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10 Songs With “Games/Game”

Games were often used in songs as playing the heart of someone making them believe that you loved them. Sometimes, it was also used in literal games which includes card games.

Backstreet Boys- Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
I think this song is one of the most successful “game” songs. In this pop track, it’s about not playing with one’s heart like a game. It was a top 5 hit worldwide in 1997.

Jewel- Foolish Games
When you feel like being played, it will tear you apart. This “game” song from Jewel was released along with her biggest hit “You Were Meant for Me”.

Lady Gaga- Love Game
Well, it’s not really about playing love like a game, Gaga knows what it is all about. It turned out to be Gaga’s hit songs as it is one of her earliest hit songs.

Santana and Michelle Branch- Game of Love
No matter what you feel in a relationship, it is because it is part of the “game” of love. The light rock song became a top 5 hit in Billboart charts.

Peter Gabriel- Games Without Frontiers
Peter Gabriel came out with this “game” song which became a top 5 hit in UK.

Alan Parsons Project- Games People Play
Oh well, one of the great old “game” songs. It was released in early 1980’s and went to the top 40 of the charts.

Foreigner- Head Games
One of the most popular rock songs then, this “game” song from Foreigners helped their album to success.

Abba- The Name of the Game
Abba wants to know the name of the game, I don’t know either. Lol! This song became an international hit for the Swedish group. It also became a Billboard hit.

Shirley Ellis- The Name Game
This is one of the catchiest “game” song. No real meaning of the song and it is clearly a “game” song. It was very popular even until now.

Amy Winehouse- Love is a Losing Game
Love was considered a game which was bound to lose as Amy implied. This song was a top 40 hit in the UK.

Some facts from Wikipedia

Pop Vocal Groups with Male and Female Members

If there are boybands and girlbands, there are groups which has male and female members. The list I made includes groups without instruments, either doing pop, R&B and hip-hop, as long as they were a vocal group.

ABBA- They were the most popular and the biggest selling in their genre. With two males and two females, their formula even extends until the present time and some pop groups even tried to be like them.

Ace of Base- Also from Sweden, they seemed to become the next ABBA (with two males and two females) but their first success was not sustained. They were known for their biggest hit “The Sign”.

The Fugees- This American hip-hop group became famous with their LP “The Score” as well as their version of “Killing Me Softly”. Consists of Wyclef Jean, Pras Michael and Lauryn Hill, all of them had solo successes.

Aqua- They came from Denmark, this group became popular through “Barbie Girl” and a huge debut album. The group had Lene (the only female member) and Rene as leads. They have two other male members.

Steps- With two male and three female members, their sound is somewhat similar to ABBA. Their song “One for Sorrow” sounds a duplicate of an ABBA song. Their success is limited though.

S Club 7- The group consisted of four ladies and three gents, their music which predominantly pop just like Steps as they were both from UK. They first became popular through a Disney TV show which was shown worldwide. Their biggest hit was the ballad “Never Had a Dream Come True”.

A-Teens- They became popular as a tribute group for ABBA, their first LP contains old hits from ABBA and was successful particularly in Europe.

City High- This group is a reminiscent of The Fugees which this group was completely formed by former Fugees member Wyclef Jean. The group scored two top 20 hits in US.

Black Eyed Peas- Originally a group without a lady, Black Eyed Peas had finally signed Fergie making them one of the biggest groups since 2000. They spanned four multi-platinum since then.

Popular Songs About Money

Many believes money can give you happiness while others don’t believe it. Some music artists had created such songs whether craving for money or it’s not what makes them money. Hereare some of the popular songs that talks about money.

The Beatles- Can’t Buy Me Love
The fab four went out with this song emphasizing that money can’t buy love. The song written by Paul McCartney, knows the real interpretation of the song.

ABBA- Money, Money, Money
ABBA released this song and became successful worldwide particularly in Europe. The song talks about a woman working so harf but she feels it’s not enough and even aimed to marry a wealthy man.

Madonna- Material Girl
Madonna wanted material things as stated in this song. The song brought Madonna success especially in pop culture and went to become a huge hit.

Notorious B.I.G. ft. Puff Daddy and Mase- Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems
Released posthumously, this song was B.I.G.’s second biggest hit in the US. Biggie just emphasized that if he has more money, he has more problems.

Jennifer Lopez- Love Don’t Cost a Thing
J.Lo does want is love and it has no price. It eventually went to number one in many countries and top ten in some places.

Gwen Stefani ft. Eve- Rich Girl
Gwen goes out with this song that can be on par with “Material Girl”. This song was a top ten hit globally.

Stacie Orrico- More to Life
The song may not be exactly about money, rather about a high social status one is aiming and that there’s more important in life. The song reached top 40 in US and top 10 in UK but more successful in Asia.

