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What are some songs that you don't think get enough love by the fanbase? They don't have to be the best songs the show has ever produced, just ones that maybe clicked with you more than they seemingly have with others. I'm not a music expert by any means, but some of mine would include:

  • Pinkie's Present (A Hearthswarming Tail) - I think this one IS liked, but I actually consider it to be almost as good as Smile. It captures the same raw essense of what makes Pinkie a good pony that that song does, and I think it's her best appearance in the show's later seasons. Her final line of "And the reason is to be with your friends." is delivered with such earnest warmth that it gave me chills when I first heard it. I often dislike Pinkie, even in the earliest seasons, but songs like this and Smile highlight what Pinkie is like at her absolute best; bubbly, kindhearted, andwanting the world to be a happier place.
  • The Midnight in Me (EQG: Legend of Everfree) - This one is very short, but I'm an absolute sucker for "Characters ruminating on the darkness inside them" songs. Like, "Confrontation" from the Jekyll and Hyde musical. You feel for Sci-Twi in this one, and the arrangement I think is genuinely beautiful in places, especially when it crescendos at the end before peetering off.
  • Open Up Your Eyes (MLP: The Movie) - Not only is this a great villain song, with all the dark intimidating atmosphere that implies, but it illustrates a tragic sense of self-deception aswell. Tempest is singing at Twilight, trying to convince her that her way is the right way, but it sounds like she's partly trying to convince herself of all these things she supposedly believes, that the world is cruel and cold. Which is a writing technique I always love. It lends a note of bitter sadness to the ominousness of the song.
  • Your Heart is in Two Places (Surf and/or Turf) - I think this is my favourite CMC song. It feels like Ingram is just showing off at certain points. Especially in Sweetie's first verse. The whole song though is this neverending barrage of wordplay and internal rhyming and I find the entire thing utterly delightful. It's pretty, it's grand. Sweetie and Scoots contrast each other well, and Apple Bloom's sole opening line might even be the best sung part of the song it's that good. It's got a different vibe to the rest of the CMC's songs, and I love that.
  • The Spectacle (The Mane Attraction) - This one is just a straight contrarian. I always thought this song was better than The Magic Inside. There's this internet music reviewer called Todd in the Shadows, and long ago he reviewed the Hannah Montanna movie. His problem with the final song in that film is supposedly it's an example of Hannah singing from the heart after a whole movie (and arguably a whole series) of being a fake pop singer. This "heartfelt song" though was incredibly cliched in it's own right and just didn't sound as earnest as it should've been. I'm like that with TMI, though I do like the song. It wasn't quite as good as the build up in the story implied it would be. The Spectacle, though, knew that it was a pile of shclock (being a parody of vapid pop songs) and completely rolled with it. MAking it really fun. It also has an absolutely perfect title for describing what it is.
  • A Changeling Can Change (The Times They Are A Changeling) - I've heard people describe this song as really cringy, sappy, and riddled with holes. And it is, but I always felt like that was kind of the point. Spike, desperate and riddled with guilt, is just singing from his heart, trying to win over a bunch of furious ponies to keep them from harming his friend. And for the most part he fails at this. Only two people seem to be truly won over by the song. Starlight (her moment of self awareness in the background when she realizes that she's jumping to conclusions about a former villain is one of my favourite Starlight moments in general) and Twilight (where what mattered was that she believed that Spike believed in Thorax, and that she trusted Spike's judgement). The song itself not being great doesn't totally matter. What's important is that Spike is really trying, which I totally buy. And that vibe alone makes the song enjoyable to me, and makes it one of the most unique songs in the show's entire run. I feel like all the weaknesses of the song become strengths when put into the context of it being sung by a child trying to make ammends and being completely out of his depth
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Hmmm...

I'm just gonna go with Raise This Barn because it's a country-like song and MLP doesn't have enough of that in my opinion. Plus...country is one of the most underrated music genres to begin with. 

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“Our Town.” WWII propaganda inspired this cult-driven song. The visuals are hilariously disturbing, but the lyrics represent a horror film, mainly this:

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You can’t have a nightmare,

If you never dream

*shudder*

It rivals “This Day Aria,” “A Better Way to Be Bad,” and “Open Up Your Eyes” as the show’s best villain song.

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My pick definitely has to be The Cutie Mark Crusaders Song (from "The Show Stoppers"). I've seen it listed quite often as one of the worst songs in the series, but it's always been one of my personal favorites. :)

First of all, it's very catchy. Secondly, it's quite a unique song in FIM with its clear 80s influences, as well as being the first rock song in the series. The lyrics are no less meaningful than many other songs in the series (recounting the CMCs' story). The thing that seems to bother many people about it is obviously the vocals. While Scootaloo's singing is (intentionally) quite rough at times, I never found it that bad – apart from the scream at the end and maybe a couple of other parts, I think they're fitting for the song and its style. And most importantly, they're so Scootaloo – you can just hear the attitude and that she's giving her all, technically perfect or not!

