The moonwalk never goes out of style. Prince raged against music copyright infringement his whole illustrious career, so no YouTube knock-off will do. It remains one of the best-selling records of all time at over 10 million copies, and its accompanying music video continues to inspire everything from copycat artists to Halloween costumes to relevant cultural satire. You know the meme we're talking about. Hint: It comes around every May.
The chorus gets stuck in your head. It's mostly nonsense, but utterly pleasing, and fun one to go back to all these years later. As if we could have lived without them! The Backstreet Boys returned with a second album and this lead-off single in The English sensation exploded to international fame with this tune, released when she was just 21 years old—though her voice carries the expertise of a woman decades older.
High-reaching vocals, a bone-chilling opening note and ever-relatable subject matter of tarnished love scored Adele two Grammy Awards as fans around the world cried to the breakup anthem. Seriously, it was one of the top most downloaded iTunes songs in and , nearly three decades after its first release. The King of Pop has more hits than we can count, but this one's near the top. It's hard to pick the best from this big-haired band from the 80s.
The ballad is filled with Beatle-esque harmonies palpable sentiment. Susanna Hoffs's voice makes you want to belt out a few lines with her. The anthem of single gals everywhere, the opus made Beyhive converts out of every last hold-out. Still, the scores of preteens singing along knew it was really about self-empowerment, right?
Madonna's hit is nothing short of irresistable. She's joyous and carefree, and you want to be right there with her. When you hear this somg, you can turn up the volume, close your eyes, and take take a vacation in your mind.
Thanks, Carly Rae! It cleaned up at the Grammys, including winning Record of the Year, and became the third most-watched video ever on YouTube. It was also featured in every single commercial of the past year, probably. The country bumpkin completed her transformation into a pop star with the release of album , and this lead-off single had former haters shaking their heads over their unexpected conversion into T-Swift fandom. Even if you rolled your eyes at her awkward dancing in the video, you were involuntarily grooving in your desk chair, admit it.
This song hails from a different era of Cyrus, before she did whatever it was she did with Robin Thicke at the VMAs and back when she was just being Miley. Taking a hiatus from making music to focus on growing up a little, the Biebs came back with Purpose in Time Out New York. Get us in your inbox Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from your city and beyond. We already have this email.
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