Awesome Music / Pop

  • Vera Lynn, a British singer-songwriter of the 1940s through mid-1950s who broke ground in so many ways. Lynn – born Vera Margaret Welch March 20, 1917 in London – became one of the first, if not the first British artist to gain widespread popularity in the United States, but it doesn't end there. In 1952, at the peak of her popularity, she released the song "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", a ballad that went on to reach No. 1 on all three of Billboard magazine's popular music charts in use at the time (Best Sellers in Stores, Most Played by Disc Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes, for nine, six and four weeks, respectively) that summer. (The chart generally considered to be the gauge of popularity at the time was the Best Sellers chart, meaning "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" is generally credited with a nine-week No. 1 run on Billboard's pop charts.) Think about this for a second as you consider the following:
    • After "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" wrapped up its run in popularity, it would be another 6 years before another British performer - Laurie London, with the gospel/Sunday School favorite "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" - would top the pop chart, and then another four years after London when the then-exclusive club became four (Acker Bilk, with "Stranger on the Shore" and the Tornadoes with "Telstar", both instrumentals) would top the Billboard chart; the Hot 100 was by now in use.
    • For 35 years, only one song (The Beatles' "Hey Jude" in the fall of 1968) could match the nine-week No. 1 run of "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", with Elton John's double-sided smash "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" finally surpassing Lynn and the Fab Four by Christmas 1997, en route to Elton's eventual 14-week ride at No. 1 (since tied with 2015's "Uptown Funk!" by Mark Ronson). Both "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" and "Hey Jude" remain tied for fourth on the all-time longest-running No. 1 U.S. pop hits by British artists.
    • No other British female artist or act with primarily female singers has surpassed the No. 1 run Lynn had in the summer of '52. (Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" at seven weeks in 2011 is second amongst female British singers, with Lulu's 1967 hit "To Sir With Love" at five weeks third).
    • The long-standing appeal of "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", albeit primarily to people who were young adults in the 1940s and early 1950s, is awesome in itself. But the song's chart accomplishment, and how it compares to the American chart runs of other British performers, is also something to behold.
    • In 2009 a best-of album entitled We'll Meet Again: The Best of Vera Lynn was released. The digitally remastered albums by The Beatles were released at the same time. Guess who was No. 1?
  • Owl City:
  • Roxette. It's hard not to love such heartfelt ballads like "Fading Like a Flower", "Listen to Your Heart" and "Things Will Never Be the Same". And though some of their more upbeat pop songs may not make sense lyrics-wise, they are always catchy as hell.
  • Sir John Lennon and his fantastic, international peace-and-love-anthem song "Imagine".
  • Sara Bareilles:
    • "King of Anything". Especially those "oh-oh"'s at the beginning. Or those amazing horns and the sassy, confident way she sings the "You've got the talking down/just not the listening" lyric.
    • Everything about "Love Song", from the clever lyrics to the Ear Worm chorus to her confident vocals.
    • "Gravity", putting it's amazing music video aside, is just Sweet Dreams Fuel, despite the Tear Jerker lyrics.
    • Her EP Once Upon Another Time is the best thing she's ever done.. With Ben Folds producing, and every song in a different genre, it should be a classic. Especially "Lie To Me".
  • Adele has SO many.
    • What about "Set Fire To The Rain"? That one is downright EPIC!
    • "Hometown Glory" is another wonderful, wonderful song of hers that unfortunately didn't make it to mainstream listeners.
    • "Make You Feel My Love" and "Lovesong" are fierce covers.
    • "Daydreamer" is Sweet Dreams Fuel in song form.
    • "Hiding my Heart" and "Don't You Remember" are also lesser known, under-appreciated pieces.
    • "Skyfall" is pure epicness, especially towards the end.
  • Styx:
    • For a lesson in obscure songs by popular bands, try out "A Day". Despite the eventual popularity of "Lady", Styx II wasn't a heavy seller, but this song more than makes up for it.
    • Dennis DeYoung's live version of "Lady" from his orchestra tour goes UP TO TWELVE when Ravel's "Bolero" kicks in mid-way. On the Channel 11 version, he even said that he intended it to be in there all along!
