Top 8 Disney Songs Since the 1990s

At least many of us had watched any Disney movie, and of course, we heard some of their theme songs. Whenever we hear Disney songs, we can name which movie that song was taken. Since I am a 1990s kid, I created this list of top Disney themes heard since 1990s.

8. Circle of Life (performed by Elton John for The Lion King)

The soundtrack album was made possible through Elton John while some of musical scores were done by Hans Zimmerman. This song’s theatrical sound and epic sounding melody were the reasons why I included the song in this list.

7. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (performed by Eltow John for The Lion King)

Back to back from another Lion King song was this love song which was the theme song of Simba and Nala. This is also the main and carrier song of the OST.

6. For the First Time in Forever (performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel for Frozen)

It was sung the time when Elsa will be declared as the new queen, Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) sung the most part of it. It was not an easy song to sing because of its pace on stanzas but the two artistw sung it really well.

5. Beauty and the Beast (performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the OST of Beauty and the Beast and Angela Lansbury in the film as Mrs. Potts)

This is one of the most memorable love songs from Disney. Celine and Peabo had a great tandem while Angela as Mrs. Potts in the film delivered it well.

4. Reflections (performed by Christina Aguilera for Mulan, Lea Salonga from the film itself)

Lea Salonga’s voice has always been perfect especially in these kind of songs. Christina’s version was released as the single which shown her vocal prowess. The song was exactly about the protagonist of the film.

3. Colors of the Wind (performed by Vanessa Williams for Pocahontas as lead single, Judy Kuhn for the film)

The song really fits the nature as Pocahontas is a Native American woman in the film. Both versions of the artists were superb.

2. A Whole New World (performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Bell for Alladin as lead single, Lea Salonga and Brad Kane for the movie)

Peabo and Regina’s version has soul in it but Brad and Lea’s voice sounds more theatrical. The song was a number one hit then.

1. Let it Go (performed by Idina Menzel for Frozen, Demi Lovato as a single)

This deserves to be the number one apart from being the biggest selling Disney single ever. Idina Menzel sang it very well with her high range. Demi’s version was more of a pop song.

 

 

Top Female Rappers

I made this list since we only heard few female rappers in the music industry. This industry apparently have overabundance of male rappers as they dominates rap music world and had only a handful of female rappers who became notable.

Here’s the list of top 5 female rappers that made impact:

5. Lil Kim

Lil Kim has been industry for 2 decades and scored multiple hip-hop hits and platinum albums in the US. However, she became more known as she joined Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink for the remake of “Lady Marmalade” as the theme of the hit musical film “Moulin Rouge”. She scored her biggest solo hit with the song “Magic Stick”. Her most notable and controversial appearance was when her breast was almost exposed with her wardrobe.

4. Lisa Lopes

Lisa Lopes became popular via her hit group TLC. They had numerous hit and multi-platinum albums like “Crazy Sexy Cool” and “Fanmail”. Her most memorable rap piece was the rap part of “Waterfalls”. Moreover, she had been featured in different songs which included the European and Asian hit “Never Be the Same Again” by former Spice Girl Melanie C. Her solo efforts didn’t made impact though

3. Iggy Azalea

Among the ladies in this list, Iggy is the most controversial based on her statements especially in social media. She’s the only female white rapper on the list too. Iggy achieved global success with hit single “Fancy” and her album which despite negative reviews achieve top 5 positions worldwide.

2. Nicki Minaj

Nicki achieved the most number of hits charted either solo hits or as featured artists. She also earned big hits which the three most famous songs of her were “Super Bass”, “Starships” and the controversial ” Anaconda”. She recently won a VMA for the song latter mentioned.

1. Missy Elliot

The top spot goes to Missy Elliot. She’s one of the most known not just a female rapper but also record producer and songwriter. She never tried to be controversial to boost sales, yet she scored multiple platinum albums in the US and had successful singles like “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It”.

 

Song Review: Selena Gomez, Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendez

Selena Gomez ft. ASAP Rocky- Good for You

Selena Gomez has completely left her Disney image and gone more sensual. After going solo from Selena Gomez and The Scene, she released “Stars Dance” which contained EDM and pop tracks. When she released “The Heart Wants What it Wants”, it was the beginning of taking different musical approach which received highly acclaims from critics as well as fans. She continued leaving her old sound via this song, “Good for You”. Her voice has even matured as well as her songs. The ability of her voice came out with this song, as well as her latest song “Same Old Love”. “Good for You has the sound you can compare to Lana del Ray and New Zealander singer Lorde. It was a midtempo song you can jam to. The rap part was just additional and without it, it is still a good song.

