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iTunes Top Downloads -- November 19, 2006

This is a moment in time snapshot of the current top downloads from iTunes. We take a snapshot each week at the same time and post it here. To preview the songs, click on a link. You will need to have iTunes installed - Click Here to Download iTunes

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Pop - Top 10 SongsPop - Top 10 Albums
1. Fergalicious - Fergie
2. My Love (Single Version) - Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.
3. Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani
4. Fergalicious (Edited Version) - Fergie
5. Hurt - Christina Aguilera
6. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
7. Maneater - Nelly Furtado
8. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
9. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
10. Wait a Minute - The Pussycat Dolls
1. FutureSex / LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake
2. The Dutchess (Bonus Tracks) - Fergie
3. Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae
4. Now That's What I Call Music!: 23 - Various Artists
5. Some Hearts - Carrie Underwood
6. The Evolution of Robin Thicke - Robin Thicke
7. Eye to the Telescope - KT Tunstall
8. Back to Basics - Christina Aguilera
9. Loose (iTunes Version) - Nelly Furtado
10. Take the Weather With You - Jimmy Buffett

Alternative - Top 10 SongsAlternative - Top 10 Albums
1. It Ends Tonight - The All-American Rejects
2. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
3. Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
4. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence
5. When You Were Young - The Killers
6. Move Along - The All-American Rejects
7. Hate (I Really Don't Like You) - Plain White T's
8. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
9. Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye
10. Here It Goes Again - O.K. Go
1. 9 - Damien Rice
2. When Your Heart Stops Beating - +44
3. The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
4. Sam's Town - The Killers
5. Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
6. Skin and Bones (Bonus Track Version) - Foo Fighters
7. The Open Door - Evanescence
8. Move Along - The All-American Rejects
9. The Information (Bonus Video Version) - Beck
10. Ys - Joanna Newsom

Rock - Top 10 SongsRock - Top 10 Albums
1. How to Save a Life - The Fray
2. Lips of an Angel - Hinder
3. Waiting On the World to Change - John Mayer
4. Far Away - Nickelback
5. The Saints Are Coming (Live from New Orleans) - Green Day & U2
6. Lips of an Angel - Hinder
7. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
8. Boston - Augustana
9. Through Glass - Stone Sour
10. Rock Star - Nickelback
1. The Pick of Destiny - Tenacious D
2. Continuum - John Mayer
3. How to Save a Life - The Fray
4. The Road to Escondido - J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
5. The Best of What's Around, Vol. 1 (Bonus Tracks) - Dave Matthews Band
6. An Other Cup - Yusuf Islam
7. The Pick of Destiny - Tenacious D
8. Extreme Behavior (Digital Version) - Hinder
9. Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney
10. Till the Sun Turns Black (Bonus Track) - Ray LaMontagne

Country - Top 10 SongsCountry - Top 10 Albums
1. She's Everything - Brad Paisley
2. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift
3. Once In a Lifetime - Keith Urban
4. Want To - Sugarland
5. My Wish - Rascal Flatts
6. My Little Girl (From the Motion Picture "My Friend Flicka") - Tim McGraw
7. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner
8. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney
9. What Hurts the Most - Rascal Flatts
10. I Loved Her First - Heartland
1. Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing - Keith Urban
2. Enjoy the Ride - Sugarland
3. Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks
4. Me And My Gang (Bonus Track) - Rascal Flatts
5. Stand Still, Look Pretty - The Wreckers
6. Small Town Girl - Kellie Pickler
7. Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift
8. Time Well Wasted - Brad Paisley
9. 16 Biggest Hits: Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
10. Long Trip Alone - Dierks Bentley

