Earlier in the year, Fall Out Boy were lambasted for calling their pop-influenced album 'Save Rock and Roll' but although the title ballad didn't rock, it still ruled.
However, it's usually much harder to pay faux rock and roll tracks compliments. If you're easily annoyed by pop stars who think swearing and social smoking makes them Mick Jagger, look away now.
Avril Lavigne - 'Rock N Roll'
Avril Lavigne is everything your grandparents fear about rock and roll - "jeans all ripped up", "middle finger in the air" and "turning up the radio" AKA not really rock and roll at all. However, we'd never want to deprive her new fans from enjoying an emo epiphany in Claire's. So keep 'rocking' Avril and stock up on your fingerless gloves, Lavigne lovers!
Britney Spears - 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll'
The Joan Jett and the Blackhearts version is a rock and roll classic but don't put a dime in the jukebox to hear Britney's cover if you're expecting punk spirit. Britney's so rock and roll that when she smashes her guitar, it explodes into confetti. Laughable piñatas aside, leather-look Britney circa 2001 is positively hardcore in comparison to 'Ooh La La'.
Skrillex - 'Rock 'N' Roll' (Will Tak You To The Mountain)'
"Hello again to all my friends, together we can play some rock 'n' roll" muses Skrillex no less than nineteen times but he never once delivers. However, the electronic musician is aware of how divisive his dubstep is, choosing to close the song with "They are not artists because nobody can play the guitar", a sentence which many rock fans will agree with.
Rihanna - 'ROCKSTAR 101' ft. Slash
Perhaps we should have listened when Rihanna told everyone she was a rockstar. We didn't care when she said that she was "rocking this chain", or the diamonds, or the skirt. We weren't even convinced by the Slash cameo or her dress up games. However, since then, she's gone all out to prove that she's a true 'rockstar' by turning up late to her shows and disappointing her fans. Hurray, or something.
Koyote - 'I Love Rock and Roll'
This fine example of 2006 K-Pop from Koyote implies that there's nothing more rock and roll than a flamboyant office sing-a-long with your bow tie wearing co-workers. Worryingly, it's probably the best recording on the list.
What do you think about pop stars singing about rock and roll?
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