Weekly Advice

Robert Taylor

Hey popular music stars, why listen to your crack managerial teams when you can take our advice? Release these songs off your latest albums as your next singles now, or suffer eternal damnation as a recurring guest on Vh1’s countdown shows!


“How I Feel” from her My December album

Catchy and angry, “How I Feel” exemplifies the very best of Clarkson’s vocal range while still being danceable and emotional. Teens and twentysomethings will find the song much more relatable than Clarkson’s ballad “Sober.”


“Hum Hallelujah” from the Infinity on High album

An interesting experiment that samples Jeff Buckley’s classic “Hallelujah” in the middle while still retaining Fall Out Boy’s classic jokey manner and punky sound, “Hum Hallelujah” would be a great dance track for fans who really think their Sunday mass needs some rock injected into it.


“Everything Back But You” from her The Best Damn Thing album

Will immediately garner classic Avril status for the refrain, in which Lavigne damns a possibly fictitious female by calling her a “bitch/slut/psychopath.” The rest of the song might be a little, uh, stupid, but it’s still the best damn thing to be found on her third album.


“Can’t Stop” from the It Won’t Be Soon Before Long album

The catchiest bridge of any song from the album, “Can’t Stop” doesn’t overstay its welcome at two-and-a-half minutes and stands up to repeated listenings easily. It also makes an allusion to lead singer Adam Lavigne having sex with a pillow, and you can’t go wrong there.

Robert Taylor