Rating: 9.5 of 10

 

Janet Jackson ft. J. Cole- No Sleeep

It’s been about 5 years since we heard a record from Janet through the ballad song “Nothing”. After less successful attempts for a comeback, she now released a comeback single for a new album. The sultry song “No Sleeep” became available and hit the iTunes sales recently. The midtempo ballad takes you to her “The Velvet Rope” era and comparable to her huge hit “That’s the Way Love Goes” with her whispery vocals she was known for.

Rating: 7.5 of 10

 

Shawn Mendes- Stitches

He became popular through the video sharing app “Vine” which garnered millions of views and gained him fans and recording contract. A year ago, his first ever single came called “Life of the Party”. As a young artist, he was compared to Justin Bieber, likewise both came from Canada. The song starts at a light mode until the beat starts until its end. This song is currently making waves in the US as well as its parent album which was at number 1 on its first week.

Rating: 7.5 of 10

 

Impressions of Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera on Jimmy Fallon

After watching the impressions of Adam Levine on Jimmy Fallon via YouTube, I watched the impressions of Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera. Both videos already garnered millions of views with Ariana’s episode as the latest. While Christina Aguilera’s video earned more views knowing it was shown months ago.

Ariana Grande first did Britney Spears with the song Mary Had a Little Lamb. She nailed the impression as she sang it at slow pace. What wowed me was when she imitated Christina Aguilera. I never though she can do the vocal gymnastics of Christina Aguilera, which she was known for. Her impression of Celine Dion singing The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is a spot on even the way Celine sings live. Admittedly, I am critical of Ariana’s vocal ability. I disagree whenever she was compared to Mariah Carey, knowing MC was one of the greatest female singers when it comes to vocal abilities. She’s even mumbling whenever she sings that I couldn’t understand the words. I also disagree with people I see on TV who are all praises for her voice. The Ariana we hear in her own songs is the real Ariana but that’s not all she can do. She can do better than that. My impression on her ability has now changed.

Then I watched Christina Aguilera’s episode. I already saw her impression before and I just watched it again. Since Christina, no other female singers came up that was at the level of her vocal ability. She was considered to be at a league of singers like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion due to their high vocal range. With regards to her impression, she first sang “The Folgers Song” the Cher way. Well, it’s been very easy for Christina to do that. But the most perfect impression she did was Britney Spears with the song “This Little Piggy” with the tune of “…Baby One More Time”. She was like the real Britney Spears in a Christina Aguilera’s face and clothing. She also nailed Shakira which she sung at the last.

What I am hoping to see in the program was Britney Spears and impression Ariana and Christina. If she did it, surely gain more fans and perception about her ability will change.

 

Male Singers Voices Mistaken as female

Not all male singers sounds very masculine. In fact, some of them sounds feminine. You will mistake the singer is a female the first time you will hear them. It may be the way the song was sung like singing in falsetto, while others has naturally female voices.

I listed some of these male singers which I initially thought were females:

 

Bee Gees

Their first song I heard was “Saturday Night Fever”. The song was overloaded with voices in falsetto from the brothers. Then I heard “Emotions” which really sounds like group of ladies singing. Bee Gees was from the 1970s and I was a 90s kid, so naturally, I am not familiar with the group before.

 

Prince

Back in the 1990s when I first heard of Prince. His famous songs at that time were “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and his own version of “Betcha by Golly Wow”. He sounds like a lady especially at the latter and only found out he’s a guy when I saw his music videos on MTV.

 

Taylor Hanson of Hanson

Taylor don’t only sounds like a girl but he also looks like a young girl when I first saw Hanson’s “Mmmbop” on MTV. I even find him beautiful until I heard from the VJ as he mentioned “Hanson Brothers” which clarified all of them were boys.

 

Justin Bieber

When I first saw him at MTV with his music video “One Time”, I am confused if he’s a young girl in a boy’s outfit. The voice even sounds like a young girl. When the name of the artist flashes as “Justin”, I still think he’s a girl because Justin can be a girl’s name too. I only confirmed he’s a boy in the internet.

 

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Of course, I am familiar of Adam Levine’s voice. When I heard their song “Maps”, it’s clear to em it’s Adam. However, he sang the song like a lady’s voice. Based on the comments on YouTube, numerous comments stated he sounds like female in that song.

 

Why do artists have to mention their names in their songs?

I just crossed to a song on a FM radio station which they played the latest song from Madonna (with profanity in it) and her name was mentioned several times in that song, no doubt it’s the title of the song. It’s like she is introducing herself knowing she has been the greatest female artist in the history when in terms of sales, longevity, contribution to the pop culture and a lot more.