    • "The Grand Illusion". Gotta love a song with a lesson.
    • Also "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)". It's only four minutes long, but it's ridiculously unforgettable. And infectious.
  • Katy Perry:
    • The Teenage Dream album. "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", and "Firework" just win in so many unique ways.
    • Teenage Dream is better than One Of The Boys, but if "Waking Up In Vegas" was from Teenage Dream, it would easily be in the top two songs of the album. As it is, it was the best song from One Of The Boys.
    • From Prism, we have "Roar", "This is How We Do", "Birthday", and almost ALL of the inspirational second half of the album. It's also hard to believe an artist like Katy Perry could churn out songs like "By the Grace of God" and "Ghost" (WARNING: the latter is a Tear Jerker of epic proportions).
    • Perry also has the uplifting album closer "Not Like the Movies".
  • Imogen Heap:
    • You've probably heard heard "Hide and Seek" one way or another, but try to listen to "The Moment I Said It" or "Half Life" without being moved. "Aha!" and "Daylight Robbery" are also awesome, but in a different way.
    • "Aha!" is even better live. There's also "Earth".
    • "Just For Now". "Thank you Based God". And she didn't stop there.
  • Dusty Springfield, folks. Dusty. Springfield.
    • "Dusty in Memphis" is a fracking masterpiece. An amazing talent, much missed.
    • "Son of a Preacher Man" is amazing and just a small sample. It's enough.
  • Most of you have probably heard of Pink's song "Get This Party Started", yes? Well, Shirley Bassey recorded a cover of that song. Add a hundred-musician orchestra and a heaping helping of Camp, and that song became... this. EPIC.
  • "Gimme Gimme Gimme!" by ABBA becomes "Gimme Gimme Gimme!" by Yngwie Malmsteen!
  • Rihanna:
  • Welcome a challenger from the Sinosphere, ladies and gentlemen. Jacky Cheung's "A Thousand Heartbreaking Reasons". It's not... awesome in the conventional sense, but it is awfully emotive.
  • Carly Simon has a song that launched a thousand questions in "You're So Vain". If we're lucky, she'll tell the world who it is that bets they think the song is about them before she leaves for the great gig in the sky,note  but even while she remains tight-lipped on the subject, it's hard not to sing along with her in that classic refrain.
  • Madonna. Her best stuff in the 80s defined a generation of women and gay men. Try looking at a wedding gown the same way after those VMAs. "Vogue" just kicks so muck ass...
  • Alanis Morisette. She is awesome enough to play GOD. Plus she has one of the best angry-women-album of all time in Jagged Little Pill which casts Full House in a completely different light.
    • "Ironic". Seriously. How many times has a song gotten its point across by completely failing at it?
    • "So Pure" was a crowning moment because it was fun, it was cute, it didn't have a case of "I'm going to fit as many syllables as I can onto a line"-itis. The video was cool too.
    • "You Oughta Know" was only the song that put Alanis on the map. Such aggression. And then there was the performance of it at the 38th Grammy Awards in 1996, note  which dials it down to a simple rhythm section, piano, and strings. The album version is great, but that performance is superb.
  • P!nk:
    • "Sober" is hands down one of the most emotional songs of the 2000's. And let's face it, we've all gotten "So What" stuck in our heads.
    • "Raise Your Glass" can inspire tears with its defiance.
    • "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" rivals "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson as the greatest breakup anthem, ever. Those lyrics...
      I'll dress nice, I'll look good, I'll go dancing alone,
      I will laugh, I'll get drunk, I'll take somebody home...
  • The Jackson 5:
    • "I Want You Back". Not only did it hit #1 (as did the next four Jackson 5 singles), not only has it been sampled and sampled and sampled ("Izzo" and "Jump" and "My Baby" and "Take Me There"), not only did KT Tunstall put together a staggering SOLO live performance of it, but the "all I need!" at the end of the breakdown is as pure as pop has ever gotten, or likely ever will.
    • Jackson 5. "Dancing Machine". The Paul Oakenfold remix. EPIC WIN.
  • Eurythmics:
    • Their cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" is simply astounding.
