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Album’s Singles Review: “American Idiot” by Green Day

American Idiot (album)
After series of underperforming albums, Green Day had released this album which brought them back to superstardom status. Theor music was still the same but has more depth on it. It became a top selling album worldwide. It was awarded with 7x platinum by BPI in UK, and 6x platinum in US by RIAA.

American Idiot (single)
“American Idiot” was released as the debut single of the album,  which has the same name. As you heard, it sound like the TV show “American Idol”, though not really intended to criticize the show. It went to number 3 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” had became the second single for “American Idiot”. It is an alternative rock song which was about being alone. The song became their biggest hit from teh album and one of their signature hit. It went number 2 in United States and number 5 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Holiday
“Holiday” was the third single from the album “American Idiot”. The song is somewhat political but was praised by a lot. critics. It was still one of their high charter on Billboard Hot 100 as it peaked inside the top 20. It peaked at 11th in UK.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Wake Me Up When September Ends
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” became the third single off the album “American Idiot”. It is a song about losing someone you love. It was one of their most recognized songs. It became a hit internationally, including Philippines which the song was often remembered when September comes. It went to top 10 both in US and UK.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Jesus of Suburbia
“Jesus of Suburbia” was the last single of the album “American Idiot”. The song is punk rock which reached the top 20 of United Kingdom. It failed to chart at the Hot 100.

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Album’s Singles Review: “Hands All Over” by Maroon 5

Hands All Over (album)
Maroon 5 already scored success over their previous albums “Songs About Jane” and “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long”. They released their third album “Hands All Over”. It sounded like their debut album with rock, pop rock, soul, and funk music. It went to number 2 in US albums chart and gone platinum by RIAA.

Misery
“Misery” has been the first single from the album “Hands All Over”. The song sounds pop rock with funk influences. It is a sad story of about living in a miserable relationship. The single was a moderate hit for a carrier single. It reached number 14 on Billboard Hot 100, and just at number 30 in UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Give a Little More
“Give a Little More” was the second single for “Hands All Over”. As you listen to the song, it is evidently an upbeat funky song, with such seductive vocals from Adam Levine. I first listened to the song after being performed by Phillip Phillips on one of his performances on American Idol as a contestant, which he sang it in a slower register. The song haven’t got a wide release as it was released in limited territories. It reached number 86 in the US.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Never Gonna Leave This Bed
“Never Gonna Leave This Bed” was the third single from “Hands All Over”. It is a pop rock track similar to their old pop rock sound. The song received more widespread release compared to the previous single. It went to number 55 in United States, and was considered the second single in Asia as it was widely heard.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Moves Like Jagger (ft. Christina Aguilera)
“Moves Like Jagger” was the final single for the album “Hands All Over”. It was funky song which the guys re-recorded with Christina Aguilera. It can be credited for the additional big sales of the album. The song has somewhat sexual undertones on its lyrics. It became their biggest hit ever for reaching number 1 worldwide and a reported sales by IFPI of 15 million.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: “Falling Into You” by Celine Dion

Falling Into You (album)
Celine Dion achieved global success finally with “The Colour of My Love”. She came back with the album “Falling Into You” which gave her more success. The album was even her biggest selling album ever. As Celine Dion usually record, the songs were pop and mostly were ballads knowing she is a real ballad.

Falling into You (single)
“Falling into You”, which is the title track, was released as the debut single of the album. The track is just a simple love song, but one of the best tracks from the album. It went to the top 10 of the UK charts.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Because You Loved Me
“Because You Loved Me” has been the second single from Celine Dion’s album “Falling Into You”, though the lead track in some countries. It is a lovely ballad which became a formula of such songs as “For You I Will” by Monica and the remake of “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera. The song has been an international hit and went to number 1 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” was the third single of the album “Falling Into You”. The song is a ballad with rock influences, which is similar to a song by Meat Loaf Celine Dion put in his great vocals in the song. The song became another hit from “Falling Into You” reaching the top 10 in every country. It reached number 2 in United States.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

All by Myself
“All by Myself” became the fourth single off the album “Falling Into You”. It was first recorded by Eric Carmen, and Celine Dion’s version became a worldwide hit. It reached the top 10 of both US and UK.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Call the Man
“Call the Man” was the last release for the album “Falling Into You”. The song is a pop track with gospel influence on it. It was released in some countries and peaked at number 11 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: “Dark Horse” by Nickelback

Dark Horse (album)
Nickelback had gone multi-platinum from their previous albums such as “Silver Side Up”, “The Long Road”, and “All the Right Reasons”. This time, their album “Dark Horse” went to number 2 in United States and has gone 3x platinum.