Comedy - Top 10 SongsComedy - Top 10 Albums
1. White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" By Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
2. Canadian Idiot (Parody of "American Idiot" By Green Day) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
3. Ebay (Parody of "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
4. Amish Paradise (Parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
5. A Complicated Song (Parody of "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
6. The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
7. The Thanksgiving Song - Adam Sandler
8. Shoes - Kelly
9. Couch Potato (Parody of "Lose Yourself" by Eminem) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
10. Confessions, Pt. 3 (Parody of "Confessions, Pt. 2" By Usher) - "Weird Al" Yankovic
1. Harmful If Swallowed - Dane Cook
2. Straight Outta Lynwood - "Weird Al" Yankovic
3. Retaliation - Dane Cook
4. Beyond the Pale - Jim Gaffigan
5. The Carnegie Hall Performance - Lewis Black
6. El Mas C*****n (E.M.C.) - George Lopez
7. Mitch All Together - Mitch Hedberg
8. This Is Carlos Mencia - Carlos Mencia
9. You Can't Fix Stupid - Ron White
10. Strategic Grill Locations (Live) - Mitch Hedberg

Soundtracks - Top 10 SongsSoundtracks - Top 10 Albums
1. Mad World - Michael Andrews
2. Life Is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
3. If We Were a Movie - Hannah Montana
4. Get Up - Ciara featuring Chamillionaire
5. Who Said - Hannah Montana
6. Dance With Me - Drew Seeley featuring Belinda & The Cheetah Girls
7. I Got Nerve - Hannah Montana
8. Pumpin' Up the Party - Hannah Montana
9. Mad World (From "Donnie Darko") - Sacre
10. The Other Side of Me - Hannah Montana
1. Happy Feet (Music from the Motion Picture) - Various Artists
2. A Brokedown Melody (Music from and Inspired By the Film) - Various Artists
3. Hannah Montana (Songs from and Inspired By the Hit TV Series) - Hannah Montana
4. Casino Royale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Digital Version] - David Arnold & Nicholas Dodd
5. Marie Antoinette (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists
6. Cars (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - Various Artists
7. Grey's Anatomy, Vol. 2 (TV Soundtrack Version) - Various Artists
8. Moulin Rouge (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - Moulin Rouge
9. The Last Kiss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered) - Vince Guaraldi Trio

R&B / Soul - Top 10 SongsR&B / Soul - Top 10 Albums
1. Irreplaceable - Beyoncé
2. Too Little, Too Late - JoJo
3. Say Goodbye - Chris Brown
4. Promise (Main Version) - Ciara
5. Ring the Alarm - Beyoncé
6. Save Room - John Legend
7. Sexy Love - Ne-Yo
8. Yeah! - Usher featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris
9. Unappreciated - Cherish
10. SOS - Rihanna
1. Once Again - John Legend
2. Between Friends - Tamia
3. B'Day - Beyoncé
4. A Girl Like Me - Rihanna
5. The High Road - JoJo
6. Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection - Stevie Wonder
7. Get Lifted - John Legend
8. The Breakthrough (iTunes Version) - Mary J. Blige
9. Testimony: Vol. 1 Life & Relationship - India.Arie
10. The Return - Ruben Studdard

Hip Hop / Rap - Top 10 SongsHip Hop / Rap - Top 10 Albums
1. I Wanna Love You - Akon
2. I Wanna Love You - Akon
3. Smack That (Dirty) - Akon
4. Show Me What You Got - Jay-Z
5. Smack That - Akon
6. Money Maker - Ludacris
7. We Fly High - Jim Jones
8. Shortie Like Mine (Featuring Chris Brown & Johntá Austin) - Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown & Johntá Austin
9. Chain Hang Low - Jibbs
10. Love Me or Hate Me - Lady Sovereign
1. Doctor's Advocate - The Game
2. Konvicted (Exclusive Version) - Akon
3. Konvicted (Exclusive Version) - Akon
4. Doctor's Advocate - The Game
5. Like Father Like Son - Birdman & Lil Wayne
6. Me, Myself & I - Fat Joe
7. Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) - Jim Jones
8. Release Therapy - Ludacris
9. Dedication, Vol. 2 - Lil' Wayne
10. Public Warning - Lady Sovereign

