The entire New York City metropolitan area has gone mad about the amounts of rainy days over the past couple of weeks. And of course, it's Monday morning. People get splashed by taxi cabs while waiting on a street corner, girls complain about bad hair days, and most of all, everyone turns to those depressing corny punk rock tunes that take them back to the middle school days. So I figured, on this lonely and rainy day in the big bad city, that I share five corny songs that we look to on days like today. Now I preface this article by suggesting that these tracks are merely comical, and do not require long rants on Facebook about five OTHER songs you could have chosen. I know all of our musical tastes differ from the Fall Out Boy freaks to the Bob Marley stoners, so let's keep the negative reaction to a minimal people! With that being said, let's start the countdown.
5. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade
Yes! This was that over dramatized lyrical alternative track by who? Oh yea, Secondhand Serenade. Granted, this 2008 single reached #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and debuted on Total Request Live (TRL), but really? I doubt we'll ever hear of this unsigned alternative rock band again, but its worth a good laugh on this rainy Monday....thanks Carson Daly!
4. Rihanna - Umbrella
So this time I actually took the corniness out of the article title and put a literal meaning to songs about rain. But of course, we all love ourselves a little Rihanna don't we? This 2007 smash hit was nominated for three GRAMMYs and won one: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Now while the "ella, ella" can get super annoying and possibly drive someone nuts for an entire day, its a song that, as one critic described it, "an ideal spot between trying too hard and boredom."
3. Lil Wayne - How To Love
Who doesn't love Lil Wayne stepping out of his element to go all singer-songwriter on us? Additionally produced by LaMar and LaNelle Seymour p/k/a Drum Up with Noel "Detail" Fisher, this stripped down Lil Wayne comes to us as a surprise from his previous nine studio albums, and two previous singles off of Tha Carter IV. Amanda Hensel of PopCrush commended the "new side" displayed by Lil Wayne in the song, stating "we haven’t heard Young Weezy like this before, but if [it] is a result of his new lady friend, we welcome it with open arms. Not that we want the rap master to go all singer-songwriter on us, but this gem shows that even the hardest of exteriors can have a gooey center."
2. The Fray - You Found Me
I don't know if it's just me, but was the late 2000s a decade full of alternative bands forming and major labels investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into them? Sure these corny love song lines accompanied by over done music videos was sure to make last decade a doozy, and Denver-based alternative band The Fray sure didn't disappoint. 'You Found Me' sure digs deep into the rough patches of our lives, but the over exaggerated syllables in the musical composition sure make it a track to listen to on a depressing rainy day. However, it did go triple platinum via the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and did peak at #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. But needless to say, this track really hits that corniness factor for me. Enjoy!
1. Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast)
So remember that show that everyone was raving about for two full seasons? Remember when cast members starting switching schools, making up unrealistic outcomes of certain situations that got you super confused? Who was dating who? Did that girl have the baby yet? Why did the Show Choir teacher have such a bad-ass apartment? Well, that's Glee for ya! So here's the song that started it all, the cover-frenzy that the creators of Glee started, Don't Stop Believin'. So if you'd like to hear Steve Perry hit those high falsetto notes, or the 'pretend-to-be' high school Glee cast give their 'Kids Bop-esque' version, well, there ya go!
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