Writers: Ella Yelich-O'Connor and Joel Little
Original Release: June 3, 2013
Original Performer: Lorde
Album: The Love Club EP
"Royals" is one of the best-selling singles of all time: 10 million copies worldwide. It topped the US charts for nine consecutive weeks. It is, for my money, the best pop song of the current decade, a triumph of minimalism in an age of sensory overload. Not bad for an artist's debut release.
Supposedly, Lorde wrote the lyrics in half an hour - ill-making, really. The title was inspired by a National Geographic photo of George Brett, of all people. Why a New Zealand teenager would be drawn to a photo of a long-retired American baseball player is a bit of a mystery but whatever works, right?
|via National Geographic
Pentatonix, so good:
Is there anything cooler than Bruce Springsteen covering your song? live? in your hometown?
"Foil" by Weird Al:
Want to hear all of the songs I have featured in a convenient playlist?
Enjoy: A Window Above
What are you listening to these days?