The year 2012 was a great year in pop music. Although dance (and dance-like songs) still ruled the charts, this year also saw the re-emergence of other genres — RnB saw a boost with Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Miguel, while the success of Carly Rae Jepsen and Ellie Goulding allowed more traditional pop music to be in the forefront once again.
Before we welcome 2013, here’s my list of the top 21 singles of 2012. Last year, I listed my top 11, but there were lots of great songs this year that I had to expand my list to 21.
21 – “Your Body” – Christina Aguilera
Aguilera’s ‘comeback’ didn’t exactly happen, but I still loved this flop. Reminiscent of Aguilera’s Dirty era, “Your Body” is a filthy, fun pop song.
20 – “Where Have You Been” – Rihanna
Although it sounds like “We Found Love” part 2, Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” is an instant classic. With Ester Dean, Dr. Luke, and Calvin Harris all having a hand at this song, it’s no wonder radio ate this up. The lyrics and the infectious instrumental breaks are irresistible.
19 – “Never Close Our Eyes” – Adam Lambert
I’m still confused why Lambert’s sophomore album flopped, but that doesn’t change the fact that he had some awesome tunes. “Never Close Our Eyes” has a concept most of us are familiar with — it’s about dancing the night away because life is short — but Lambert’s unique vocals and confident delivery really did it for me.
In a recent cover story interview with Billboard magazine, Christina Aguilera says that Lotus, her seventh studio LP, “represents a celebration of the new me.” Regarding the title, she explains that “the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years.”
Aguilera also acknowledges that Lotus is similar Stripped, the 2002 album spawned that the iconic hit “Beautiful” — the album that many believe is still her best. “Now I’m at a place at 31, where the last time I felt this way was when I was 21 with Stripped and I had a lot to say and a lot to express.”
The end result an enjoyable — although also predictable — pop record that borrows from several genres, including dance, RnB, and country.
Lotus is almost here! Christina Aguilera’s follow up to the ill-fated Bionic is likely a make-or-break record for the The Voice judge, and yesterday she took the time to go to Twitter to unleash “Blank Page.”
The Sia-penned ballad lacks a strong melody in the verses, but the chorus — an angelic and vulnerable part — is a total earworm. Backed only by a piano, the Fighter chanteuse sings, “I am a blank page waiting for life to start / Let our hearts stop and beat as one together.”
With less than two weeks before the release of her album Lotus, Christina Aguilera is yet to truly promote her new material. Although she has been busy doing the interview circuit, the The Voice judge hasn’t performed “Your Body” yet, a move that is quite perplexing given that the song is struggling on the charts.
All this changed last night — well, sort of.
Six pack overload alert! Both Marina & The Diamonds and Christina Aguilera released music videos this week, and both features hot men — lots of them!
First up is Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body”. The obvious thing to do would have been to give the song a slutty treatment, but instead the The Voice judge goes for the slutty-but-also-retro-funny approach. It’s not exactly a masterpiece (some of the CGI effects are too obvious, and the plot is kinda thin… if there’s one), but it’s a fun approach to what is clearly just a fun song.
Marina & The Diamonds’ “How To Be a Heartbreaker” music video takes the same approach in that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. In the video, Marina invades a men’s shower room and flirts with tall boys in speedos and various undies. She’s not serious about them though as she is a heartbreaker. Ah, Marina, if men’s shower rooms were only truly like this! (The reality is less pretty OR sexy.)
After a couple of leaks, Christina Aguilera finally unveils the official, final version of “Your Body”.