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The Yadam Seven 7’s: Song of the Year

Greetings again, faithful patrons.  This is still the  first ever Yadam Seven 7′s, a special list prepared for your reading enjoyment where 7 contributors will unleash a cascade of 7 lists of what they believe best exemplifies 2012.  The following list is made up of choices for Song of the Year.  This is a song which best exemplifies 2012 and was relevant in some way (released or popular during the 2012 year).

“Ghosts That We Knew” by Mumford & Sons

By Adam Bross

The song is Mumford and Sons’ 35th most popular song on iTunes and hardly received any recognition when the band’s second-studio album “Babel” was released in September.  The song, however, is the one which best defines the human spirit during the turbulent times of 2012.  From the ruins wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the seemingly incessant results of a down economy; 2012 is a time when people seem to be losing more without any promising signs of future fruitfulness.  The futility of fighting through the losing battle of everyday life has left the masses staring into the mirror and seeing the stronger, wiser, and perhaps better off members of society they once were in the past.  These ghosts they once knew cannot come to the rescue in the struggle of 2012.  When one thinks of the person he or she was just a short decade ago, one begins to fear if the brighter days of the past are impossible to recapture.  Thus, we all must find our own hope in the darkness which has been wrought by the downturn of the United States economy and that someday we’ll see the light of the brighter tomorrow which seems to looming on the horizon through the ones we hold dear.  All we really need is the warmth of loved ones and the promise of a better future to make it through each day and realize, despite the manifestation of the ghosts that we knew, we’ll be alright.

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

By Cameron Conrad

Let’s be honest: every guy has met a total smokeshow who he’s hardly said two words to but wants to ask for her number, and every girl has met a guy she’s really into who she’s hardly said two words to but wants to give him her number. Call Me Maybe gives everyone the opportunity to live out this fantasy. Plus the song is catchy as hell. There’s nothing even that special about the lyrics; there are two separate sets of original verses that probably take up a total of 30 seconds of the song and then she just basically repeats the chorus over and over again. But with a chorus that’s too catchy for its own good, Call Me Maybe reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It seemed like this song made it everywhere this past summer: restaurants, pools, bars, parties…anywhere you went, this song was playing. Everyone remembers the video of the Harvard baseball team (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEWVwgDnuzE) that became the standard way to “dance” to this song since no one else really knew what to do when it came on. I bet more than a few of you got the song stuck in your head for the 176th time after reading this, and that’s why Call Me Maybe is my song of the year for 2012.

“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore

By Vince Kampel

First, I must give credit where credit is due. I absolutely 100% would have chosen Mercy as my song of the year, but alas, it was taken. Mercy is timeless; it even transcends music itself. Mercy represents something bigger than all of us, and for that we are eternally indebted to it. Our only possible method of honoring it is to unworthily sing along and offer a tributary “Swerve.”

However, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore is also deserving of my Song of 2012. If you haven’t heard “Thrift Shop” or seen the video, smack yourself in the face and watch it here. Once you hear “Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping?”, prepare yourself for the party. Then, the beat drops, and things get funky (I don’t know any cool words for good music). With gems like “’Damn! That’s a cold ass honkey.’”, “’Aw, he got the Velcros’”, “Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant bitch shit”, and “Goodwill… poppin’ tags… yeah!”, among others, the song offers a refreshing dose of fun, truth, and humor. The beat is infectious, and the lyrics will leave you unconsciously singing along. It’s just a great song to listen to with a group of friends, and ideal for pre-ga….er, uhhh…driving.

Also, I think the song is a funny, yet honest reflection of the times. You know the economy is in a bad place when one of the top raps, a genre usually reserved for luxurious and hedonistic lyrics, is about saving money by going thrift shopping. And the song couldn’t be more accurate. Often, more attention and compliments are garnered by a funny and unique thrift shop item than an expensive but commonplace purchase. All-in-all, Macklemore simply delivers with “Thrift Shop”.

