I can’t believe years pass by quickly. Here’s my list of the best Electro-Pop tracks of the decade. If you listen carefully to each of these songs, you can realize the evolution of sound. For instance, Pop music was influenced by Benny Benassi’s signature Electro rhythm in the early 2010s. We also witnessed a trend where underground European DJs got attention from the American mainstream audience. Later, indie artists got their turn into the spotlight thanks to social media and music blogs. Perhaps, in the 2020s, artificial intelligence (AI) will transform the way we perceive the music industry these days. Only time will tell if this technological advance will come true.
2010 ★ Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Sweden is a country with so many great singers. I think Robyn earned worldwide recognition with this Electro-Pop ballad which revolves around a gal who dances alone in a club while watching her ex-boyfriend with a new girlfriend. Hell yeah, I love drama!
2011 ★ Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me
Nobody could forget this hit entitled, “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears. After a series of scandals, the American Popstar bet for modern and refreshing melodies. The song itself feels poppy but it also features a touch of Dubstep, which was synonymous with innovation at that time. In my opinion, the album ‘Femme Fatale’ is her best work to date.
2012 ★ Madonna – Girl Gone Wild
Madonna is never out of fashion and all her singles are timeless. From my view, this is one of the sexiest tunes she has ever made. It’s not surprising “Girl Gone Wild” became her 42nd number-one dance hit on the Billboard chart. Believe it or not, the whole track was inspired by the androgynous Ukranian group Kazaky, who made a cameo in the black-and-white clip.
2013 ★ Empire Of The Sun – Alive
This list would not be complete without Empire Of The Sun. The most popular Australian duo of the 2010s is admired by millions of fans across the planet. I remember this track was featured in a video game, TV series, and movies. Immediately, “Alive” became a platinum-certified single in 2013. The chorus is so damn catchy!
2014 ★ Kiesza – Giant In My Heart
2015 ★ Grimes – REALiTi
Weird, original, and authentic, that’s how we can describe Grimes’ Electro-Pop melodies. “REALiTi” was actually an old demo which eventually became one of her best songs in 2015. Despite its original recording quality, this hypnotic song was praised by her fans in Asia, MTV, plus the blogosphere. It is worth mentioning it feels like the perfect radio-friendly track to sing in the car.
2016 ★ Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts
This Swedish duo deserves way more attention. “So Much It Hurts” is an incredible Electro-Pop ballad accompanied by an 80s style music video that’s impossible not to love. Likewise, the emotionally charged nature of this masterpiece makes you want to sing it out loud no matter what.
2017 ★ The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming
In the middle of the 2010s, artists were more interested in analog synths and retro vibes. So, The Weeknd and Daft Punk joined forces to create “I Feel It Coming”. Here you have a wonderful anthem that reminds us of the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. On a side note, lyrics according to the singer, lyrics were written in one hour.
2018 ★ NINA – Sleepwalking
The German singer based in London has a bright future ahead due to the futuristic vibes of her songs. With “Sleepwalking”, she takes Synthwave to the next level by infusing emotions and Pop sensibilities. She knows how to reinvent the golden age of 80s music and I love it!
2019 ★ Toro y Moi – Ordinary Pleasure
Chaz Bear aka Toro y Moi criticizes consumerism and the Throw-away society on this fun tune called “Ordinary Pleasure”. The American artist offers chilled vibes in combination with upbeat Disco beats. Definitely, he knows how to get you grooving in mere seconds, leaving listeners craving for more.
Pop This On Your Headphones, “Sorry Wrong Person” By Matilde Girasole
“Sorry Wrong Person” will get stuck in your head due to its captivating nature. Hailing from Italy, Matilde Girasole continues to impress listeners with her extraordinary vocals. Of course, her previous single “Cup of Tea” deserves massive applause, and luckily this one follows the same line. So, do yourself a favor, and stream in full this new jam right here.
It’s worth mentioning, you’ll get a rush of emotions while she reaches the singalong chorus. Literally, it’s amazing the way she portrays her self-confidence through the introspective lyrics of “Sorry Wrong Person.” In addition, the booming bass along with her usual modern Electro-Pop melodies could get you dancing in your seat. Make sure to keep an eye on Matilde’s socials as she will release soon her next cut “Doorbell” on January 29th, 2021.
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Too Much Botox? Watch The Weeknd’s Shocking Video “Save Your Tears”
Beyond doubt, some cosmetic procedures can improve your looks. However, too much Botox can disfigure your face. That’s probably the case of Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd who reappears in his new music video with a shocking appearance. The latest single he is promoting with this clip is called “Save Your Tears,“ another singalong anthem featuring epic synths. Some of his fans believe this is a response to the Grammys, taking into account the artist’s discontent.
Last November, the 30-year-old singer claimed on Twitter that the awards show is corrupted. With this in mind, it is public knowledge that he wasn’t nominated, but I also think this is kinda suspicious because his recent Electro-Pop tunes are pretty addictive (In Your Eyes, Blinding Lights). Anyway, feel free to interpret the visuals below as you wish. Likewise, if you want to find out why too much Botox looks bad, watch this video.
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THE GRIND THEORY, A Humanoid From 2058 Releases “Heartbeat”
If you have ever wonder how music will sound in the future, the answer is THE GRIND THEORY. Dead at birth and cloned in 2058, this ingenious humanoid showcases his artistic talent on the comeback single “Heartbeat.“ Following a five-year hiatus, at present, he shows no signs of stopping. What’s more, “Heartbeat” features an extra layer of futuristic synths and a rockish feel to it. Unlike what most people believe about cyborgs and their unemotional and cold nature, THE GRIND THEORY proves the contrary as there’s an overflow of feelings once you hear the stunning vocals.
You will notice a blend of influences that range from Power Glove, Peter Gabriel, Don Henley to Prince, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, Erasure, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, plus more! Whether you’re listening with headphones or not, the penetrating synth lines and the electrified rhythm feel like pounding through your chest. For one reason or another, his cutting-edge sound leaves everyone craving for more.
On a side project, THE GRIND THEORY has composed scores for movies such as Streets of Vengeance (2016), The Hotel Of Dark and Nasty Things (2015), and Slashlorette Party coming out soon in 2021.
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