“Moves Like Jagger”
Disco might not be as hated as it once was, but any song that uses that genre’s elements has to be careful, and Maroon 5 is anything but careful. The band is the pinnacle of produced pop – plenty of their songs have reached the top of the charts only for people to get sick of the manufactured sound.
They disappear as fast as they arrive. “Moves Like Jagger” had the hearts and minds of the world for a little while, at least. And it gave Christina Aguilera a little bit of a comeback, too.
Alvin & The Chipmunks
“I Like To Move It”
This one should come as no surprise. Anything that comes from the Chipmunks brand appeals to kids and kids only, with songwriting and musical choices that will drive everyone else up the wall.
Take a repetitive-if-catchy song and speed it up until it sounds like it's being sung by rodents, and you have a recipe for a song toddlers will love but parents will loathe. Nobody over the age of ten is interested in this tune, and for perfectly good reason.
The years just prior to the turn of the millennium were a bit of a dark time for pop music lyrics. Take for instance the poetry of Des'ree's song “Life,” which includes lines like “I don't want to see a ghost / I'd rather have a piece of toast.” No, the lyrics aren't really the important part when it comes to pop songs, but they still matter.
Once the beat started to get dry, people turned to the lyrics and decided to stop listening to “Life.” Simply put, there were better options out there.
Scouting for Girls
“She's So Lovely”
Combining that song title with that band name makes a lot of people give pause. But that's beside the point – the catchy tune and popular idea of thinking a girl is pretty and wanting to get to know her captured hearts.
Tons of commercials and TV shows started using it. Tons. You couldn't flip through the channels without hearing snippets of it during its heyday, and we all know what happens when we have to hear a song over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
There are plenty of pop songs about the industry, from writing and recording to producing or just “being a pop star,” but “These Words” are one of the few to be about writer's block and the pressure to create another hit.
The singing mimics Alanis, but the writing tends to float around the industry a little too much, and while the song was catchy, it just became one pop song among others as time went on. There were just better options when it came to soulful singers of her kind.