“Gangnam Style” by PSY

By Jack Marcheschi

There are few songs that when the beginning  baseline drops, everyone in the room instantly knows what’s about to play. “The Choice Is Yours” by Black Sheep, “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, and “Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z are a few hip-hop songs that come to mind when thinking if those unmistakeable beats. Now, though, 2012 brought a whole new monster of a song, and it’s not even in English. This, my friends, is the one and only, Gangnam Style.
Gangnam Style literally made Korean rapper, Psy, an overnight celebrity. The song’s popularity  spread as fast as wildfire. Eventually, the song became popular enough to gain 1,000,000,000 views on YouTube. Read that again. ONE BILLION VIEWS. One hundred ten millions. Ten one hundred billions. It’s a billion any way you cut it. That alone makes this the song of the year for 2012.
Although, the dog does have a catchy beat. And saying, ” Oop, Oop, Oop, Op-Gangnam Style!” Is pretty fun. It’s just a fun song. Just don’t play more than three times in an hour, then that shit gets annoying.

“Anna Sun” by WALK THE MOON

By Matthew Murphy

I chose Anna Sun as song of the year for two reasons. One, it is one of the best songs to explode onto the “pop” music scene in 2012 that wasn’t Gangam Style or any other song that sounds at all like Gangam Style. And two, I chose it because this song basically sums up my entire 2012. Nick Petricca, the writer of the song, described the song as being “about college, about maintaining that little bit of being a kid. Don’t be afraid to play”, and that is exactly what this song means to me. It reminds me of all the fun times I had as a senior in high school with my friends and all the fun I’m having in college. For me personally, it’s one of those songs where it’s impossible to be unhappy while listening to it. It brings back a flood of happy memories of high school and reminds me that I still have many more memories to make, many more concerts to go to, and many more listens to give the song. So yeah, this song may have more meaning to me personally than most people, but it’s also a damn good song. If you haven’t given it a listen before, I highly encourage you to do so.

“Mercy” by Kanye West

By Zac Reid

How could we forget that jam that swept the nation this summer, literally forcing the world say “TRUU” one city at a time. Ye’s feature hit on his 2012 album Cruel Summer reached double platinum status, topping off at 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Rap songs, and most importantly, stealing the hearts of millions of listeners across the globe.

But I must ask you, Reader, how did this song not reach number 1 overall for Billboard? Mercy is filled with ingenious lyricism, deep metaphors, beautiful instruments, and more truuuth than even I can handle. For Christ’s sake, what other song this year could rival Pusha T’s rhyming “hoe” with “hoe” with “hoe”, or 2 Chainz(’s?) possession of a chain the same color as Akon’s skin. Is Akon still alive? I mean he’s almost 40, and pretty much out of the game it seems. I bet he finally hit puberty and lost that soothing falsetto-y voice of his. I bet that’s it.

Back to Mercy, I blame you Reader for not pushing Mercy all the way to number 1. I’ve driven behind you before, you blaring this gem on the radio, bass turned all the way up, and I watched your car swerrrrrve over the double yellow every 3 second or so. I know you love it just as much as the rest of the mindless America who can’t see that the song is just about weed, sex, drugs, and road head in a lambo. It’s your fault.

“Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keyes

By Ted Schoen

Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) formed The Black Keys in 2001. This bluesy rock duo from Akron, Ohio has become one of the most renowned rock bands in music today.  Their seventh and most recent studio album El Camino was released in December of 2011.  The album’s track “Gold on the Ceiling” was later released as a single in February, and went to the top of the Alternative Rock chart.  Many people were first introduced to the song through the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, where it was played constantly.  Over the year, the song was incorporated into countless video montages and advertisements.

I found this topic of song of the year to be a very difficult one to choose.  To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why I chose this song, except that it is extremely catchy and that The Black Keys are outstanding. Part of what made this song so significant for me in 2012 was that it was incorporated into my wrestling music playlist. This was quite the honor, as it was accompanied by other greats such as Canned Heat by Jamiroquai (think Napoleon Dynamite), Tallulah by Company of Thieves (think awesome), and Simon Zealotes from Jesus Christ Superstar (think Jesus).  This year, the song went platinum in Australia and Canada, and was very successful elsewhere across the globe.  While the song is great, I do not endorse watching its music video (A Film By Harmony Korine: The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling), like most music videos, it is very strange.

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One thought on “The Yadam Seven 7’s: Song of the Year

  1. David Sharp on said:

    I have shared my opinions on your other lists, but I can’t really comment on this one because you are much more into the modern music scene than I am (as you know “Glee” determines what popular songs are worth my iTunes money!). But I feel I must compliment you all on the quality of your writing. I can’t take any credit for it, but as your former teacher I can be very proud of your well-thought out ideas and well-crafted essays. Well done, gentlemen!

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