The Choice is Easy. Vote for Yeezy.

1I love election season. As someone who does not follow sports, the United States Presidential election is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for me, besides the fact it only occurs every 4 years. This cycle has been particularly entertaining, and I’ll give my thanks to Donald Trump.

The general election is swiftly approaching and Trump is leading in the polls. Unless a scandal comes to light hindering his campaign, it seems very likely Trump could win the Republication nomination. Something that nobody would have predicted.

Trump first announced his candidacy in June 2015. The public did not take this stunt seriously. He has zero credibility or experience and is notorious for being outspoken in unfiltered controversial opinions. Sound familiar?

Kanye Fucking West.

During the MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, West took over the stage and made a speech in which he incoherently announced he will be running for President of the United States in 2020. His statement was also met with cynics and amusement. But why all the skepticism?

Kanye West is a charismatic and influential idealist who gets shit done.

He’s passionate. magnetic. enthusiastic. Uses his affluence to support causes he believes in. He is a philanthropist, artist, entrepreneur, and will be our next President… If you let me run your campaign.

As your political advisor I would not ask you to change. Kanye you’re the best. You do you. But I will refine your reputation a bit and soon enough the American public will see you in a new light. We have 4 years to put this together and let’s be honest: If Donald Trump can make it this far, then so can Kanye West.

Rebranding Kanye – The Family Man

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Kanye Wests current public image is turbulent. America has seen him as a bully since the Taylor Swift incident in 2008. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Arrogant, vulgar and douchebag are adjectives that show up when Googling him today. By 2020 he will be seen as a diplomatic family man whose altruistic nature will transcend all.

The formula is there: West is the modern from rags to riches Cinderella Story. Raised by a single mother in the south side of Chicago, not much different than President Obama. He is a married man with two young children. All he needs is the white picket fence.

Focus: Show the world the domestic side of Kanye West. In the current state of things, West is surprisingly quiet when it comes to his personal and private life. Although his Twitter feed is chock full of rants and his lyrical content holds no restrictions (I.E. fucking models with bleached assholes). In general, West does not reveal personal details about himself and his family. Presidential Kanye has to let his guard down a bit and reveal himself as a father, family man, and son.

Lay out Political Philosophies

Like it or not Kanye West IS a political figure, and has been his entire career. In his first record College Dropout, he spoke out about education and student loan debt. In Late Registration, he addressed the crack epidemic of the 1980s, 2013s Yeezus is entirely political. He is outspoken and makes no compromises: the qualities we need in a leader that will warrant change.

After doing extensive research, I have found many of Kanye Wests ideals on political topics:

Gun Control: He was never in a gang, never owned a gun, and has never committed any major crimes. West credits where he is now to the fact that he always stayed off of the streets. The further away children are from guns and violence, the safer and more successful they will be, he believes.

Education: Kanye’s mother was a teacher, and fueled his lifelong sense of academic importance. On The College Dropout, Kanye detailed his complex feelings about leaving school at 20 to pursue his musical career. He founded the Dr. Donda West Foundation, which is named after his late mother, to combat illiteracy and low graduation rates, and to provide access to music education programs. Kanye believes that everyone should have access to affordable education.

“The system broken, the school’s closed, the prison’s open.” Power (2010)

Racism: You know, with race it’s like, okay we know it’s racist people, we know that a lot of white men over the age of 60 are racist, we embrace that. But the world is moving. Ten years from now, 20 years from now, every person of color or female or any minority that comes into power will eventually shift it. You got the ozone layer, you got all this stuff, you see 100 years from now the entire world might be black. Just to even survive on the earth, period.” – Kanye West

LGBT Rights: In 2005, West came forward and asked the hip-hop community to stop the use of anti-gay slurs in songs. He was a pioneer, taking a stand against homophobia in an industry frequently criticized for perpetuating it.

Everybody in Hip Hop discriminates against gay people. Matter of fact, the exact opposite word of ’Hip Hop,’ I think, is ’gay.’ You play a record and if it’s wack, ‘That’s gay, dog!. And I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, ‘Yo, stop it. That’s discrimination.

Income Inequality: In 2011 Kanye visited the Occupy Wall Street protests, he was a big supporter, spiritually for the movement. He was there to stand with the people. He wasn’t there to make a statement, didn’t want to do any media at all. He was there in solidarity. He understands this idea about getting the money out of the government and letting the people govern. He wants to give power back to the people.