Going back to the songs with the artists’names often mentioned, it reminded me of my related who once expressed his disgust to Jason Derulo, who almost mention his name in his songs at the beginning. I could not blame my cousin, almost all of the songs that I heard from Jason Derulo, he mentioned his name, lol! Pitbull also came to my mind, well, they have nice names and they were proud of him, PERHAPS, lol!

Anyway, not only the two artists mentioned did that. They were actually a lot. Never mind the rappers, because they often do that. Lady Gaga mentioned “Gaga” on her song “Bad Romance”. It may not be her entire name (Lady Gaga) but it is pertaining to her. In the song “We Can’t Stop”, Miley mentioned “dancing with Miley”. Britney Spears also mentioned her name in a number of her songs.

It’s not new that we hear the names of artists in their songs as it existed before. During 1990s, either Mariah Carey’s name or initials were mentioned in her songs, even Janet did in 1980s (remember “Nasty”?). Even pop groups did. Backstreet Boys introduced themselves in their debut single “We’ve Got it Goin’ On” and did it again with the famous “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”. Spice Girls also emphasized their success through “Spice Up Your Life” and mentioned their individual names in “Wannabe” and non-released tracks. Well, it’s part of music industry!

Well, I made this list why names were mentioned in many songs: (Disclaimer: this is no serious)

1. Lots of people are forgetful, the artists were just reminding everyone.

2. To prove that’s their song. It is a protection that their song won’t be stolen.

3. If you heard their song and you don’t know who it is, you just heard them.

4. When Jason Derulo says “Jason Derulo”, well it does mean it’s not “Chris Brown”.

Sounds didn’t make sense? Well, sorry but I got nothing more to say. đŸ™‚

My Top 7 Mainstream Albums of 1995

My interest in music came in 1995 and I decided to make my lists of favorite mainstream albums yearly and in order.

 

1. Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill

This album was released on mid-1995 and made more impact on 1996. It became a hit at the height of rock music, however, what made her exceptional is she’s female and put that feminism theme in rock music via “You Oughta Know”. Her vocals are so powerful that no other female rockers can match as heard in this album.

Top track: Perfect

 

2. Michael Jackson: HIStory: Past, Present and Future

Michael Jackson came up with this album with 2 discs. The first disc is a compilation of his past hits, while disc 2 contains new recordings. Most of his new recordings talks about social issues, his life and the controversies like how the media portrayed him. There were 2 cover songs in the album namely “Come Together” and “Smile”. What I love from this album is putting up his past music, the present ones, and look forward for future songs, as stated in the title.

Top track: Disc 1- Black or White

Disc 2- They Don’t Really Care About Us

 

3. Various Artists- Clueless OST

I love this film and the track listing of the soundtrack album fits really well. “Supermodel” was the main theme in this film.

Top Track: Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

 

4. Oasis- (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Despite the negative reviews in this album, it does not affect me loving it. It doesn’t even affect the album in terms of sales. It is their best album for me melodically and lyrically.

Top tracks: Don’t Look Back in Anger

 

5. Ace of Base-The Bridge

Talking about Europop music, Ace of Base has it. This may be just behind their debut “The Sign”, but still a good album for its positive message.

Top Track: Beautiful Life

 

6. Boyzone- Said and Done

Their music may be ballads and too cheesy but never mind, it had undeniably good tracks. It was the boyband’s first album and was a hit back in UK.

Top Track: Coming Home Now

 

7. TLC- Crazy Sexy Cool

This was released late 1994 but spent more weeks in 1995 in the charts. It was one of the decade’s best R&B album and shown more maturity from the group.

Top track: Waterfalls

 

Note: The ranking is not based on sales.

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 September 27, 2015

It’s Sunday night and the winner for this week in Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 was already announced. Last night has been a great episode, with good and not-so-good performances. The five performers last night were KZ Tandingan as Bob Marley, Michael Pangilinan as Nick Jonas, Myrtle Sarosa as Armida Siguion Reyna, Kakai Bautista as Sheena Easton and Eric Nicolas as Bayani Agbayani.

Tonight, three artists performed which was started by Sam Concepcion who had the most difficult impersonation for the week as Janet Jackson. For a guy who will sing like a man and at the same time dance like a woman, that was very difficult. Good thing the old Janet Jackson did masculine dance moves unlike the latest when she went sensual. Among all the performances this week, he’s the best.

Denise Laurel performed as Alicia Keys with “Girl on Fire”. It was a good performance despite  Alicia Keys was known without too much movements. It also shown Denise’s musical talent.

The last performance has been Kean Cipriano who impersonated Philippines’ King of Movies, the late Fernando Poe, Jr. It turned out as a tribute which can be respected despite a so-so performance.

