Most Underrated Song of 2017

Hi guys,

One of the features on my blog has been highlighting songs that tend to go under the radar. Last year, there were a few songs that just didn’t get the air-time they deserved, including The All-American Rejects’ comeback song “Sweat” and Foster the People’s Vegas-sounding “Sit Next To Me.” While those are great tunes, neither gets the title of what I feel is 2017’s most underrated song — “Stroll On” by MUTEMATH.



You may be more familiar with MUTEMATH’s song “Typical“, which, while not charting on the Billboard Hot 100, did reach #33 on the Alternative charts. This song is so laid-back and easy-going, it’s almost dream-like. The tune is psychedelic, a little funky, and soars in the most perfect spots. It’s like the group is singing from a distance, out in space with their guitars, hypnotizing you with their melodic sound. “Stroll On”  is that transportive. If you think I’m over-selling it, just listen to it. You’ll see what I mean.


What do you think? What’s your most underrated song of 2017? I’d love to know so tell me in the comments. See you next time!


Best of the Year – 2017

Hi everyone,

2017 has been a year of surprises. The biggest one? That I actually enjoyed a lot of the things that came out of it! Movies in particular were better than they’ve been in years thanks to entries like Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Today, I’m revealing my absolute favorites in 5 different categories – Best Movie, Best Song, Best Album/Soundtrack, Best Television Show, and Best Book. I’d love to hear your favorites too. Without further ado, here are my favs!

Best Movie:

Thor: Ragnarok

What can I say about this masterpiece that hasn’t already been said? A true “marvel”, Thor: Ragnarok is everything superhero nerds like me want — action, humor, style, did I mention humor? Thor 3 is full of one-liners and one-two punches. Not only that, it’s also brimming with characterization, turning what was essentially the most mediocre of the Big 4 Avengers into a star. Loki is also treated perfectly, vain, conflicted, deceitful. Brava! Oh, and all the new characters – Valkyrie, Grandmaster, Hela, Skurge — are dynamic and fun. It’s a non-stop joyride, and you’re crazy not to get on it!

Best Song:

Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

Earlier this year, I did a post called 10 Best Songs of 2017 (So Far). My top pick was, and still is, “Bad Liar”. We’ve had some great songs since June (“Feels” by Calvin Harris, “How Long” by Charlie Puth, “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons), but none compare to Selena Gomez’s clever ode to unspoken feelings. It sounds like nothing else on the radio, so merely for that, I like it. Selena’s voice also sounds great, it’s creative, and I hope to hear more songs like it in 2018.

Best Album/Soundtrack:

Tie: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack and Anastasia Soundtrack


This was seriously a toss-up. The Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack kicks intergalactic booty with another powerhouse sampling of 70s hits including “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac and “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO. We are immersed in the film’s stellar moments thanks to Director James Gunn’s excellent song choices. On the other hand, Anastasia picks up right where the 1997 film left off with bright interpretations of classics like “Journey to the Past” and “Learn To Do It.” Plus, the same songwriters from the original film, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, include new songs such as “In my Dreams” and “The Neva Flows”, crafting an enchanting musical embrace that takes you way back in time. Both go to show that some of the best music today lies in the past. Whether you’re in the mood for sweeping ballads or classic rock, these are two albums you definitely need to listen to.

Best Television Show:

The Orville

My most anticipated show of 2017 turned out to be one of my absolute favorites ever! And that’s saying a lot because I’ve seen a ton of shows. Seth MacFarlane is one of those guys you either love or hate. I personally love him! Family Guy aside, he’s funny, cheeky, dark, strange, and yet surprisingly heart-felt (Ted and Ted 2.) My original expectations for Orville, as they were for many people, revolved around the show being an out-and-out Star Trek parody. Boy, were we wrong! Orville is more like a space satire, a hodge-podge of funny episodes and impressive subversive episodes that critique societal norms.

What? From Seth MacFarlane? Yes! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love how Seth often takes a backseat as his character Ed Mercer, while his crew have unique, individual episodes of their own. He’s made a family at Fox, and I’m looking forward to seeing Season 2 blast off next year!

Best Book:

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Before this year, I never picked up a brand new book for the simple reason that — I’m cheap. I’d rather wait until the books is on sale. But this story, I had to have right away. . .and I’m so glad I spent the money. This magical YA novel follows a young girl named Scarlett as she races through the mystical town of Caraval in order to rescue her kidnapped sister from the clutches of the elusive Legend. It’s a heart-pounding journey through a dark, fantastical land filled with love, danger, and sacrifice. This is YA at its finest people, and by a debut author no less! If you read one book next year, pick this one up. Oh, and it’s getting a sequel next year too. . .so there’s that!


And that’s 2017 for ya! Compiling this list was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed sharing my favorites with you guys. But these are just a few of my favorite things. I’d love to know yours. So please share in the comments.

Have a great holiday (hope no Grinches steal your presents!)


Hi everyone!

For the start of the summer, I’ve got another underrated song you may want to add to your playlist. It’s by singer/songwriter Liz Phair and it’s called “Red Light Fever.”

You might know Liz Phair from the song “Why Can’t I?” featured in the movie 13 Going on 30. I love that song! And this song comes from the same album! Off the self-titled  Liz Phair, “Red Light Fever” is a song about fear. The singer is frustrated because her friend is either too afraid to be himself (the green light) or too afraid to commit to his girlfriend (the red light.) She just wants him to take a chance, but he keeps stalling at the lights, never really getting to his destination.

It was never released as a single, but it’s one of my favorite songs of hers. I really connect with the lyrics themselves. So, give it the green light and enjoy!


