Since this is iCF Music (a stress on the “Music” part), I always intended to not just make it about country stuff, but my other musical likes (and also, to separate myself from anything labeled “country” that wasn’t country, that I might have liked lol). It took me a while to decide for these radio tracks. I tried looking up online to see if they were mostly played 2008 songs, and I believe that they are. I know 2008 was 13 days ago, but whatever.
I know some songs and some artists on my list are not liked by some (radio overkill? just a bad song? so many varying reasons… lol), but during 2008, they were a big part of my life and made me happy. I believe they are all mostly fast, uptempo songs because I tended to like those for my running and exercising purposes. The list has radio singles from pop, alternative rock, mainstream rock, R&B, and dance. Remember, none of these are country, so I’m sure some of my viewers won’t be interested in them lol, but I wanted to post them regardless. Click on the song title to hear a clip, and the artist name to read more about them.
Top 20 Favorite Non-Country Music Radio Singles of 2008:
- 20. “Let It Die” – Foo Fighters:
- This one I grew to like while working at my sandwich shop job, because I turned the radio on the alternative rock station, and I thought it was cool how the song builds up the the climax, starting with a simple constant guitar pick, and eventually, explodes into a powerful electric-guitar heavy sound and with grittier vocals. You’re right there with him, the whole time, and wait in anticipation for the tempo to get bigger.
- 19. “Won’t Go Home Without You” – Maroon 5:
- I’ve always liked the distinctness of front man, Adam Levine’s, high-pitched vocals from other groups, and this song is no different. I wasn’t too fond about it at first, but when my family picked me up from college in the summer, my sister played the heck outta this one on XM, and I grew to like it a lot. It reminds me of our trip to San Diego afterward. I just read online tonight that the guitar undertone in the song is based on The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”. Cool.
- 18. “It’s Not My Time” – 3 Doors Down:
- This single is very much their style and sound and proves 3DD is still at the top of their game. Brad Arnold’s voice cuts clear across this and while it’s definitely not their best single, it’s still better than lots of songs. Remember Arnold is the one who Tracy Lawrence had a duet with, featured in my recommendation?
- 17. “Don’t Stop” – Innerpartysystem:
- Said to be inspired partly by Anna Nicole Smith and the whole celebrity culture of greediness and such, with the media attention and everything. It’s sung from a first-person point of view from one of those kinda people: “I am the closest thing to God. So worship me and never stop…“. We, the public, keep feeding these people on with our obsession with their lives, and it is crazy. What turned me on to the song, originally, was the music: very techno-ish. Contains the “F” word haha, but makes the point of the song stick across better.
- 16. “Love Is Gone” (Radio Edit Remix) – Chris Willis & David Guetta:
- Another one that I like mainly because of the music. The vocals are okay, but the single is very catchy. Makes you wanna get up and dance (techno-club-style). A great track for running along with. Apparently, it was huge in Europe, which is not a surprise. Only complaint is that this is one of those singles that has a like a million remixes and stuff, so that gets to be too much.
- 15. “Hot N Cold” – Katy Perry:
- Hahaha, oh man. I would not even admit to liking this, even to my friends, but it’s very appealing to the ears and you can’t get it out of your head (I’m sure nay-sayers might agree too lol). I didn’t care for her previous single, but “Hot” is so much better. I know bi-polar folk like the one described here and believe me, you don’t wanna deal with it. I think Katy Perry is weird and I refuse to watch her videos or performances, though I really enjoy this one, unfortunately.
- 14. “Don’t Trust Me” – 3OH!3:
- These two guys hail from Denver, CO, just like me (their name comes from our city’s area code). I originally didn’t like this song because I thought the line: “Shush girl, shut your lips, do the Helen Keller, and talk with your hips” was so stupid (and it still is, but a catchy lyric). This blend of hip-hop and rock is not for the conservative type, for sure. My favorite line would have to be “X’s on the back of your hands, Wash them in the bathroom to drink like the bands“, because it is brilliantly written. I’m not saying I encourage underage drinking – I just think it’s clever songwriting.