a 21st century band

me: haha I’m not that emo

me rn: [fighting back tears] the black parade….. such an iconic album.. truly timeless….. a musical masterpiece.. one of the most influential albums of the 21st century…… I would die for this band… these songs keep me alive

Most precious thing ever

I have no idea how I’ve never noticed this but in quiet Green Day songs like Ordinary World and some bits of Outlaws you can hear Billie take lil breaths and I know that’s something so small and probably stupid but I really like that. Honestly guys, it’s something to listen for next time. Unless I’m late to the party here 😂

Surprise (Harry Styles x Reader)

A/N: This imagine especially goes for the girls who aren’t or weren’t able to meet the boys. Girls I really feel with you because neither did I met Harry or the other boys. But don’t give your hopes up! Maybe you’ll meet them one day, who knows? And to those people, who already did meet them, please share your experiences with me! I’m dying to know them! Btw, I’m so fucking excited for today! I’ve been waiting for this day since “Sign of the Times” was released and I can’t wait to see him performing again!!!  And as Harry would say, All the love and I really hope you enjoy this imagine! I appreciate feedbacks, no matter if they are positive or negative! xo B.

Ever since I was a teenager, my heart was conquered by the most famous boy band in the entire world. Their music has been accompanying me through my puberty stage. They also saved my life and I would be always grateful for that. I was fourteen years old as I started to fancy them. Those times were pretty hard for me. My family was falling apart. My parents decided to divorce and their decision hit me like a brick. I was never the same after this.

So it felt good to listen to their music because it was the only thing that would soothe me during my time of loneliness. I barely talked to my parents, it hurt to see how two persons who used to love each other so dearly ignoring themselves. I needed time to regain my strength and carry on with my live.

So special thanks to One Direction. The biggest boy band in the 21st century. I was glad to get to know them. I still remember my walls being plastered with thousands of posters and pictures. I owned every album and perfume, I still do by the way. One Direction meant more to me than just a boy band. They were my heroes and perfect role models for teenagers nowadays. Also belonging to the 1D fandom was a great honor and pleasure to me and I loved being a part of them so dearly.

And still with my 22 years, I still adored them with my whole heart. Now that they were being in a break, things got strange somehow. I really missed them.  I loved all of them but one of them stole my heart from the very first moment I saw him. His wonderful green eyes and his cute dimpled smile were burnt into my head forever. Whenever I saw him in an interview, talking and interacting with the interviewer, my heart skipped a beat and a wide grin made its way up on my lips.

His transformation was fucking remarkable. I mean, you just have to look at him in his X-factor times and compare him with today’s Harry. How did he manage some sort of transformation?! He looks handsome as ever and shit, I would do anything to meet him, even for a second.

Yes, I belonged to the fans who never got the chance to see him or the other boys in real life. And that fact hurt pretty much. Every time I asked myself why I could not just meet them? When I was 15, I wanted to visit their concert but unfortunately I had no money to afford a ticket. I cried for days.

My dearest wish was to be hold by Harry, his arms being wrapped around me into a secured and protective hug, his voice telling me not to cry. But I just could dream of it.

And also with 22 years, I still hadn’t met him. Not yet.

***

“Hey (Y/N), it’s break time!” My best friend called as she entered my office, taking a seat in front of me and placing her feet on my desk. I took a look at the clock. It was exactly 2 PM. I leaned back on my chair, rubbing over my eyes with my hands. After working non-stop for six hours I became really tired. I worked for a designer company in New York and we were about to make a new collections for the summer. So I spent my whole day with drawing and drawing some ideas. And I have to say I liked the most of them.

“Would you please put down your feet from my desk?” I sighed. Then, I opened my cupboard, taking a sandwich out of it. I unwrapped the foil and bit into my delicious sandwich.

My friend and also my co-worker took a sip of her cappuccino. “So (Y/N), any plans for your birthday?” I just roll my eyes at her question. She knew I was too busy to celebrate my birthday this year however she insisted and tried to convince me to do otherwise. She’s been like this for a whole month now.

The closer my birthday came, the more suspicious my friends acted. I was aware that they planned a big surprise for me but I couldn’t tell what. Otherwise, I could always tell what they were planning but this time I was completely oblivious about it.

