In a bad mood or just need a boost? Here is a list of songs that will put you in a good mood and make you want to dance!
“Shout” by The Isley Brothers
Get up and shout with this classic throwback! With only one word you really need to know, this song is fun to sing and even more fun to dance to!
“Hula Hoop” by OMI
This song will go around and around in your head! Once you hear it, you can’t help but get up and dance, and you may even get the urge to hula hoop!
“Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne
One part poppy, three parts upbeat, and two parts funky, this song is the perfect recipe for, well, anything!
“Hakuna Matata” by Nathan Lane
No worries for the rest of my days? Sign me up! This Disney classic will definitely take you back to your worry-free days when all you had to fret about was what color crayon to use. Who wouldn’t that make happy?
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet
Because who doesn’t like Jimmy Buffet?
“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
This throwback will definitely make you feel like you can take on anything! Gwen Stefani’s catchy and true lyrics make us channel our inner girl power with this upbeat powerhouse song.
“Respect” by Aretha Franklin
This sassy classic will make anyone feel powerful! With old school horns and powerful vocals, singing along with Franklin will definitely earn you some respect.
“All Star” by Smashmouth
I cannot be the only person who thinks of the movie “Shrek” when I hear this song! The combination of catchy lyrics and memories of the hilarious movie make this the perfect song to bop out to with your friends in the car.
“ABC” by The Jackson 5
It’s as easy as one, two, three to get this song stuck in your head. This is another classic that is irresistible to sing along with, and the Jackson 5 will help you get back whoever you lost.
“Single Ladies” by Beyoncé
I couldn’t create this list without putting a song by Beyoncé on it. This song will make anyone put their hands up and declare their singleness boldly.
Beside the usual YouTube covers which are often recorded very poorly, there are a lot of covers by professional artist who put a mellow twist to some of our favorite songs. Here are a few of your favorite songs with a bit of chill injected into them.
1. Chet Faker- No Diggity by Blackstreet
Faker’s cover to this classic song brings a sensual and mellowed out version of the song, which was featured in “Pitch Perfect.” The song by the original artist, Blackstreet, is pretty chill by itself, but Faker uses a bluesy sound to class the song up. This creates a bad-ass but relaxing feel to the listener. It’s definitely one of my favorite covers I’ve heard.
2. Ane Brun & Linnea Olsson- Halo by Beyonce
The song, originally by Beyonce, has always had a very angelic feel. However, the soft vocals of this cover truly bring that dreamy feeling to life. While Beyonce’s vocals are very strong and heavy, the vocals of the cover are very soft and accompanied by soft harp and other string music. This takes the urge to belt out the lyrics as loudly as possible away and replaces a soft, sleepy version which is great for a night by the window watching the rain fall. The song was featured in one of my favorite movies, “If I Stay.”
3. Jack Savoretti- Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
Savoretti takes this Johnny Cash classic, which is typically very upbeat, and uses soft acoustics and hums to give a sexy, smooth feel to the song. A version similar to this was used in a scene of ABC Family’s show, “Greek” during a scene in which the main character is reunited with her former lover as they lay together.
4. Justyn Dow- Power by Kanye West
This Yeezy classic is given a bluesy and 90’s R&B twist with this cover by Justyn Dow, who uses looping to keep the sound authentic. The reason I love this song is that it gives this very bad-ass, empowering feel. The slowed down rapping also brings the lyrics to life. Dow uses beat-boxing, an electric and acoustic guitar and clapping on his looping system to create the many layers of the song. This is a great song for background noise to a chill poker night with your friends.
5. Lilly Alhberg- Roses by The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES
I’ve been jamming to this song for the past month or so as it’s gained radio popularity. While the original version of the song can never be replaced, Lilly Alhberg, a YouTuber, does an amazing job with her acoustic cover of this song. She has a very Indy feel to her voice which stays true to the original vocals, while also pairing well with her acoustic guitar. Alhberg also does a great job in recording the song, although she used her video camera.
Almost every genre can be turned into a mellowed-out version of itself. While some may think it blasphemous to warp an artists original work, there are a lot of talked artists out there who do these popular songs justice, if not simply improving and highlighting some of the details of the music.
While the ancient Greeks were among the first to perceive that the Earth is spherical, there were still individuals who thought that couldn’t be possible, the Earth had to be flat. Because the ground is level and clearly flat.
A Twitter dispute among astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and rapper-singer Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. (known as B.o.B), raised the debate of the flat Earth theory, and it inevitably transformed into a full-out rap battle.
On Monday night, B.o.B threw together a song, about the why the Earth is flat, called “Flatline”. In the track, B.o.B yells, “Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest / They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check,” and even plants part of a discussion by Tyson in which he states, “So it’s not actually a sphere, it’s an … it’s oblate, it’s officially an oblate spheroid.”
