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Jun 17, 2013

Weekly Listening Journal: 1980-2000

Physical by Olivia Newton-John

When this starts playing, you instantly think…the 80s! The reason for this is the beat in which the style of it is popularly attributed to the 80s. I also noticed that the lyrics give off sexual connotations. No doubt this song and the video caused a bit of controversy at the time.

Material Girl by Madonna

I think is my secret theme song. This song also has a beat much like Physical. Something I’ve always found standing out to me is the way Madonna’s voice sounds during this time period. It’s quite shrill (to me)!

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics

Annie Lennox truly rocks! The synth on this track is really spot on.  Lennox’s vocals deliver the lyrics in such a way that no one can compete with by trying to cover this song.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

No doubt this is Pat Benatar’s most recognizable song. Something notable about this song vs the previous songs is the lack of synthesizers. The song makes use of traditional band composition (guitars, drums, bass, etc.). I also have to add how Pat Benatar gives off the feeling of being a strong woman without coming off as masculine.

Smooth Operator by Sade

This song is smooth, jazz that is.  It’s nice to hear this song after the jazz unit last week because I can hear the influence in this song. The vocals on this song are just as smooth and the music.

99 Luftballons by Nena

I love the 3 different sounds in this song has at different points, like the soft/ballad vibe at the beginning, the faster, rock sound during the verses and chorus, and the inbetween instrumental. It’s great to hear a female fronted foreign rock band. I like both the German and English versions.

Conga by Gloria Estefan

This song is a mix of Latin influences and 80s style music. A great like Gloria Estefan really made for women like Selena and Jennifer Lopez. If you don’t want to conga while listening to this song, then you should check your ears!

Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles

I always wondered where the dance came from! It’s interesting because I never would have thought that a song like this would become a single. However, I think it’s awesome that this song was done by an all female rock band!

I Hate Myself For Loving You by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joan Jett has a unique and distinct voice. In this song like most of her songs, you can hear her tough woman attitude. I enjoy this side of Joan, even though I much prefer her in The Runaways.

Ironic by Alanis Morissette

This song taught me what irony meant. I like how she creates ironic situations in the lyrics. Alanis’ voice is something that stands out to me. Plus how can you not sing along to the chorus?

Just A Girl by No Doubt

Gwen Stefani is my idol. She has always been able to hold her own as the only girl in a band full of boys/men. In this song, you really understand how she feels about women stereotypes.

If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow does a great job of blending country and rock. There is definitely a dark overcast on the tone of the song. I can she the tone of this song inspiring Avril Lavigne’s second album. 

Wannabe by Spice Girls

This song is my one true weakness. The return of the girl group, but the 90s version. There’s something nice about this song to me. For me, I think it’s great how the song preaches friendship and something that we can’t go without in this world.

…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

This is the first pop song I ever fell in love with. Britney Spears really defines teen pop of the late 90s with this song. I know there’s that underlying controversy with the lyric “hit me baby one more time” having physical abuse connotations. However, I have never interpreted it that way even listening to it now.

Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child

Something that stands out about this song is the lyrics. They act as a source of empowerment for women. Basically, the lyrics describe deadbeat men who take advantage of women who are paying the bills and do nothing to repay them.

Man! I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain

This song definitely praises the perks of being a woman. Not only are the lyrics fun, but so is the music. In this case, the beat is a crossover between country and pop…it’s very dance-y!

Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera

I forgot what early career Christina sounded like! Contrasting Britney Spears’ wholesome image, Christina definitely sang more mature and provocative songs at the time. It’s interesting this type late 90s of teen pop.

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