In a year when the world of culture suffered a severe blow, we are left with the songs that continued to come out, despite the corona • Ami Friedman chose the ten songs that stood out especially this year
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"Million dollars" - Noa Kirl
"Stamp on the check - $ 1 million."
Well, Noa Kirl seems to be right.
The singer, who only two years ago was a phenomenon that made the smooth transition from the world of teenagers to the mainstream of the greats, became this year the biggest thing that has happened here in years.
With a winning attitude, a foreign attitude and hooks that do not leave you indifferent, Kirl has positioned herself at the top of the pop world, breathing air of peaks and leaving dust for others.
Between judging the "School of Music", a public and controversial enlistment in the IDF and signing a record contract with the Atlantic Records company, she still managed to release a hit here. "A Million Dollars" (hosted by Shahar Seoul) Names like Cardi Bee or Ed Sheeran, her label friends, but more than that: it accurately tells the story of Noa Kirl.
"End of season" - Dekel Vaknin
Like it or not, "End of Season" (or "Rainy Day", as many mistakenly call it) was one of the most sung hits by the Israelis in the past year.
Or at least the first two lines of his hymn, which have become the trademark of the prodigy, the blessing boy or whatever you call the palm and property phenomenon.
Although released a few months before it was published, "End of Season" written by Kfir Azran to the tune of Nathaniel Sasson, became one of the songs associated with the first wave of the Corona.
These were winter twilight days (end of season, if you will), Israel and the world are just beginning to internalize the dimensions of the crisis that the virus will bring, and spend the months of March and April in homes.
Between a binge on "Tiger King" at Felix and the development of a baking obsession, Dekel Vaknin and his original Mediterranean farewell ballad were for a few moments the talk of the day.
"Do not go to parties" - Margie
Pity Jonathan Margie, who has not been to parties since last spring.
Well, it's not that anyone else has been frolicking in clubs too much in the last six months, but in the case of the disco-pop hit speaker, "not going out to parties," it's not a case of moving away from a crowd but avoiding a fresh ex.
And another one dancing next to her new boyfriend all night.
In reality, of course, Margie is dancing with the company Noa Kirl, and it's good to know that he plays his part in the power couple dynamics of Israeli pop.
Due to its name and the ironic timing with which it came out, "Do Not Go Out to Parties" has become a joke in the mouths of those who miss the tough basses in clubs (a bit like Eden Hasson's "No More Clubs," which came out last year).
At least it has been played on the radio, and while such an irony, has become a popular song at parties in homes, on rooftops or anywhere that leaves no mark on the hand.
"Party" - Jasmine Mualem
For several years now, Jasmine has been disappearing in the field, since her days at the Rimon Music School, through the first singles from her debut album "Lion".
But then came "Party", changed the rules of the game and made it the hot name in Israeli indie pop.
Armed with an evening voice, an up-to-date presentation, a polished production and of course Wave Rhythm & Bluesy, Mualem finally brought her breakthrough hit this year.
Credit should also be given to rapper Shekel, who is featured on the song, and Eyal Davidi, who wrote and composed the song with her, and together they created a sparkling diamond in the playlist sky.
A rare combination of production style, a melody that sticks to the ear from the first listen and an intelligent feminist text (not so common in the musical areas in which Mualem operates).
If 5764 is an indication, it seems that Jasmine Mualem is going to burn your radio next year as well.
"Poor little thing" - these are me
In the "pop a little less intelligent" category, a song dominates by hand, which produced quite a bit of buzz.
That's good, if your name is Ella Lahav, you just came out of the heat of reality, put on a new persona and shed all traces of innocence that have characterized you so far.
"Poor little one" has aroused so much interest that it's hard not to include him on this list, even if in practice it's an annoying exit piece.
Some saw it as a bad and foolish song, others saw it as a colorful and crazy K-pop celebration that fits the Generation Z, and the truth was somewhere in the middle.
Or maybe closer to a troll, one that makes "Barbie Girl" sound like Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.