    • "Winter Wonderland". In some weird way, it perfectly captures the feeling of Christmas- arguably even more so than its predecessors. Which is not an easy job, considering the synthesizers.
  • Andy Williams singing "Impossible Dream". Oh good god. It's beautiful. To Fight for the Right without question or Pause! Tears.
  • Say what you want about J-pop, "Shining Star" by Nami Tamaki is pure Heartwarming awesome.
  • Bonnie Tyler:
  • Girls Aloud:
    • "Biology" and "Sexy! No No No...". The songs' lyrics and structure might not make any sense but by the time the songs are over, it has wormed your way into your heard and you just want to listen again to figure out what just hit you.
    • "Here We Go" sounds like it's MADE for a Bond film. And who could ever forget their kickass cover of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus?
  • Lady Gaga:
    • "Bad Romance". Suddenly it becomes clear that, no, this isn't just an eccentric yet generic pop star, Love It or Hate It, her music is taking this somewhere different.
    • "Bad Romance" will grow on you, but "Alejandro" can make a Gaga fan.
    • "Speechless". No, it doesn't really fit in with the rest of The Fame Monster, but it's so epic you won't care.
    • "Dance In The Dark". It is unbelievably epic. It only hit #122 in the U.S. Travesty.
    • "Born This Way" is completely amazing.
    • "The Edge of Glory" is...well, glorious.
    • "Poker Face", one of her first hits, is a pretty awesome tune itself, but there is a MIDI version that sounds even better. Note that the rap part after the second chorus is replaced by a sweet violin solo.
    • Her rendition of the National Anthem at the 2017 Superbowl has been heralded as one of the best performances of the song ever, possibly even greater than Whitney Houston's legendary one at the 1991 game. As one YouTube commentor put it, "[She] could make an American out of an ISIS member with these vocals."
  • Kat Deluna: it's a shame not many people know about her as she has plenty of amazing songs like "Run The Show", "In The End", "Everybody Dance", "Rock The House", "Party O Clock", "Drop It Low" and "Club On Smash", etc.
  • Toto. Big hits like "Africa", "Hold the Line", and "Rosanna" are good enough to improve any bad day.
  • XTC. "Chalkhills and Children" is especially epic, but there's also some strong contenders in "Making Plans for Nigel", "Dear God", "Generals and Majors", just about everything from Skylarking or Apple Venus Volume 1, etc. etc. ...
  • Depeche Mode:
    • Their song "Precious", live, is an awe-inspiring experience.
    • "People Are People" is such a huge-sounding, epic song. And everything on Violator belongs on this page, full stop.
  • It doesn't matter if it's in Spanish, you HAVE to listen Tino Casal's "Eloise".
  • Anya Marina's cover of "Whatever You Like" by T.I. She made it sound way better than the original.
  • Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park". The rest of the song may be Narm Charm, but that instrumental section right before the end? Epic. His vocals are very good, too.
  • Britney Spears' full discography.
    • "Circus" in particular has such an epic beat that even those who HATE Britney will get into it.
    • "Alien" features her best vocal performance to date.
    • The soaring chorus and thumping beat of "Till the World Ends" can make anyone want to get up and dance.
    • The Stop remix of "(You Drive Me) Crazy." Its raw power and crowd singing in unison can transport any listener back to the late 90s!
  • Miley Cyrus:
    • Say what you want about the quality of the TV show, but Hannah Montana's "Nobody's Perfect" is just plain awesome.
    • Cyrus got a similar reaction to "Fly on the Wall". It was seen as the turning point where she stopped doing the rather generic songs Disney was giving her and was growing into a true artist.
    • "The Climb" and "Can't Be Tamed" are pretty good as well. "Can't Be Tamed" is showing she ain't no Disney chick anymore!
    • Even Hannah Montana had good songs: "Best of Both Worlds", anyone?
  • Gotye:
    • "Somebody That I Used To Know". The entire song is amazing and haunting, with great production and lyrics. And then Kimbra comes in. The song pretty much needs its own trope page. Not to mention the music video, which compliments the song beautifully.
