After the majority of pop hits in recent months have implored listeners to raise your glass and just dance (and, keep on dancing 'til the world ends), a shift toward fewer BPMs might be, well, slowly, taking place.
Amid pop radio's almost exclusive reliance on hi-NRG dance/pop,
The vocal powerhouse's even slower version of the Cure 's 1989 No. 2 Hot 100 hit rose to No. 18 in July on the Jazz Songs chart.
Taylor Swift, "Umbrella"
After Rihanna  led the Hot 100 for seven weeks in 2007 with her Jay-Z -assisted version, Swift showed off her versatility with this stripped-down cover released on her 2008 EP "iTunes Live from SoHo."
Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules, "Mad World"
The pair's remake of Tears for Fears' '80s alt classic reached No. 16 on Digital Songs in 2006. Adam Lambert  similarly slowed down the song three years later on "American Idol."
Martha's Trouble, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
The husband-and-wife duo of Jen and Rob Slocumb recently stopped by Billboard's New York offices and performed its folk-leaning version of Starship 's 1987 Hot 100 No. 1. The twosome recorded it on its album "Anchor Tattoo," released earlier this year.
"Glee" Cast, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
An audio preview of the new episode airing tonight (when the working day is done ...)
- Chart Beat