Class Division: What good is anything that everyone can’t have? They think we’re done with racism. What about elitism? What about separatism? What about classism? You know what should cost $5,000? A car should be $5,000. And you know who should work on the car? The people who work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people. I’m successful in learning about the beauty that is afforded rich people, but in learning that, being brought up middle-class, it’s something that is beating out of my chest.

Class is the new way to discriminate against people, to hold people down, to hold people in their place based on where their kids go to school, how much money they make, what they drive, where they live and what type of clothes they have and how much they have in their account for retirement.” 

Arts Programs: Kanye West received an honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago. Kanye started the Loop Dreams project, that was dedicated to putting music-production equipment in schools. Kanye has talked about creating a summer program with a curriculum that centers on preparing students for real life.

I would like to move away from traditional methods and appeal to a new generation of students that are intrigued by the arts and alternative approaches to being taught. America’s schools are currently being crushed under the weight of a test score driven system.

Foreign Policy: As we learned in 2005’s Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” Kanye is very concerned about West African children forced to mine “blood diamonds.” Traveling is something Kanye has done a lot of. He’s toured and been in the presence of many different ethnicities and cultures. 

Immigration: In 2010, Kanye joined a group of musicians to boycott performing in Arizona after the state passed one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws in the country. If West become president, he’d be an ally of undocumented immigrants, who play a vital role in the US economy. In 2011, Kanye West denounced  HB 56, a strict immigration law propositioned in Alabama. The law allowed police to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally who cannot present proper documentation if stopped by authorities, Reuters reports. It also requires publics schools to question students’ legal residence and prevents illegal immigrants from obtaining a business or driver’s license. Kanye spoke on the issue:

I want to try to create a bridge between people who have the power to reach millions and the people who are fighting here on the ground in Birmingham. We need help here on the ground. We need for celebrities to stop being silent. We need people to speak out on every level, because silence is a form of compliance and agreement.

Public Health: In West’s song “Roses” (2005) he discusses the inefficiencies of public health care, and his frustrations with the system. He was discussing the inequality of treatment and lack of professionalism. His Grandmother was dying in the hospital receiving inadequate care, while Magic Johnson, for example, gets cured for aids. He recognizes the injustice that people with lower incomes receive. 

Prison Reform: Kanye criticizes the private prison system. In “New Slaves” (2013)  He raps: “Meanwhile the DEA / Teamed up with the CCA [Correction Corporation of America] / They tryn’a lock n****s up / They tryn’a make new slaves / See that’s that private owned prison / Get your piece today.”

Marijuana Legalization: Kanye West is pro-legalization. West has frequently called for an end to the War on Drugs and, would take steps to legalize marijuana if he made it to the White House. In the process, he’d end decades of discriminatory policies, help the economy, reduce incarceration rates and deal a blow to Mexican drug cartels.

Reproductive Rights: Our prospective first lady, Kim Kardashian, is a supporter of Planned Parenthood, and also supports a woman’s freedom to control her reproductive system.

Social Media

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West has a pretty strong Twitter game. His fanatical rants display the amount of passion he has. They showcase his deep capability of caring about something and he uses his platform as a vehicle for change and progress. West does not stay silent when he witnesses unjust things happening around him, and that’s the kind of President we need.

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Twitter: West will run his own Twitter. Public relations people and political advisors will not control his content. By the year 2020, West’s profanity may be refined a bit due to the growing age of his children. The plan isn’t to silence or censor him, and with the campaign his feed will be filled with political banter and ideologies.

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Instagram:

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Instagram page curated for West’s campaign: Yeezy in D.C.

 Last, but not least:

Vice president. Personally, the ideal person to add to his ticket would be Bernie Sanders, unfortunately Sanders will be running for his re-election that term and may not oblige. So, Beyonce will do.

 

The Case for Pablo Honey

About 9 years ago In Rainbows dropped. The local Vegas Weekly magazine published a short blurb about the album. For obvious reasons, the blurb focused entirely on the “unusual” release method of In Rainbows. The infamous “Pay what you want” distribution Radiohead pursued for the album dominated the  conversation around the album. I read about In Rainbows in around October in the Vegas Weekly and forgot about the album for three months.

