the artist has taken to selling out stadiums, or if the song even remotely resembles a Top 40 hit, they'll turn their noses up.

And, okay, maybe the catchy pop songs I'm referring to don't have the most original lyrics or the slightest hint of depth.

But you know what? I am totally okay with that.

Bring on the pop, baby.

I'm not too proud to admit it. I love "bad" music. Especially bad music with a catchy backbeat.

So this Tune In Tuesday I'll be linking to some of my favorite ear worms from the last few years. I'm aiming for obscure-but-awesome here, so as to introduce you to things you might not have heard before. A few of these may even be more rock than generic pop, but I've always seen it as a fine line, anyway.

If you're going to play along, I recommend ignoring your inner-hipster long enough to look past the fact that you're listening to pop music and just relax! Oh, and get ready to dance.

Seriously. If you make it to the end of this and don't at least wiggle in your seat a bit, then I have completely failed in my mission.

That said... On with the show!

First up, we have a little Breathe Carolina — Hit and Run. Goofy, yet fantastic.

This next song is by Beautiful Small Machines — Superconductor. I heard this during an episode of Castle a while back and Shazamed my way into a new obsession. I love living in the future.

Next it's Dragonette—I Get Around. That opening beat still gets stuck in my head on a regular basis. What's not to love?

The Sugars — Way to My Heart. And dear lord, that is a terrifying screen cap from the music video. I promise you that the dude isn't wailing in agony or anything. I mean, he wails, but it's really rather pleasant... And... And I'm just going to shut up now so you can play the song and see for yourself.

And last but not least, Martin Solveig Feat. Dragonette — Hello. Which, if you've watched the CW for any length of time, you've probably heard in the background of a show or during a commercial.  It's that sort of a song. Good luck getting the chorus out of your head...

That's all for today! I hope you click away from this with at least one of those stuck in your head. And also, I hope that you'll never be too embarrassed to like a song just because it's catchy or popular... If you like it, that's great! There's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of for enjoying a piece of music. And if some silly hipster tries to tell you otherwise, send them to me and I'll straighten 'em out.

What about you guys? What are your favorite can't-get-them-out-of-your-head pop tunes from recent years? I'd love to hear them!

I'll be posting more information about recent interviews and giveaways in the not-to-distant future, so be sure to check back!!


  1. I will say, I am always trying to find something incredibly different, non-mainstream to listen to BUT I also listen to pop music because like you, if it makes me happy or makes me dance, I am a fan! I LOVE Breathe Carolina. I was able to see them in concert this last summer and they were so great!

    1. That's awesome! I'd love to see them play live! I only started listening to them recently but Hit and Run is one of those songs that's ALWAYS stuck in my head. :)

  2. I love catchy beats! I really liked the song you chose by The Sugars--and the fact that they had a girl drummer! You go lady! Plus, I've loved that song Hello for a while. It's probably one of my most poppy songs, but it gets in your head :)
    Ninja Girl

    1. Hello is really catchy! And I think the girl drummer was one of the things I loved the most about The Sugars... The band never really took off but that song will always be one of my favorites!

  3. I have to admit, I tend to turn up my nose at Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj and the like. But I'll also forgive a lot for a catchy beat or a great guitar riff. I really like Neon Trees (especially "Everybody Talks"), and Train's newer stuff ("Hey, Soul Sister," "Drive By") makes me tap my feet in spite of myself.

    1. I love "Everybody Talks"! It might be the only Neon Trees song I know, though. Keep meaning to check out their other stuff... And Train does that to me too. I was convinced I wouldn't like their new album and then a friend talked me into giving it a try. One listen to "California 37" and that silly, two-minute track became my driving song for the next two weeks. Never underestimate the power of a catchy beat. ;)

  4. Beautiful Small Machines!!!! I adore them. :) I shared my favorite (Robots in Love) back in June or something. They have such an amazingly catchy sound! Breathe Carolina is also amazing. Yay! Hello is one of my summer tunes. It works well for driving through the city with the sunroof down, music blaring, singing at the top of your lungs. I definitely enjoyed every single one of these tracks. I must agree, by the way... if I like a song, I like a song. I always say I refuse to apologize for the music I enjoy. Sure, my taste may change in the future, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it now just because it's popular or weird or doesn't have some deep meaning. Thanks very much for this fantastic post! :)

    1. Hah! Robots in Love! I love that track. :) Most of these songs were on my driving playlist last summer so I *definitely* know what you mean! And I'm so glad to find other people who aren't afraid to enjoy music! I agree with you completely—my taste may change in the future, but right now, these songs make me happy. And I'm not going to apologize for enjoying something that makes me smile, no matter how cheesy or mainstream it might be! Hope you're having a great week so far! :)