“I LOVE IT” ICONA POP
Beware! These three pop hits all have that innate quality to get stuck in your head whether you like it or not. You may be a “hater” of these girl groups and their silly Top 40 hits, but you probably know all of the words. Just like junk food that you know you shouldn’t eat too often, sometimes it’s hard to resist so sugary sweet. Icona Pop come from Sweden, the same country that brought us bands like Roxette and ABBA. Their catchy big hit, I Love It, features Charli XCX and has been featured on HBO’s Girls and Fox’s Glee this year.
“SAY YOU’LL BE THERE” SPICE GIRLS
The revolving door of judges on America’s Got Talent has swung again. Out goes Sharon Osbourne and in comes supermodel Heidi Klum and Melanie B, aka Scary Spice from the Spice Girls. Say what you want about the Spice Girls but their influence on style, pop music, and culture was significant. So many bands have tried to copy their formula for success but few have come close to approaching their legacy. Say You’ll Be There from their debut CD enhanced their girl power image and portrayed the women as super hero ninjas in this iconic 90’s video.
“T.G.I.F.” KATY PERRY
Nothing worse than a Top 40 pop artist taking themselves so serious that their music is “art”. Acknowledge who you are and play on your strengths. If you’re a pizza restaurant, make the best pizza you can! Katy Perry’s fifth single on her multi-platinum Teenage Dream CD was T.G.I.F. (Last Friday Night). The song is a slice of dance-pop heaven with some risque lyrics snuck into the song. The video is hysterical. Cameos by Rebecca Black (Friday), Kevin McHale and Darren Criss of Glee, Kenny G, Hanson, and her parents played by 80’s icons, Debbie Gibson and Corey Feldman. The video was conceived as a tribute to those great John Hughes 80’s movies like Sixteen Candles.