Come January, I was at the dilapidated and rot-smelling Boulevard Mall. My mom doesn’t really go out, but one of her favorite hobbies is gathering with her sister and brother here in town and scouring the mall’s nooks and corners for bargains. That day I had decided to separate for a bit and went into a tiny music store. For those of you who remember the old Boulevard Mall there was some music shop right before the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. I had not shopped for albums in about 3 or 4 years and I had just worked the previous summer at one of those green-screen tourism traps that sell tourists pictures of themselves running scared from some superimposed shark in the top corner of their pic. After a bit of perusing, I walked out with two albums that day: Radiohead’s In Rainbows and Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.

It was that year of 2008 that my love affair with Radiohead would begin. My obsession with the band lasted about 2 years. During this time I listened to nothing but Radiohead, and I swear this is true. I do not think I took a break from Radiohead until right around the time when The King of Limbs dropped. In this time I had completed a CD collection full of the entire albums, EPs and singles. I bought a record player because I had just doled out on the The King of Limbs “Newspaper Edition.” I joined a music forum that has become critical in developing my music taste and introducing me to new music. I was not fucking around when I said that Radiohead absolutely dominated my life from about 2008-2010.

It was during this dominance that the next two albums that I bought after In Rainbows were OK Computer and Pablo Honey. Radiohead fanboyism is divided in two camps: those who think OK Computer is the best Radiohead album and those who think Kid A is the best album. Pablo Honey is the Boulevard Mall. It is forgotten, smells like moist, damp rot and everyone completely disregards it for the brighter and “better” Radiohead albums. Pablo Honey is so much more than almost every Radiohead fan would have you believe. It is actually the best Radiohead album.

Part of the charm of Pablo Honey is the state of the band in 1993. Those last two links in particular highlight the ridiculous amounts of cringe the band were in its early days. That’s the best thing about Pablo Honey, however. Partly because it highlights the embarrassing start of what has become one of the most prolific bands of all time, but what makes it even greater is how self-serious almost the entire fanbase is. This is a fanbase that went to ridiculous and painstakingly embarrassing lengths to find a The King of Limbs Pt. 2. It is refreshing to know that at one point Radiohead was a band that had a screaming frontman with long bleached blonde hair, and that that bleach-blonde haired man would go on to form what has become one of the world’s largest cults.

Pablo Honey is much more than ridiculous blonde hair and screaming matches on MTV. It has a few interesting b-sides. Some are dreamy shoegaze and some are just fun hateful music video watches. The album itself is an album of early 90’s alternative rock. You get a lot of the tropes. Grunge songs filled with an angsty Thom Yorke yelling out his verses. It’s forward thinking in its own, unintentional sort of way, a forefather to the angsty, emo pop that dominated the early to mid 00’s. Thom Yorke was the archetype frontman to your Panic! At the Disco, My Chemical Romance frontmen. It’s your sad high school classmate who was shunned from the prom. They are beautiful, tender creatures, creatures who lift up their suffering on an unreachable pedestal, the creatures who you mock because for their naiveté. It’s the creature the world needs.

Pablo Honey is a unique moment in the trajectory of the band. It’s a simple album about a man’s emotions and feelings. One about a man who struggles with how he views himself and how the world views him (“Creep”). It expresses raw emotions the only way a young white male from England. It predates a lot of the intellectual highbrow that would follow Radiohead with OK Computer and Kid A, albums who’s themes are so heavy-handed they’re only matched by the dreariness of its music. If the band perfected this expression of emotion with The Bends, then it follows that they would not have done it without Pablo HoneyPablo Honey was crucial in the development of a band that peaked with The Bends, therefore making it the most important album in the history of Radiohead. You can hear the musical exploration Radiohead would pursue in songs like “Lurgee” and “Blow Out.” On what other album can you listen to a Thom Yorke sing about masturbation?

