For the most part, our community here at TSS is full of self-proclaimed “Hip-Hop heads.”
Unfortunately, I am not one of them.
I am a fan of music.
All kinds of music as a matter of fact. Whether it’s Garth Brooks strumming a guitar and singing about a woman scorned killing her cheating husband, Daft Punk piecing together albums full of pulsating drum patterns and electronic instruments, or even Sara Barielles playing her piano whilst telling her man that she isn’t going to write him a damn love song, I love music. I mean, don’t get me wrong, when it comes down to it, Hip-Hop is by far my favorite, but it’s not the only genre of music I pay attention to.
A few weeks ago I was surfing around the blogosphere looking at all the new music that was coming out and reading opinions when I stumbled across a writer proclaiming that a song was his favorite of the year. Now I don’t remember where I saw this or what song it was about, but it led me to contemplating what my favorite song of the year was so far.
A lot of artists entered my mind, including Nas, David Banner, Killer Mike, and Kardinal Offishall, but none of them could produce a clear winner for me. Sure, “Hero” was amazing, as was “Pressure,” but they just didn’t make me feel like they could be the best of the year. Instead I turned to something a little less hardcore, and a little more extravagant.
The opening cello riffs are so powerful that it is nearly impossible to not pay attention to what comes next. A soft spoken singer with a uniquely commanding voice piques the listener’s attention quickly when he almost nonchalantly recites lyrics about ruling the world and how he felt with his power. The simple four beat drum pattern continues to play underneath a sea of strong lyrics and the sound of violins, bells, piano, and guitar until the song is concluded with a choir carrying the song out after what seemed to be a tsunami of beautifully crafted chords coming together to make something chaotic into something magnificent.
With all that said, my favorite song of this year has to be “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. The single has not only reached number one in the United States, but it has also reached number one in the UK. That is an amazing feat within itself, but what is even more amazing is the fact that the album of the same title reached number one in 36 countries in the first week of its release. With 4 million copies sold worldwide already, it makes me feel like I’m not alone in my appreciation of the song or the album.