Dance - Top 10 SongsDance - Top 10 Albums
1. Miracle - Cascada
2. Everytime We Touch (Radio Mix) - Cascada
3. Cha Cha Slide (Original Live Platinum Band Mix) - Mr. C
4. Kernkraft 400 (Sport Chant Stadium Remix) - Zombie Nation
5. Everytime We Touch - Cascada
6. Sandstorm - Countdown Singers
7. What Is Love - Haddaway
8. Satisfaction - Benny Benassi & The Biz
9. Call On Me (Radio Edit) - Eric Prydz
10. Heaven - DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do
1. Jump - EP - Madonna
2. Hellogoodbye Remixes - EP - Hellogoodbye
3. 50 Trance Tunes, Vol. 1 (iTunes Exclusive) - Various Artists
4. Everytime We Touch - Cascada
5. Armin Van Buuren Presents: Armind, Vol. 3 - Various Artists
6. Jump - EP - Madonna
7. Om Winter Sessions - Justin Martin & Johnny Fiasco
8. Boys Wanna Be Her - EP - Peaches
9. 50 Trance Tunes, Vol. 2 - Various Artists
10. Hypnotica - Benny Benassi & The Biz

Electronic - Top 10 SongsElectronic - Top 10 Albums
1. Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap
2. Remind Me (Radio Edit) - Röyksopp
3. Speeding Cars - Imogen Heap
4. Galvanize - The Chemical Brothers
5. F**k the Pain Away - Peaches
6. The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim
7. One More Time - Daft Punk
8. Strict Machine - Goldfrapp
9. Starry Eyed Surprise - Oakenfold
10. Smack My Bitch Up - The Prodigy
1. Speak for Yourself - Imogen Heap
2. 45:33: Nike+ Original Run - LCD Soundsystem
3. Hôtel Costes, Vol. 9 By Stéphane Pompougnac - Various Artists
4. A Posteriori - Enigma
5. The Last Resort - Trentemøller
6. Drive: Nike+ Original Run - The Crystal Method
7. Sharam - Dubai - Global Underground 29 - Various Artists
8. Verve Remixed 3 (iTunes Version) - Various Artists
9. ESL Remixed - Various Artists
10. Talk to la Bomb - Brazilian Girls

J-Pop - Top 10 SongsJ-Pop - Top 10 Albums
1. Startin' (Original Mix) - Ayumi Hamasaki
2. Evolution (Original Mix) - Ayumi Hamasaki
3. Nanairono Ashita - Brand New Beat - BoA
4. Dakishimeru - BoA
5. Your Color - BoA
6. Fairyland (Original Mix) - Ayumi Hamasaki
7. Want Me, Want Me - Namie Amuro
8. Kimochiha Tsutawaru - BoA
9. Born to Be... (Original Mix) - Ayumi Hamasaki
10. Rock With You - BoA
1. Ayumi Hamasaki RMX Works from Ayuーmiーx 5 Nonーstop Mega Mix - Ayumi Hamasaki
2. Beat Space Nine - m-flo
3. Cyber Trance Presents Ayu Trance - Ayumi Hamasaki
4. Astromantic - m-flo
5. My Story - Ayumi Hamasaki
6. My Sweet Songs - EP - Smilerenjya
7. Super Eurobeat presents Ayu-Ro Mix - Ayumi Hamasaki
8. Startin' / Born to Be... - EP - Ayumi Hamasaki
9. Memorial Address - Ayumi Hamasaki
10. Vagabond / Noizy Tribe / Les Rythems Digitals Mix - EP - m.o.v.e

Anime - Top 10 SongsAnime - Top 10 Albums
1. One Piece Theme: Be a Pirate / You Can't Turn the Tide - Russell Velasquez
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I can't add reply to proper thread:

http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=31373

But me and Phil on a lark decided to try to listen to the itunes top 50 and write about it..not botrhering with seperating genres just treating it like a top 50:

http://concussion.blogspot.com/

We've made it to 16 thus far. 50-26 look like:

50. Stone Sour- Through Glass

TKG: This really sounds like a folk rocker doing a power ballad. Like this guy got tired of opening for Iron and Wine and realized he had a mortgage to pay.

PAS: There are actually a bunch of songs on this list which are basically power ballads, and it is interesting to try to figure out who the band wanted to be before they decided to throw it in and just become Skid Row. Stone Sour clearly wanted to be Songs:Ohia

TKG: For power ballad this feels like it belongs somewhere between REO Speedwagon's " Can't Fight This Feeling"and Boston's "Amanda".