As the band is getting ready to release their 9th album, they announced a new, short world tour. I rushed to get tickets for the LA shows and was one of the few, lucky fans to score a ticket. The band is getting old now and they’ve been together for over 20 years. I know they like to announce that there are no plans to split up any time soon, but all the signs point otherwise. Three of the members have solo careers or score films in Hollywood. Thom enjoys DJing in LA and hanging out with Flying Lotus. It has been 5 years since the release of The King of Limbs with the slowest release process and just a general lack of enthusiasm to release anything. With no singles or release date in sight for the ninth album, I wouldn’t be surprised if the band called it quits after this one. And soon after they play their final show or if they announce a final hiatus we are going to get all the think pieces and hot takes about that time someone somewhere put on Kid A for the first time or how they walked down the streets of New York on some hot summer day the day after they paid $9.99 for In Rainbows. And Pablo Honey will remain receiving its unfair bit of shade thrown its way, but in my opinion it will always remain the most important album in the long history of Radiohead.

5 Musical Artists for White People

I have to admit something. I am not a white person. Yes. That is correct. You read that right. I am not a white person.

Thusly, I am an expert in white people. Look white people, if there’s one thing you guys can’t be objective about, it is race. Y’all just flat out sucked up until the 1960’s and that was only 50 years ago and you’re still not that much better at it! I mean, “congrats,” you’ve done the decent thing, I guess.

So as a brown person who has grown up in the American Southwest for 25 years of his life, I have a solid four or five Ph.D’s worth of White-People Studies.

That is why I am here for you, young white person coming of age in the mid-2010’s. Are you feeling lost and alone and in need of someone to speak to your struggles? Are you wondering what you can listen to that will speak to you on a deep and personal level?

Come. Gather round me and lemme put you on to that playlist you can listen to while you share that John Oliver and Daily Show link.

This list is not ranked.

1. Animal Collective 

I mean. Do I really have to explain after that? Look at that shit. Just look at it. You know who would think about playing a song called “My Girls” at a wedding and play the Animal Collective one? White people.

I’ve been to Animal Collective concerts before. White people wild the fuck out. This is the dance music they’ve been waiting for. They drop five Mollies in one setting and trip the fuck out to psychedelic colors flying around their faces and three (sometimes four) white dudes yodeling at them for an hour and a half. It’s “dance music” for white people.

It’s a lot of fun. Start with Merryweather Post Pavillion.

2. Arcade Fire 

In 2010 Arcade Fire dropped The Suburbs, an album that deals with the hardship and toils of being a middle-class person living out in the ‘burbs. Are you tired of being surrounded by all these fake people living in cookie-cutter houses? Are these people cold and distant and just don’t have the genuine affection that you are looking for? This musical embodiment of Catcher in the Rye went out to win the Album of the Year Grammy in 2011, making music snobs all over the world yell in unison “Finally!” It was a victory for “real music” for the ages.

3. The Beatles 

If there’s one thing white people really excel at, it is at cultural appropriation. Who else did it better than The Beatles?

The Beatles are the quintessential band that everyone mentions in the conversation for “Greatest of All Time.” If you’re going to get into the serious music opinion business, then you’re going to have to start having an opinion about The Beatles. Are they the most overrated band of all time? Or are they the end all and be all saviors of everything that’s good about music? They’re like an older, whiter Kanye West. No one ever just goes “ehhh.”

“Hey Jude” also gets a crowd of white people singing at any bar. Go to a karaoke and watch how LIT white people get to this.

Go with The Beatles (commonly referred to as “The White Album”). “I Will” is one of the sweetest love songs ever written.

4. Belle and Sebastian 

They’re Scottish, they’re twee and they were accused last year of being “[unbearably] white.” Belle and Sebastian are even the subject of a favorite white people literature genre. The “Think Piece.” It’s the sort of stuff that makes it onto your Buzzfeeds, Upworthys or Thought Catalog. It’s the sort of thing that makes a white person confront their whiteness. You’ll come to a stage in your life, metropolitan and worldly white person, where you’ll meet a friend, maybe even lover, who is a person of color. You’ll think to yourself, “how should I interact with this individual?” “Am I a racist?” That’s where these invaluable pieces will come handy. They will educate you about your privilege. And then someone like Donald Trump will come along and you’ll ask in indignation, “How can this happen in 21st Century America?” And your friend of color will just tell you, “The United States is racist as shit.”

Did I mention that they’re also in a John Cusack film? Key film for all future music snobs. You’ll need it, fam. 

Definitely start with Tigermilk and go chronologically. That run from TigermilkIf You’re Feeling Sinister and The Boy with the Arab Strap is absolutely fabulous.

