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Green Day – Oh Love

Originally played at a ‘secret show’ by Green day last October 28, 2011, the song Oh Love eventually became part of the band’s ninth studio album ¡Uno!, which was released last July 16, 2012 via Reprise Records, with an EP of the song being released a month later.

Oh Love is notable as it brings back certain sonic elements from Green Day’s early roots as a pop punk band, with some parts of the song sounding like it could have come from their debut album Dookie. Over all, the song seems to be a blending of the various styles that Green Day has adopted throughout their 3 decade career as it mixes their early pop punk style with their more recent power pop songs, along with the heavy alternative rock that they exhibited during the mid 90s.

Critical reception of the song is a bit mixed, with some critics praising it for its tone and polished musical style, with some welcoming Green Day’s return to their early sonic roots. Those who panned Oh Love complained of the song being average compared to Green Day’s previous releases. Both sides don’t really cancel each other out, so whether you’ll like Oh Love or not depends on how much you miss Green Day’s early sound. If you welcome the nostalgia, you’re going to love –er- Oh Love, but if you expected a forward progression in the band’s sound, you’ll probably be underwhelmed.

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Gangnam Style by PSY

Fast becoming the Macarena of our generation, South Korean Singer, Rapper and Entertainer PSY’s Gangnam Style has taken several nations by storm, with an outrageously silly video with an equally silly dance move that requires the dancer to look like he’s riding and rustling a horse.

The video for Gangnam Style is easily the biggest reason why it became such a hit even with people who don’t understand the lyrics at all, featuring themes and messages that poke fun at the ridiculously luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district, which is an affluent and trendy area of Seoul. According to PSY (born Park Jae-Sang), Gangnam Style’s lyrics concerns the perfect girlfriend who knows when to “practice composure, and when to go wild”, with the song’s hook “Oppan Gangnam Style” being translated as “Big Brother is Gangnam Style.” The video also features another K-pop superstar, 4Minute’s Hyuna as PSY’s love dancing interest.

Even if you discount the stupidity and the ridiculous premise of the song’s lyrics (which is intentional, as the Boston University and Berkley College of Music graduate PSY admits), Gangnam Style stands on its own as the song is extremely easy to dance to, while the catchy hooks make it easy to memorize and sing without the need to understand the words.