#56 – M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” – (2007)

M.I.A. isn’t a household name but this song made waves back in 2008 when it was featured in the movie Slumdog Millionaire – quite brilliantly at that. M.I.A. is of Sri Lankan descent but was born and raised in London. The song is a hip-hop tune with dance elements and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammys. For most people, this is the only song they know of from M.I.A. The song is good enough that its appearance in film should’ve opened M.I.A. to a larger audience, but it hasn’t – not yet anyway.