“Don’t roll your eyes at me, babe! We’re going celebrate your birthday like every year.” My friend looked at me with a stern expression on her face.

“(Y/F/N), I’m very busy this year and you know it. I have no time for any celebrations. We have to concentrate on the new collections.”

“But baby, you already work and work without taking any break. You need to cool down a bit! Work isn’t running away.”

I sighed and surrendered because I knew, no matter how much I resist, she wouldn’t leave me alone.

“Fine!” I grumbled, earning an exited screech from her. I held my hands over my ears.

“You won’t be disappointed about your present. I promise!” She told me.

I took my water bottle and drank out of it. However, what my friend said in the next moment made me almost spill out the whole content in my mouth on my drawings.

“What did you just said?” I exclaimed.

She acted like it wasn’t anything excited. But for me it meant the whole world. She looked at me weirdly. “Calm down, babe. I just said that Harry Styles is in town.”

Immediately, my heart beat increased and I felt my cheeks getting warm.

“Woah, (Y/N), you’re trembling!” My friend remarked. “If I knew you would react this way, I wouldn’t have told you.”

“W-where do you know that?” I asked her, trying to keep my voice straight.

“You know I’m watching the news and listening to the radio. I’m not like you who locks herself up in her office and isolates herself from life.” She laughed slightly.

“I’m not isolating myself.”

“Yeah sure.”

“But I don’t think that I’ll meet him even though he’s in New York. I mean he could be anywhere.” I sighed. My friend knew about my heavy crush on Harry Styles. The whole office knew actually. They would catch me how I would talk about him constantly. When he released “Sign of the Times” I couldn’t stop but telling everyone how brilliant this song was. I practically forced them to listen to it. Yeah, since everybody knew they wouldn’t stop teasing me about it.

“You never know, babe. Don’t give your hopes up.” My friend remarked.

“You know I’m never lucky when it comes to my favorite celebrity. Everybody meets him. Everyone but me.”

“You’re thinking to negative, (Y/N). Just look forward on your birthday, okay? We’re going to have so much fun!”

She looked at the clock and saw that our twenty minutes break was almost over. “I’m heading back to my office. I see you around, girl. And do not make a sad face okay? I’m sure one day you’ll meet him.” She offered me a smile before she opened the door and left. Little did I feel that she knew something.

***

My birthday finally arrived. I didn’t feel very excited about that but my friends in the office freaked out for an unknown reason. I received some congrats and lovely hugs from everybody.

“You’re finally 23!”Alyssa, a very cute girl from the office told me, her voice showing a trace of joy.

“Yeah. “ I mumbled. “Finally 23.”

“Okay, girl.” My friend grabbed my shoulders, smiling at me. “You’re not allowed to enter the conference room till tonight. We’ll send somebody to get you, alright?”

“Sure.” I said, and after that everybody went back to working.

Hours and hours passed by fast and as someone knocked on my door I just realized that it was already 8 PM. Wow, I really worked that much?

“(Y/N)?” It was Alyssa who opened the door and came in. She is such a lovely and wonderful girl. She is definitely one of my favorite co-workers.

“Hey, Ally!” I greeted her. She clapped her hands.

“Are you ready?”

“I think so…” I said. I was kind of nervous though. Who would know what was waiting for me in the conference room?

Alyssa came towards me and took my hand.

“I have to ask you to close your eyes and only to open them when you’re told, okay?”

I nodded my head and closed my eyes. “Alright.”

Alyssa pushed me slightly forward. “And no cheating!”

“I won’t!” I called.

Alyssa guided me securely and safe to the conference room. I heard her knocking on the hard wooden door. Someone opened it. I could perceive some whispers in the background as I was pushed further into the room. My heart felt like I would explode in my chest.

“Okay, (Y/N)!” I heard my friend. “You can open your eyes now.”

And I did. What I’ve seen took my breath away. The walls around me were decorated so beautifully and balloons were hanging everywhere. There was also a big poster and “Happy birthday to our wonderful (Y/N)” was written on it. They also have removed the desks to the side so the middle of the room could be used as a dance floor. I really wanted to cry. I had such beautiful friends and I was grateful for that.

