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Saturday, January 5, 2013

You've heard of this song. Have you also heard of...?

 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")


4. Maoli ft. Fiji: "Blew It"

 

 

Why is it Awesome? It takes a strong, powerful stand to not take an ex back--and yet at the same time you feel so relaxed and carefree sway-on-your-feet. 

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