Each week, I will be coming out with a Spotify playlist with 12 songs that I think should be added to your playlist. Two of those songs will be listed as my favorites of the week. Here’s the link to this week’s Spotify playlist:
Ten and Two September 19
This is How We Do: This song seems to have been forgotten behind other recent Katy Perry hits, such as Dark Horse, which is not a great song in my opinion. This song has a solid electro-funk beat. It sounds like a very late 80s hip hop song. I picture DJ and her friends from Full House going to a concert to watch a performance of this song, which I’m sure Danny Tanner would not be thrilled with.
Animals: Another seemingly forgotten hit, this song is also overshadowed by other great hits from the same artist/group. Maroon 5 seem to be coming out with hit after hit off their latest album V (Deluxe). I also think this song is better than their more popular song, Maps. It features a much more consistent beat that plays throughout the song, making it sound crisp, while also making Adam Levine’s unique sound stand out from the music.
Flora-Bama: Kenny Chesney does not disappoint with any song he does. His music screams autumn. It’s all about being with your crew having a good time at your regular spot, no matter what is going on. Nothing beats that.
Drunk on A Plane: This song represents what I love about Country music. No other genre of music could have a song that depicts having a good time on a plane. Dierks Bentley has produced hits before, but this might be career defining.
Thank You: This list features songs that should be hits but are not due to songs by the same artist that overshadow them. MKTO sound boy band-ish in their song Classic, but this song sounds like an anthem. It’s more commercial, more lyrically intelligent (despite some frowned-upon “na-na-nas”), and more instrumentally diverse.
Tha Crossroads: Bone Thugs N Harmony are probably not the first group to come to mind when you think of 90s hip-hop/rap groups. Each song has a message, and the message in this song is about how what you do in your life affects whether you go to Heaven or Hell. The song features lots of synthesizer effects, a staple of any 90s hip-hop “ballad”.
Kaya: This is the title song from Bob Marley's 1978 album, which some people referred to as “soft” and called it his worst album. You be the judge based on this song. I think the organ/percussion combos provide a distinct song that makes it different from some other Marley standards.
Robocop: I know, 2014 Kanye West won’t be winning any awards based on his intelligence or common sense. But lets not forget about 2005-2010 Kanye. This song comes from his peak, in 2008.
Buggin’ Out: Probably the most creative lyricists, A Tribe Called Quest are on their game every song. You can’t go wrong with lines like “I float like gravity, never had a cavity”. I’m a huge fan of a deep bass line, and the riff in this song is hypnotic.
Good Occasions: I want to sit in a field on a sunny day and close my eyes and hear this Marble Sounds song. It might be the lightest song I’ve ever heard.
THE TWO-My favorite two songs this week
1. Raggamuffin: This song is Jazz. It’s rap. It’s a little R&B. Selah Sue hits all the spots with this song. I love songs that span multiple genres. She does it all with an acoustic accompaniment and a voice that stays in one range, doing that one range justice.
2. Superbad: I’m ashamed of myself for liking this song. This comes from the same part of me that enjoyed the Jonas Brothers, and I want that part to go away. It’s not anytime soon. This song is really cool. Another bassy song with a solid voice to back it, Jessie McCartney, who you may not have heard of unless you think back to about 2006, tells the perfect story of the perfectly Superbad woman. It’s really lame that I like this song, but I can’t really help it.