The only thing that can explain songs like these? Time travel.
The music industry spends millions trying to chart trends, isolate demographics and generally predict the necessary ingredients for a No. 1 single. But every now and then a song comes along that makes it all the way to the top end of the charts by sheer fluke.
Not as different as they think.
The truth is that some of the greatest works of music, film and art have happened only because the artist agreed to compromise in the name of success.
Japan is to sanity what Australia is to life: You just don't go there if you want to keep it.
The more science studies music's effect on the human brain, the more bizarre things we discover.
In the 80s, we had Def Leppard asking us if we looked in the mirror when we made love. In the 90s we had C&C Music Factory telling us they were going to make us sweat. And somehow, we've gotten worse from there ...
If you're like most Cracked readers, you own an extensive collection of classical music that you listen to during one of your daily top hat parties or afternoon pipe appraisal sessions. This article isn't for you.
It has been several years since Weird Al Yankovic last reared his goofy head and released an album of popular song parodies. In his absence, everyone with a YouTube account has accepted Al's dare to be stupid. The result has been, at best, pretty horrible. At worst, the dare has resulted in countless parodies of The Lonely Island's I'm On A Boat.'
Be reasonable ... unless it's John Cougar Mellencamp, who is undoubtedly that spawn of satan.