I know what you are thinking, Why am I writing about an Ed Sheeran song? Well, I will tell you, I am not real sure. His new album is nothing but collaborations with mostly hip hop and pop artist and honestly, it isn’t that great. It is pretty stale for me. I would rather hear just Ed as to me that is where he shines. Now, I am an old fart and don’t get today’s music, all that crap, but I do know a good song when I hear it.
Oh yeah, now I remember. There is one song on the album, the very last song, that totally kicks ass. It is his collaboration with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars. The song is called “Blow” and is the heaviest and most rocking song Ed Sheeran has ever done…at least from what I have heard of his work.
The song starts off with a gritty, distorted guitar riff and a scream all reminiscent of Greta Van Fleet and lyrically it is all about sex. With a heavy drum beat and a great rhythm section that funks it up a little, the song blazes through all the hooks and melodies that make a great little rock song. Oh yeah and there is a guitar solo…What!!!!…yep, they threw everything in and then some.
It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2016. My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2016. Go check it out by clicking on the link. These 20 songs are all other genres other than rock. Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not. They are my favorites, that touched me in some way.
20. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars off the album ’24K Magic’: Ok, I love this song. There is something about Bruno that I enjoy. It is what you come to expect from Bruno and that isn’t a bad thing. Very catchy and makes you want to dance.
The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year. I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2016 (click to read). This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, R&B, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums. Rock is my favorite genre that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.
Note: These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers. These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way. So, we might as well get started…
The #1 Album of 2016
Lady Gaga – Joanne (Interscope Records): This was an easy pick for me. The album was such a pleasant surprise and a departure from her last album. It had a little bit of everything from Pop to Country to Rock to Folk. It was such a great mixture of songs that gave us one cohesive album. The title track, “John Wayne”, “A Million Reasons” and “Perfect Illusion” were all great songs. Even the Deluxe Edition was great with “Grigio Girls”. All around classic album for Lady Gaga. Check out my review here.
Wow!! Some huge releases today! I can’t wait to get into some of these. I hope there is something for you as well. Sixx:A.M., Metallica, Bruno and Miranda are doing it for me today. Here is to some great listening pleasure. My favorites are highlighted in Blue.
Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed Vol. 2 – (Eleven Seven Music): Volume 1 was released earlier this year and was OUTSTANDING!!! I have extreme high hopes for this one as well and since they have never diappointed, I expect to be blown away…AGAIN!! Could they end up with 2 albums in my Top 10 albums of the year…wait and see.
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – (Blackened Recordings): Metallica is back heavier and louder than ever. I was a little disappointed in their last release so I am hoping they return with some of their old magic. If the song, “Hardwired” is any indication, we might just see some more greatness.
Bruno Mars is back with a new song, new video and an upcoming new album. ’24k Magic’ is Bruno’s new album coming out on November 18th on Atlantic Records. My daughter and I were listening to “Uptown Funk” a few weeks ago and were wondering when he would release something new and now we have an answer.
I have to admit that I love Bruno Mars and I am excited about some new music from him. The song is typical Bruno sound and pure pop magic. I would imagine he puts on a great live show with all that energy he and the band always show. Give it a spin and get out of your chair and dance baby!!