Songs with One-Word Titles from A to Z
Long before Gwen Stefani decided she was no "Hollaback Girl", No Doubt were among the heroes of my teenage years. Bathwater, which first appeared on the 2000 album "Return from Saturn", has some of the most cringeworthy lyrics, which made me wonder if I would ever be able to love someone enough to "share a toothbrush".
This song appeared on "Rumours" (1977), THE Fleetwood Mac album. I love this song because it bares a very distinctive and yet indescribable emotion that I never really managed to capture. It's not happy, it's not sad. It touches me, but I can't really explain why.
Alicia Keys is one of the few singers whose songs I don't find too interesting apart from the ones that were released as singles. "Fallin'" has that pure emotion that I love, which proves that Alicia Keys is at her best when she's creating a song all by herself and without the help of four or five co-writers.
Love her or hate her, but Madonna is actually a great performance artist who brings to life both up-tempo songs and ballads. This is one of her more "conservative" songs on "Music" (2000). It's a very simple composition, but it's been stuck in my head ever since I heard it for the first time.
While I'm not quite a "Jazzman" myself, there are some Jazz-influenced songs that I really like. Carole King's pop song, which appeared on her 1974 album "Wrap Around Joy", embodies all the passion you can in whom I consider one of the greatest songwriters ever.
I listened to this song so many times (mostly in my car) when it was released as the first single off Van Halen's comeback album "A Different Kind of Truth" in 2012 that it's now the most played track on my iTunes with a one-track title starting with a "T". I honestly didn't see that coming.
"Uncharted" was included on "Kaleidoscope Heart" (2010), Sara Bareille's second album (which was ironically her only album that charted at number 1) and proves one more time that there is no reason why poetry and pop music should be mutually exclusive.
I waited 13 years for Fiona Apple to release another album. "The Idler Wheel..." finally arrived in 2012 and included this tearful piano ballad: "You didn't see my valentine, I sent it via pantomime while you were watchin' someone else I stared at you and cut myself".
This was actually Annie Lennox's debut single (taken from "Diva", 1992). Being one of the best vocalists on planet Earth, the singer delivers such an emotional performance in the studio version and various live versions that I consider this one of the key "heartbreak" songs in my life.
This song from "Become You" (2002) is most likely one of Amy Ray's most light-hearted compositions, but it's actually that simplicity that makes this song so great. Who cares what your friends and family think? It's our love that matters. So true.