Usually, the most popular songs off albums tend to be the songs that were released as singles, or songs that are soon made into music videos. You probably won’t see a song that wasn’t given promotion end up topping charts. That’s not likely at all. For example, Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” released off their album, V (2014), became a huge hit only after the release of their music video. As a major fan, I already knew of “Sugar” long before it hit the charts. So, because of this, there are clearly many songs out there without enough recognition. I’m gonna give y’all three songs that are just amazing.
Ed Sheeran, x (2014): “Afire Love”
Ah, this song. My favorite number one song of all time. This song really needs a lot more promotion. Come on, Ed. This song starts out with an elegantly composed intro, and the lyrics that follow are of a graceful and beautiful quality. I believe that it talks about a dying lover because it says how “things were all good yesterday/until the devil took your breath away,” implying that she was all fine until an accident took her away. He then recounts throughout the song how he wishes they could lie under the moonlight like they used to, wishing those moments could last a bit longer. He says that he “could look into your eyes until the sun comes up” and “put your open lips on mine and let them slowly shut.” These magnificently-written lyrics add on to how he had loved her.
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint (2014): “Grand Piano”
Okay. I know y’all are thinking about anacondas, so let’s get this out of the way first: Nicki does not rap in this song. You guys can all breath now, right? Good. In fact, it’s a pretty calm song. The piano and violin instrumental of the song is just beautiful. I don’t know how else I would describe it. When I first listened to this song, I was shocked to find out that Nicki actually sang this song. Her singing voice is actually really nice, and I think she should use it more often. The song is referring to one who feels that she was stupid to fall in love, and she feels confused as to why she is attracted all the things the man does. I also like how she tells listeners that the man has been playing her like a grand piano, and using this as a comparison makes the issue seem even more conflicting. My favorite part in this piece is the outro of the song. The violins.
Rae Sremmurd, SremmLife (2015): “This Could Be Us (explicit)”
Liked “No Type” and “No Flex Zone”? Maybe even “Throw Sum Mo”? Then you’ll probably like this song too. “This Could Be Us” uses a sick beat along a with a catchy chorus as well. The lyrics are probably not the best thing to be saying, but it’s so catchy. I enjoy this song a lot more than “Type” and “Flex.” Although many say that Rae Sremmurd’s songs are really crappy, I can not deny that they are masters of making catchy songs though. The hook, “This could be us, but you’re playing,” plays over in my head over and over again along with the intro “na na na…”
NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA…
~Dennis “Double-Reeded Warrior”