Given that this site is a living time capsule of the goings-ons of our generation, time to give some long overdue attention to the beats of our time. Thus, The 500 Section’s Pop Culture Committee – Subcommittee on Music has decided to begin the process of archiving the top bi-weekly music choices based on Billboard’s top 10 rankings in respective categories. And yes, there is a completely subjective basis on behalf of the Committee member(s) for the selection of these songs. As always, The 500 Section gives all credit for material cited on this page to their original creators, and no that’s not a reference to God.
All songs and videos are courtesy of Billboard.com and YouTube as of 9/20/2012
Hot 100 Choice of the Bi-Week
#9 “Good Time” by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
The fusing of Canada’s current #1 female pop star (unless you count J Bieber) and Owl City of the Canada of America aka Minnesota into this awfully pop mess of a song = sheer music horrid beauty.
Runner-Up: “One More Night” by Maroon 5, just for the Minka “I look like I’ve aged 17 years in this video” Kelly playing the “about to be a single mother” to Adam Levine’s boxer
R&B/Hip Hop Choice of the Bi-Week
#4 “Pop That” by French Montana ft. Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne
Just because this has to be the first Moroccan born hip hop artist to make the top 10. That and that featuring list is the current Wade, LeBron, and Bosh of hip hop.
Runner-Up: “No Lie” by 2 Chainz ft. Drake
Top Rock Song Choice of the Bi-Week
#1 “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
Runner-Up: “Some Nights” by .fun. This video is also #1-103 on the Top 150 Civil War Themed Music Videos chart.
Pop Song Choice of the Bi-Week
#1 “Whistle” by Flo Rida
Yes, Flo Rida is considered a “Pop” artist.
Runner-Up: “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees. This band is reason #29,0788 Generation Y is f**cking retarded.
Germany Songs Choice of the Bi-Week
#5 “Schau Nicht Mehr Zurück” by XAVAS
5 shots repeated in this video: 1) Hitchhiking wanderer, 2) the Bentley and Benz, 3) helicopter shots of Swiss Alps, 4) German hip hop artists, 5) Some combination of the preceding elements. That’s the whole video. Did I mention that I love German hip hop.
Runner-Up: TIE “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and “Play Hard” by David Guetta ft. Ne-Yo & Akon, only b/c its probably the only place in the Western world where that former song is still a Top 10 hit (and rightfully so!)
Top Country Choice of the Bi-Week
#9 “Lovin’ You is Fun” by Easton Corbin
Summer song so a bit late, but whatever, its not snowing yet. Also, the female actress in this video looks like she’s in desperate need of some government assistance.
Runner-Up: “Hard to Love” by Lee Brice
Ears-Bleeder-of-the -Week: “Pontoon” by Little Big Town. Not only are these 40+ year old folks trying to relive their lost, shitty 80s youthfulness on a houseboat, they are, did I mention, trying to have fun on a houseboat. The South shall never rise again…
Rap Songs Choice of the Bi-Week
#9 “Cashin’ Out” by Ca$h Out
Hoes they comin’ by flocks in
Birds comin’ by flocks in
Pass them birds like Stockton
Fact checking Ca$h Out’s membership with the National Audubon Society
Runner-Up: “Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa
Dance/Club Songs Choice of the Bi-Week
#2 “Hello” by Karmin
This is like Ke$ha light (and really I just wanted to type that dollar sign in this comment space)
Runner-Up: “R.I.P.” by Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah (100% b/c of the feature; he’s club music feature gold)
United Kingdom Songs Choice of the Bi-Week
#1 “Hall of Fame” by The Script ft. will.i.am
Always had mad props for The Script, the Irish and 1,000x better version of America’s Maroon 5
Runner-Up: “Wings” by Little Mix. Britain has a knack for churning out pop girl bands. Not saying their good, but it is a comparative advantage. That counts for something, right? Right?