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20 Songs That Ripped Off Other Songs

Is imitation truly the sincerest form of flattery? In light of this week’s ruling that Robin Thicke and Pharrell are guilty of violating Marvin Gaye’s copyright, I bring you 20 instances in which artists were accused of being copycats. Not all of the examples below made it to the courtroom, but all have sparked heated

10 Popular Songs with Discreetly Unsettling Lyrics

Admit it.  You have mindlessly sung along to songs without realizing what they were about.  It’s okay, we’ve all been there.  A few years back, I was singing along with Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” (so damn catchy!), then realized I had been singing joyfully singing the phrase, “You better outrun my gun.”  What?!

Ten Negative Reviews of Now Classic Albums

It has famously been said that, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” and rightfully so. Music is unwieldy, notoriously anarchic, and devilishly moody, making it an incredibly difficult topic to tackle. Rock ‘n’ roll journalists made it their calling to take on the subject, and often times they bring us the next big

Top Ten Isolated Vocal Tracks of Classic Songs

Since songs about “anacondas” and feeling “like a plastic bag” are popular right now, I would like to take you back to a simpler time. A time before Carly Rae Jepsen was asking you to call her (maybe). A time before “cake cake cake cake” implied more than a delicious, sugary birthday dessert. And especially

How Video Made The Radio Star

On August 1st 1981 MTV launched for the first time in the United States to the tune of “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles, the very first video to air on the station. The debut track acted almost like a statement of intent; music from here on in would now be a thoroughly

The Music World is Leading the Anti-Digital Backlash

The internet and our new technologies are such a colossal part of our lives its hard to remember a time when we couldn’t punch in a message on our keyboards to send to a friend thousands of miles away, or tap away on the ubiquitous touch-screen to order our weekly shopping. It’s a change of

The Lasting Significance of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet

Bruce Springsteen will always take the cake as New Jersey’s poster boy for music, and deservedly so. But Bon Jovi are also one of New Jersey’s finest, and one of the most important artists of the ‘80s. When the era was riddled with cheesy, hair-heavy bands relying too much on falsetto and image to ascend

5 Worst Beatles Songs Ever

Ah, The Beatles. The mischievous, occasionally scandalous, quartet of modern pop music. A veritable One Direction for their age. But oh, I hear you cry, One Direction are terrible, and I hate every single one of their songs with a deep burning passion! And I agree, with you, dear reader — so much so that

5 Megastars Whose Career Started as a Backup Singer

Started at the bottom, now they’re here. There are more artists than I can count on both hands that started out in the background of the music industry, whether as backing dancers, jobbing studio musicians, or acting as a sarcastic secretary with a heart of gold for a record company (wait, that’s my secret sitcom