1. PSY: "It's Art"
I'll still remember the time I heard PSY's "Gangnam Style" come on Power 104.3, one of Honolulu's major radio stations. I remember thinking, "WOW! A Korean song, playing on mainstream American radio? Amazing!!!"
PSY has been a singing sensation for quite a while, his first album debuting in 2001. He was also born in Gangnam, the wealthy district of Seoul featuring in the international popular hit. Here's another favorite song of his:
Why is it Awesome? From the moment the chorus swells, you're swept off your feet by a beautiful and moving melody.
2. Bruno Mars: "Show Me"
The fast-paced "Locked Out Of Heaven" is instantly memorable, but equally so is this slower reggae jam:
Why is it Awesome? I dare you to listen to it and not hum the chorus all day. It gets you in a very good...mood...
3. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz: "Thrift Shop"Pretty much all of Macklemore's songs are witty and highly entertaining, as well as catchy. I'm a little bit biased, too-- the down-to-earth musician is originally from the Seattle area.
Why is it Awesome? It's clever and exposes the designer clothes industry for what it is-- "Yo, that's fifty dollars for a t-shirt." (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop")