Now that 2010 has come and gone, we can look back on the year and see what were the best selling karaoke songs, both Pop and Country. Although there are reviews that are very similar in nature, this Pop and Country Karaoke Review is different in that it shows what people that sing wanted to perform, not just what people that love Today’s Music wanted to listen to.
Here are our top ten picks-based on sales, requests, and popularity-first the Pop List and then the Country List. Many discs that we sold during the year had several of these songs on the same disc so there is no concrete method in determining the principal song the buyer was interested in when purchasing the disc Abiola . In other words, our choices cannot be considered 100 percent accurate of which songs topped the list for 2010, but we think it comes close.
2010 Top Karaoke Pop Songs
#1 – Need You Now – Lady Antebellum ( Yes, a country group tops the 2010 Pop Music Chart; this song’s pop mix version has electric guitar replacing the country guitar twang in the chorus and the bridge.When I first heard this song I thought I had heard it before; many believe it to be similar to ‘Eye In The Sky’ by Alan Parsons. I think it’s chorus is similar to ‘More Than Words Can Say’ by Alias)
#2 – California Gurls by Katy Perry – (Katy Perry has proven to be not just a flash in the pan but a bonafied Pop Star. I, for one, thought her career was going to be short-lived when her first single came out entitled ‘I Kissed A Girl’ – the American Top 40 fanbase is fickle and forgetful. But here she is two years later with her 2nd album that has spawned 3 #1 Hits, including California Gurls. The song is catchy with the line ‘Daisy Dukes, Bikinis on top’. She does need someone to help her in the spelling department)
#3 – Hey, Soul Sister by Train – (We may have thought that Train was ancient history because it had been five years since they had any Pop Chart Success. However three of those years they were on hiatus and lookie now; ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ has brought this group back from the dead. Who would have thought that a song with a ukulele as the lead instrument could top the charts? Maybe Tiny Tim would have, but who remembers him?)
I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a commercial that was talking about the band Chicago. According to the speaker, Chicago’s music is timeless. I looked at my wife and said, “No, it’s not!” Whenever I hear a Chicago song, I think of the 1970’s. It doesn’t matter if it is one of their heavy, horn laden songs or just one of their guitar, bass and drum songs, I always end up thinking about those old television shows and records from the 1970s. To me, that is not timeless.
In my opinion, a timeless song is one that does not immediately make you think a specific decade or time. Instead, it is a song that you just enjoy because it is a good song. Aerosmith is a band that immediately pops into my head while talking about timeless songs. Songs like “Love In An Elevator” or “Dude Looks Like A Lady” could have been recorded at anytime. No time period pops into my head when listening to these songs. Another good example of a timeless song is Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’” or the Beatles song “Yesterday.”
Opposing my definition of a timeless song would be Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Just hearing those electric sounding drums knocks the listener right back into the 1980’s. Likewise, any disco song drags the listener into the 1970’s, while an overused, Auto-tuned vocal propels the listener into the 2000s.
Think about songs that you have thought of as timeless. Are they really? Have they been recorded with an instrument or effect that dates them? Think of those surf guitars with their overuse of reverb in the 1950’s or the heavy synthesized tracks in the 1980’s. What about the chord progressions? When I hear certain chord progressions or orchestrations, I sometimes think of specific decades when it was used often. What about the lyrics? Do they date the song like the psychedelic lyrics in the 1960’s that can only be understood by a listener that is stoned?