Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Rich Woman”. The pairing may have seen like an odd joke at first, but hindsight makes it seem inevitable.
M.I.A., “Paper Planes”. A favorite of mine, and many others (the video link, as of this writing, has almost 40 million views and more than 40 thousand comments). I love the Clash sampling, and the sound effects in the chorus. But who doesn’t?
The Ting Tings, “That’s Not My Name”. Goofy infectious pop, which some people think is a bad thing.
Los Campesinos, “You! Me! Dancing!”. Another favorite of mine. What was in the water in 2007? This one is also infectious, and I love the video, although far as I can tell it has nothing to do with the song. This song ended up in a Budweiser commercial. I wonder if my perception is true, that nowadays we have lots more two-person bands, but also lots more bands with huge numbers of members. No one liked my posting multiple videos of the same PJ Harvey song last week, but here’s a double-dip of Los Campesinos, with a live version of the song.
Gogol Bordello, “Wonderlust King”. Another band with a zillion members, although without Eugene Hütz there wouldn’t be a band.
Public Enemy, “Can You Hear Me Now”. From the album How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???.
Bruce Springsteen, “Livin’ in the Future”. I’ve always been taken by the lyric, “We’re livin’ in the future, and none of this has happened yet.”
Miranda Lambert, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”. “To a hammer everything looks like a nail.”
Rihanna, “Shut Up and Drive”. Rihanna meets New Order? I’m there.
Kanye West, “Stronger”. Kanye meets Daft Punk? I’d rather it was New Order, but I’m there, too.
[edited to add Spotify playlist]