    • "Eyes Wide Open" is just as haunting as "Somebody", if not more. That music video is great too.
    • "Save Me" is a surprisingly dark song about a depressed and possibly suicidal person, who finds help in a lover who saves him from himself. And the operatic background is amazing!
  • Rachel Stevens' album Come and Get It was something of a commercial bomb, however, music critics have recently been asking people to not let it become a forgotten classic. When you hear "So Good" or "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are), you understand why.
  • "Something To Believe In" by Parachute. If anything, their next album will be a Surprisingly Improved / Better Sequel, what with "What I Know" and "White Dress".
  • Atomic Kitten's "The Last Goodbye" which is accompanied by an Awesome Music Video.
  • Tina Turner's song "We Don't Need Another Hero". While it starts in a fashion similar to "What's Love Got to Do With It", it's a shame how it got overshadowed by said song.
  • O-Zone's "Dragostea din tei". It. Is. Just. So. AWESOME!
  • Say what you will about Lindsay Lohan, but she has some damn good songs. This might be sacrilege, but her cover of Stevie Nicks song "Edge of Seventeen" is actually pretty good. She doesn't stray too far from the original, and her raspy voice is a good fit for the song.
  • Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" is supremely inspirational and so, so beautiful.
  • Bon Iver's cover of Peter Gabriel's "Come Talk to Me". Wow. Just... Wow. Though everything he does is Made of Win.
  • Jennifer Lopez:
    • It's almost impossible to resist dancing to songs like "Dance Again", "On The Floor", "Love Don't Cost A Thing", "Papi", "Jenny From The Block" and "Let's Get Loud".
    • "Get Right" might just have the slickest saxophone and horn riff of any song released in the 2000's. Did we mention the killer vocals and kickass music video yet?
  • Christina Aguilera:
    • "Candyman" is a old-school, jazzy, raunchy good time. "Still Dirrty" is friggin awesome too.
    • Her rendition of "Reflection" from Mulan is also an honorable mention, considering she was only a teenager at the time. Whether you like her or not, you have to admit she put on a hell of a performance.
  • Jessie J:
    • "Domino" is so incredibly infectious that you just can't help but sing along to it.
    • "Price Tag" is nearly the same, and so is the incredibly catchy "Do It Like a Dude".
  • While a lot of the Spice Girls discography was derided for being saccharine and repetitive, a lot of those people have never heard "Walk of Life", a slow Ode to London Nightlife with hints of Jazz and Reggae. If you love your mother then Mama will be Narm Charm to you. It's saccharine but it's still a sweet song. There's also the lesser known "Holler" which has the girls dabbling in R&B.
  • Mis-Teeq's "Scandolous" (or as most people recognize it, the theme to Catwoman) is an excellent dance song.
  • "Good Intent" by Kimbra. That and its equally fantastic music video.
  • If you can't sing along or dance to fun.'s "We Are Young", you seriously need to see a doctor. "Some Nights" is another one of their simply amazing mainstream hits.
  • Christina Perri::
    • Even though it was for Twilight, the song "A Thousand Years" is especially awesome. Even more so since it perfectly fits Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Fans of either are likely to use it for wedding dances for many years to come.
    • Say what you will about the line "You're gonna catch a cold / From the ice inside your soul", "Jar of Hearts" is epic.
  • S Club 7 may be cheesy teen pop, but "Have You Ever" is pretty good.
  • Justin Timberlake:
    • "Mirrors" is amazing. It gives us many reasons to welcome him back to mainstream pop.
    • Before that, he sure did bring sexy back.
    • It's a crime against the music industry that "Till the End of Time" wasn't a bigger hit. It's a duet with freaking Beyoncé, with nostalgic lyrics and retro slow dance instrumentals. It sounds like an R&B classic from 1984 that fell through a time warp to 2006.
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood:
    • They had numerous awesome moments, but the 12" "Annihilation" mix of "Two Tribes" takes the cake. Not only do you get the Epic Riff intro, but also the magnificent black humour of Patrick Allen telling us exactly what to do if your grandmother or any other member of the family should die while in the fallout shelter.
    • It's hard not to be stirred by the bombastic ballad "The Power Of Love".
