Questions tagged [pop]

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(Criticism) Male/Female Key vs. Octave

In many pop songs today, when the song is sung by one gender: The same gender as the singer would sing it in the original key and register. Another gender would sing the transposed version written in ...
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Were the lyrics in Coldplay's “Viva la Vida” changed?

Did the group Coldplay really originally have the words "Roman Catholic priests are singing" in their song "Viva la Vida", and later replace it with "Roman Cavalry choirs are singing"?
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Does the Sunflower music really belong to the Spiderverse movie?

I've been searching this up, but I was wondering if the music Sunflower was originally made for the animation, Into-the-Spiderverse.
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What are some of the songs where I can find these kinds of expressions? [duplicate]

I'm doing a research about the concept 'love is food,' which contains these kinds of expressions. She's starved for affection. I need love. He's love-starved. I can't live without love. He thrives on ...
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Synthpop disco song, retro 80s vibe, British accent, German name

I remember listening to a song on YouTube a few years ago: The song had a 80s vibe but I don't think it was actually from the 80s. The singer was male, tall, and blond or ginger. He reminded me very ...
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What instrument is this, something stringed?

Simple question, that is bugging me. I love this sound of this stringed instrument, but I have no idea what it is? https://youtu.be/C3uvkCMPmh8?t=70 At 1:10. Any ideas?
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Which band had the last music video before CGI effects?

My suggestion is "Fascination" by Human League. Yes that paint in the video is real paint! That was 1983. But I would be fascinated to be wrong.
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10cc “I'm not in Love” - Unique inclusion of bystander's vocals?

Not only was "I'm Not in Love", a classic pop record, but 10cc did something unique: There's a section where a woman says "be quiet, big boys don't cry, big boys don't cry, big boys don't cry..." ...
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Looking for spanish music video

I am looking for a spanish music video which I found in 2015/2016. It was about a couple living together in an apartment and it was sang by female artist. There was a scene where she was playing a ...
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70's or 80's Sci-Fi themed animated video, what is it?

There was this video I saw on TV, as little kid while I was visiting family in California around 35 years ago. The video was animated in the same style as the movie Heavy Metal but it absolutely was ...
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Rap song with a guy with a (very) good voice but he's rapping/singing similar to rae sremm (swae lee and slim jxmmi) between 2015-2018

He's rapping/singing similar to rae sremm (swae lee and slim jxmmi) between 2015-2018. I heard someone playing it in school in 2015-2018 on their phone or speaker first in CO. There are other songs ...
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What genre would Fiction by Sumika (a japanese band) be categorized as?

The song, for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKHGAuNaGuA I hesitate to call the genre "J-rock" or "J-pop".
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How has popular music singing evolved over the past 70 years to where it is now?

While I have a background in music (as fine arts), I am less familiar with pop and its associated analysis, which tends to be culturally-based. There is a diction in singing that seems to have shifted ...
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First 45 not to feature a “second song”?

Napoleon XIV (AKA Jerry Samuels) released "They're Coming to Take Me Away" in 1966. He had no second song, so they simply played the song backwards on the B-side. A lot of singles simply feature an ...
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What's the music genre of “Melting Ice Icream - Twice”?

Most of the result i got from searching is only KPOP genre and it is so obvious. I want another genre result for this song based on maybe its melody, rhythm, or something else. Genre that comes to my ...
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Song with a theme of “Love me now, but give it time and I'll make you hate me”

I'm looking for an apologetic song with a theme of "you're loving me now, but give it time and I’m gonna make you hate me." It was a female artist and it was popular in early 2015. I can’t remember ...
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Meanings in “Mon Maquis” by Alizée

[well, written by Mylène Farmer, I believe] So ... I love this song! I feel like it would fit well as an eve-of-battle song in the Lord of the Rings or something. Anyway, I would just like to know ...
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Dream by Imagine Dragons seems to have ripped off a song from the early 2000s to maybe 2010

music fans. I love the album Smoke + Mirrors (Apple Music). Today I was listening to the song "Dream" when I noticed this: A little after 2:53, the vocal melody sounds incredibly familiar. I have ...
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Music video: Teenaged black girls dancing at a sleepover, 90's, US

Unfortunately, I only remember the music video, I don't remember any lyrics. All I remember is in the music video, there were teenage black girls dancing, using a tv remote as a microphone, braiding ...
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What happened to Andy Fairweather Low and Greg Phillinganes regarding Eric Clapton?

If you are also a fan of Eric Clapton, you've probably noticed like me that in the recent past (probably ten years) Eric almost has a new backup band for him apart from the great bassist Nathan East. ...
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Does anything in Elton John's “Daniel” actually/specifically reference war, or Vietnam?

I recently got Elton John's song "Daniel" in my head, and got curious what it was about - it seemed likely from the lyrics that they might be referring to something specific. A quick look online says ...
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Did Charlie Puth lift a vocal run from Justin Timberlake?

In Charlie Puth's "If You Leave Me Now" (Feat. Boyz ll Men) at 2:40 Charlie performs a vocal run that is nearly identical to the run Justin Timberlake sings in the 'N Sync song "Gone" at 4:20. My ...
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Non-English words and sounds in Barzilai Netta's Eurovision song “Toy”

The lyrics to Barzilai Netta's song, "Toy", which won the 2018 Eurovision song contest for Israel contains some words that are in English and other words and sounds that are not. To an Anglophone ear ...
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What is this song?

I tried to search the lyrics, but I couldn't find it: A little slice uploaded on Dropbox.
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What is the meaning of (Paean) in the title of Ed Sheeran's “How Would You Feel (Paean)”?

