Conor Oberst is known as emo music's poster child, but he's really similar to Elliott Smith. They both have those shaky-sad voices that make you think they're about to start screaming or crying and an acoustic guitar. Here Smith pays homage to his adopted hometown in "Angeles".
Before she was a cutesy, “I Love Everybody” co-host and judge of American Idol, Paula was stealing hearts as a sexy, talented singer. I used to play “Forever Your Girl”—pretty much every song on the album, really—over and over again, loving nearly every single song on the tape. My aunt introduced me to her, and even though her dancing around with that cartoon Cheetohs-like cat was sort of stupid (okay, really stupid), it was still a fantastic song.