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The perfect pop song.

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 01:09 am
I'm not talking about anything arty here .... we're talking pure pop:
What is the most perfect example of a pop song you can think of.... Any vintage.
I'm thinking of a wonderful combination of sound, lyrics & presentation that REALLY hits the spot.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 01:14 am
The one that comes to mind for me is I CAN SEE CLEARLY (now the rain has gone) - Johnny Nash.
It just captures that feeling of release, optimism & joy so perfectly! I could listen to it again & again, though i'm not a fan of the singer, am not a huge fan or reggae (though I quite like it). It's just that all the ingredients seem so right: the words, the rhythm, the instrumental contribution, Nash's velvety voice ... I love it
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panzade
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 01:44 am
A good choice ms

Two that come to mind are"Baby Come Back" by Player and "She's Gone" by Hall & Oates
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 01:04 pm
You're right, msolga. It all fits together perfectly.

Another one that does that for me is Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."

And Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone)"
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MyOwnUsername
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 02:38 pm
although they would call themselves rock band, besides fact that most of the career they were "just" great pop band, I would say REM's "Losing my religion" is perfect pop song in my opinion...
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panzade
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 02:40 pm
good choice, the mandolin did it for me.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 04:03 pm
Drift Away
Give me the beat boys and free my soul - -
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colorbook
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 04:12 pm
"The Search Is Over" By Survior and "Your In My Heart (Your In My Soul)" By Rod Stewart
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doglover
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 04:20 pm
Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft because the song feels like summer.

Lady In Red by Chris DeBaugh because the song projects love, attraction and sexuality.

Forever Young by Rod Stewart because it sings about children and the promise of tomorrow.

White Christmas by Bing Crosby because the song fills me with the spirit of Christmas when I hear it.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:16 pm
Oh, some excellent choices so far! I'm sure there's a huge amount of skill getting all the ingredients right. Good pop is really underrated, don't you think?

Just thought of more that really hit the spot for me:

Everybody Hurts - REM (I'm a HUGE fan of theirs. Very Happy) Very moving. ("hold on") Tenderly supportive song responding to another's intense pain. Michael Stipe at his most moving & expressive. (I LOVE his voice!)

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack. Just perfect in every way. As beautiful, gentle "love song".
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doglover
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:20 pm
I agree with you about the Roberta Flack song msolga. I also think the song IF by Bread is a beautiful love song as well.
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colorbook
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:20 pm
msolga, I a big REM fan too. I think you meant "Everybody Hurts"...a very feeling song. :wink:
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:27 pm
Yes, I did, colorbook. Thanks for correcting me. I just changed it.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:28 pm
panzade wrote:
good choice, the mandolin did it for me.

Yes! And, of course, MS's wonderful voice! Very Happy
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suzy
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:29 pm
ooh, I'm with Edgar on Drift away! One of my all time faves! Edgar, do you remember who did it originally?
I'd also say Manfred Mann's
"Quinn the Eskimo"
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:32 pm
doglover

Yes, I recall that one! Nothing like a good, moving love song, sung with sincerity. Very Happy
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:48 pm
I believe Drift Away was by Dobie Gray.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 05:55 pm
Yes, it was, edgar.
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panzade
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 06:05 pm
"Blinded by the light", another good MM song
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 25 Apr, 2004 06:30 pm
Blueberry Hill, because it was a hit in many fields of music - First, country: Gene Autrey
Then, jazz: Louis Armstrong
Most famous, rock: Fats Domino
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