Top Popular Music Videos

Some music videos always hold a special place in our hearts, despite new trends and singers making their debut in the music industry. Take a look at some of the snazziest and the most popular music videos of all time.

Imagine a life without music! Seems impossible, doesn’t it? Well, there are many singers and rock groups who have made a mark on the music industry, whereas a few have sunk without a trace. There were groups that were one hit wonders, and then there were music icons. These singers have inspired many new groups and singers to follow their path. New talent continues to make a mark on the music scene, however, some of the music videos from the olden days still continue to rock fans whenever played on music channels. ‘The Beatles’, ‘Gun N’ Roses’, ‘Bon Jovi’, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and many others left an indelible mark on the minds of all music lovers. Superb music, when combined with mind-blowing visuals, only adds to the grandeur of the music track. Let’s take a quick journey back into time, and know about some popular music videos that rocked the music world and occupied a permanent place in the hearts of many.

Thriller by Michael Jackson
The song ‘Thriller’ was released in the music album of the same name in 1983. This video was given a creative touch by director John Landis. The video was directed like a short film, and the music clips were edited to blend with the video. This video shows the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in many moods, from a guy trying to woo his girlfriend to a werewolf. Abandoned houses, foggy streets, superb dance sequences, zombies… this music video has an excellent combination of all the elements. ‘Thriller’ is also among the most expensive and successful award-winning videos ever. Michael Jackson has many other amazing music videos to his credit such as ‘Beat It’, ‘Remember the Time’, ‘Scream’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, etc.

Take On Me by a-Ha
This music band has many hit music tracks to its credit. ‘Take on Me’ was yet another feather in their cap from the album, ‘Hunting High and Low’ which was released in 1985. (This song was re-released with this album after its initial failure.) The music video soon raced to the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video has a beautiful combination of animation interspersed with normal situations. Directed by Steve Barron, ‘Take on Me’ is a perfect example of an excellent score combined with creative visuals.

Vogue by Madonna
The Queen of Pop, Madonna definitely needs no introduction. This undisputed singer has a string of hit tracks, and is one of the most successful singers till date. ‘Vogue’ is one among her many popular music videos. This was the first single released from the album, ‘I’m Breathless’. It was further released in 1990 in the compilation of her greatest tracks titled, ‘The Immaculate Collection’. Directed by David Fincher, this black-and-white video has some really snazzy shots, and the director created a look of 1930s films. As always, Madonna’s video created controversy, and MTV had objections to certain scenes, though the video remained unchanged and was aired unedited.

November Rain by Gun N’ Roses
Gun N’ Roses is among the most popular rock bands ever. Their many popular tracks caused quite a fan following. ‘November Rain’ is a beautiful slow track with an equally beautiful video. This award-winning video (MTV video for best cinematography) is one of the longest tracks by this rock group, and also ranks among the most expensive videos ever made. Set against a wedding backdrop and Slash (lead guitarist) on the guitar, this video was based on a short story that caught the fancy of lead singer, Axl Rose. ‘November Rain’ continues to mesmerize fans and was also the most requested track on all the music channels during the year of its release.

If by Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is known as one of the best-selling artistes of all times. She has many hit tracks that created quite a sensation. ‘If’, from her fifth album, ‘Janet’ released in 1993, is a fast-paced song with amazing dance sequences, which have a touch of sensuality. Directed by Dominic Sena, the music video shows highly stylized dance forms, which were edited before release to suit the mindset of the general audience.

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams surely knows how to bowl his fans over with his beautiful compositions and renditions! ‘Summer of ’69’ is one of his most popular tracks, which was a smash hit and remained on the 5th position on the Billboard charts for many weeks. Directed by Steve Barron, this song remains one of the most requested tracks on all music channels. Although the album ‘Reckless’ was released in 1984, ‘Summer of ’69’ became popular with the crowds when the single was released in 1985. The video revolves around Bryan Adams on the guitar with friends and portrays various situations as he goes across town. Despite all the number of years since its release, this track continues to rock music lovers.

Last Christmas by Wham!
When George Michael crooned ‘Last Christmas’, he caused a flutter in the hearts of many young girls. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed the duo group, ‘Wham!’ ‘Last Christmas’ was released in 1984. Over the years, ‘Last Christmas’ has been sung and remixed by many other artists. The video featured George Michael singing the song for Andrew Ridgeley’s girlfriend against the backdrop of beautiful snowy mountains and the warm interiors of a ski resort. It’s one of the most romantic tracks ever to be sung by George Michael.