49. Paula De Andra- Walk Away

PAS: Linda Perry completely ruined girl pop. With this basic Casio keyboard beat this could have been a perfectly passable 2001 Vitamin C album track. Now every single teen pop song has to be all maudlin and deep.

TKG: This needed a spoken part where she calls Mos Def to tell him about the jacket he left at her folks Mexican restaurant.

48. The Fray- Over My Head

TKG: Is this the theme song to Spider Man 3? The new Ghost Rider movie?

PAS: Have the Real World Denver spoilers leaked yet? Does the gay Southern Baptist kid attempt suicide? I imagine this is the song that plays while he gets the razor.

47. Gnarls Barkley- Crazy

TKG: This has been around long enough that I can't really write about the song itself and can only write nostalgically about memories of things that happened while listening to it. So I'm in this bar and meet this girl. She told me she was from DC so I asked her what high school she graduated from. When she told me, I asked her what year she graduated thinking I might know one of her classmates. She reluctantly told me that she graduated in 2002. She wanted me to know that people were always surprised about her youth, because she was kind of an old soul. She really liked old things and old music. I was expecting this to mean that she was into hot jazz or something but instead she told me "Like I really should have been alive when Marley was alive" Marley died in the 80s. That's old? Thats like claiming "I'm mature beyond my years because I like the Cars". It was a struggle, as laughing in some ones face normally will prevent you from getting pussy. She played Crazy on the jukebox as she wasn't an old enough "soul" to play "Lovely Day".

PAS: I saw Goodie Mob open for Fishbone and De La Soul in 1995, and they pretty much saved that show (Fishbone was so bad, my buddies girlfriend broke out the Economist mid set.) The highlight of the set was an amazing version of Cell Therapy done with Iron Man as a backing track. It is pretty weird to think that Cee Lo Green did basically two brilliant pieces of music 10 years apart. There were a bunch of bad Goodie Mob and solo albums in between Cell Therapy and Crazy, but if you are going to have a two song resume, those are a pair of songs to have.

46. Diddy featuring Nicole Scherzinger- Come to Me

PAS: Being somewhat ignorant about pop radio, when I saw Diddy did a song with someone name Nicole Scherzinger I figured that he got some Teutonic Opera Singer to sing the hook of his latest exploitative Biggie tribute. This was a lot less interesting then that would have been.

TKG: Bad Boy is all about being all baroque and over the top. Pushing stuff to be so over the top that it's almost tasteless. Should be about Diddy bringing together lots of talent and pushing them to be as over the top as possible with as much over the top production as possible. The production here wasn't especially expansive sounding and this only had one singer and Diddy. Where's the LOX?, Where's Craig Mack? Shouldn't deaf Foxy Brown be making overproduced seal noises? Bail out Shyne, damnit!!!

45. Plain White T's-Hate

TKG: False Advertisement. False advertisement. I was expecting a snap tune. D4L are better lyricists.

PAS: This has a semi-amusing chorus, and appears to use the Mighty Mouse theme as its guitar riff. It still may be the worst non-Fergie tune on this list

44. Taylor Swift- Tim McGraw

PAS: So it has gotten to the point where current shitty modern country artists are doing nostalgia songs about other shitty modern country artists. At least Alan Jackson wanted to be Waylon Jennings.

TKG: Jenny said when she was just five years old, you know there's nothing happenin' at all. Everytime she put on the radio, there was nothing going on at all. One fine morning she put on a Nashville Station and she couldn't believe what she heard. she started crying to that fine-fine music. Ooh her life was saved by Tim McGraw.

43. The All-American Rejects- Move Along

PAS: I saw Death Cab for Cutie play Constitution Hall a couple of weeks back. There was a long section in the middle of the show, where they did all of their pre O.C. indy stuff, which is all fine, but has no hooks. So you had a crowd of earnest 19 year olds wanting to sing along, but no hooks to sing. The All-American Rejects are a really sub par Death Cab for Cutie, but they at least write some hooks.

