British folk rockers Mumford and Sons are nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the upcoming Grammy Awards for this song. Listen and the powerful lyrics will slowly sink in. Mumford and Sons transport us to a place somewhere between the sound of traditional music and the attitude of contemporary alternative rock.
What happens when Pachelbel's Canon meets hip hop? Rapper Lupe Fiasco shows you here. "The Show Goes On" was also a centerpiece of battles between Lupe Fiasco and his record label. He has said the song is a record label creation and one which they wanted him to record, and it did not emerge out of his own personal inspiration. In this case, the record label seems to have been right.
The team that brought us "Moves Like Jagger" also brought us a second, nearly as charming, pop hit which returned Gym Class Heroes to the upper reaches of the pop chart. Adam Levine's featured vocals are simply gorgeous and Travie McCoy delivers a sweet, metaphor filled rap that will make you smile.
Here Kanye West took a unique approach to using featured artists. "All of the Nights" includes contributions from, literally, a small army ranging from Elton John to John Legend, but you would be hard pressed to pick out the voice of any single contributor other than Rihanna. However, the song is dense, catchy, and anthemic.
Pitbull gathered what seemed a small army of collaborators here and nothing was going to stand in the way of his path to the top of the pop charts. "Give Me Everything" celebrates his rise from poverty and encourages having a transporting night of sexual engagement all at the same time. Ne-Yo's gorgeous vocal performance sends the song over the top.