Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: Online Pianist | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Love. Romance. Tenderness. Intimate, soulful connection.
We're fed a lot of pablum about relationships these days - a lot of it through our music. But is this really the essence of relationships? Is that all there is to it? The answer is a clear and unambiguous "Probably not."
Between all the crooning R&B, the sappy rock ballads, and the emotionally regurgitative pop hits, we're left with a bland feeling of swallowing a heavily sugarcoated sedative. So when you trying to learn piano music… is this really the stuff you want to focus on?
Nay, we say! Therefore, we at OnlinePianist.com have decided to round up a list of songs that defy the norm and show us the side of relationships we rarely get to see!
It's nitty. It's gritty. It's bringing you over to meet the parents.
It's: Top 10 Songs About Relationships: The Uncensored Edition!
10. Bruno Mars - Grenade
And my heart goes… BOOOOM!!! KPLOWWW!!!
Starting off our Top Ten countdown this week is Bruno Mars' "Grenade", a beautifully touching expression of unrequited love, from a man who will do just about anything for a girl who will do just about nothing for him. A beautiful lesson for all of us about the trials and tribulations of love, as well as the utter impracticality of trying to serenade someone with a piano.
9. Kelly Clarkson - Because of You.
You… You… did this to me!
What at first sight would appear to be another one of those boring songs dedicated to a loved one is in fact an angsty accusational rebuke. Clearly this girl has walked away from some traumatic relationship with a hefty load of extra-durable baggage. And what better way to say thanks than writing a multi-platinum single about it?
8. Beyoncé - Best Thing I Never Had
I'm not bitter…
The great thing about being a famous artist is that you can turn an angry, emotional outburst of bitterness and vindictive aspersions into a hit song. Beyoncé may be smiling, but this song is basically everything following the "Oh yeah?? Well--" part of an argument. Set to music.
This piece is dedicated to all the women out there who swoon over their "perfect man"… and then curse his name and besmirch his character the second things go south. Don't worry, girl - you didn't need him anyway.
7. Lady Gaga - Judas
Girls just wanna have biblically-inspired biker trash fun.
The Queen of Pop is back with another singularly bizarre hit! This bad-boy lust-fest features our "Lady" going "Ga-Ga" (see what I did there?) over a rough-riding modern day Judas in a sinful indulgence of reckless abandon, licentious servility, and a conscious yet irresistible plunge into damnation.
6. Avril Lavigne - I Can Do Better
Why, you @#!$%, good-for-nothing %$@#! sorry excuse for a….
Ahh, yes! Leave it to Avril to sock it to 'em! Why waste tears over someone when you can lash out in anger? This fist-pumping oldie mixes the denial of heartache with a good dose of teenage angst, resulting in adrenaline infused battlecry for all the love-spurned tough chicks out there.
5. Rihanna - Unfaithful
Wow… that's….. God, that's awful. What… What is this song??
Not much to say here, folks. Except that Rihanna is a terrible, terrible person.
4. Beyoncé Knowles - If I Were a Boy
… you wouldn't be such a pansy! Ahhh! Am I right? Up top, bros!
Making it on our list for the second time, Beyoncé comes with a refreshingly frank depiction of the asymmetrical nature of relationships, and the double-standards that applies across the genders. In this song, Beyoncé offers a heartfelt inquiry into why men can get away with so much, how they can be so insensitive to their partners, and how painful it can be when one's love is taken for granted.
And I'm wondering why Beyoncé hasn't fixed me my sandwich yet…
(It's been 20 minutes already…!)
3. OneRepublic - Apologize
"Forgive and forget" is so passé...
This hit single by OneRepublic lets loose the full pain and sadness of heartache and betrayal. A heart-tugging cry for a love lost - snuffed out by some unknown grievance committed by the very hand which held the singer's now-broken heart. A melancholy reminder that some mistakes can never be undone…
Ya hear that, Rihanna??!
2. Taylor Swift - Love Story
Who ever said romance is dead?
Ok, ok. We've had enough depressing songs on this list… we realize it's time to renew our users faith in happy endings. And that's exactly what "Love Story" is: a lovely, cheerful ode to couples and romances that make it, drawing from the most romantic of all love stories, Romeo and Juliet.
And we all know that when it comes to happy endings, Romeo and Juliet are definitely the…
1. Cee lo Green - F*** You
You heard me. B***h.
BAM! Didn't see that one coming, did'ja? When you're down and beaten, spurned and rejected, and having just about lost all hope at winning the love you so desperately seek… sometimes you just have to say "F*** this shit." So don't let love get you down! Get up, brush yourself off, and stand up tall with the poised confidence of a man who knows when to move on!
With its straightforward, from the heart, no-nonsense honest candor Cee lo Green's "F*** You" easily makes it to the top of the list with it's pure, simple, message that inspires hope and encouragement in the face of that oh so critical part of relationships: rejection.
Congratulations, Cee lo! (Oh, and… ahem… better luck next time.)
Well, that's it for this week's Top Ten list. We hope it made you laugh, made you cry, maybe even throw something against a wall. In any case, we hope you all learned a valuable lesson about love, relationships, and commitment: Never. Trust. Rihanna.
All the songs on this week's list are available to learn, so be sure to check out their piano tutorials!
The OnlinePianist Team