Top 5ive: Spice Girls

Way back in the day, I did a Top 5ive Spice Girl singles. I decided it was time to recheck and redo the list just to make sure that I still stand by the list that I originally did. Also, I’ve been on a Spice Girl kick since they have done a sort of reunion tour that I’m rather jealous they didn’t bring it to the states. So here’s the Top 5ive Spice Girls singles.

5. 2 become 1

It’s the Spice Girl’s sex song. It’s a song about having a connection with someone and using protection when you are having sex with that person. I bet you didn’t realize that until now. My childhood was shook. Especially since Baby Spice, Emma Bunton, has all the sexy lines. It’s the sexiest yet cleanest song about sex ever. The music video was also pretty cool. The girls singing and moving slowly as the fast pace world moves around them. See the metaphor yet? I know, that was deep for 1996.

4. Goodbye

It’s the first song after Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, left. And it’s an amazing song. The vocals on the song are killer. It was their “goodbye” to the fellow spice. Many also thought it was them signaling that they were ending the group, which they did due two years later. Fun fact: this song was released two years before the album got released. The lyrics tug on your heart-strings as they sing “no, no, no, no” beautiful as the hook. The music video is beautiful as well. “Goodbye” is the breakup anthem of the late 90’s for friendships and relationships. Oh, and you need to listen to the Orchestra version. It’s sooo much better.

3. Spice Up Your Life

The unofficial anthem of the Spice Girls, this song is just killer. It’s just one of those feel good songs that you just get up and dance to and chant with it like you are in a cult. No one is really sure what the words mean nor what the words are, but you just can’t help but sing a lot. While the futuristic video was an amazing idea, the iconic entrance and performance from their movie “Spice World” is what really stick into your mind. That entire movie is such an underrated classic but that’s not what we are talking about. Honestly, this song should be on any “get amped” playlist.

2. Wannabe

The song is iconic. It’s the first single they ever released. It took the world by storm. The lyrics may not make any sense at time, it was really just the wording, but it set the tone for what to expected with the Spice Girls. It also had everyone wondering what does it mean to “ziga ziga ah.” According to UrbanDictionary, the term “ziga ziga ah” means things of sexual nature….let’s just pretend that I never looked it up. Anyways, it’s the song that everyone knows and everyone sings along to. It’s pretty much everyone’s jam. You’re welcome for getting this stuck in your head.

Honorable Mention

“Who Do You Think You Are”

Frankly, this is an underrated bop of the Spice Girls. It’s a late 90’s disco jam that came off of their first album. It’s just a fun song that you can get down to and just relieve whatever crap is going on in your life. Mel C, Sporty Spice, vocals on the song are what stands out. Especially towards the end of the song. And the video is iconic as it’s pretty much everyone dream. It’s them a hip and trendy club. It may or may not be a gay club. We stan.

1. Viva Forever

This is the song that showed a more serious side of the Spice Girls. While the music video kind of sucked, honestly it was weird. There’s children and puppy fairies. It’s just a lot to process and handle. It’s their signature song that they used it as the title of the musical based off of their music. Unlike the musical, everyone pretty much loved the song. It was also the last single to have Geri before her departure in the Spring of 1998. It’s very fitting for that as well because of the song’s theme of Friendship.

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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ is still iconic as ever

On May 18th, 1999, the Backstreet Boys gave the world an album would become one of the top selling albums of all time. It’s the 20th anniversary of their second album “Millennium.” Now, I originally “reviewed” this album back in the day. That review sucked and I’m calling redo. Welcome to Pop Project Redux.

yep, it’s this album

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I’ll be the one, I’ll be the light

Millennium was released on May 19th, 1999. It was the highly anticipated follow up to their 1996/1997 debut album. Fun fact: Backstreet released three different first album. Two was for international fans in 1996 and 1997. The one we know in the States was in 1997 and was just made up of the other two. Because of this, “Millennium” is their third or second album depending on where you live. The album had Max Martin write and produce many of the songs on the album. In case you forgot, Max Martin the Swedish pop god.

This album starts off with “Larger Than Life” and I could not have thought of a better way to start off this album. One downside is the album is that’s extremely front-loaded. Three of the four singles are the first three songs in on the album. This more than likely wasn’t planned out this way but even so, the flow of the album. Going from a high intense song “Larger Than Life” to two slower bops like “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” It’s not just like a gradually slow down. It just stops and kicks into the slow jams. It then kicks back into the dance banger right after. I’m not sure if it is attentionally but it just hurts the pacing of the album.

The album also ends on rather a weird note. The final song on the album is called “The Perfect Fan.” It’s a song about their mothers and thanks to them for all being there. It’s a sweet song but it’s just awkward. There are a chorus and full orchestra backing. This would have been better in the middle of the album and not at the end. Simply rearranging the track list would make it a little better when it comes to flow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this album is pop perfection beside its flow and being a heavily front loaded album. That is easily made up for by how good the songs are. Even the filler songs are extremely well done. The vocals are what we come to expect from the boys. This album is what everyone thinks of when think of boy bands and Backstreet boys.