What do you think? What’s your favorite underrated Liz Phair song? Tell me in the comments?


See you in July!

10 Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)

Hi Guys!

We’re almost half-way through 2017 and already we’ve had a few great radio hits. Here is my list of the 10 best songs of the year so far.

10. Kissing Strangers – DNCE ft. Nicki Minaj

DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” was a massive hit last year. “Kissing Strangers” contains all of that summery dance feel with a sweet hook and a great rap from Nicki. It’s pure fluff, but it’s fun fluff.

9. Slow Hands – Niall Horan 

Harry Styles “Sign of the Times” may be the bigger hit with its Beatlesy sound, but I prefer this song by another One Direction alum Niall Horan. It’s great for a weekend drive, so clap along right with the lyrics.

8. Low – Todrick Hall ft. Ru Paul

At #8, I want to give a shout-out to Todrick Hall for his song, “Low.” This is a strong dance number with intelligent, hilarious lyrics surrounding a Wizard of Oz theme. Plus, it features RuPaul!

7. Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai 

Most people know Jam (yes, I’m calling him “Jam”) from his 90s hit “Virtual Insanity.” This upbeat, funky tune is a great showcase for his unique sound and a good song to dance to.

6. I Feel it Coming – Daft Punk ft. The Weeknd

Daft Punk always finds a way to breath life into repetitive dance tunes. They did it again here with The Weeknd. Perfect for a slow-dance under the stars.

5. Bom Bidi Bom – Nick Jonas ft. Nicki Minaj

From the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack, this Nick/Nicki collab is just ripe for shakin’ those hips! It didn’t get released as a single, but this stands as one of the sexiest songs of the year.

4. Rockabye – Clean Bandit ft. Anne-Marie and Sean Paul 

Clean Bandit always offers great music. From their first big hit with “Rather Be”, I’ve seen them spawn strong dance tunes ever since. This one, with its message about the lengths a mother will go to provide for her family, is another solid entry. Anne-Marie’s vocals add a nice touch. Can’t wait to hear more from them!

3. Stay – Zedd and Alessia Cara

Honestly, I don’t like either Zedd’s or Alessia’s music separately. But when they came together, they created this catchy little gem. The chorus is strong, and it captures the direness of the singer’s plea to keep her lover with her. I’m sure this one will “stay” on the charts for awhile.

2. Shape of You Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is probably the biggest hit of the year so far, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s catchy, it’s unique, and it’s by Ed Sheeran. Luckily, this song is only a taste of how great his album “Divide” is. Definitely check it out!

1. Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

And finally, we get to my pick for the best song of the year so far — “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez. Talk about catchy! If you’re not singing this chorus after hearing it, you must be deaf! It’s so fun, Selena sounds great, and there’s so many twists and turns in this pop gem, it’s worth a few listens. And I ain’t lyin’!


What do you think? What’s your favorite song of the year so far? Tell me in the  comments!


More fun. . .coming soon!


Hi everyone,

In honor of Katy Perry’s new single, “Swish, Swish”, and her upcoming album, Witness, I thought I’d go back and give you what I think is her most underrated song. It’s called “Pearl.”


From her album, Teenage Dream, “Pearl” is a charming ballad that shows Katy’s softer side. Never released as a single, it nevertheless holds a place in my eyes as one of her best songs. Katy sings about a girl that was ruined by a guy, a girl that was once as beautiful as a pearl, but allowed her relationship to change her. The mood is cold and dark to demonstrate the girl’s sadness.

The twist? Katy’s that girl! Despite this revelation, it ends on an empowering note, that she’ll move on and get stronger, and other women can too.


What do you think? What’s your favorite underrated Katy Perry song? Tell me in the comments.

See you later!


Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an underrated song, I know. It has been on my mind. So today, I’ve got a whole new song for you. Well, a whole old song, but one you hopefully will enjoy as much as I have. It’s from, you guessed it, ELO. Wait, did you actually guess it? Props!

This gem is taken from the Xanadu soundtrack. For those who don’t know, Xanadu is an 80s disco musical starring Olivia Newton John. It flopped big-time at the box-office, but the soundtrack is actually really great. One of its biggest hits is the song “Magic” by Olivia herself.

However, my favorite song off the album is “The Fall.” ELO provides a few other songs for the soundtrack, but even though it was never released as a single, I love this one the most. It’s about a relationship that’s gone under and the singer is the one taking the blame for it, or rather, “the fall.” The tune is melodic, and yet comes with those chorus punches that get you right in the gut. It reinforces the idea of being awoken from the dream of a wonderful relationship – POW! And it ends on a strong note too.

Whether you’re familiar with ELO or not, this is a beautiful song that deserves more attention. I hope you’ll “fall” in love with it like I did.

What do you think? Do you have an underrated ELO song? Tell me in the comments!

See you again, real soon!


Underrated Song: The Way It Was

Hey guys!

I know it’s been awhile since my last underrated song, but it’s back! Who gets the honor of being my first underrated song of 2017? The Killers!

“The Way It Was” is a beautiful, soaring song from The Killers’ fourth album Battle Born released in 2012. For some reason, it was never released as a single. I don’t know why — it’s unforgettable! Brandon Flowers’ voice is heart-wrenching, asking if his relationship with his girlfriend could ever return to the state it was before. He talks about the past, as though it were a drive in the desert at night. Dark, hot, endless.

Without a definitive conclusion, the singer simply wonders — Can we be what we were? Can we go back? Can we love like each other like we once did? Is it possible?

You know what is possible? That you’re going to love this song!

What’s your favorite underrated Killers’ song? Tell me in the comments.

This is the Pop Culture Grinch, signing off!