5. Immortal Technique 

Soon, young white person, you will be getting involved with politics. Now if you’re listening to indie rock, chances are you’re going to be of the liberal variety in your politics. That’s fine. In my opinion, you’re on the right side.

Here’s the thing, though. You’re going to want to listen to someone who keeps it real and speaks about real issues. All that other hip-hop is too misogynistic and full of the “n-word.” Why do they get to say it in 2016? That’s racist.

The cool part about Immortal Technique is that he was a part of Occupy Wall Street, the proto-Bernie Sanders campaign that sprung up in the 20-Tweens. Very anti-establishment and the dude knows what he’s talking about.

The important thing here is to not lose focus. When you go to those Bernie Sanders rallies, you need to know your information and how rigged the system really is. When you start lecturing all those minorities for not voting for Bernie and hector them for supporting “Super Predator” Hillary Clinton, you’re going to have to know your facts and talking points. “Bernie marched with MLK,” “Bill Clinton locked up the most black and brown people in the history of this nation,” etc. Black and brown people just need more white people yelling at them.

5 Thoughts I had During Metrics Show

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Singer Emily Haines on stage reminiscent of a “Toxic” era Britney Spears.

Canadian indie rock band Metric performed at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Feb. 29. Their last Las Vegas performance was at the Life is Beautiful festival in Sept. 2015.

Metric played a solid 90 minute set, and performed a well rounded catalogue of songs spanning all eras of their vast musical career.

1. Lead singer Emily Haines reminds me of Ellie Goulding’s cooler Canadian sister. Something very *~*whimsical*~* and woodland nymph-y about them both.

2. At some point Haines stated that they have been a band for 15 years. FIFTEEN YEARS ALREADY. Man, am I getting old.

3. I’m not sure how to feel about this acapella version of “Combat Baby” the new arrangement is strange, and doesn’t have the same endearing qualities as the original. It seems forced.

4. Tears are sliding down the face of the large man standing next to me during their acoustic performance of “Gimme Sympathy” and it makes me want to cry, too.

5. Metric seems like a bunch of regular folks, except they are cooler, better looking and probably make more money than you.

 

10 Songs I’m Not Guilty for Liking

There is no reason for the term “guilty pleasure” to exist. We shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying something deemed uncool. What makes something uncool to begin with? And are things considered uncool objectively universal?

I’m taking a stand against guilty pleasures. For decades, musicians have been robbed of notoriety and critical acclaim because of the publics embarrassment for liking it. And that is negligent.

I present to you my personal list of great songs that do no get the critical appreciation they warrant.

10. “Ohio is for Lovers” by Hawthorne Heights (2004)

2004 really was a great time to be alive. Every middle schooler had a matching uniform of black skinny jeans, studded belts, and eyeliner. Emo heartthrobs Hawthorne Heights paving the way and stealing our hearts.

It’s so cringey now to think about all of us contently singing along to morbid proclamations such as “cut my wrists and black my eyes” or the melodramatic sentiment “you kill me well.” But fuck it. We were 12, angsty and these sensational dispositions were exactly what we needed to nurture our hormonal souls.

“Ohio is for Lovers” will forever remain in a time capsule, and people will deny their fondness to this modern day classic. But, I’ll say it now: “Ohio is for Lovers” perfectly captures and era and deserves recognition

9. “Gangsters Paradise” by Coolio (1995)

Soundtrack songs usually don’t fare well on their own. 1995’s “Gangsters Paradise” is an exception to the rule. Sampled from Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” and immaculately produced. It is arguably one of the best rap songs of the 90’s. Coolio even won a Grammy for his performance. Yet, you never see Coolio on the same lists as Notorious BIG, Nas or Snoop Dogg.

A song of epic proportions, whenever the opening line “as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” comes on, it’s kind of a requirement to stop what you’re doing and revel.

8. “All The Things She Said” by t.A.T.u (2003)

t.A.T.u’s doomed from the start love story was a modern day telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Except it was about 2 teenage lesbians from Russia.

We all know now that the relationship between the members of t.A.T.u was artificially put together by their record label, and and that today the song is often considered to be overdramatic or campy.