Destiny’s Child- Bills, Bills, Bills
The girls just want their guy to pay their bills. It seems they wanted a wealthy man. If not then everything’s through for them. The song propelled to become the girls’ first US chart-topper.

Jessie J.ft. B.O.B.- Price Tag
As the lyrics go ‘it’s not about the money, money, money’, it’s like Jessie looks for something more important. The song became her breakthrough hit.

Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx- Gold Digger
Looking for the right girl? Make sure she’s not a gold digger. This became a huge number 1 hit for Kanye.

Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars- Billionaire
As everybody wanted to be rich, some people wanted to be a billionaire not just a millionaire through this collaboration from Travie and Mars. The song became multi-platinum after reaching top 10 in several territories.

My Choice 10 Musical Films

I have seen tons of musical films, either it was theatrical or comedic. It’s just fun to watch them. But there were some musical that are more serious especially those seen on Broadway and adopted into film.

10. High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Teen musicals can be fan too. We heard lots of pop tunes in this third installment of Disney’s High School musical trilogy. Among all the 3 films, for me it is the least likable but it doesn’t mean I don’t like it.

9. Hairspray

The film’s setting was in 1960s and featured A-list artists which includes John Travolta. It also marks Zac Efron as first musical big screen film after successful High School Musical TV films. It was good to see John in musical films again.

8. Evita

A film about Argentina’s first lady Evita Peron and was based from a musical. It became Madonna’s most successful film and gained her awards.

7. Dreamgirls

This is a story about a girl group patterned after The Supremes. Jennifer Hudson did so well and it became a major highlight of her career despite not one of the top 5 of American Idol before this film. She even flourished in this film after winning Best Supporting Actress in Oscar than its lead Beyonce.

6. Mamma Mia

Adapted into film from a musical, it was turned into film and became huge in box-office and based on the hit song of Swedish pop group ABBA. It regained sales for ABBA too, as well as success for the soundtrack album. Amanda and Merryl did the film well.

5. High School Musical

The first film of the series. Storywise, it’s better than the first one but it’s my second choice from the 3 films. It was only made for TV and was seen by hundreds of millions worldwide.

4. High School Musical 2

The reason why this is my first pic among all HSM movies is because of the music. The first has better story but the songs in the sequel was better.

3. Pitch Perfect 2

I am a Pitch Perfect movies fan. This is very hilarious but quite started at a low pace to get its story and the humor. After 15 minutes, it was all fun and you can connect its story to yeh first part.

2. Les Miserables 2012

I love how this was done in a film recently and Anne Hathaway who had a short performance in the film is the most memorable when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream”. You can feel the pain in her when she sang it.

1. Pitch Perfect

This is my favorite musical films ever because of its story and humor. Rebel Wilson was hilarious. I even remember this film every time I hear Ace of Base’s “The Sign”. Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” is a good song too. I watched the film several times and I will still watch it when I got the chance.

Most Successful Scandinavian Pop Groups

You might not know some hit pop songs you heard were created in Scandinavian region, particularly in Sweden. Even pop stars Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and a lot more recorded their songs in that region and had hits. One of the most notable songwriters and producers there was Max Martin. Apart from songs made in Scandinavia, you may have liked some pop songs from pop groups that were from that region. I have heard a lot of them and I think they are brilliant in making pop music. Here are some of the most notable pop group from Scandinavia:

 

Abba

Who doesn’t know Abba? They may have had hits in the US but success was limited compared to other parts of the world. So far, according to estimates, sales were over 300 million and the most successful song from them was “Dancing Queen”. The group was not the only the biggest band from Sweden but also in the entire Scandinavian region. Prior to international succes, they were already popular in their country, Sweden.

 

Roxette

Back when I was still in grade school, I used to hear this group’s song. I have a friend who has their album and play it in our school with his walkman. My cousin also has their album. “The Look” became their breakthrough hit followed by a string of number one singles. Their biggest ballad I think was “It Must Have Been Love” which was a global smash.

 

Aqua

This is actually my era when this group topped the charts. Many loved the song “Barbie Girl” even it became controversial due to its lyrics as claimed as sexual. Also, the song received so much criticism but still became a hit. They had multiple hits like “Doctor Jones”, “Turn Back Time” and a lot more. However, their sophomore effort didn’t work like their debut did. The group were the biggest pop group in Denmark ever.

 

Ace of Base

This four-piece group consists of 2 males and 2 females dominated the charts in early 1990s. If you have liked “The Sign”, then it was their biggest song. If you watched Pitch Perfect, you heard the song several times. They had multiple hits until they went hiatus. Still, their music is remembered and even influenced other artists like Lady Gaga, which she had conformed.