But hey - at least he's catchy.
"Tel Aviv is me and you" - Amir and Ben host Jane Bordeaux
Until about a decade and a half ago, TV series about Tel Aviv were of interest.
Since we went through several phases, the periphery has entered prime time in a big way and the title "Tel Aviv" has become a derogatory nickname that carries accusations such as "raised from the people", "arrogant" or "detached young man".
It's a shame, because alongside all this, there is also quite a bit of life and little love stories in the big city that are worth dwelling on.
Like the ones described in "Tel Aviv is Me and You", a collaboration between the creators' wool Amir Sadeh and Ben Maor and the band Jane Bordeaux, who understand a thing or two about sweet and light love songs.
There's a lot of innocence here, just about every Libby Davey asked me asking not to let her.
And this is exactly the point: "Tel Aviv is me and you" is a song about a mature, deep and long-lasting relationship, rich in small thrills of everyday life and not in emotional roller coasters.
It is full of references and little hints that will identify those who live, live and also fall in love with this city.
And no, not everyone is a hipster.
"If You Will" - Hanan Ben Ari
Although he did not become a symbol like "Our Life is Strawberries" from a few years ago, Hanan Ben-Ari's "If You Will" was exactly what this people needed.
In a crazy year and at such strange times, this folk serenade by Ben-Ari is like a shot of optimism with a smile, which reminds us that even at the height of the troll - there is still some good and innocence in the world.
God knows we need her.
God and Hanan Ben Ari.
In a sea of pop and hip-hop, it is refreshing to find such a song as well.
An island of musical simplicity that does not need more than a catchy melody, romantic words as of old and the singing of those who have become, will or will not, a bridge between the sectors.
"Anesthetic drug", "The little citizen" - the good name of the father
Not just one hit but if two managed to produce Tamir Bar, a corporation man here and the mastermind behind the comedic (T) rap opera "The Rise and Fall of Shem Tov HaAvi".
In a 24-minute YouTube movie, Bar managed to tell the story of a man who turned a treatment at the dentist into a hip-hop career and a meteoric success, before crashing and finding himself behind bars.
Within a few days, this invested video became a cult in the making, laughing at every possible trap cliché and on the way finding a way to criticize what is happening in Israel 2020. In the spirit of the time, "The Little Citizen" became an anthem, but the powerful ace of this flash is ".
Or as an anonymous YouTube commenter put it: "If that's what my tax money is about, then I ask - do more of this shit."
"I have a hole in my heart in your shape" - Giraffes
The rock band?
In this list?
What the hell is going on here?
Yes, it's not really clear how, but a band of giraffes has made the necessary adaptation to continue to thrive even in the Age of Beat Queens.
Not least thanks to a song that nonetheless adopts the laws of survival in the musical jungle of the last decade: minimalist lyrics and a catchy hook.
This is pretty much the whole story of "I have a hole in my heart in your form", a fun love song written by Gilad Kahana and composed together with Atar Meiner.
Perhaps the same miner, rising power in the local solo scene, and singer Damsel is Depressed are the ones who helped give this song its authenticity and place in your ear this year.
On the other hand one should not dig into it too much.
Kahana & Co. released another good song.
Surprisingly it is not.
Feker Libi - Eden Elena
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It is difficult to guess what would have happened to "Feker Libi", the song with which Eden Elena was supposed to represent Israel at Eurovision 2020, if the competition had taken place this year.
On the face of it, this is a winning recipe: a young singer with an excellent voice sings words in four languages, combined with melody and a catchy chorus written by Eurovision guru Doron Medley and Prince Idan Raichel.
On paper, even if winning was the last thing Israel was able to deal with, it would surely have crept "my heart's love" into one of the first places in the competition.
But reality, oh reality, she has other plans.
Eden Elena will be comforted by the representation of the state in the next year on us for good, and we have at least won a not bad song that for some of us is reminiscent of a kind of Lambda. Next year in built Rotterdam. And creation, hopefully.