If you’ve made a habit of listening to the radio then you’ve probably heard whatever are the latest trends in music on a cycle throughout your day. Of course, if you’ve been listening long enough you may actually find that you can pick out artists based solely on their style, voice, or backing instrumentals. If so, then congratulations on being a long-time listener to pop music! You’ve probably found yourself on at least one occasion thinking that you’d heard all the tricks a certain artist has to offer only to be surprised by something entirely new. Here are three artists who surprised in a pleasantly big way.
- Train. Everybody’s heard one of the more recent Train songs at least once. Whether it’s “Drive By” or “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” you’ve probably caught yourself humming along on at least one occasion. Their songs are catchy and upbeat, and they seem a little silly in that they don’t take themselves too seriously. In case you were wondering though, Train has been around a lot longer than these last few years, and for anybody who was a fan of theirs a decade ago those sort of songs are a big change from 2003′s “Calling All Angels.” Their 2003 single was catchy in its own right, but its lyrics were much more serious musical contribution with a generic radio-rock anthem background. After listening to that song go back and listen to 50 Ways and try to remember that it’s the same band.
- Katy Perry. Everyone has heard at least one of Katy Perry’s fifty thousand singles that have played on the radio for the last few years, and let’s be honest: her voice is extremely distinctive. You can probably pick her singing out of a lineup just by nature of the way she sings, so you have to dig a little deeper to find something surprising. Instead of sound, it’s the content of her songs that have become more surprising. “E.T.” is an example of a lyrical shift in her songs. The subject-matter is a little darker and edgier rather than her “Teenage Dream” or “I Kissed a Girl.” Now with songs like “Unconditionally” and “Roar” Katy Perry is showing us that she can grow as an artist.
- Miley Cyrus. Okay, this was inevitable. There are so many jokes to be made here, what with her astonishing VMA performance, but we’ve all heard them a thousand times. Instead, think about how quickly “Wrecking Ball” climbed the charts. Say what you will about her as a person or whatever people are getting worked up about now, but she still sings music that climbs the charts. While everything about her is pretty surprising, the biggest surprise is that Miley Cyrus is still going strong on the pop charts, and people still love her music.