TKG: Is this the first pop tune with a Bo Diddley beat since George Michael's Faith? The opening drumming part also has a real cool hollowed out almost Adam and The Ants/Bow Wow Wow type production to it. I kind of like this tune . Good nostalgia for senior year song. I imagine fifteen years from now guys who graduated from high school in 2007 will listen to this and go "those were the days...Man. Frank, that car, that bridge" and then start crying.

42. Keith Urban- Once In a Lifetime

PAS: This song opens up with a Postal Serviceish spare electronic drum beat, and closes with a weird start and stop Q and not U guitar, and pretty much everything in the middle was standard pop country. I think we may have accidentally downloaded the Diplo remix of the original. Not actually a good song, but even stranger then any of the Timberland stuff on this list.

TKG: Is all Keith Urban this weird? The quiet quiet loud Dischord section segues into Mandolins and what the fuck. Feels like some sort of producers joke. I mean a country star with last name Urban. is this for real. I mean I guess there was an R&B hearthrob whose last name was Sweat. But...He's supposedly a New Zealander and I tend to like C&W from Oceania. The Koori country stuff with Aborigine's playing country rules. And a lot of country down under still has yodeling. This tune ends with Urban doing a little yodel. I kind of want to hear more Urban. For guys from Down Under doing fake country this may be weirder than anything Nick Cave has done.

41. Ciara- Promise

PAS: This was really dull, I have heard some Ciara before and usually her singles at least have a semi-interesting Jazzy Pha beat, but this was just boring. Who is still using Roger Troutman voice box stuff as innovative production in 2006? If you are going to jack Zapp, it shouldn't be this forgettable.

TKG: I didn't know there was non-Jazzy Pha Ciara. I mean I assume he wasn't involved with this as there wasn't two minutes of him telling me that he was there. I normally like Ciara but this did nothing for me and her attempts at falsetto didn't accomplish anything. I mean you go to falsetto it should be for some emotional payoff or something. And the spoken parts never felt confessional the way spoken parts should. This really felt like it was written for Tamia. Maybe she could have done something more with it.

40. Fergie- London Bridge

PAS: This is godawful for the most part, but I did kind like the horn stuff. It is kind of amusing production as they just throw three dozen things against the wall, and kind of come off with a nice horn. Only in England can a meth head become a sex symbol, I guess they just don't notice the teeth.

TKG: This is painful. I think there are a couple lines about scat in there somewhere which is always a good thing for a pop tune. I've heard this a million times before but this was the first time I heard the tinny horn blats. Fergie's attempts to sound like MIA are less convincing than Billy Childish's attempts to sound like Bo Diddley.

39. Augustana- Boston

TKG: I misread this and thought there actually was a band named Amanda ballsy enough to name their single Boston. I like the Shroeder piano. The lyrics and chorus won't make me forget Dave Loggins.

PAS: I really like the opening piano stuff, kind of reminded me of the Piano Man from Digital Underground, if he grew up in Berkeley instead of Oakland. There is really very little about this song I like besides the Piano.

38. The Game- Let's Ride

PAS: My old roommate briefly dated the ex-girlfriend of Ben Gibbard during the period he was writing multiple albums under multiple bands about their relationship collapsing. I wonder if Dr. Dre's new boyfriend feels as awkward about this album as my buddy felt about that.

TKG: Really? Is the Game's whole new album a breakup song? The Game built his first album around a bunch of hip-hop rewrites of "We Didn't Start the Fire". His second one will be reinterpretations of "And So it Goes"...? Here's hoping the Game never discovers "Goodnight Saigon". Someone needs to tell 50 Cent that he isn't Nate Dogg and no one wants to listen to him sing hooks. Game's fake 50 Cent as budget Nate Dogg is awful. I mean the one thing you can say about Billy Joel is he understood hooks.

