A throwback song that celebrated s funk and soul music has been singled out as the best of the past decade. From superstars such as Adele and Cardi B, to a few honourable mentions for Aussies, it is an exhaustive list that sheds some light on our listening habits. When it was released, the song was plagued by copyright controversies and became the subject of several lawsuits.
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The song received a positive reception from critics, who noted the similarities between the song and works by Sting , Peter Gabriel , and American folk band Bon Iver. In Australia, the song won the Triple J Hottest poll at the end of , as well as ARIA Awards for song of the year and best video, while Kimbra was voted best female artist and Gotye was named best male artist and producer of the year. It was the most commercially successful song of in Flanders Belgium , the most successful song of in Wallonia Belgium , Canada, Israel, the UK, and the US, and the most successful song of the s decade by an Australian artist in Australia. It is certified Multiplatinum in ten countries, including Diamond in Australia. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It was covered by Canadian indie rock group Walk Off the Earth using a single guitar played simultaneously by all five band members and by actors Darren Criss and Matt Bomer in the Glee episode " Big Brother ".
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Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Get it now on Libro. You might think being a "one-hit wonder" would cause a music artist a lifetime of existential angst, as he or she tried to recreate that commercial success. But that's not the vibe you get if you talk to Los del Rio, the Spanish duo that is perhaps the most famous one-hit wonder in modern history for 's "Macarena. Contained in Monge's words is the truth that most musicians don't even get one hit, but struggle with their craft in relative obscurity, or without the type of financial success and recognition that comes from topping the Billboard charts. And that financial reward can be substantial.
The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of his Dutch given name "Wouter" English "Walter", hence the nickname "Wally". Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics , who have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since His voice has been compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting. Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer. As a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and drums. In , De Backer recalled that as a teenager he used to listen "obsessively" to Depeche Mode 's album Songs of Faith and Devotion , stating, "I could single-handedly credit that record with wanting me to make records. In , his parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency ,  so he could continue his studies at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. The first seeds of Gotye were planted when De Backer was given a large collection of old records. An elderly neighbour, having heard Downstares rehearsing over the years, gave his then-recently deceased wife's LP record collection to De Backer.