I happened to see the video for this first song the other day, and it got me thinking about the music I listened to that year.
Christina captured me almost immediately, not just with this song, but with the choreography, and her look — just beautiful. This song was released in July 2010. Here’s Christina Perri with Jar of Hearts:
All right — I admit that the first thing about this song which caught my eye was the similarity of the video with some of the songs I listened to in the 80s. But, after I listened to it, I found that I really like Adam Lambert and the way he sings. I have since found other songs from him, as well. I think he’s adorable, and I don’t care who knows! Here’s Adam Lambert with If I Had You:
The album and the song were released in 2009, but I first heard Uprising early in 2010. This song, and this band, for that matter, grabbed me with the music, long before I listened to any of the words (lyrics.) Lead vocalist and guitarist, Matthew Belamy wrote Uprising, and his performance of the song in the video speaks, to me at least, of his connection to the song’s origin. Here is Muse with Uprising:
Shakira — I really don’t care that she is an okay singer. Watch her move those hips! This particular number was performed in Soweto for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, (for which it was the official song,) and was later released on Shakira’s album Sale el Sol. This official video included the African group, Freshlyground, and African singers and dancers. It is not a great video, and the vocals and video seem to be off by about half a beat, BUT…. All this is by way of saying that, when you get closeups of Shakira dancing, they make the rest of the video well worth watching. This is Shakira with Waka Waka (This Time For Africa):