1. ...This one deleted because it's going up on fictunes next week. Glee! As a replacement, here, have this COMPLETELY AWESOME song by the same singer as #2, only this is one of his solo work. Holy wow yes.
信 [Shin] - 傷城 [Shang Cheng] City Of Sorrow
2. Shin (Band)(信乐团) - 千年之恋 [Qian nian zhi liang] Love of a Thousand Years
Yes, so, if you want a song guaranteed to make my jaw drop and little stars appear in my eyes, you do everything this song did. The rock lover and the opera lover in me both are waving flags for this song. I mean, it's a rock duet, with these amazing guitars, and then comes this operatic tenor singing "Love for a thousand years" in Italian. *swoon* The leader singer of Shin has the rock singing voice that I love, all rough and gruff and unpolished.
3. Soler - 兄弟 (Brothers)
A different Soler song is going up on fictunes, and I talk about them a bit there, but just for info, Soler is a duo, comprised of identical twin Eurasian brothers, and I heart Soler very much. That said, at first, I was like, "Wow, um, ow!" because they seemed to have some pitch problems at the beginning. Then came a place about a minute from the end where one of the twins went off on this absofuckinglutely amazing vocal riff, and suddenly I was like, "YES, rock on!"
4. Dir en Grey - Glass Skin
I've always liked DeG, but now that they've thrown Kyo sceaming and puking out the window and actually starting showing some musicianship, I love them. This is their newest single, and it's just full of win.
5. Jay-Z - Pray
I...don't like rap. I've always kinda been like, "If I want to listen to sprechstimme, I'll pick up some opera" and that was that. Yeah, there's some rap I like--I love the RZA's soundtrack for Afro Samurai--but in general, I've always been kinda meh. This song? HOLY SHIT. It's got that feel of epic like I love so much in my music. I mean, it's just teeth-achingly awesome. From the first notes, I was like "Aw damn", and never once, and this is rare for me when listening to rap, think, "This is would be great if it was sung." This is a song that could not be anything other than what it is.