In celebration of the Juno awards this past weekend, we are going to end April with a bang by counting down the top 10 songs about sound.
So congratulations to all the 2013 Juno award winners and we hope you enjoy the countdown...and don't forget, if you are a musician - protect your hearing.
#10 - Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode
In the 1980s, Dave Gahan's voice filled dance clubs and boomed through Walkmans as the British New Wave movement gripped teenagers and twenty-somethings from around the world. Gahan and his English band, Depeche Mode, mesmerized audiences with their moody light shows in concert and their provocative songs, such as "Personal Jesus" and "People Are People."
Another hit, "Enjoy the Silence," was recorded in 1989 and describes the power of a relationship that does not need words — or any other sound — to flourish.
Gahan sings about holding a woman and enjoying the silence of that embrace:
"All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms"
For a band known for dark lyrics and political courage, the song was about as romantic as you will find in their catalogue. "Enjoy the Silence" is also No. 10 on our countdown of the Top 10 Songs About Sound.
Depeche Mode are still going strong 25 years later, but not all musicians are fortunate to have such longevity. Many have to contend with hearing damage. Find out more about ear protection and what to do to prevent hearing loss on Connect Hearing's informative blog on musician hearing loss.
#9 - Come on Feel the Noise by Quiet Riot
What is without a doubt the loudest entry on our countdown of the Top 10 Songs About Sound, "Come on Feel the Noise" was a cover version of the Slade tune from 1973. Quiet Riot, a hard rock band from Los Angeles, released their version in 1983 as a single from their "Metal Health" album. It reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and helped propel the album to No. 1.
Known as much for their heavy metal sound as the manic antics of lead singer Kevin Dubrow, Quiet Riot turned "Come on Feel the Noise" into an anthem for the summer.
"Loud music is something we would prefer all Canadians limit their exposure to. But we all have our guilty pleasures. Some songs just make you want to turn up the volume, and there's nothing wrong with that as long as you don't overdo your exposure and also take precautions while listening to the songs," says MJ DeSousa, our Director of Professional Practice.
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