Okay, this will be the last of my music preferences posts. After all those Asian stuff, it is only appropriate that I do one for my English music preferences.
If you missed them and are interested, here is a list of all my music preferences:
- My Type of K-Pop
- My Type of J-Pop
- My Type of Canto Pop (Jacky Cheung)
- My Type of Canto Pop (the rest)
1. Michael Learns To Rock – Paint My Love
Michael Learns To Rock, rocks. Literally. And this song means a great deal to me. I’ll tell you why.
When I was in primary school, I once joined the school’s singing contest with a few other boys. We sang this song, and we won first prize. Here’s proof:
it wasn’t for my parents telling me singing is useless only I had pursued this talent, I could’ve been a rock star today 😉 .
2. Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me
Any 90s teens would know these guys. Seriously, who doesn’t? It was the age of boy bands, and these guys were THE boy band.
3. N Sync – I Drive Myself Crazy
Another highly successful boy band. Justin Timberlake is from this group. Honestly, I prefer him with the group than him solo. Actually, I don’t like him at all as a solo singer.
I’m a sentimental old fool, as you may have already known. Maybe not so old, but definitely a sentimental fool. So instead of Bye Bye Bye, I decided that my favorite N Sync song is this. Partly also because of the music video which absolutely made no sense whatsoever. Back then, my main source of English music was MTV or Channel [V], so visual attraction counts a great deal.
Okay, if we don’t take the videos into account, then I would say my favorite N Sync song is this one instead.
4. Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
This is not a boy band. They are a duo, but only one sings, the other mainly plays the instruments. I remember when we first started to know what is Red Box (karaoke), this song is a definite fixture. Usually the girls will pick this song so that the boys can sing the song while they go crazy staring at Darren Hayes in the video. He broke so many of my female friends’ hearts when he announced that he was gay.
5. Limp Bizkit – Rollin
I don’t listen to rock and punk, much. But I do listen to Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. You see, the 90s and early 2000s were so awesome that I can tolerate and even like some of the rock songs of that era!
I was having a hard time picking between Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, but in the end, this song got the edge, just because of so many censored lyrics. I was in my teens, and back then, it was sort of taboo for us kids to use the F word openly, so to get a song with so many F words was pretty exciting.
6. Spice Girls – Two Become One
It wasn’t all boys. I loved Spice Girls too. When they were active, they were young and fresh, with a good combination of sexy and classy. It’s not like the sluts that we get nowadays.
7. M2M – The Day You Went Away
For a brief moment of time, I had a major crush on Marion (the long dark haired one). I dreamed about her for many nights. I remember seeing an email address that was supposed to be for fans to write to M2M, and I remember writing her an email, which of course got no response whatsoever. I got over that crush some time later, but last year when I read about her marriage, I still felt a little rueful.
8. Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
So far, I have been covering groups and duos. Surely there must be some solo acts that I like? Yes, I do. Her name is Christina Aguilera.
I remember she debuted about the same time as Britney Spears. Even from the start it seems like there is a rivalry going on between them. I love both their songs at the start, but after seeing their videos, I had already made up my mind fairly quickly that Britney will eventually become a slut. Turns out I was prophetic. So my heart remains loyal to Christina. She has a healthier image, and has better vocals. Heck, she’s even become a coach for The Voice.
I also particularly love her duet with Ricky Martin. It blew, and still is, blowing my mind away.
9. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
I took an extended break from English music after my dad decided to terminate MTV and Channel [V] from our Astro (satellite TV) subscription. The songs that I heard from Hitz FM and subsequently Fly FM were not inspiring, so I didn’t feel like I am missing anything. I only started to get in touch with English songs again after my move to Penang. Glad that I did because it was about this time that Lady Antebellum came into prominence. This song marked my re-entry into the English Pop scene.
10. Sam Tsui/Chrissy Costanza – Heart Attack
As I explored Youtube more, I discovered something previously unknown to me: there is a thriving Youtube artists community! There are a lot of talented Youtube singers who does great covers of other people’s songs, as well as wonderful original songs of their own. David Choi, Kina Grannis, Megan Nicole, Rebecca Shearing, Caitlin Hart, Jason Chen, Alex Goot, and so on, and so on, and so on, and on and on and on…
This one though, is my favorite cover. Sam Tsui and Chrissy Costanza covering Demi Lovato’s hit song. I suppose many of you will know Sam Tsui, I saw the crazy reception he got when he visited Malaysia like a couple months back. For those of you who don’t know who Chrissy is, she is part of a band called Against The Current. Youtube based as well. To be honest, I think 90% of the people support ATC because of Chrissy. Some stats about Chrissy: her official FB page has more than 800k Likes (me being one of them), her Instagram photos command at least 20k Likes per photo (usually 40k), each and every one of them.
You might be wondering why no Michael Jackson or Mariah Carey, they were quite popular in the 90s…
Well, I’m not old enough to remember the glory days of MJ. I like some of his songs, but ever since I start listening to songs, every single piece of news about him has been negative. Never really warmed up to him.
Mariah, well, I’m sorry but I have to say, the first moment I saw her videos, I thought she was a slutty porn star rather than a singer. In most of her videos, she takes every available opportunity to be clad in bikini and reveal as much of her skin as possible. In fact she is still doing that now, even when she is a 40 something fat woman. I mean, look at her latest music video, I really feel that she is really too fat to be flaunting her skin like nobody’s business! Nope, doesn’t turn me on at all. The only significantly older woman that I have ever had a crush on will always only be Faye Wong.