Picture this – it’s 2009, and Feel Good Inc. is playing loudly but muffled in the background. You’re in the bathroom with your friend at a basement party. Your friends were probably playing the song on Guitar Hero 5, and the music was extremely loud. However, you didn’t mind because you appreciate good music.

Damon Albarn, the man behind the microphone, and his character quartet known as Gorillaz have created this timeless music for over two decades.  The band has impressed many with their fusion of techno sound and rock vocals, and their music has navigated its way into movies, clubs, video games, and every person’s memory who grew up in the early 2000s. 

I would say it is difficult to box this virtual band of four into just one genre. They effortlessly cross between hip hop and electronica, but nobody asks questions because it simply just works. While on Spotify, I came across their newest EP, Song Machine Episode 5. I enjoyed the song Pac Man featuring rapper Schoolboy Q and was then inspired to revisit all of their past discography. Therefore, I have compiled a list of my top 5 all-time favorite Gorillaz songs.

  1. DARE 

In my opinion, this song is a classic – from the funky baselines to the harmonious chorus, it has a lot to offer the eardrums. The second single off their album Demon Days, released in 2005, this song was at the top of the charts all over the world. It peaked at number 4 of US Dance Club Songs and was the top UK single from 2005 to 2006. 

 

  1. On Melancholy Hill 

Being a ballad and yet still an electronic dance song, this song effortlessly crosses genres. The track is number ten on the Gorillaz 2010 album Plastic Beach, switching up the album with a more pop-sounding, emotional number. 

 

  1. Kids With Guns

This song combines a robust and groovy guitar base with a catchy, repetitive bridge while seamlessly blending the other elements into the chorus. Everything about this song is musically genius. Overarching the entire piece is a slow build, and the end personally makes me want to get out of my chair and dance. 

 

  1. Tomorrow Comes Today

Off one of their older albums, Gorillaz, the song Tomorrow Comes Today is slower compared to others of the album. Combining their well-known electronic groove with more of a laid back, lo-fi beat, this song makes the listener contemplate life’s meaning. The harmonica sound mixed with the prevalent drum bassline creates a tune that you can’t resist. 

 

  1. Kansas

Although last on the list, it is certainly not least. A song that features alternative vocals with a funky, trip-hop background, Kansas showcases a modern sound tinged with nostalgia. One of the lyrics, “I think I’ll coast a while,” almost perfectly describes how this song carries the listener through layers of pop and psychedelic rock. Simply coasting, the Gorillaz conveyed artistry with this one. 

Resources: 

“Dare (Song).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 7 Aug. 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dare_(song).

“Demon Days.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Aug. 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Days.

“Gorillaz (Ft. ScHoolboy Q) – Pac-Man.” Genius, 20 July 2020, genius.com/Gorillaz-pac-man-lyrics.

gorillaz. “Gorillaz.” YouTube, YouTube, www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIXdjDQH9Fau7y99_Orpjw.

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