Bailamos by Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias created a sensation in the music industry. This singer is known for his Latino style. ‘Bailamos’ was the debut single and turned out to be the most popular music video ever. The original video featured shots of Enrique and beautiful flamenco dancers. The dance sequences were brilliantly composed. However, this song was also a part of the Will Smith starrer, ‘Wild Wild West’. Therefore, a second music video was shot in Mexico with Enrique and gorgeous dancers with clips from the movie, ‘Wild Wild West’. Apart from this, a third video of this very popular track was released much later, which also featured dancers and Enrique. Truly, ‘Bailamos’ is one of Enrique’s biggest hits ever.

Cryin’ by Aerosmith
This American group is known for all their hard rock numbers. ‘Aerosmith’ is reputed to be one of the most popular hard rock groups with many chart-topping numbers. ‘Cryin”, from the album, ‘Get a Grip’, is one of their many singles, that spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is about a relationship gone sour. It starred Alicia Silverstone who played the role of a teenager angry with her boyfriend when she realizes he is unfaithful to her. Acts of rebellion follow with a dramatic ending of Alicia trying to jump off a cliff. This music video soon earned the reputation as one of the most requested videos in 1993.

Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
‘Bon Jovi’ is yet another American group that achieved stupendous success as a hard rock group. The popularity of ‘Bon Jovi’ knows no bounds with 9 of their 10 albums having gone platinum in the United States! ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is one of the many tracks that established this group and caused a large fan following. From the album, ‘Slippery When Wet’ released in 1986, the video has many snazzy shots of all the group members performing in front of a crowd. The initial part of the video is shot in black and white.

These popular videos enjoy a special place in our hearts. Of course, there were many other groups and singers who did carve a niche for themselves in the music industry and are still revered! Eric Clapton, ‘Sting’, ‘The Beatles’, Elton John, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, ‘Def Leppard’, ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’, ‘Metallica’, ‘ABBA’, ‘Boney M’… the list is endless. We can only hope for many more great tracks and music videos from such genius musicians to feed the large appetite of music lovers across the globe.

How to Learn Music

Do you want to know how to learn music notes in the quickest way possible? Well, read ahead if you want to learn music notes for a guitar or a piano.

Okay, I assume that you are a music enthusiast or an aspiring newbie musician who wants to learn music notes. Well, in this article, I will explain a bit regarding the procedure to learn music notes, using the reference of a musical instrument such as a guitar or a piano keyboard.

Please note: I will not be dealing with the topic of how to learn music notation. That, by far, is a very complex subject, and one which is certainly out of the scope of this article. Reading and writing music is something that you should learn on a personal level, i.e., on a face-to-face basis from a proper music teacher; not by yourself, and certainly NOT over the Internet.

In reality, if you really want to study music notes properly and understand them thoroughly, then the first thing you need to do, is get rid of that word ‘fast’ from your head, this very moment. The reason is, basic primary learning of musical notes may well be accomplished within a few minutes time; but if you want to perfect your knowledge and your art, then it requires nothing but consistent practice and long hours of sincere hard work.

Learning Music Notes for a Guitar
The acoustic guitar has six strings, namely, E, B, G, D, A and E (low). Here is a table which shows the different music notes corresponding to each fret on each guitar string.

Learning Music Notes for a Piano
The traditional piano as well as all its modern forms such as the piano keyboard, synthesizer, etc. have a bunch of black and white keys. If you observe the key layout, you will notice that the black keys are grouped in two’s and three’s with white keys in between them. Starting from the left black key in the group of two, and moving ahead one key at a time till we reach the left black key in the very next group of two, here are the corresponding music notes for each piano key.

Well, this was some basic information regarding music notes using a guitar and a keyboard. If you’re serious about becoming a good musician, you better prepare yourself to put in all those long hours of practice, because my friend, in life, there may be shortcuts; but in music, there aren’t any.

Tips for Choosing the Right Drum Set

Drums come in a variety of sizes and types, so opting for one that best suits your needs is very important. This Buzzle article aims to help you pick the right drum set.

Owning a drum set is essential if one is interested in learning or playing the drums. Purchasing a drum kit, however, is no mean feat; on the contrary, one has to remember that it is a purchase which has to last for a considerate amount of time. Choosing the right drum set then is a crucial and important task that cannot be taken lightly.

Before we go into what type of drum set suits you the best, it is essential to know the components that make it a kit.