37. Birdman & Lil' Wayne- Stuntin' Like My Daddy

TKG: This is the first tune on this list that I actively like and listen to regularly. But it's 2006. On some level the Cash Money/Bad Boy escapism through buying expensive motorcycles feels dated. In 2006 escapism is built on the choice to shake your head and "act stupid, dumb, dumb, dumb". You don't need fancy Yamaha's. It's 2006 for escapism you don't need product, "You can do it all by yourself". Still Lil Weezy can make the odes to the James Bond lifestyle work. It helps that he feels like he was raised in it. I always liked Birdman and Mannie Fresh as they seemed to know that they weren't really lyricists, and never tried to be. Just two guys slinging game than actual rap lyrics. It was endearing. But really you put Birdman next to Wayne and it just doesn't work. It's a shame Lil Wayne didn't have Olu Dara for a daddy. favorite part is Lil Wayne stopping to eat cornflakes in the middle of spitting a vese.

PAS: The ratio of this was two Wayne verses to one Birdman verse, but it really should have been three to one or four to one. I got the album and it was fine, but Wayne is a guy who puts out 6 mixtapes a year. The Album was sub Carter 2.7. Sub Cart 2.9, Sub Suffix and Sub Prefix. This was a pretty great single though, it is pretty impressive that Cash Money could lose Mannie Fresh as their main producer and still have such great beats. They are like the Walsh 49rs, you lose Montana, plug in Steve Young, Young goes down, Steve Bono or Jeff Kemp takes over.

36. Unk- Walk it Out

PAS: Like alot of the recent Atlanta rap, this is a really great hook and beat with kind of shitty rapper. Those songs really don't get good until they get actual good rappers to do the remix. I am sure the inevitable Lil' Wayne, Jay-Z, Bun B and lets say Rakim remix will be really awesome.

TKG: Really great hook plus a bunch of verses that really should be used as hooks. "it's on once again/Patron once again, I threw my head back then I froze like the wind." that's a hook right there. I mean "Froze Like the Wind" is a tune right there. I love the Lil John style keyboard stuff all over this. and you get the sense that even with all the keyboards this would segue nicely into a sparer Nitty type beat. Yeah the remixes are going to rule.

35. Green Day & U2- The Saints Are Coming

TKG: Is Green day an ex-Ska Punk band? Was that them on the horns? Many of the New Orleans Indians have lost their costumes and supplies. Bono could have put them on tambourine. Ernie K Doe's wife lost the Mother In Law Bar. Bono could have sang one of his tunes and the royalties could have really helped them out. Fats Domino almost died. He could use some royalties. Mia X is stuck trying to raise her children in Texas. Bono and Billy Joe could have covered "Bout it Bout it" and really helped her out. Instead they do this self aggrandizing original New Orleans music pastiche and hoard the royalty checks. Cash money is an army that Bono won't relinquish command of.

PAS: I know alot of people died, and many many more were left homeless, but this song may be the real tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Damn you Micheal Chertoff.

34. Danity Kane- Show Stopper

TKG: See this is what Diddy should be doing. This is weird expensive expansive sound....which pretty much is a snap beat with the theme from Halloween on loop. Diddy putting Young Joc together with a girl breathely talking about her auto's specs. And this is like a Paul Wall tune where description of car parts isn't a euphemism for something else. This isn't she has a nice trunk and shiny headlights. Nope car specs aren't about sex or anything else. When she says stick the key in the engine and make it purr...she's actually talking about putting a key in the engine and disengaging the parking break. It's about the actual car parts. We're sitting on 22, sitting in big bucket seats just me and you. Its like a Bikini Kill song about empowerment through changing your own tire. Except Bikini Kill actually might have actually use jack as a metaphor for something. No metaphor here. Young Joc is really out of place. Diddy really needed to get Paul Wall or the Tappett borthers. Not actually good, but this is the thing Diddy should be doing.

PAS: I think when Diddy told her to leak brake fluid it might have meant something else, but Diddy isn't really dirty enough to make that work so it might have been literal. The best part of this song was all the timing on the falsetto's "Sitting on twenty toooooos, mink bucket seats me and yooooooo." She also give a shout out to her Escaladies.

33. Lady Sovereign- Love Me or Hate Me

PAS: I clearly don't get British rap. I know that Lady Sovereign is really popular, but I can't get into some girl rapping about her hairy snatch over shitty video game beats. Call it a culture clash.

TKG: Well I really liked Shampoo who I think you can claim were rapping..I mean they weren't singing. and i tend to like arcade beats but the non arcade beats weren't as good as the beats in the Spice Girls "Wannabe". I don't think this is as lyrically interesting. I really thought Princess Superstar might make it as the Feminem. But apparently this fake Heather B has the number 33 song.