“Millennium” is the definition of the 90’s boy bands music. While it’s the flow of the album hurts every song after track three, every song on the album is worth the listening to because it’s the pop perfection. The songs are what makes up for the flow on the album. I cannot tell you how much good this album is. It’s one of those albums. I highly recommending listening to this album. I listened to it this weekend and still enjoyed everything about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Incomplete’ is still underrated banger

With the reunion of *NSYNC, I’ve been kind of a boy band/90s pop music mood lately. Because of this, I’ve re-discovered many classics that I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed in my “current era” little bubble. One of those classics is frankly underrated single from the greatest boy band in the history of mankind, Backstreet Boys. So let’s talk about “Incomplete” and why you should love it.

I’m awake but my world is half asleep

“Incomplete” was released in April of 2005. It came after the boys took two years off from making music as a quintet. It was from their fourth album “Never Gone.” It was a massive departure from their previous pop style. “Incomplete” was a more mature pop-rock ballad than a teen pop bop. Don’t get me wrong, the song is a bop. But it’s a far cry from songs like “Larger Than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me.” The more mature vibe that was given in “Black & Blue” was finalized with this song. It’s set the tone perfectly for what their sound would be be for “Never Gone.”

This song is extremely well done and produced. The instrumental track behind the vocals was just simply amazing. Starting with the piano and then kicking in with more of an orchestral feel after the first chorus. AJ and Nick shared the lead vocals and honestly, it works so well. Their voices blend so well together. You really don’t get the full backing of the group until the middle of the song right after AJ sings “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

The video itself is extremely well produced. Every shot has a meaning and just tells the story the really amazing lyrics. It seems that each member has their own element. These elements come out as the boys are just hanging out in the desert at an abandon gas station. Brian is water, Nick is the fire, Howie D is rain, Kevin is the snow, and AJ is the sun. I’ll give them a break that some of these elements are the same and/or just weather. The video is still just beautiful.

“Incomplete” is one of the many reasons that the Backstreet Boys have been able to stay around for how they have. If you have not listened to any of their music after their hiatus, then you are missing out. I highly recommend checking out “Incomplete” as well as their other work after. You won’t be disappointed at all.

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Top 5ive: Jessica Simpson

After going down the well with my Top 5ive list for the lovely Mandy Moore, I thought it would be fitting to adventure back to Jessica Simpson’s music career. While she goes by Jessica Johnson now and beauty and fashion guru, we all remember how much we loved her on “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” as well as her iconic role of Daisy Duke in the movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Jessica is an underrated pop and country princess. To celebrate her, here are her top 5ive singles.

Classic Jessica Sim

5. “Where Are You” Featuring Nick Lachey

We all remember where we were when we heard that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson announced they were getting a divorce. Behind Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, they were the IT Couple. This song was their first duet. It’s extremely adorable with the vocals being everything on it. The video itself is iconic as it’s literally Nessica, or Jick just be adorable in various romantic locations. It’s a “musical couple goals” video.

4. “I Wanna Love You Forever”

Jessica’s first single, “I Wanna Love You Forever” is probably the strongest single that she released off of her first album “Sweet Kisses.” It really shows off Jessica’s vocals and really set her aside from Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, 2/3 of the Holy Trinity. The video itself is random and weird but seeing Jessica Simpson in a field of sunflower while she hits those high notes is adorable.

3. “These Boots Are Made for Walking”

When you think of Daisy Duke, besides the iconic jean shorts, you think of Jessica Simpson. Her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking” appeared on the soundtrack for her movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The music video is just her in a bar with Willie Nelson while clips from the movie played around it. The song is extremely catchy. It will get stuck in your head. It also came out right after she and Nick ended their marriage. So she sexed up her image with for the role and video. She pretty much became more of a sex symbol.

2. “Irresistible”

“Irresistible” was Jessica’s become a pop sex symbol like her holy trinity members. She was actually the first to really sex up her image. This song came out in April 2001, Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” came out in September 2001, and Christina’s “Dirrty” came out in July 2002. You can thank Jessica for that. The song was extremely well done. It’s honestly one of my personal favorites of hers. “Irresistible” is an underrated bop with a video that slays.

Honorable Mention

“A Public Affair”

Just because “A Public Affair” didn’t make the list, doesn’t mean that we should honor this song because it was ahead of its time. It came off of her fifth album of the same name, the song was different than what we had gotten previously from her. It was more synthpop instead of just Pop with a little flare to it. The video had a rather all-star cast with Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Maria Menounos, Andy Dick, and Ryan Seacrest. It’s just her and her friends having a fun time while dreaming of having an affair with a guy that looks like her ex-husband. “A Public Affair” got a bad wrap when it was first released. #JusticeforAPublicAffair.

1. “With You”

This song is probably Jessica’s best single and it’s for obvious reasons. It’s an anthem for being so in love that with someone that they don’t care if you are dress extremely nice, put on a lot/any makeup, etc. It’s an anthem for letting someone just fall in love with you and how you make yourself to look like. The video itself just shows Jessica living her life and being sexy doing things around her house. There’s even an iconic scene of her seductively eating wings. This video sums up why we all love Jessica Simpson/Johnson.

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