    • RELAX! DON'T DO IT!
  • This qualifies as power-pop but pop nonetheless: Everclear. The entirety of So Much for the Afterglow counts as the best of its genre, but in terms of a single song, go with "Wonderful". The lyrics are what make it really awesome.
  • Jessie Ware. "Night Light" will never leave your head, and "Imagine It Was Us" will make you dance. That qualifies as awesome, right?
  • Maria Willson might have been unlucky enough to have her record company go under when she was just starting out but she was still able to release the awesome Mr Alibi.
  • Emma Bunton's solo career was topped off by the ridiculously catchy "What Took You So Long?" which also proved that she had one of the best voices in the Spice Girls.
  • This version of "Little Drummer Boy" by Pentatonix certainly qualifies as "awesome".
  • Lorde:
    • "Royals". With its catchy minimalist snap beat, her intelligent lyrics and her wonderful vocals, it's no wonder it broke into the U.S. at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    • Her cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is so awesome enough to give you chills. Think what you will of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but this cover is really great.
  • They may have been criticized for their use of synthesizers for some of their music, but Ace of Base do have songs that fit this category, like the catchy reggae of "All That She Wants" and "The Sign", which can even perk up the grumpiest person on Earth.
  • Versant:
    • All four songs from Heartbeats, the band's only EP, are excellent, with intelligent lyrics and intense instrumental and vocal work.
    • Push Away is deeply emotional. The demo might be even more so.
    • Out of Touch is darkly energetic, with wildly fluctuating tones. Special mention goes to the short guitar riff after the first chorus.
  • Aloe Blacc:
    • His soulful, energetic performance on The Man makes you feel warm all over.
    • Ticking Bomb lends his vocals to a dark beat as he croons apocalyptic, which was awesome enough for a Battlefield 4 commercial.
    • I Need A Dollar. The instrumentation makes it sounds like he's having such fun, even as he comments on the poor state of the economy.
  • Olly Murs' "Army of Two". With an opening section of strings, lyrics about how much Murs loves his fans, the epic marching band-styled beat and those sweet synths in the background, it's certainly a winning moment in pop music.
  • Icona Pop:
    • "On a Roll" is perhaps the most awesomely catchy electropop song ever created.
    • If you think that's catchy, wait til you hear I Love It, featuring Charli XCX.
  • Backstreet Boys:
    • Play "I Want It That Way" at any karaoke bar or party and see what happens. Or... play "Drowning" when you're alone and watch the same affect except solitary.
    • "The Call" is one incredible song! With a really great video to match as well.
    • As proven by the Fluffy Cloud Heaven Dance Party Ending of This Is the End, this list wouldn't be complete without "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".
  • The gloriously gospel-esque "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith. He's so good that when he performed the song on Saturday Night Live, he sounded exactly like he did on the recording. And this was LIVE!
  • Despite the fact that neither song is precisely typical of them, both "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles are awesome for being extremely catchy, fun songs that are both easy to learn and great to rock out to. "Manic Monday" has an incredibly memorable accompaniment and harmonizing backing and expresses so many sentiments people have about that particular day, and one of the cheesiest lyrics ("My I-don't-have-to-run day") is also one of the most unique and iconic. "Walk Like an Egyptian", meanwhile, has awesome instrumentation (especially the drum work), and while the Word Salad Lyrics conjure up some...interesting images, it's very clear how much fun the girls had singing them, and altogether it creates a highly unusual-sounding song.
  • Nena's "99 Luftballoons/Red Balloons", whether you listen in German or English, is an amazing song. This is everything an anti-war protest song should be.
  • In the world of K Pop, the undisputed queens are hands-down Girls' Generation. Love them or hate them, SNSD consistently attains an all-kill (#1 on each of the Top 7 music charts in Asia) with every single or album they make... usually within a few hours of release. To date, their most famous song Gee has over 152 million + views on YouTube. Not as high as, say, Taylor Swift, but they are still the most popular girl group in Asia ever.
  • Heidi Montag's Body Language is a really catchy song that proves that not all reality TV stars are bad at singing.
  • "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins is just made up of awesome.

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