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Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Saved Me Before I Knew I Needed To Be Saved

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If you polled millennials born in the 1980s, chances are you’d find out that one of the first albums they ever sparred with their parents over was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. With its casual cursing and tales of movie theater fellatio, it’s no surprise the album released 20 years ago tomorrow (June 13) received a parental advisory warning. Of course, a square-inch of sticker didn’t stop Alanis from selling 13 million records in the three years following JLP’s release. Take that, Tipper Gore.
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12 Ways to Say “Thank You” in Song

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You know those people on Facebook who celebrate even minor holidays by posting corresponding songs? “Here’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ happy Earth Day!” Maybe you’re one of those people. I won’t tell, though your entire Facebook feed already knows. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I’m just saying: at least make sure you pick… Read More

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25 Awful 1990s Hit Songs We Loved Anyway

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There’s an art to the good bad song. What makes “Livin’ La Vida Loca” a bad song and not a good bad song? What makes Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart” good but La Bouche and Aqua good bad? A lot of it has to do with cheese, of which the 1990s had about as much as Frasier Crane’s fridge. If a song had the right combination of trends, it could reach the top of the charts despite lyrical hokeyness or songwriting shoddiness. Once such a song reached the radio, there was no escaping it, a fact that would later aid astute listeners in recognizing its utter terribleness. But in some cases, we’d be secretly a little happy to hear it again, at least every once in a while. This is what turns a bad song into a good bad song. Here are 25 of them from the… Read More

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10 Musical Preferences That Might Get You Arrested (Or Killed)

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If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t quite stifle a rueful sigh at the news earlier this week that a woman in Colorado was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend after he refused to stop blasting Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the stereo. It seems there’ve been several such reports of late, and while there’s nothing funny about domestic assault, the whole thing did get us thinking about songs that have managed to get their fans into hot water. We decided to investigate further, and came up with this selection of music that has landed fans in trouble in various amusing, ridiculous, and/or depressing ways.
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The Enduring Mysteries Behind 10 Great Love Songs

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A few weeks back, we looked at the true stories behind some of our favorite love songs. It’s always fascinating to hear a definitive account of what inspired one of your favorite tunes, but it can be equally enthralling to try to puzzle it out on your own. And, of course, in some cases that’s all you can do, because it may well be that the songwriter in question isn’t providing any answers. So it goes with these tunes, which are all the more fascinating because of the mystery surrounding exactly who they’re about.
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The 10 Most ’90s Songs of the ’90s

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Just the other day, New Radicals’ 1998 one-hit wonder “You Get What You Give” came up in conversation, and it occurred to us that, over a decade into the new millennium, the music of the ’90s is starting to sound as dated as disco did when we were kids. From cultural references to Tonya Harding, Hanson, and white kids who desperately wanted to be gangstas to zeitgeist-y topics like Gen-X disaffection and sex education, there are just some songs that unmistakably evoke the decade. We’ve rounded up what we think of as the most ’90s songs of the ’90s after the jump; keep in mind that this isn’t a list of the best tracks of the era, just the ones that are clearly the products of its preoccupations. Let us know what you’d add in the comments.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Exciting news: Leonard Cohen has announced that he’s touring North America in November and December to promote Old Ideas, the 77-year-old legend’s first studio album since 2004. The 11 scheduled dates will conclude with two performances in New York City: one at Madison Square Garden, and the other at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center.… Read More