32. Pussycat Dolls- Wait a Minute

PAS: I really hate Missy Elliot, I mean an utter visceral shudder runs through me every-time I see her fat face or hear her voice. Outside of that, I pretty much enjoy everything Timbaland does. This was pretty lazy third rate Timbaland, the kind of beat that really belongs as a Magoo album track. If only Aaliyah had taken Royal Caribbean.

TKG: Umm. This is a tune with Nicole Shevardnadze doing the rapping and Timbaland singing the hook? I mean its Timba on the hook..like suddenly he's Pharrell. It is a pretty lazy beat and the song comes across as really derivative. i leave it thinking "Hey didn't Eddy Grant's cousin's neighbor put out something similar". Still I think with enough listens I might learn to like this as much as I like "Walk it Out"

31. Brad Paisley- She's Everything

PAS: She's the lint in my belly button, she's the bookmark in my John LeCarre novel, She's the iceburg lettuce on my turkey sandwich, she's EVEEERRRYYYY THIIIING TOOOO MEEE

TKG: Brad Paisley writes music for women. Songs about what women want to hear. I don't really care for his bland tunesmithing where this really fells like he combined the blandest parts of Jewels "You were meant for me" with the blandest parts of "Like a Rock". I don't care for his guitar solos which are really the most whisting sissy guitar solos. It's so wussy that it almost becomes an interesting effect. Like an anti-Duane Eddy. I imagine Neil Haggerty would copy for a noise rock album and it would almost rule. don't care for his production or his voice. But I have to admire his commitment to writing music for women. I mean this woman sounds absolutely unbearable and yet he's the one he'd lay his life down for. You almost have to admire his craftsmanship to the genre of songs for needy women. Fuck if Omarion covered this tomorrow, Chris Brown would have to retire. " Why are you quitting the". "Well La-La, have you heard Omarion's 'She's Everything'...I mean there's no room for 'I heart Chris Brown' on anyones spiral anymore"

PAS: The last semi-relationship I was in, was with this girl who I hooked up with after a night of relatively deviant sex. Then because I am basically a coward, I ending up dating her for a couple of months, by the end there it was like a weight was pressing on my chest every-time I had to listen to her on the phone, and I started get claustrophobic even if I was on a cell phone outside. I got that same feeling just hearing Brad Paisley describe this clingy harridan he was writing about. "I want a piece of chocolate, take me to a movie, I got nothing left to wear." He wants to spend his life with her, I would jump in front of a bus.

30. Evanescence- Call Me When You're Sober

PAS: Evanescence does a thing that I don't particularly care for, but unlike a lot of music I don't like, I think I can differentiate between good and bad Evanescence. This feels like kind of a throwaway Evanescence track. Like any cutting done to this song would be desultory rather then enthusiastic.

TKG: So Phil goes looking for this tune on Limewire. their record label has put up a bunch of fake links to prevent us from downloading it for free. Phil realizes that their fans probably can't spell and so looks up Evenescence and we get it immediately. I understand the construct that Brad Paisley is working with. He sings a song where he portrays a really needy demanding girlfriend....the kind of woman that even other women would go...shit how does anyone put up with that. And then he talks about how much he is devoted to her. this should elicit response of "aww what a great guy". That construct makes sense."Don't cry to me, if you'd love me you'd be here with me" ? Huh? I don't get this construct. She's describing a needy girl who won't put up with her boyfriends drinking? This is supposed to appeal to boys that don't drink and want to rescue her from her relationship? They make songs to appeal to those losers now? Don't those guys still collect limited edition power pop singles?

29. Rascal Flatts- Life Is a Highway

PAS: The Tom Cochran original is really not a good song, but this is so much worse, that it's shittiness actually elevates the original. The twang here is ridiculously fake sounding. It actually kind of sounds like Bruce Bruce imitating a redneck.

TKG: Fu-uck. fifteen years from now I imagine some fucker is going to try to country up "Ants Marching" and I'll be left nostalgic for this. It's not just that the vocal twang feels Def Comedy fake, but the guitar twang sounds like a parody too. Can't someone expose Flatts mom as a Tunisian Jew?