1. Bass Drum: Also known as kick drum, it is used to provide rhythm to a piece of music.
2. Snare Drum: Quite a contrast to the bass drum, it outlines the rhythmic framework and is used to highlight accents in the music.
3. High Tom: It’s a double-headed tom-tom drum that makes a higher sound and is placed atop the bass drum on the left side of the throne or player’s seat.
4. Mid Tom: Sitting atop the bass drum to the right side of the throne, the mid tom is used to produce middle or comparatively lower tones.
5. Floor Tom: Placed to the right of the bass drum, a floor tom is used to play low notes. The three toms are used for fills and providing tonal color to a piece of music.
6. Ride Cymbal: Used during choruses or bridges and to keep time, the ride cymbal is a large, heavy cymbal that makes a light, airy sound.
7. Hi-hat Cymbal: Used to keep the beat and improvise rhythms, the Hi-hat is the most important cymbal in a drum kit.
8. Crash Cymbal: Used to accent beats and in the beginning of bars and riffs, it produces a distinct crash sound. It can also be ridden like a ride cymbal.

Singing Tips for Beginners

If you are a singing enthusiast or someone who is new to serious singing, you may want to check out the following singing tips. These will not only lead you on to a great start, but will also help you in the long run.

Make no mistake, singing tips aren’t something that are applicable only to beginners or youngsters or newcomers to singing. Music is one such field wherein a singer (as well as a musician) forever remains a student. The day a singer or a musician starts feeling or behaving like a ‘Mr. Knows-it-all’, that’s when he stops getting better at his art, and that’s also when his decline as an artiste begins.

On the basis of all that I’ve learned, heard, read, seen, and experienced as a singer, here are a few singing tips that newcomers must make a ‘note’ of. Please Note: By ‘beginners’, I do not necessarily mean just kids or children. The magic of melody is such, that it arouses interest in a person’s mind at any time of his life. So the following apply to people of all ages, right from a 10-year-old girl to a retired grandfather.

Listen, Listen, Listen!
A singer should always listen to different styles of music, or to be precise, different styles of singing. Of course, every singer has his or her own personal favorites when it comes to singers, musicians, and genres of music. However, broadening your horizon by listening to singers of different genres and from different regions of the world, is very important if you want to grow as a singer and develop a good ear for music. So regardless of what genre of singing you wish to specialize in, you should make it a point to listen to other genres as well. For example, even if it is Opera that you wish to pursue, spend some time listening to a bit of pop, country, blues, gospel, and even rock music.

Discipline
Sincerity and discipline are very, very important if you want to succeed as a singer. Today, the glamor quotient associated with the music industry is what is inspiring or ‘motivating’ many people to take an interest in this field. Becoming famous, being a celebrity, making truckloads of money, etc., is what is drawing people to music and showbiz. While all of that certainly makes for one side of the coin, what most people don’t realize is the tremendous hard work, determination, dedication, sincerity, and discipline that is required to reach that particular level.

Vocal Training
Vocal training is a must if you have serious aspirations of becoming a singer. Find a good vocal trainer in your area and begin with singing lessons and vocal training at the earliest. It makes you aware of how to use your vocal folds correctly, how to breathe while singing, how to tackle low notes and high notes, how to handle a microphone, etc. Voice culture is another type of vocal training which focuses on projection of voice, using your whole body as a musical instrument, making correct use of your diaphragm, voice modulation techniques, and much more.

Practice
Regular singing practice is a must, if you want to succeed as a singer. Singing is all about making correct use of your vocal folds, your breath, your diaphragm, and your whole body. Vocal folds are nothing but soft membranous tissues which are controlled by muscles of the larynx. Just as a table gathers dust if left unclean or unattended, similarly your vocal folds will also cease to function optimally if you do not engage them with regular singing practice. Even if you have a very busy schedule, you should make it a point to devote at least 30 minutes a day for vocal exercises, singing lessons, and general practice.

General Precautions
Always warm up your vocal folds before any serious singing session, concert, competition, or stage performance. Just as your body needs warming up before a gym workout, so do your vocal folds before a singing session. Directly jumping to high-pitched notes without warming up your vocal folds is very dangerous and can cause serious damage. Never sing in a way which puts undue strain on your throat and your vocal folds. The right way of singing is when your voice flows through smoothly and effortlessly. Of course, this is something that you can achieve only through proper training, knowledge of voice culture, and regular practice of different vocal exercises.

These were some very basic tips for those who are new to this art. Always remember, a good voice is a direct Gift from God. Very few people in the world are blessed with one. So how successful a singer you eventually become, will entirely depend on how well you use your voice, how thoroughly you practice, and how sincere you are about it.

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