“Mr. Lonely” was the first international hit for Senegalese-American singer and rapper Akon. It was popular in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and France.
Lots of people loved it, but some thought it would get dear, departed Bob Marley spinning in his grave. The lyrics are syrupy, the voice modulation is tacky, and the accent that Akon uses doesn’t sound all that natural. There were many that thought this was an unexpected Chipmunks song until Akon started singing for real.
“Take My Breath Away”
Written for the 1986 blockbuster hit “Top Gun,” “Take My Breath Away” is a schmaltzy ballad that made its way to the top of the charts thanks to the power of the movie. Buoyed by that airplay, it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe for the same, both in 1986.
The song is undeniably catchy, but when you sit down and think about them, the lyrics just don’t make any sense. Brace yourself for the film's reboot if you’re sick of this song.
Earworms might get much playtime, but they usually aren't all that beloved. Nevertheless, when a one-time real estate agent named Peter Andre hired a Jamaican rapper to help with the song “Mysterious Girl,” they knew they had a real hit on their hands.
The sounds conjured up beaches and palm trees, but critics found the song somewhat derivative. It got plenty of play and people liked it, but the reggae sound was left behind as tastes changed. Good luck hearing it on the radio nowadays.
Truth be told, this song could very well be a parody of vapid, lifeless pop music. It has a trap beat playing while people talk about selfies.
The band themselves even admitted that it was a joke and wasn't really supposed to be released...then how was it released? You don't just accidentally hit a button and the song is out there. It has to be produced! Mixed! Mastered! Sounds like saving face to us. It's barely even a song.
“Tubthumping” is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to the history of the band that produced it. Chumbawamba was a heavy, political band that wrote songs about deep, angry topics. Most of the time. This time, they wanted to make something fun to attract more listeners. It worked, but only for a while.
Punk fans hated them “Selling out” while non-punks didn't like any of their other songs. The hooligan quality of the song made it fun to party to, but not much else.