Christina Aguilera Candy Man

The epitome of a throwback, pop music style

To celebrate Music Monday, the editors at Jerk bring you a playlist featuring a list of contemporary songs inspired by some oldie genres. These artists have given us some updates on some tunes from all over the musical history timeline, grabbing inspiration from Louis XIV all the way up to the older brothers of the emo kids that dominated the 1980s. These songs invoke not simpler, but older times and maybe your greatest great-grandfather would have listened to a version, but in his day, they probably wouldn’t have a synthesizer.

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1. “M 79” by Vampire Weekend

The opening chords to this song make me think of men in curly wigs getting their heads chopped off in bloody revolutions. Awesome. – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

2. “Candy Man” by Christina Aguilera
Don’t make fun of me, but here’s my submission. – Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

3. “100 Days”by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
and 4. “If This Ain’t Love (Don’t Know What Is)” by Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators
They might as well have taken a time machine from the 50’s and brought their funky soul along with them – Roxanne Broda-Blake, Assistant Smut Editor

5. “Sweet Darlin'” by She & Him
Definitely “Sweet Darlin'” by She & Him off of their album Volume One – Sam Morgenstern, Assistant Noise Editor

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6. “Teenage Love Affair” by Alicia Keys
I have not found the girl of my dreams yet but, when I do, it better feel like Ms. Keys’ nod to classic soul music. – Mike Estabrook, Noise Editor

7. “Relator” by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johannson
Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson channel 60s pop with their duet song Relator on Yorn’s collaborative album “Breakup.” Johansson’s vocal style is reminiscent of Billie Holiday’s: jazzy and emotion-filled. – Jamie Miles, Web Editor

8. “Golden Age” by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The title, sound and lyrics all pay homage to the elegance of a decade long past – the golden age of the Rat Pack. We all wish we lived then, ok minus the whole pre-gender and civil rights movements thing. – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

9.  “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes’ song “Home” is really really good and sounds like old 70’s folk music. – John Qualtere, Fact-checker

10. “People, Turn Around” by Delta Spirit
This song invokes both the spirit and the sound of those hippie protesters who smoked too much pot and didn’t really accomplish anything except let the yuppies take over in the 1980s. I digress, the music was awesome. – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

11. “Lights” by the Scissor Sisters
If this song doesn’t convince you that a disco revival is not only inevitable, but necessary, I’m done with you. – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

12. “Some Time Around Midnight” by the Airborne Toxic Event
I can just see the black eyeliner and hair dye running down this guy as he storms off into the rain after his woman in a white dress. No more shall I sing “All By Myself” ala Bridget Jones and Emma Pillsbury; I’m all about screaming “you just have to see her to know that she’ll break you in two!” – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

And Guest Submitter Katie Garton offers this video of Raphael Saadiq’s “Let’s Take a Walk”:

Other suggestions that can’t be found on playlist.com (hey, we too are restricted by available web services/copyright infringement law and refuse to use Myspace as it’s headed down the toilet): The Almighty Defenders and Roma Di Luna.

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