“Do you like it?” Alyssa asked.

I shook my head in agreement. “Yes, fuck, yes I love it! Thank you so much guys!” I breathed out, struggling with my tears.

“If you already love this,” My friend said, “then you’ll love your present even more.” I looked at her questioningly.

“Turn around, (Y/N).” She smiled softy.

And as I turned around, it felt like everything around me stopped for a second. My eyes meet with some enchanting green eyes that I longed to see in real life for so many years now. There he stood in front of me and handsome as ever, holding a beautiful red rose in his hand.

I didn’t know how to react, I was utterly shook and very surprised. I was expecting everything but this. I finally met him. My biggest celebrity crush, the king of my world, the key to my heart, the reason for my smile. Harry Styles.

He smiled at me gently and handed me over the rose. I grabbed it with my shaky hands. I tried hard to contain my tears but failed terribly. I put my hand on my mouth to muffle my heavy sobs.  I didn’t want to cry. Not in front of him. But I did. And the next thing I felt was Harry wrapping his arms around me and pressing against his chest. I clung onto him like my life was dependent on him. The whole room was filled with cheers, clapping and laughter.

Harry was rubbing my back soothingly, telling my not to cry. I nestled my face in the crook of his neck, breathing his scent in. The scent of his cologne hit my nostrils and awakened every cell and fiber in my body.

He pushed me slightly away, but so that we were still very close to each other. He put his hands on my cheeks and wiped away my falling tears.

“Don’t cry anymore, darling.” He said. “This is supposed to be your lucky day.” I nodded, however it was very hard to stop crying. People who already met him know what I’m talking about. Slowly, I regained myself and no more tears were flooding down my cheeks.

“Sorry for ruining your jacket.” I mumbled.

“Don’t worry about that.” He laughed. “It’s totally okay.”

As I looked back into his eyes, just to make sure this was not a dream, it hit me. “Shit, you’re fucking Harry Styles!” My voice was trembling.

“Yes,” He smiled at me. “I am fucking Harry Styles.” The room erupted into laughter.

Harry cleared his throat before he spoke again. “Happy birthday, m’love!”

I blushed slightly. “It’s a pleasure to meet you (Y/N). You’re friends couldn’t stop but talking about you non-stop in the last few months.” My eyes widened. Months? They were planning this for months?

“What?” I could only say, turning to my best friend.

“We all know that Harry is a busy man. We wanted to make sure that he was available on your birthday.” She said. I shook my head, but laughed. This all still seemed so surreal to me. How did they even manage to invite him?

“I’m glad they told me about you.” Harry said. “I’ve heard some nice stuff about you.”

The heavy wooden doors opened and my boss Lana came in. She walked towards me and Harry, hugging me first and then giving him a friendly hug. “Welcome Harry, my boy. Long time no see.”

Harry laughed shyly. “It’s good to see you again, Lana.” I was startled a bit. They two knew each other? My boss turned towards me. “Are you enjoying your birthday present?”

I nodded. “Yes, mam. Thank you so so much!” I turned and looked at the others in the room. “I still can’t believe that Harry Styles is standing next to me, but I really appreciate your effort with my whole heart. You made a dream come true. Thank you!” Everybody smiled.

“I think it’s time for your birthday cake.” Harry announced then, holding onto my hips. His closeness let tingles run down my spine and I enjoyed every second of it.

The cake arrived and I blew out the candles. We ate the cake, which tasted heavenly, and then someone turned on the music so we could dance. Harry took my hand, dragging me towards to dance floor.

“How are you feeling?” He asked, his hands on my hips pushing me towards him.

“It’s the best birthday I’ve ever had!” I told him.

“ ‘M very glad you like it.” We danced like there was no tomorrow, but the closer the end came the more afraid I got. I knew that he had to leave soon and I didn’t want that. I enjoyed his presence so much and I refused to let him go. Unfortunately, he had to. The party was over soon. Too soon for my liking.

“Say hello to your mum from me.” Lana asked him, as they hugged each other goodbye. I found out that my boss and his mother were friends so that’s why they knew each other.

