Relatable 21st century heartbreak for teenagers to 30-somethings – aka, pure lyrical gold. Still, he blatantly lifted the hook from Elliott Smith. With that kind of plagiarism, you’ll need more than a kitschy xylophone and a clone of Sting’s voice if you want to seem fresh, Gotye.
Riff by Karl Ernest
Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.