iTunes top ten hits have alternative sounds

Published by adviser, Author: Harmony Kasper - Rocket Contributor, Date: November 6, 2013

The iTunes top 10 songs at the moment could not be any more different from each other.  The list includes soulful music, hip-hop, R&B, pop and more.  There is a reason these songs are the most popular downloads right now.  Each one reflects the artist’s personal sound that connects with so many fans around the world.

1. “Bad Day”- Justin Bieber

Let’s begin with everyone’s favorite “bad boy”.  Even though I dislike Bieber, I will admit, the sound is different from his previous hits and ties closer with other pop/R&B favorites like Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake.  The song displays a raw voice for Justin that sometimes cannot be credited with all the electronic sound and digital editing with his previous singles. I don’t know if it’s the music or the lyrics, but this song is definitely a new Justin.

2. “Royals”- Lorde

Did you know Lorde (whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor) is only sixteen years old?  Listening to “Royals” without knowing the age of this up-and-coming superstar from New Zealand could fool anyone.  Currently on many radio stations, this song holds the No. 1 spot for numerous reasons.  It may be the snapping in the background, the sultry music that goes along with Lorde’s unique voice, or the exotic lyrics that sound different from anything you have ever heard.  I know one thing’s for sure when this song is in my head, I cannot get it out.

3. “Story of My Life”- One Direction

Could this boy band be any more on top of the world right now?  Their new song brings emotion along with a video that I am sure will make any viewer’s heart melt.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell which member is singing because their voices blend so perfectly.  I must give credit to a band that has done it right since their formation on the British X Factor.

4. “Roar”- Katy Perry

Katy Perry never fails in releasing a powerful, independent, female anthem.  This singer has repeatedly released hits that have stayed on the charts for weeks and have never left our minds.  This song specifically includes upbeat rhythm and lyrics that many can relate to at some point in our lives.  Not to mention the over-the-top, crazy video that Perry does so well with every single she releases.  You’re going to hear her roar!

5. “Counting Stars”- OneRepublic

I do not follow OneRepublic, but after listening to this song a few times, I am obsessed.  This song definitely gives that cool, alternative vibe that has both fast and slow transitions to it.  For a band that has been in the business since 2003, there is nothing stopping them from continuing their dreams of making music.  I can see this song continuing to rise, possibly to the number one spot.

6. “Wake Me Up”- Avicii

I feel as though this song has been out for a while, so I was very surprised to see it on the list.  Avicii’s hit may be overplayed on the radio, but it’s still popular amongst iTunes users.  In case you didn’t know, Avicii (whose real name is Tim Bergling) is a Swedish DJ.  This song combines the soulful voice of Aloe Blacc with the hard, techno beats by the DJ’s board to make something special.

7. “Wrecking Ball”- Miley Cyrus

After already writing a music review on Miley’s new album, I can deem myself an expert on her music.  I don’t know of anyone who has heard this song and cannot sympathize with Miley.  The emotions are raw and without thinking about the confusing video, you can feel the pain she must feel based on her break-up with Liam Hemsworth.

8. “Perfume”- Britney Spears

Britney is back!  With a new album titled “Britney Jean” out this month, there is no stopping this mother of two from doing what she has done for so long.  Loyal Britney fans will love the song but if you’re not one who usually follows her, it won’t do anything for you.  The title and song lyrics do not have a great purpose that draws me in to listen more than once.

9. “Let Her Go”- Passenger

The song seems light, resembling the music a “hipster” might gravitate towards.  Passenger was a British folk/rock band until they broke up and lead singer Mike Rosenberg continued solo under the band’s name.  His voice has a higher pitch, but is soft and fits along with the acoustics.  It is definitely unique in a world with so many singers.  The song is good for long car rides home this current season.

10. “Timber” (feat. Ke$ha) – Pitbull

The sound to this song is upbeat country, which does not correspond with either of the two artists.  Pitbull does his usual rap parts while Ke$ha carries most of the song.  If you are a fan of either of these two artists I am sure you will enjoy the song.  For me, it was nothing new from either of these two artists and their previous collaborations.


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