28. Chris Brown- Say Goodbye

PAS: There are parts of this when Chris Brown was attempting to do almost an Akon voice, and he is not Akon. There is also a section where he is trying to sing really fast like Crazy Bone, he isn't Crazy Bone either.

TKG: On some level this whole project has been a failure. As both me and Phil kind have been speaking with the same voice. We're guys who disagree on pop music. He likes Gnarls Barkley's Crazy alot more than I do. Crazy really feels to me to be a really obvious attempt at a Seal/Bill Withers mash up. and really isn't as interesting (doesn't have the friction) of an actual Seal/Bill Withers mash up. Crazy feels like something that would sound fine in Chipolte. I like Unk's -"Walk it Out" a lot more than Phil. I really like that it's just a DJ who figured out a couple neat loops and beats and threw some DJ patter on top of it. It's kind of a throw back to the origins of rap, capturing the spirit better than Jurrasic 5 would ever be able to. It's underdeveloped-ness is endearing. Phil thinks its underdeveloped and needs a better rapper on remix. We really haven't done a good job articulating the differences in our musical opinions. I've heard "Say Goodbye" a million times and never much cared for it. Hearing it after Lady Sovereign, Pussycat Dolls, Rascall Falatts , etc...and I think I have a new appreciation of the tune. It is sub- Celebrity N'Synch. But I I kind of like Brown's attempt at fake Akon sustain, and fake Crazy Bone stutter speed as it feels like it really does nice job laying out the outline for OG RON C to remix this on a F*ck Action CD..

27. The Killers- When You Were Young

TKG: Amusing to listen to guys who started as fake New Order doing fake R.E.M. I never really liked R.E.M.. But for bubblegum R.E.M "he doesn''t look a thing like Jesus/ but he talks like a gentleman/like you imagine when" may be better than anything Michael Stipe ever wrote. "They say the devil's water it ain't so sweet"... that's fucking "Daydream Believer" great.

PAS: Your basic music reviewer shorthand for this new Killers album was that they were doing Bruce Springsteen shtick. I agree with Tom that it sounds way more like R.E.M. then Bruce Springsteen. I liked the first Killers album a fair amount more then I liked this album on first listen. However this single may be better then Mr. Brightside, and kind of makes me want to re-listen to the whole album again, something I imagine I would do if Hell Hath No Fury wasn't coming out on Tuesday.

26. KT Tunstall- Suddenly I See

PAS: In a world where you have Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt, I see no reason to have a Scottish Sheryl Raitt with a much flatter voice.

TKG: I hang out in Irish bars. There always is some band playing Charlie on the MTA telling me I can buy their CD. I'm shit faced drunk and willing to drop cash on anything. Still have never been suckered into buying a CD. Apparently some A &R guy can't hold his drinks as well as I can.

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    29. Rascal Flatts- Life Is a Highway

    PAS: The Tom Cochran original is really not a good song, but this is so much worse, that it's shittiness actually elevates the original. The twang here is ridiculously fake sounding. It actually kind of sounds like Bruce Bruce imitating a redneck.

    TKG: Fu-uck. fifteen years from now I imagine some fucker is going to try to country up "Ants Marching" and I'll be left nostalgic for this. It's not just that the vocal twang feels Def Comedy fake, but the guitar twang sounds like a parody too. Can't someone expose Flatts mom as a Tunisian Jew?



Thank you, tom. That puts everything I've ever hated about Rascal Flatts into words. I love some twang, but this guys twang is terrible. I wish they'd just go away.






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Thank you for the kind words.

Yes I misidentified "Out of Touch". That and Method of Modern Love are the only Hall and Oates tunes I have any attachment to.

Anyway top 25 have now been posted.

Lots of bad cover songs,bad rip-off songs, songs that probably appear on commericals or on montages on season finale episodes, the attempt to bring back Euro Club music, the attempt to bring back Bon Jovi music, the attempt to bring Sexxy Back, the possibility that Bow Wow is a virgin, and the greatness of Convict Music.

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