Let's do the Time Warp again!
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Left, musical recording artist Prince
performs in Ireland in 1990. One of his most famous songs during his reign in the ‘80s was “When Doves Cry”. Right, Adele sings at a concert in January 2009. She now is the proud owner of six Grammys.
If you like Adele, you might enjoy a little Fleetwood Mac, or perhaps even some Janis Joplin. “Of course I like Adele!” you say, because honestly, who doesn’t? But then you say loudly with your head tilted like a silly person, “What’s a Fleetwood Mac? Jople-who?” You, my uneducated music connoisseur friend, are the inspiration for my new column, where I will invite readers to investigate the old-school glory of seventies and eighties music, which inspires today’s chart toppers in big ways.
If you like “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, try out “When Doves Cry” by Prince and you shouldn’t be disappointed.
Kelly Clarkson has always been a chart topper, but her newest single “Stronger” harkens back to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” by Aretha Franklin and other girl-power artists like Madonna and the late, great Whitney Houston.
Are Pitbull, Snoop and Wiz Khalifa your go-to rappers? Check out some retro funk from The Beastie Boys, Tone Loc, Run DMC and Sir Mix-A-Lot. “Fight for your Right” by the Beastie Boys has a similar message to Young, Wild and Free by Snoop Dog, even if it’s not quite as laid back.
Rihanna’s mesmerizing pop and dance music is very much inspired by the hippy dance jams of the seventies, created by bands like Fleetwood Mac. Check out their song “The Chain” if you really enjoy “We Found Love.”
Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” album was among the biggest things in music last year, a magnum opus of pop music for 2011. Her simple love songs and dance numbers are reminiscent of the King of Pop’s best songs, and the success of “Teenage Dream” seems to ape Michael Jackson’s overwhelmingly successful 1982 “Thriller.” “Billie Jean” is similar to “The One that got Away,” though it takes another interesting angle on a traditional love story.
Good music stands the test of time and all of today’s artists are inspired in some way by the greats that came before them. Looking back into the rich history of pop music can help expand your love for the genre, give you a new song to obsess over, and help you to enjoy your current favorite artists in new and deeper ways.