Tuesday evening, Tyson’s nephew released his own track, called “Flat To Fact,” composed and rapped by his nephew, Stephen Tyson. He tweeted: “As an astrophysicist I don’t rap, but I know people who do. This one has my back.” Here’s the song:
“Very important that I clear this up / You say that Neil’s vest is what he needs to loosen up? / The ignorance you’re spinning helps to keep people enslaved, I mean mentally.”
I strongly encourage everyone to listen to both the tracks in full, and even check out B.o.B’s and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s twitter accounts.
With so much music in the world, it’s hard to have been graced by every single fantastic song. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of some awesome tracks that will make your life and hopefully introduce you to some bands you may not have heard otherwise.
1) “Welcome Home” by Radical Face
I’m way too in love with this song. Having heard it for the first time about a week ago in Starbucks, I’ve been playing it on an endless loop ever since. It seems as if I’m not the only one obsessed as the song as been featured on multiple TV shows such as the hit show, “The Blacklist”.
2) “Waiting For An Invitation” by Benji Hughes
Benji Hughes’ voice is perfect for easy listening and his lyrics are always very raw and heartfelt. This particular song, I find so heartbreakingly beautiful, I could put it on repeat for days. It was featured on an episode of “How I Met Your Mother”, but that’s the only time I’ve ever heard it outside of my Spotify library.
3) “Lovely Bloodflow” by Baths
Baths is an extremely weird artist to get your head around. His lyrics are hard to understand sort of like Bon Iver, but his music is deeply entrancing. “Lovely Bloodflow” is the kind of song that you accidently stumble upon, but then can’t get out of your head for days. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for music to write or read to.
4) “Paradise Circus” by Massive Attack
I find it hard to classify the band as one specific genre, but their music is fantastic and I have the worst time finding people who know their work. “Paradise Circus” has worked its way up to at least my top 20 favorite songs. It’s very dramatic and haunting.
5) “Ride” by Cary Brothers
This is the only song by the Cary Brothers that I’m familiar with and it’s the only song I feel the need to be familiar with. The song is so pretty and just sounds like the sound track to every romance movie ever, but I’m okay with that.
6) “Bloodstream” by Stateless
I’ve loved this song for years and I’m still trying to find the time to learn how to play it on the piano. From the melody to the lyrics there is nothing about this song that isn’t fantastic.
7) “Thousand Mile Wish” by Finger Eleven
An oldie, but goodie. Finger Eleven is best known for their club anthem, “Paralyzer,” but “Thousand Mile Wish” is my absolute favorite song of theirs.
Check out these songs and more! I recommend downloading Spotify if you don’t already have it. It’s a great resource for discovering new songs and bands to obsess over.
Adele is releasing her first album in 4 years on November 20th. She’s given the world an amazing preview with her song, “Hello.” The song has taken over the radio, YouTube, and even vine with funny, short parodies of the song. The song pulls at the heart strings as Adele sings of a past lover. A running internet joke is that “Adele has the kind of music that makes you miss a stranger you saw on public transportation 7 years ago.”
While I love Adele and routinely belt out her heart-felt ballads in the shower, I’m a little bit tired of sad love songs. If you’re anything like me and need songs that celebrate your independent, badass side I would highly recommend the following feminine tunes:
1.) Ex’s and Oh’s- Elle King
This fun Indy-rocker song is perfect for dancing around your room using a brush as a microphone or even for singing in the shower. The song is different from other lady-ballads because it’s from the perspective of a girl who knows she’s powerful and even a little promiscuous, in a good way. This is one of my favorite songs to jam out to in the car and it makes me want to wear 6-inch heels and do my best catwalk down the street.
2.) High By the Beach- Lana Del Rey
Pretty much every song by Lana Del Rey is a feminine dream come true. Although Lana doesn’t like to associate herself with feminism and often plays off the idea of the damsel in distress, many of her songs are really empowering. High By the Beach strongly embraces independence from a lover. In the song she sings about not needing her lovers money to get what she wants. I feel that many modern girls can relate to this because we’re expected, based on traditional gender roles, to depend on a husband to be the bread-winner.
Although Lana doesn’t want to be associated with this new wave of feminism, there are definitely some feminist undertones in her music.
3. Here- Alessia Cara
This jazzy song is a great mixture of new and old. The jazz-ish instrumentals mixed with lyrics very raw likeTove Lo‘s music make for a classy but badass feeling. This song is perfect for the anti-social independent girl. Talking about the drag that can be the club scene, Alessia Cara sings of her annoyance with being hit on at the club and her desire for a more intimate kick-back with her friends. She describes the crowded club with loud, trashy music and her negative attitude for those things.
This song is great for any girl who has ever found herself at a crowded party saying, “why didn’t I stay home?”
4. Gasoline- Halsey
This song is perfect for the badass babe who needs to explore the darker corners of her mind. Halsey reminds me of a darker Taylor Swift who’s very in touch with her crazy. While T-Swift’s girly songs may be fun, her over-optimism in her songs can get old for the girl who is no delicate flower. Halsey explores the dark side of society in this song while using dubstep-style instrumentals.
