The top 10 ‘Star Wars’ song parodies of all time

With Nerdist's "All About That Base" seemingly locking up the title of best "Star Wars" song parody of the year, I thought it'd be a good time to look at the best entries in this subgenre that has exploded in the last decade thanks to YouTube.

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30 years later, ranking the 12 tracks of ‘Born in the U.S.A.’

Some people called Bruce Springsteen a sellout for delivering 12 radio-friendly hits (seven became top 10 singles) on "Born in the U.S.A.," which hit record stores on June 4, 1984. Others, including his producer/manager Jon Landau, said it didn't have enough singles ("Dancing in the Dark" was written in order to fill this perceived gap).

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A look back at the best albums of 2012

Making a list of my favorite albums of a year is fairly simple: I think of which discs I spun most often in my Jeep in 2012, then subtract the ones that weren't released in 2012 (even though I may have discovered them during that calendar year). For me, three albums got the most airtime in my vehicle last year. They are:

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Who’s the worse musician? Avril Lavigne or Chad Kroeger?

With the announcement of the engagement of Avril Lavigne and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, an important discussion broke out at work: Which is the worse musician?

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My top five albums of 2010

1. Jenny & Johnny, "I'm Having Fun Now" -- When two musicians in a relationship make an album together, it rarely results in good music; at least that's the stereotype. We think of John and Yoko or the church couple from those "Saturday Night Live" skits.

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These were the catchiest singles of 2010 — for better or worse

I don't actively seek out mainstream pop hits like I used to, so when two songs are bouncing around my brain at the end of 2010, you know they were the two most ubiquitous songs of the year.

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Folds/Hornby collaboration a compelling but mediocre experiment

Author Nick Hornby writes the words and musician Ben Folds puts the music to them. The September album "Lonely Avenue" is, on the surface, hard to resist. It features one of my favorite authors and the man responsible for what I think is a perfect album, 2001's "Rockin' the Suburbs." And I can't think of a previous example of a musician and novelist teaming up for an album (let me know if there are any), so they get points for an original gimmick.

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Latest Belle & Sebastian disc a step down, but still good

Chance, a commenter on these threads, feels that Belle & Sebastian's October release, "Write About Love," is weak; I think it's decent. Actually, we're both right. It may be weak by B&S standards, but it's decent by the standards of pop music in general.

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Jenny Lewis finds musical soulmate on new album

Continuing Las Vegas Musician Week at my blog, Jenny Lewis recently released a new album, and although it's not as lyrically substantial as some of her previous efforts, it does achieve a nice, beachy sound to compliment her voice.

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Killers frontman Flowers’ versatility blooms on ‘Flamingo’

I think Brandon Flowers or his band, The Killers, will make a better album than "Flamingo" in the future, but this is a step in the direction of greatness. Working sans band, Flowers' most impressive feat on this disc is that no two tracks can be confused with each other, starting with "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas," which feels like an aural cityscape, and concluding with "Swallow It," which seems to be a message targeted at one person.

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