Back in the olden days, the only time that the soft, pink, muscular hydrostat that sits on the floor of your mouth used to peek out from its natural hiding spot was when a depressor emerged at the doctor’s office. Nowadays, though, tongues have emerged from the damp, dark recesses of our mouths and into the light, insisting that attention be paid, damn it! The tongue at the forefront of this renaissance belongs to Miley Cyrus, naturally, but can you guess these other famous (and infamous) tongues in music history?
Miley Cyrus, who released her album Bangerz this week featuring the hit song and video “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t the first artist to sing about balls in popular music. Hell, she isn’t even the first performer to sing about wrecking balls; Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen all beat her to the punch. But whether used as a noun, a verb or a turn of phrase, whether they be wrecking balls, balls of fire, crystal balls or the type of balls that men do their best to protect, balls figure prominently in a number of classic songs. So without further adieu, here are 10 of the biggest songs ever written about balls.
If you’re asking yourself, “Hey, didn’t Justin Timberlake already release an album earlier this year?”, the answer is yes, yes he did. The 20/20 Experience came out in March and, thanks to pent-up demand for new Timbertunes, has sold 2.279MM copies, making it the best-selling LP of the year so far. Apparently, our pal JT abides by the ole “Strike while the iron is hot” philosophy, which is why you see that the The 20/20 Experience: Part II was just released yesterday. Which got us thinking: How have OTHER sequel albums released this century performed?
Forget the drugs, the cars, the Grammys, the stadiums of hysterical fans. The real reason musicians even pick up a guitar in the first place? The girls. Since the beginning of the rock era, groupies (or muses, or band-aids) are what make the music world go around, kids! From classy chicks with a penchant for rock star boyfriends/husbands to the quintessential tour bus broads, these ten groupies are the most celebrated of all time.
It’s all the rage these days to complain about concert attendees who kill the vibe by spending the entire show recording with their mobile phones or, worse, their iPads. While we don’t disagree entirely with the rage against those addicted to their screens, we would like to thank those brave souls who sacrifice the experience of living in the moment in order to capture these moments for posterity, especially when said moments result in once-in-a-lifetime fails. So, won’t you join us and salute these amateur videographers without whose dedication we would never have been able to see this grainy footage of superstar musicians like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Metallica’s Jason Newsted, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler hilariously wiping out on stage for all our enjoyment? (Oh, PS: We turned all of these fails into GIFs for your enjoyment. You’re welcome!) Read more…
The singer-songwriter sometimes gets a bad rap in the world of music. You think of someone moping with a guitar in a coffee shop, but the 30 sexy singer-songwriters on our list wrote the love songs that became our songs of lust.
From the time Michael Jackson hit the music scene as a child, it was obvious his unique talent would carry him for years to come. With today marking what would have been his 55th birthday, we take a look at the King of Pop’s extensive career and highlight his best hits.
We’ve teamed up with our friends who produce The Greatest to put together this official VH1 list of The 40 Greatest Michael Jackson Songs. Check out which tracks made the cut, and don’t forget to fire up our Spotify playlist to keep the celebration going all day long! Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think of our rankings and you can also debate our choices on Twitter by hitting us @VH1.
Each and every year since the program debuted in 1984, audiences have been tuning into the Video Music Awards en masse for a chance to see two things: That year’s hottest musical acts perform live AND what happens when you put said hottest musical acts together in a relatively confined space. Thankfully for viewers, the combination of the intense media spotlight, oversized egos, and chemical stimulants have resulted in some truly memorable jaw-dropping moments over the show’s 29 year history, moments that we have collected together into the following list: The 15 Most WTF Moments In VMA History.
Part of being an artist is believing that you’re the chosen one. The one and only messianic megastar to save the masses from musical mediocrity! No wonder every top-selling pop star we can think of has a staggering God complex. From Kanye West naming his new album Yeezus (really, dude?) to John Lennon proclaiming that “the Beatles are bigger than Jesus,” these narcissistic icons take hero worship to biblical levels.
One of the biggest stories in the world of pop music over the last week has been the (pardon the pun) upROAR over whether or not Katy Perry‘s new single “Roar” borrows a bit too liberally from Sara Bareilles‘ “Brave” (see: Is Katy Perry A Sara Bareilles Kopy Kat?). If you ask us, both songs are under suspicion for lifting the opening piano line of “Something Beautiful” by Robbie Williams, so we feel like neither party can claim absolute innocence here.
It’s worth noting that this is neither the first—nor will it be the last!—instance when one songwriter accuses another songwriter of cribbing a riff or a melody. With that said, it’s time to present you with this: the Top 10 Rip-Offs In Pop Music History.