I've been wondering about the purpose of the (Paean) in Ed Sheeran's "How Would You Feel (Paean)" title. I know paean means a song of praise or triumph but what purpose does it serve in the song's ...
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Is there a streaming music service that plays music by year or decade (esp 60s to 80s) based on what was actually popular in the decade?

I find that most “decade channels” (eg 80s Music) play music based on a retrospective notion of the decade. In that, some songs are overplayed and some songs are forgotten. I want to (re-) hear the ...
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Polish-language pop artists?

I got my Irish-American sister a CD by Iarla Ó Lionáird awhile back. Now I want to get my Polish-American brother in law something similar -- namely, a modern CD or record in his heritage language. ...
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Is there a Classical music reference for the melody of the popular song “Mah Nà Mah Nà”?

My understanding is that melodic themes in modern, popular music can often be traced to Classical compositions. Is this the case for the popular song "Mah Nà Mah Nà"? Note: This question is ...
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Why are Zap Mama's Iko Iko lyrics so different and what do they mean?

I really like Zap Mama's version of Iko Iko (as featured in the intro of Mission: Impossible 2). It's always listed as a cover of Iko Iko/Jock-A-Mo. Google even shows the lyrics of the well known ...
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Why is “Despacito” so successful?

You might be aware of the enourmeous success of the song "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. (It has been number one in many countries, as different as Mexico, Lebanon, Austria; It is the most ...
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Melody pattern in three pop songs - Gaynor, Erasure, Williams

There is a certain melody pattern appearing in - at least - three very different pop songs. I think that everyone knows about the pattern I am talking about when it comes to these three songs: Gloria ...
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Anyone have lyrics to “Ich schenk dir mein Herz” by Peter Reusch?

As part of my German education, I'm taping old 1970s and 1980s hits to the bathroom wall -- along with translations -- and singing them in the shower. I'm sure my neighbors love me. The compilation ...
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What kind of music do people born in the late 80's listen to now? [closed]

I'm 30 years old. I fell out of touch with American music sometime in the late 2000s, because I got into European metal music. I started off listening to symphonic metal, but eventually ended up ...
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Song from the 1960s (“Why, why, why do I have to cry”)

A 1960s pop hit had the chorus: "Why, why, why do I have to cry..." I think it was made famous by a British (Invasion) band. What was the title and who performed it? Thanks.
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What is that haunting string instrument in Kesha's new song, Praying?

I believe it is a stringed instrument, but I am not even sure of that. You hear it prominently here: https://youtu.be/tLR3Gqz5PEs?t=124
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What is this song from this youtube video?

What is this song in this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RcW3-3W3Xw ? The title of the video is "【手描きHQ】飛雄と及川で威../風.堂/". Someone said commented that it is Pomp and Circumstance, ...
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when did the 1980's sound of pop music and power ballads end?

When were the latest pop and power ballad songs done in the style of the 1980's, such as in Journey's "who cries for you", Brenda Russell's "Piano in the Dark" or Chicago's "we can last forever"? I'm ...
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Trying to identify 80/90s music video with woman in an old castle and locked in santa

I'm trying to identify a music video about which I have been thinking again lately. I watched this in my childhood and I'm afraid I only remember. a few impressions. The video itself was from the 80s ...
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Genre of two songs

The genre of "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber is Dance/Electronic. But the genre of "Dancing On My Own" by Calum Scott is Pop. They both are a bit sad and go slowly. So why are they considered ...
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Did Robbie Williams write any songs for Take That?

The title says it all really. Great writer is our Robbie but I'm wondering if Gary Barlow allowed him to write for Take That.
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Can't find a cutesy pop song from 2000 sung by a young woman

I've been looking for this song for more than 12 years already and asking others for help is my last resort. The song was not a big hit, though you could often hear it on the radio or see the video ...
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Black Beatles and the Mannequin Challenge

The "Mannequin Challenge" is a new viral video meme where people freeze in place like mannequins, without camera tricks. Most of the videos use the song "Black Beatles," by Rae Sremmurd. But how did ...
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“Wake up in the morning”

The only lyrics that I remember when hearing this song for at least once a week is, the chorus which is "Wake up in the morning". I think this song is still new, maybe not a year old. The vocals are ...
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What are the first lines of Peter Gabriel's “Sledgehammer”?

For the Peter Gabriel song "Sledgehammer", all the lyrics sites list the first two lines of the song as being: you could have a steam train if you'd just lay down your tracks But every time I ...
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What is this song effect called?

I noticed some songs having this effect1, almost always rock/pop ones: A singer just finishes singing a verse, and meanwhile a (the same or another one) singer starts singing another one. This effect ...
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Name of note sequence present in many pop songs?

I remember hearing about a 3 or 5 note sequence that is in many popular songs like Frozen's Let it Go or Katy Perry's Fireworks. Supposedly your brain eats it up like sugar. Is there a name for ...
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80's pop song with lyric “It's the story of my life if you wanna know”

I'm trying to identify a song by a female 80's pop group. Here are the lyrics I remember: It's the story of my life if you want to know a play where everything is meant to be you're the story ...
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Why are backing vocalists almost always older than the leads?

Why is it that 9 times out of 10 the backing vocalists in songs are older than the lead vocalists? E.g. Niki Harris (born 1962) as backing vocalist for LeAnn Rimes (born 1982) in Can't Fight the ...
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'Woo' sound Pitbull makes in (almost) every song

Can I somewhere find the 'woo' sound Pitbull makes in every song? Does it have a name? Here are two examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-tJuHsCDzc&t=24s between 0:24 and 0:26 https://www....
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What Genre is the music from “Monster in Paris”

I absolutely love the music from "Monster in Paris". I am having difficulty pinpointing the genre so I can find similar artists and music. Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...