“I will. Again, thanks for inviting me.” His eyes fell on me and he smiled. “Otherwise I wouldn’t know what I would miss.” I blush crept its way on my cheeks.

Harry came to me, holding my hands. “I’m glad I met you (Y/N). I really am. I’m grateful that your friends were bothering the shit out of me, telling me how wonderful you were. “

For the third time on this day, my eyes were filled with tears. He was such an angel. How can I even let him go?

“I don’t want to end it like this.” He admitted, making my heart beating faster.”I would like to get to know you better and I’m staying in New York for a while. So would you give me the honor of going on a date with me?”

Was this really happening? Or was I dreaming? He wanted to go on a date with me?

Without any hesitation I nodded my head.

“Yes, yes yes yes yes!”

He laughed cutely and then leaned forward to press a gentle kiss on my cheek.

“Happy birthday again, (Y/N).”

Last of the American Girls
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The 100 Greatest Choruses of the 21st Century
Today marks the beginning of Chorus Week here at Billboard, where we'll be deep-diving into some of the greatest recent refrains that drive every great karaoke night, concert encore and office desk hum-along. We voted, we debated, and we have our answers: Billboard's list of the 100 greatest choruses of the 21st century.

2. Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”

Alt-rock bands had been pairing musically minimalist verses with crushingly loud choruses since at least the ‘80s, but Kelly Clarkson and Dr. Luke demonstrated the formula worked for top 40 pop, too, via the bare-bones verses and wall-of-sound refrain of “Since U Been Gone.” Sure, this expertly crafted anthem about exorcising an ex from your heart would have been a hit for almost anyone, but Clarkson’s voice soars above the cacophonous chorus with a mixture of fierce resolve and near desperation that elevated her from Alpha Idol to radio juggernaut. – J. Lynch

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The National 'Boxer' Turns 10
Boxer is where the National became the National as we know them. People often talk that way about its predecessor, 2005's Alligator, the one where they figured themselves out after the warm-up sketches of their self-titled debut and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers. And that isn't entirely untrue. Alligator was the album where people started to really take notice, the album where the National began to establish some of the core elements of their sound, the album with several songs that still rank as classics in the band's catalog. But when the National released Boxer 10 years ago today, things started to cohere in a different way. This was the beginning of the National becoming one of the foremost rock artists of this century, the album you can credit for the band's stature, sound, and identity today. By now, the origin story is familiar. Toiling in a practice space on the side while most of them maintained steady day jobs, seeing inherently "cooler" New York bands like the Strokes and

“This is where everything about them crystalized, where the National announced themselves as the poet laureates of dislocation, paralysis, and disenchantment, the rock band able to embody so much of 21st century experience. And 10 years later, it still feels like Boxer is giving something back for all the time we’ve spent with it.“

TOP 5 PARAMORE SONGS

Paramore are probably one of the most iconic bands of the 21st century. They have been through growing pains and changing their style and changing their lineup but once Hayley starts singing, YOU LISTEN. 

Paramore are one of my favourite bands of all time and they have some classics such as Misery Business, Ain’t it Fun and Pressure to name a few. 

Formed in 2005, Paramore have raised to fame with their pop punk vibes and have grown to a pop/indie band. Experimenting with their sound has clearly been a good move because they’ve released some incredible songs.

NUMBER 5 - HARD TIMES (2017)

This is different to Riot! era, SHOCKER!
 But yes, Hard Times has not been out long but it’s infectiousness has made it into my top 5. It’s upbeat and different to their older stuff but it still sounds like Paramore. Yes, it’s a pop song compared to their pop punk stuff but it works. They know how to produce a catchy yet approachable song for everyone. Zac Farro is back in the band after leaving after brand new eyes. 

It reminds me of Parahoy; it has that upebeat xylophone background to it and the bass is bound to put you in a good mood. The lyrics are sad but motivating and getting through these (ahem) hard times. Hayley is so sarcastic and self aware and I love it. “Walking around with my little raincloud” has to be my favourite lyric from a new song in ages.  

The music video is my favourite music video ever by them - there’s so much colour and vibrancy and the effects are just amazing. It fits the song so well. 

