This week in music news, Rihanna continued to take her rightful place in the music record books. “We Found Love,” some song I’ve never heard of, became her 11th number-one hit. She blew past the likes of Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson and is nipping at the heels of Billboard chart goddesses Whitney and Madonna (tied with Whitney, two away from the Material Girl). A few of her songs feature other artists, but I guess that’s nobody’s business when it comes to the charting, just when it comes to the royalties.
I have to ask … really? At the risk of being singled out and targeted by Jay-Z, I feel she is part of what’s wrong with music today (the other part that’s wrong? Nickelback). With one or two notable exceptions, her singles are uninspired, monotonous, and unmemorable. Is “Only Girl (in the World)” really better than “Rhythm Nation?” Can “Take a Bow” hold a candle to “Like a Prayer?” Or will “S&M” have the staying power of “Superstition?” These questions, by the way? Are rhetorical.
Here are her 11 number-one hits. Wonder how many the next generation will be able to hum: S.O.S; Umbrella; Disturbia; Only Girl (In the World); Take a Bow; Live Your Life; Love the Way You Lie; Rude Boy; What’s My Name; S&M; We Found Love.
Enjoy today’s lyric quiz, which features 10 random songs, all of which have a life beyond the immediate present.
In closing, get off my lawn!
Friday Lyric Quiz #441
1. “Who’s got their claws in you, my friend, into your heart, I’ll beat again” (mid-90s)
2. “All I want is to see you smile, if it takes just a little while” (late 70s)
3. “Anything that’s dead shall be regrown and your vicious pain, your warning sign, it will be fine” (mid-2000s)
4. “You wanna hear about my new obsession, I’m riding high upon a deep depression” (mid-90s)
5. “I’d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain” (late 80s)
6. “When you’re happy like a fool, let it take you over. When everything is out, you gotta take it in” (early 2010s)
7. “Well, you started off with nothing and you’re proud that you’re a self-made man” (early 70s)
8. “To have you with me I would swim the seven seas I need you as my guide in my life” (late 80s)
9. “If you are the desert, I’ll be the sea, if you ever hunger, hunger for me” (late 80s)
10. “Seems the road less traveled, shows happiness unraveled” (late 90s)
Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #440
1. “The world is a vampire, sent to drain. Secret destroyers” (mid-90s)
Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Smashing Pumpkins
2. “You say Lord, I say Christ. I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman” (late 70s)
Bicycle Race, Queen
3. “And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams” (early 2000s)
Harder to Breathe, Maroon 5
4. “You stumble out of a hole in the ground. A vampire or a victim it depends on who’s around” (early 90s)
Stay (Faraway, So Close!), U2
5. “They’re out to get you, there’s demons closing in on every side” (mid-80s)
Thriller, Michael Jackson
6. “And yes I call the shots I am the umpire I sprinkle holy water upon a vampire, vampire” (early 2010s)
Moment 4 Life, Nicki Minaj feat Drake
7. “A disease of the mind it can control you, I feel like a monster” (late 2000s)
8. “And the violence caused such silence, who are we mistaken” (mid-90s)
Zombie, The Cranberries
9. “I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vics” (late 70s)
Werewolves in London, Warren Zevon
10. “The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun” (early 60s)
Monster Mash, Bobby Boris Pickett