Gotta Be Somebody
“Gotta Be Somebody” was the first single from the album “Dark Horse”. I prefer the band’s version compared to the remake ones. It went to the bottom 10 in United States. But in United Kingdom, it reached number 7.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Something in Your Mouth
“Something in Your Mouth” was released for the promotion of the album “Dark Horse”. It is a hard rock song which charted at number 96 in United States.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

If Today Was Your Last Day
“If Today Was Your Last Day” was the third single from “Dark Horse”. It is an alternative song which has a positive message. It peaked at number 19 in United States.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Burn It to the Ground
“Burn It to the Ground” became the fourth single of “Dark Horse”. It is a heavy song which failed to chart in most countries.
Rate: 5.25 out of 10

I’d Come for You
“I’d Come for You” was the fifth single off “Dark Horse”. It is a rock and emotional ballad. It reached number 44 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Never Gonna Be Alone
“Never Gonna Be Alone” had became the sixth single for “Dark Horse”. Just like “I’d Come for You”, it is also a rock ballad track. The song charted in United States again and reached number 58.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Shakin’ Hands
“Shakin’ Hands” had been a promotional single too. It was a heavy rock song. It failed to chart at the Hot 100, but managed to reach the component rock charts.
Rate: 5.75 out of 10

This Afternoon
“This Afternoon” was being the last single off “Dark Horse”. It is a pop rock song which went to number 34 on Billboard Hot 100.

Rate: 6.0 out of 10 

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Album’s Singles Review: “Can’t Be Tamed” and “Bangerz” by Miley Cyrus

Can’t Be Tamed (album)
After hit albums and singles including the Hannah Montana records, Miley Cyrus tried to embrace new image which was getting matured through the album “Can’t Be Tamed”. The album is full of pop and and dance pop tunes, which shows she has changed her sound. The album peaked at number 3 on Billboard but with low sales.

Can’t Be Tamed (single)
“Can’t Be Tamed” was the first single from the album with the same title. The song was dance pop with electronic sound on it. It went to the top 10 in United States.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Who Owns My Heart
“Who Owns My Heart” had became the second single off Miley Cyrus’ album “Can’t Be Tamed”. The song is an EDM track, a new musical direction Miley Cyrus has taken. The song charted in just a few countries.
Rate: 6.75 out of 10

Bangerz (album)
After taking hiatus, Miley Cyrus came back with “Bangerz” which has restored her old fame, though she has thrown her sweet image into something more provocative and outrageous. The album has more on pop, hip-hop, and R&B sound. It became a worldwide hit album for reaching number 1 in a number of charts.

We Can’t Stop
“We Can’t Stop” was the debut single for Miley Cyrus’ comeback album “Bangerz”. She took a different route in music with this song as it is a combination of R&B and pop. The song was a global top 10 hit while it reached number 1 in United Kingdom.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

Wrecking Ball
“Wrecking Ball” has been the second single from Miley Cyrus’ album “Bangers”. It is an emotional ballad which makes it beautiful. However, Miley Cyrus has gone nude on its music video. The song has been a number 1 hit worldwide including US and UK.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Adore You
“Adore You” became the third and last single of Miley Cyrus’ album “Bangerz”. The R&B ballad has gone to number 21 in United States.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

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Albums Singles Review: “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and “The Time of Our Lives (EP)” by Miley Cyrus

Hannah Montana: The Movie (soundtrack album)
Miley Cyrus returned in this soundtrack but this time in a movie and the soundtrack of “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. The album featured her songs as Miley Cyrus and as Hannah Montana. It contains pop and country tracks. The soundtrack went to number 1 in United States.