I have already reviewed the song in my MUSIC BITES article - check it out here http://mitchiemusicreviews.tumblr.com/post/159785380820/music-bites-paramore-hard-times-2017 


NUMBER 4  - MONSTER (2011)

Monster is such an underrated Paramore song compared to the bigger hits. It was for the Transformers: Dark of The Moon movie and it was the first song without Josh or Zac Farro and the first as a trio; Jeremy, Taylor and Hayley. Taylor also did the drums for this song. 

This song has everything; a dark guitar and bass line which weaves together perfectly and Hayley’s voice melting over the track. 

The music video is really interesting as well; it was filmed in an abandoned hospital, falling apart and avoiding explosions. 

The song is about someone betraying Hayley but she is determined to not let destroy her and keep going. Self reflection is the theme for this song (“don’t you ever wonder how we’d survive?”), maybe if things worked out differently, they’d survive. “Well, now that you’re gone, the world is ours” is a line that sticks out and it’s a line that was probably sung with a smirk on Hayley’s face. As the song is a new chapter as a trio, they can live their lives the way the want to without toxic spirits in their path. They literally have the world at their feet, with the media it garnered after the brothers left. 


NUMBER 3 - MISGUIDED GHOSTS (2009)

brand new eyes is my favourite Paramore album and Misguided Ghosts is my favourite from that album. This is the slowest moment on the album but it’s also the most calming and hopeful moment. 

A song with just Hayley’s voice and an acoustic guitar and it’s utter gold dust. It’s such a simple yet beautiful melody. 

This song has always stuck with me because it reminds me of growing up and everyone is still growing even if they are adults. It was a song I would always listen to during my exams in secondary school because exams stressed me out and it was a very negative environment but putting this song on would calm me down. 

It reminds me that “pain is just a simple compromise so we can get what we want out of it” meaning we have to sacrifice things to be happy - example, a job you dislike but it gives you good money or a bad breakup, you have to kiss a few frogs to find your love. Pain is a part of life whether we like it or not and that’s okay. Everyone’s hurting and it’s a part of growing up. 


NUMBER 2 - crushcrushcrush (2007)

Energy, cheesy lyrics and amazing guitar in the breakdown equates to this infectious song from their second album, Riot!. The song is about a crush (if you couldn’t tell) fantasizing about being with this person but not knowing what to do in that situation. It’s a common thing because everyone has crushes and knows how difficult they can be to handle. 

The more you listen to it, it sounds a bit stalkerish. “I’d rather waste my life pretending then have to forget you for one whole minute” is a line that proves this point but it’s fun to see Paramore do something different. It breaks the normal “I’m fantasizing but we’re friends” because Hayley sings “lets be more than…this” rather than friends. 

The instrumentals in this song is the best on Riot!, the drums are steady in the background through out the song, the bass and guitar are heavy and the heaviest on the album and when the breakdown occurs, that simple riff is going to stay in your head. I assure it.


NUMBER 1 - HERE WE GO AGAIN (2005)

This song. My goodness, why aren’t people talking about this? Why was it never released as a single? Whys is this song so slept on? I have so many questions.

Here We Go Again is a song from their debut album back in 2005.  

I discovered the song when I was 15, nine years after it came out and remember being absolutely blown away by how catchy it was and how upbeat it was compared to the rest of the album and how young Hayley sounded. It blew me away that Hayley was only 16 when All We Know is Falling was released and how talented she is and the guitar riff stuck with me. That opening riff is still my favourite riff of all time. 

Lyrically, the song speaks of a stale relationship that literally keeps going in circles. Paramore’s sarcastic lyrics have been a staple for them ever since their debut and this is such a good example of early work. 

The song first made a huge impact on me in the summer before I started college and I got into an argument with a friend who was very defensive and rather toxic in my life. At that point, I didn’t really care if they stayed or left me and they left me which, of course, hurt. But hearing Hayley just go “I’ll write you to let you know that I’m alright; can’t say I’m sad to see you go, because I’m not” really hit a nerve in me because everyone is better off without negative influences and it’s a middle finger to those issues that will try and get you down.