Overplay. It happens to bad songs. It happens to good songs, even to great songs. It has happened to “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
When I first heard the snappy beat with the Sax on top, coupled with the fresh lyrics by Macklemore and the catchy hook by Wanz, I feel in love.
I’ll admit, I was late to the party. I didn’t even share it on Facebook or Twitter until January, but I was ensnared nonetheless.
It is now time for the song to die though, and it is sad. You see the video came out in late August and the track was released prior to that and it is still Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been on heavy rotation on all the major radio stations (Pandora included) for far to long. They hammered us over the head with it, and now we have to fight back. Don’t bump it in your car anymore. Don’t turn it up in your headphones when you are at the gym. Don’t watch the video on Youtube, and don’t hum the tune to yourself at work or in class.
Instead, let’s find a new song to feverishly latch onto. We can even start with another Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song, “Same Love”.
It is a little slower, but like “Thrift Shop”, “Same Love” has a positive message and a catchy hook.
If you want something to jam to you could try “5AM in Toronto” by Drake.
While I like his other single “Started from the Bottom”, his latest is Drake at his best, going hard, with a touch of singing/humming.
How about we try “Love Me” which features Drake and Future, and is by Lil Wayne, or is it by Future and features Wayne.
My personal favorite new track is “Pour it Up” remix featuring my favorite rapper Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J and T.I.
Okay, I admit none of these songs have a hook as catchy as “Thrift Shop” except maybe “Pour it Up”, and none of the songs by artists other than Macklemore have a positive message.
Fuck it, keep listening to “Thrift Shop”. Here is to another month of hearing it everywhere.
I’m gonna pop some tags….