These components should not take away from the fact that “All The Things She Said” is a BANGER. It’s versatile enough be appreciated in the club, on the radio, or in your room.

There I said it.

7. “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction (2012)

As a former ’90s kid, I’ve had my fair share of boy band love. *Nsync and Backstreet Boys were an institution. Time went by and as the boy band craze faded, America was left with a void to be filled. That is until One Direction came along, of course.

Their first single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” flung these previously unknown Brits into stardom. I don’t really care who sings it – the song stands alone and is wonderful.

From it’s mesmerizing bass line, the catchy sing-along chorus and the kitschy instrumental background work.

Sure, I see their appeal. I never enjoyed any of their music after this song. But I’m not afraid to admit that I really like “What Makes you Beautiful.”

6. “More Than A Feeling” By Boston (1997)

Boston has always been a popular band. Unlike a few of the artists on this list, they weren’t just one hit wonders. But I’ve also always felt that Boston never got the appreciation they deserved.

“More Than A Feeling” is the perfect rock ballad. Yet – I never hear it during karaoke nights unlike it’s contemporaries “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey or “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas. And I am going to argue that this song is better than both of those.

It has every fundamental component to legitimize it’s place as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. A memorable guitar riff, irresistible chorus, legendary guitar solo, even a little acoustic guitar action at the end.

5. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (2013)

Everything about “Blurred Lines” is problematic: It’s misogynistic, egotistical, and borderline rapey. Are these about the blurred lines of consent?

“Blurred Lines” even lost a lawsuit of copyright infringement against the estate of Marvin Gaye for bearing a remarkable resemblance to his song “Got to Give it Up.”

Controversies aside, it is undeniable that it’s a good fucking song. And that makes me feel guilty to say out loud.

4. “The Dip” by Freak Nasty (1996)

“The Dip” is one of the lesser known songs on my list, and what an injustice. Sometimes we do not need intellectual dialect or inspirational rhetoric. Sometimes, we just need to dance. And that is exactly what Freak Nasty accomplished in the mid 90s.

I put my hand upon your hip, when I dip you dip we dip,

These are directions for a dance Freak Nasty proclaimed as the dip. This 1996 banger is regarding a dance move, and the song paved the way for many other hip hop dance anthems. Fat Joe’s “Lean Back,” Cali Swag’s “Dougie,” The Souja Boy,  Rej3ctz  “Cat Daddy,” and DJ Unk’s “Walk it Out.”

The craze has came and went, but will always have a place in my heart.

3. “Africa” by Toto (19920

The synths. The marimba. The explosive chorus. There’s no arguing the hypnotic elements of this song.

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you, there’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do” proclaims David Paich. “Africa” is about, well, actually I’m not too sure. But sometimes that should not matter.

“Africa” is one of those songs that will stop you in your tracks and force you to sing along or begrudgingly tap your feet. Definitely one of the greatest rock songs of all time, obscured by the “uncoolness” Toto apparently represents.

2. “Thong Song” by Sisqo (1999)

In 1999 “Thong Song” was a phenomenon. An institution. In the video, a bleached blonde Sisq0 is participating in what looks like the greatest spring break party of all time. He’s doing cartwheels on the beach, there’s glow in the dark bikinis, and the video has overall fantastic choreography.

And you know what? The song itself is fantastic. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Off of his 1999’s cleverly titled LP Release the Dragon “Thong Song” captures everything that was great about that time. The lovely violins plucking away, its epic chorus, and Sisqo’s vocals make up what to be a song that deserves serious acclaim.

 1. “Down Under” by Men at Work (1980)

“Down Under” became the unofficial anthem for an entire country, and it was unintentional.  Although the song is an institution and has proved itself timeless, there is a sense of embarrassment people have when they admit to liking it.

Land Down Under, where women grow and men plunder, claims songwriter Colin Hay. Is about a patriotic Australian, who travels the world and documents his interactions with the people he meets interested in his heritage.

Besides lyrical content – the song itself is a masterpiece. It’s unconventional use of the kookaburra flute is unforgettable. It’s chorus that builds up and intensifies and by the end of the song and entire ensemble is affirming the Hays original statement. Once you hear it, it will be guaranteed to play itself through your head for the rest of the day.

I wholeheartedly believe “Down Under” is one of man’s greatest achievements.