My rank based on the performances of the artists were:

1. Sam Concepcion

2. Michael Pangilinan

3. Denise Laurel

4. Kakai Bautista

5. Kean Cipriano

6. Myrtle Sarosa

7. Eric Nicolas

8. KZ Tandingan

With the judges ranking the artists, I disagree with Sharon Cuneta with ranking the first place, but the remaining was fine. Boy Abunda did the right ranking while Gary Valenciano has always been messed up in giving his ranking, though his top position is okay.

Based on the judges and the artists choices, the results were:

1. Kean Cipriano

2. Sam Concepcion

3. Michael Pangilinan

4. Denise Laurel

5. Kakai Bautista

6. Eric Nicolas

7. Myrtle Sarosa

8. KZ Tandingan

It was already announced who the artists are going to impersonate. It was surely another fun episode next week and let’s see who will Melai going to impersonate.

 

Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 airs on Saturday night after MMK and Sunday night after Rated K on ABS-CBN 2.

 

Recap: Your Face Sounds Familiar 2 September 26, 2015

It’s Saturday night once again and I am on my Saturday night habit of watching one of my favorite shows, Your Face Sounds Familiar 2. Here’s the recap of tonight’s episode of the show.

The show started with Melai Cantiveros showing her impersonation. Everybody is always anticipating who will she impersonate. During the first week of the episode, she nailed Madonna and last week with Dionisia Pacquiao. Tonight, she impersonated G-Force head Teacher Georcelle, who’s also the teacher of impersonation of all the contestants.

The first performer for the night was KZ Tandingan who impersonated King of Reggae, Bob Marley. The song was “Waiting in Vain”. It’s never an easy job for a woman to sing like a man so it’s never expected, and she failed with that. KZ, I think, is an artist of her own and based on her previous performances and tonight’s, she’s not that a good impersonator.

Next performer was Myrtle Sarosa who jump back to several decades with her impersonation of Armida Siguion Reyna. Knowing Myrtle is a young artist and Armida was decades back, it is difficult to impersonate such artist. I think she did well, in contrary with the judges’ comments.

The best performance for tonight, I think, was Michael Pangilinan who sang “Jealous” by Nick Jonas. He haven’t got the face exactly but the voice really nailed it. He’s one of the best contenders when it comes to voice.

Comedian and singer Kakai Bautista impersonated Sheena Easton with her big hit “Telephone”. It was a good performance and I rank her the second best for tonight.

The last performer was Eric Nicolas with his Bayani Agbayani performance of “Otso Otso”. It was a fair performance and I never saw Bayani in the performance except the song despite dancing at the top of judges’ table. It may be in contrast with the judges but I really didn’t see it clicked.

If I am going to rank tonight’s performance, it would be:

1. Michael Pangilinan

2. Kakai Pangilinan

3. Myrtle Sarosa

4. Eric Nicolas

5. KZ Tandingan

Rank may change tomorrow as 3 remaining artists will perform.

 

Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 airs every Saturday and Sunday night on ABS-CBN 2.

 

It’s Weekend, Baby

I decided to write this poem which you can put some rhythm on it. I used to make music rhymes in a site before and this will be my first poem after a year.

 

Woke in the morning, 6 A.M.,

I can’t get up, and stayed on my bed.

My eyes closed, back in my dream,

Silly me, what is this in my head.

 

I almost forgot, it is Saturday,

Stay at home, which I usually enjoy.

With anticipation, it will be a great day,

That’s just me, a simple boy.

 

Been sitting for hours, this morning,

Working online, updating my friends.

Then someone said “hi”, and we’re chatting,

Gotta go on, as conversation ends.

 

Time ticks, and it’s almost noontime,

I gotta take a break, prepare some food.

But still writing and making this rhyme,

Then right after, eat food that’s so good.

 

After lunch, and I turned on the TV

Looking for something, that can make ms laugh.

There I saw something, it is comedy,

I laughed hard and it’s not enough.

 

Everybody needs some well-deserved break,

Lay down the sofa, I got to make some nap.

Once I got up, want to eat some cake,

It’s just a dream, and I just woke up.

 

Gotta prepare, for some things,

So I can make some participations,

Tomorrow it would be, no more alarm rings.

Encourage everyone, without hesitations.

 

Here I go again, back in this world,

World of writing, construct the words.

It is fun, but sometimes make my head twirled,

Until I finished, but only the two-thirds.

 

At this moment, the rain is falling,

Hearing it drops, making some noise.

The sun is not up, or at the clouds it’s hiding,

Until I shout, then I lost my voice.

 

So gotta wrap up this rhyme of mine,

Hope you enjoyed, as your minds follow.

It’s like a beat you’ll hear, run through your mind,

It’s Saturday baby, I shouldn’t feel low!