An estimated 98% of us experience earworms. Despite the annoying times that we can’t get a chorus or a hook of an overplayed pop song out of our heads, getting a really good earworm stuck can be one of the best things ever.
We here at Nerdist are dead-set on bringing you those types of songs, if only for the weekend. We’ll be scouring the internet for the best earworms we can shove into your meaty brains!
After last weekend’s earworms article I caught a bit of flack from some die hard Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson fans as if I was throwing shade at one of the better producers of this day and age. It was clearly my fault for not being explicitly clear about my feelings toward Mark Ronson. I can completely understand that my statement – “Now it’s not a bad song by any means. In fact, it’s an incredibly catchy pop song and Ronson is an amazing producer who will surely continue to crank out hit songs for years to come.” – was just too damn vague. I suppose that means this week’s earworms is going to have to be all about the musical master – Mark Ronson
At the risk of sounding like a hipster, I’ve liked Ronson’s music before it was cool. Weird thing is, it’s really never not been cool. Just not entirely mainstream or as notable as he’s been with “Uptown Funk”. The point is, everyone should be fans of his other stuff too!
So much like that friend you have who makes you watch a few specific episodes of Doctor Who the minute you show an inkling of interest, today’s videos will be just that. (I should note that I am also that friend that makes friends watch specific DW episodes. It goes “Blink”, “Vincent and the Doctor”, “Silence in the Library” and “The Empty Child” in case you were wondering. Additionally, Eccleston’s “Dalek” for good measure.) [Editor’s Note: Blake’s opinions on introductory episodes does not reflect those of this editor. Good day.] So what Ronson songs SHOULD you listen to? Funny you should ask…
Mark Ronson – Just (ft. Phantom Planet)
Sure, it’s a Radiohead cover but, with the Ronson touch, I would argue this version is much more listenable. This version has an incredibly full sound that Ronson accomplishes on most of his material as well as making use of horn sections whenever possible. Clean and punchy drum lines drive the songs while the brass often accompanies the hook of the song which is, as a lover of all things SKA, may be the leading cause of Ronson’s songs consistently getting stuck in my head.
Combine these musical stylings with say, a musician whom I’ve already praised in an earlier edition and you can consider me a happy man.
Mark Ronson – Oh My God (ft. Lily Allen)
Once again, snappy drums and horn line hooks. An animated, Jessica Rabbit-like Lily Allen on stage singing in that lovely accent of hers. How could anyone not like this song? [Editor’s Note: Certainly not the Kaiser Chiefs, whose song this is.] Allen’s “Smile” also got the Ronson remix treatment.
If anyone does happen to not like that song then I challenge you with this week’s bonus song. There is no way that anyone can watch the following video and NOT absolutely love it. Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I present to you the official video for…
Mark Ronson – Feel Right (ft. Mystikal)
Holy hell! What is there to say?! Can we give that kid an Oscar? He needs an award.
There, that should do it. No more criticism about me not liking Ronson. Now i just have to deal with people who think I’ve now slighted Radiohead.
What are your favorite Mark Ronson tracks? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@theblakerodgers)