The Climb
“The Climb” was released to lead the soundtrack of “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. The song has an inspirational and empowering theme in a country pop ballad. It went to number 4 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Hoedown Throwdown
“Hoedown Throwdown” was the second and last single of the soundtrack album of “Hannah Montana: The Movie”. The song is a country pop and merged with hip-hop which doesn’t sound that well. The song went to number 18 in both US and UK.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10

The Time of Our Lives (EP)
Miley Cyrus had released an EP after “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack. The extended play contains pop while some with country tunes. The EP was a success reaching number 2 in the United States.

Party in the U.S.A.
“Party in the U.S.A.” has been released to lead the extended play “The Time of Our Lives”. It was a bouncy and catchy pop track that will make you sing with it especially at the part “yeaahhh, yeahhh!”. The song was a success for her especially in United States where it reached number 2.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

When I Look at You
“When I Look at You” was released as the second and final released of the extended play “The Time of Our Lives”. The song is a pop ballad and was also featured for her film “The Last Song”. I love the ballad as it showcased Miley Cyrus’ voice. The song had peaked at number 16 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I” by Michael Jackson

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (album)
Michael Jackson released “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I” as a follow-up to the highly successful album “Dangerous”. The album had gone edgier than the already edgy previois album. It was very successful too going to number 1 worldwide.

Scream (with Janet Jackson)
“Scream” has been released to lead the album “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I”. This time, Michael Jackson worked with his sister Janet Jackson in this song against the tabloid media. The song is a song with different genres. You can hear R&B, dance, pop, electronic, and even rock. It is a worldwide smash reaching the top 10.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Childhood
“Childhood” was released as the B-side to “Scream”. It is a ballad used for the film “Free Willy 2”.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

You are Not Alone
“You are Not Alone” was the official second single released for the album “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I”. It is a R&B song and one of the best tracks for the LP. It reached number 1 on many countries worldwide.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Earth Song
“Earth Song” became the third single from “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I”. He never failed to release a song with social consciousness. The song became a number 1 hit worldwide.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

This Time Around (with Notorious B.I.G.)
“This Time Around” was released as a promotional single for “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I”. It is a R&B song which charted in component charts.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10

They Don’t Care About Us
“They Don’t Care About Us” was the official fourth single from “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I”. It is a controversial song because of its lyrics. It was am international hit reaching the top 10.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Stranger in Moscow
“Stranger in Moscow” was the official last single off “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I”. The song is pop, R&B ballad which became a top 10 hit in some countries including UK.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: “Dangerous” by Michael Jackson

Dangerous (album)
Michael Jackson had a string of hit albums after the biggest selling album ever “Thriller” and “Bad”. He came back with “Dangerous” which he showcased the same sound but more modern and edgier. Aside from R&B and pop, he incorporated new jack swing on his music, as well as hip-hop and rock. The album eventually became a worldwide top-seller. In the US, it was certified 7x platinum.

Black or White
“Black or White” was released as the carrier single of Michael Jackson’s hit album “Dangerous”. The song is a new jack swing track with pop, dance, and hip-hop track. There’s even a sense of rock due to the guitars played, which made it an edgy song. The song which is an anti-discrimination track was a worldwide number 1 hit.
Rate: 9.0 out of 10

Remember the Time
“Remember the Time” had became the second released single for “Dangerous”. It was a more subtle new jack swing track with a lovely storytelling from Michael Jackson. It turned out to be a global hit and peaked at number 3 both in United States and United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

In the Closet
“In the Closet” was the third single released off the album “Dangerous”. It was a sexy themed song and too lengthy. The single went to top 10 in several charts worldwide.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10

