ONE DIRECTION - STEAL MY GIRL
If you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years and this happens to be your first time listening to One Direction (seriously?!), you'd think these guys are the offspring of hair rockers like Bon Jovi, Van Halen and Survivor.
One of the most popular boybands now, the UK quintet's latest single is a fun sing-along bar jam that brings to mind 80s arena hits. Indeed, it's so rock-oriented that netizens have accused the band of plagiarising pop punk band New Found Glory's song, It's Not Your Fault.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD - SOMETHING IN THE WATER
What I love most about Carrie Underwood is that unlike other pretty-faced singers who have ditched their country roots (*cough*Taylor Swift), the American Idol champion believes in sticking to what she's best at.
Like Underwood's previous heartstring-tuggers So Small and Just a Dream, Something In The Water showcases her impressive vocal range and nuances. Underwood, who is expecting her first child, can sing nursery rhymes and we'd still be bowled over.
LORDE - YELLOW FLICKER BEAT
New Zealand musical ingenue Lorde just keeps getting better at her craft of songwriting.
Enviable, considering that she's just 17.
Yellow Flicker Beat, from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, is haunting, gothic and filled with dramatic undertones ("I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm/ And the scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold"). If you thought the standard of Lorde's breakout hit Royals was beyond her years, this is 10 times more polished.
This article was first published on Oct 8, 2014.
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