- This is like a Reader’s Digest version of the internet.
- Get ready to hide that browser window, office workers.
- It’s unclear whether Ryan understands that he is, in fact, the machine.
- One thing Stapp won’t reveal: why Creed was ever popular.
- “Where’s Waldo?” for the post“punk set.
- At least be thankful you were spared from Bellamy’s sparkly suit.
This was a brutal exercise, listening to at least large chunks of every Number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 for the years between 2000 and 2010 (I should have stopped at 2009, but I’m a glutton for punishment). Anyway, in order to avoid repetition, if a song was a Number 1 in more than one year (carried over from a previous year), I only considered it for the first year in which it hit the top spot. I thought I might see some kind of trend in quality of pop music, but no such luck”highs and lows abound throughout.
Best: Smooth by Santana featuring Rob Thomas. Rob Thomas tries really hard to wreck this song with his awful singing, but it’s still really catchy. Sorry Rob, but I’ve come from the future to tell you that you’ll have more success offending listeners with your solo record.
Worst: The epic and universal terribleness of Arms Wide Open by Creed beats out such dreck as Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon and a song called I Knew I Loved You by a band that wrote the name Savage Garden on a piece of paper, looked at it and said, Yes. Let’s name our band that. That’s not totally stupid at all.
Dishonorable mention: Independent Women Part 1 by Destiny’s Child, for opening the song with a shout out to Charlie’s Angels, the movie in which it is featured, and for kicking off the verse with the lyric, Question: Tell me what you think about me. Yeah, that’s not a question, that’s a command. What do I think about you? I think that you’re too pushy and have a tenuous grasp on parts of speech.
God rock is a big industry, but booking Madison Square Gardens by following the path of righteousness is no easy thing. Those who make it to the mainstream often try to downplay the Christian angle (Creed, we’re looking at you) while others seem to break the surface for only a hit or two (See: Stryper). Still, popular acts like Skillet and Reliant K prove that there’s success to be had, which is good news for Kentucky’s 7eventh Time Down. Young, Christian and proud of it, the band delivers hooky guitar rock buffed to a nice studio sheen. What About Tonight, with its snarling guitars and growling bass lines, is galvanizing enough to be a convincing fit for any action flick soundtrack. Do You Believe is heavier on the ministry as well as the earnestness: shimmering cymbals, contemplative piano and lyrics like A voice of love coming down from above may not exactly be music to secular ears. But then there’s World Changer an equally posi message wrapped in a sticky sweet, irresistible melody. By the time the epic chorus kicks in, you’ll be hooked on the Kool-Aid.