So to put it briefly, while the song has its flaws, somehow they don't manage to ruin the good parts of it, and actually make it quite sympathetic in its own right! Add the nostalgia from my early brony days (even if they weren't that long ago), and I can't help but love it!

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9 hours ago, cuteycindyhoney said:

"Giggle at the Ghosties" It was the FIRST song, after all!

False.

MlP opening song is the first thus the most underrated. :nom: it’s has been used over generations and yet no one cares. Xp

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The Magic Inside is, in my opinion, the best song ever presented to us in this series. As amazing as it is, I don’t hear many people talk about it. I don’t know if that’s because I don’t take part in the show’s music discussion department often or what but it’s straight up a gorgeous piece. 

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22 minutes ago, Kevin Tang said:

What does underrated, in this context, mean?

As I said in the original post:

"What are some songs that you don't think get enough love by the fanbase? They don't have to be the best songs the show has ever produced, just ones that maybe clicked with you more than they seemingly have with others."

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On 10/11/2019 at 3:22 AM, gingerninja666 said:

A Changeling Can Change (The Times They Are A Changeling)

You're right about the fact that as on the song goes on Twilight goes from understandably distrustful to more open to the idea that Spike trusts Thorax. Especially when you remember that earlier in the 6th season she had to let Starlight make her own friend in Trixie who understands Starlight since both unicorns knew what it's like to have been antagonistic to others. It's a nice subtle detail that isn't explicitly mentioned in dialog afterwards, so some viewers might not even noticed.

Also, I Can Do It On My Own is the song that convinced me to keep going through my educational studies even when it seems hopeless. Zephyr Breeze may be self-centered at times, but he hides a vulnerable side that everyone can relate to.

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I'm going to say I Can I do It On My Own from Flutter Brutter, as well as Say Goodbye to the Holiday from A Hearth's Warming Tail. I enjoyed both songs and I don't often see them being mentioned.

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All the Pinkie's songs that are shorter than a minute. (not the History of the Wonderbolts one tho)

Sweetie Belle's 99 Buckets of Oats. (shows her talent in singing)

Applejack's lullaby and Fluttershy's lullaby.

Pinkie's Present and if you also count EQG, Coinky-Dink World. Those two completely embodies the genre conventions while being memorable.

Tricks Up My Sleeve, the most well written song of the whole series. (except for the lyrics)

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“Luna’s future“

it’s dark and not your typical mlp song.

 “Now the future is a cold nightmare” is my favorite quote from this song. 

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I don't believe The End of the Rainbow gets a lot of love, the song from Rainbow Roadtrip. To me it stands out. It's soft, sweet, and then sad. It's structured in a unique way, and it's a solo male song. I've actually started to try to sing it myself matching Sunny's voice.

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Seeds of the Past. Yeah people generally like it, but I don't see many people calling it one of the best songs of the show, which is what I think it is. Definitely one of, if not the most, mature and emotionally resonant songs.

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The CHS Rally Song from Friendship Games, as someone who was a band geek back in High School, that one struck a special chord with me 

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On 10/11/2019 at 7:22 PM, Dark Qiviut said:

It rivals “This Day Aria,” “A Better Way to Be Bad,” and “Open Up Your Eyes” as the show’s best villain song.

Actually I would say the best villain song HAS to be Under Our Spell. Or at least Welcome to the Show or Battle of the Bands

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While the CMC theme song is obviously terribly sung, with lyrics that don't make sense, the instrumentals and overall melody absolutely SLAP

Nobody talks about the Heart Carol, since the version from the show is so short, but if you listen to the full version on the Christmas album, it's absolutely beautiful!

On the topic of Hearth's Warming songs, The Seeds of the Past gets overshadowed a lot by the other great songs in that episode, but I love it because of its sentimental tone and the fact that it conveys a lot of emotion in a short period of time.

I like Glass of Water a lot, not very tuneful, but there's a lot of fun lyrics and gags packed in there.

Rules of Rarity seems to be overshadowed by Art of the Dress, but I actually like it more. I like the constant change in emotion and tone, and Rarity's voice in that song is beautiful, especially the ending of the first part of the song. 

I've heard The Place Where We Belong get dismissed as another generic friendship song, but I love the harmonies and instrumentation, and it has very sentimental lyrics. 

 

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