5. Gods and Monsters- Lana Del Rey
As I said before, Lana doesn’t like to associate herself with feminism, but this song is very sexually empowering. Lana seems to describe herself as this innocent doe-eyed girl exploring her sexuality. This song follows her dreamy-style melodies while exploring a darker side of herself. In my opinion, Lana is describing herself as someone who is seen as an “angel” in a crowd of demons and chooses to dance with both the outer demons and her own inner demons. Jessica Lange, who is the epitome of all that is feminine grace as an older woman, covered this song for an episode of American Horror Story. Both versions are beautiful in their own way but Lange definitely brought out the ruggedness and desire of the lyrics.
Feminine power-ballads are few and far between in my opinion. Although there are plenty of female artists out there, there are few whose music reaches into the innermost depths of my soul. I hope after listening to these songs, you’ll feel some type of relief if you, too, needed some music to strengthen your inner goddess.
In their heyday, Fall Out Boy brought us brilliant singles such as “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, “Thnks fr th Mmrs”, and “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”. Somewhere along the way, they lost their fan base and ended up taking a few years to regroup. In 2013, Fall Out Boy came out with their first album in ages– “Save Rock and Roll”.
“Save Rock and Roll” came with not only amazing new music, but also a slew of collaborations with other immensely talented artists such as Elton John and Big Sean.
Hits like “Our Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” played repeatedly on the radio, topping charts everywhere, while also bringing us lesser known, but still terrific songs such as “Just One Yesterday”.
In 2015, “American Beauty/ American Psycho” was released, but to a much less appreciative crowd. While “Save Rock and Roll” received rave reviews, “American Beauty/ American Psycho” barely got any mention at all.
This is ludacris, in my humble opinion, as “American Beauty/ American Psycho” is one of Fall Out Boy’s best albums, if not the best.
So many former fans say the same thing over and over when asked why they dislike the band’s newest music- they prefer their old sound. But let’s review, Fall Out Boy left the spotlight around 2008 after their dud of an album, “Folie a Deux”. Five years is a long time.
Back in the 2005-2008 time frame, Fall Out Boy’s music was marketed to a younger crowd. During their sabbatical, it’s obvious that they grew as musicians’. While their sound is less “emo” and edgy, it’s still maintained an alternative/ rock vibe, but with far more mature lyrics.
If none of this convinces you, here is a list of Fall Out Boy’s ten best songs since returning to the music scene:
Today Radcentric is visited by The Borealis Adventure Co. This indie folk band consists of Travis Atwell (vocals, guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Carolyn Weaver (vocals and percussion), Seth Ratliff (vocals, banjo, guitar and mandolin) and Ryan Meadows (bass). They talk about their influences and their own personal connection with music in general. They were also kind enough to play a couple of their songs.
Gogol Bordello is known for producing unusual songs, with the lead singer’s accent in particular lending itself to new listening experiences. This seemingly pointless song is rumored to be about frontman Eugene Hutz’s response to his girlfriend going crazy. If that’s true, this song is filled with delightful snippets of sarcasm that shouldn’t be missed. In this case, the lyrics can be interpreted by the listener. Even if it is taken at face value, Bordello’s upbeat proclamation of “start wearing purple for me now” is sure to please listeners who don’t always take their music so seriously.
“Lazy Butterfly” – Devendra Banhart
This song is an entrancing personification of various insects, an animal and even a tree. The singer brings attention to the wisdom of these creatures and living things and leaves the impression of the overall importance of nature. The song has a catchy tune yet maintains a soothing, almost meditative feel. “Lazy Butterfly” is a great song for a relaxing afternoon or even for a dance with a slow tempo.
“Li’l Red Riding Hood” – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
Strange, a little creepy and surprisingly marvelous, this song is sure to get stuck in your head. Sam the Sham has a large catalog of work of his own, but he briefly sang for the Pharaohs, and together they produced this hit along with the better known “Wooly Bully.” “Li’l Red Riding Hood” simultaneously serves as kind of an ode to the fairytale character, and is a song about love for an appealing young woman and the precariousness of trust. It’s not the sort of song most young women would want to receive on a mix CD, but it’s a fun addition to any music collection.
“Frontier Psychiatrist” – The Avalanches
The Avalanches certainly know how to put out an unusual piece of music, especially with “Frontier Psychiatrist.” With an array of bizarre lyrics such as “You’re a nut, you’re a nut, you’re crazy in the coconut,” this song forces the listener to pay close attention. The song pokes fun at some of the reasoning given for needing therapy and some of the techniques used for it. The in-your-face quality of this song is part of what makes it so powerful, despite it being, quite frankly, weird. The song leaves you with the thought of what can talk other than a person, which includes some birds–and as illustrated by this song—a record.