Music Friday: MKTO Sings About a Girl Who’s ‘Shining Like a 5th Avenue Diamond’ in the Throwback Hit, ‘Classic’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we have Malcolm David Kelly and Tony Oller (better known as MKTO) singing “Classic,” a feel-good anthem that pays tribute to a bygone era of classic style and classic music.

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MKTO serenades a girl who seems to be from a “throwback age.” They sing, “Ooh girl you’re shining / Like a 5th Avenue diamond.”

Later in the song, they build on the classic theme with references to Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Frank Sinatra.

Oller told MTV News that the song is about natural beauty. “I think a lot of people these days can kinda get infiltrated in their minds about what’s appropriate and how you have to look a certain way,” he said.

Having already conquered the charts in Australia and New Zealand, the pop/hip-hop duo’s “Classic” currently sits at #25 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40 list. It was also nominated for “Catchiest New Song” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards.

Both accomplished child actors, Kelly and Oller met in 2010 on the set of the Nickelodeon series Gigantic and decided to start a band. Their YouTube covers caught the attention of bigwigs at Columbia records and MKTO nailed a record deal.

While MKTO clearly stands for the combined initials of Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, the artists insist their group name means much more. Oller told IvoryMusic.org: “It also stands for what our album kind of is: Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts – just like the kids we were in high school.”

Please take a look at MKTO’s official “Classic” video. You will be dancing, and here are the lyrics if you’d like to sing along…

“Classic”
Written by Lindy Robbins, Andrew Maxwell Goldstein, Emanuel Kiriakou and Evan Bogart. Performed by MKTO.

Hey! Where’s the drum?

Ooh girl you’re shining
Like a 5th Avenue diamond
And they don’t make you like they used to
You’re never going out of style

Ooh pretty baby
This world might have gone crazy
The way you saved me,
Who could blame me
When I just wanna make you smile

I wanna thrill you like Michael
I wanna kiss you like Prince
Let’s get it on like Marvin Gaye
Like Hathaway write a song for you like this

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
One of a kind, living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you,
Baby you’re so classic

Four dozen of roses
Anything for you to notice
All the way to serenade you
Doing it Sinatra style

Ima pick you up in a Cadillac
Like a gentleman bringin’ glamor back
Keep it real to real in the way I feel
I could walk you down the aisle

I wanna thrill you like Michael
I wanna kiss you like Prince
Let’s get it on like Marvin Gaye
Like Hathaway write a song for you like this

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
Let’s start the rewind, everything is so throwback age (I kinda like it like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
One of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

Baby you’re class and baby you’re sick
I never met a girl like you ever til we met
A star in the 40’s, centerfold in the 50’s
Got me tripping out like the sixties
Hippies Queen of the discotheque
A 70’s dream and an 80’s best
Hepburn, Beyoncé, Marilyn Manson
Girl you’re timeless, just so classic

You’re over my head I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
Let’s start the rewind, everything is so throwback age (I kinda like it like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
You’re one of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

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