Jam
“Jam” has been the fourth single from the album “Dangerous”. It is a dancey R&B song and it reminded me of Michael Jordan which he appeared on the music video. It was a minor hit reaching number 26 in US and top 20 in other countries.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Who Is It
“Who Is It” made it to become the fifth single of the album “Dangerous”. It is a mid-tempo R&B track which entered the top 10 ins several territories including United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Heal the World
“Heal the World” was the sixth single released from the album “Dangerous”. It is a beautiful ballad which sounds like the part 2 of “We Are The World” and similar with the song “Man in the Mirror”. It went to top 10 internationally, but peaked at the top 30 in the US.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Give In to Me
“Give In to Me” was released as the 7th single in several countries but not in the US. The song was rock influenced like his song “Dirty Diana”. It went to number 2 in the UK and top 10 in other countries.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Will You Be There
“Will You Be There” was the 8th overall single for “Dangerous”. It is a beautiful R&B ballad with gospel influence on it. It reached the top 10 of other countries.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Gone Too Soon
“Gone Too Soon” was the last and ninth single from “Dangerous”. It was an emotional ballad about losing someone. The song is a moderate hit in some countries.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

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Album’s Singles Review: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Thriller (album)
Michael Jackson achieved his real solo breakthrough with the album “Off the Wall” which was believed has sold more than 20 million. However, his biggest success came with “Thriller” which became the biggest selling album of all time with reported sales of 65 million. The album contains pop, R&B, funk, and even rock.

The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
“The Girl Is Mine” was released as the debut single to support the album “Thriller”. It is a love song performed by two men as Michael collaborated with former Beatles singer Paul McCartney. It is a good song but not that great. It reached number 2 in the US and number 8 in UK.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10

Billie Jean
“Billie Jean” had became the second single of the album “Thriller”. It is a pop, funk, and R&B song with a message about a pregnant woman who is claiming that the child was the son of the man. The song reached number 1 worldwide including United States and United Kingdom.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Beat It
“Beat It” has been the third single from the album “Thriller”. It is an upbeat song with rock influences. The song went to number 1 in several countries worldwide including United States.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” was the fourth single from the multi-million selling album “Thriller”. The song is so funky and a good song for disco. It reached the top 10 in several countries worldwide including number 5 in United States.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Human Nature
“Human Nature” was being the fifth single off “Thriller”. It is a R&B pop ballads which charted in a number of countries. In United States, it peaked at number 7.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
‘P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” has became the sixth single from “Thriller”. It is another funky danceable single from the album. It peaked at the number 10 in United States.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Thriller
“Thriller” was the title track and 7th and last single released from the album. The song is funk pop, and in its music video, it is full of monstrous creatures as it is horror. The song peaked inside the top 10 worldwide including number 4 peak.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC /Wikipedia

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Album’s Singles Review: “Forever” and “Greatest Hits” by Spice Girls

Forever (album)
After Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls, the group took a hiatus and eventually released a reunion album, without Geri, which was called “Forever”. It contains more R&B songs but the girls needs to stick to their pop sound. The album peaked at number 2 in United Kingdom and had gone platinum. In United States, it only peaked at number 39.

Goodbye
“Goodbye” was released as a single in 1998 which was just eventually included in “Forever” album. It is a pop ballad which was emotional and tearjerky as it was dedicated to Geri Halliwell. It turned to be as a global hit when it became their 8th UK number 1 hit.
Rate: 8.75 out of 10

Holler
“Holler” was the first official single from “Forever”. Actually, it was released alongside the song “Let Love Lead the Way” as a double-sided single. The R&B song became a number 1 hit United Kingdom, their 9th in the country.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10

Let Love Lead the Way
“Let Love Lead the Way” was part of the double-sided single with “Holler” for the album “Forever”. It is a R&B ballad which had a good meaning. The song went tl number 1 with “Holler”.
Rate: 8.5 out of 10

If You Wanna Have Some Fun
“If You Wanna Have Some Fun” was released as a promotional single for “Forever”. It was a dance R&B song and sounds similar to their other songs.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10

Greatest Hits (compilation album)
The Spice Girls reunited to release this compilation album. It had two new tracks, and went to top 3 in United Kingdom with platinum certification by BPI.

Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
“Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)” was released in support for “Greatest Hits” album. The song sounds similar to their songs “2 Become 1” and “Goodbye”. It peaked at number 11 in United Kingdom. In Asia, it did well in the charts.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10

Credits: Billboard / OCC / Wikipedia

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