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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
MOOO HAW HAW! Happy Halloween, everyone!
To celebrate this momentous day, I have a song from the one and only Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga. It’s time to get creepy, it’s time to get scary, it’s time to get. . .German?
The “Scheibe” is in! This is a song from Gaga’s album Born this Way, and it’s a stand-out! “Scheibe” is an odd mishmash of faux German and fun dance beats. It reached number 6 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart and number 11 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart as well. When this album first released in 2011, “Scheibe” and “The Edge of Glory” were my favorite songs immediately. Both songs are so full of life and crackle with energy. “Scheibe” didn’t chart nearly as high as “The Edge of Glory”, but the charts don’t tell all. Next time you need something different at the club, try this weird pop powerhouse!
What do you think? What’s your favorite underrated Gaga song?
Oh, and shout-out to Gaga herself. Congratulations on the new album, Joanne!
Well, that’s October done. I hope you’ve enjoyed some overlooked gems in the music world. I’ll be back with more overlooked gems soon.
Bye for now!
For this week’s post, I thought I’d focus on of my favorite artists of all time, Elton John. He has produced great songs from “Little Jeannie” to “I Want Love” and is one of the world’s greatest musical acts. Elton was the first artist I ever really fell in love with (excluding Weird Al) and his music has been a constant remember of those early days when I was discovering music for the first time.
For years, there’s been one song that I’d always thought was special that never got enough credit. I’m presenting that song here today. It’s called “Breaking Hearts (Ain’t What It Used to Be.)”
Ever heard of this one, guys? Unless you’re a big Elton John fan you probably wouldn’t. It wasn’t even released as a single. It’s from his album Breaking Hearts and boy is it, heart-breaking. A beautiful ballad about the realization, later in life, that loneliness is the consequence of all the heart-ache the singer caused in his relationships. The song soars to an angelic height, and finally rests in a resigned state. Essentially, this is what I’ve done, and this is what I get.
What do I get out of it? A great song to share with you!
So, what do you think? Am I wrong? Is it just another cheesy ballad? Tell me in the comments.
Next week, an underrated song from Mother Monster.