You know that feeling when you hear a song and you simply cannot get it out of your head?
That’s me. Every day!
I’m constantly listening to music. As a music writer for Salute, I’m listening to music, watching videos or reading up on artists all day. But even before that, I would always be listening to music in the car, while I work out, pretend I’m practicing for Broadway in the shower. I wouldn’t be able to make it through any day of cleaning or a walk with my sweet pup without it. I even fall asleep to the Deathly Hallows Pt. I and Pt. II scores!
What? Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat’s music is breathtaking, okay?
But lately, I find myself going back to the exact same songs. I mean, I’ll skip through my current playlist to find specific songs instead of just waiting for them to come up on shuffle!
Here are the songs I keep coming back to lately.
Okay, I became super obsessed with this song when I was falling down a YouTube choreography hole and stumbled upon this video with legendary choreographer Brian Friedman. I thought it was an old Kesha song that I had overlooked. Boy, was I wrong. This is actually off of Rainbow and it’s one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in a while! I really enjoy this song and dance to it at least 2-4 times a day.
“Make Me Feel”-Janelle Monae
I admit, I’m extremely late to the Janelle Monae party. I’m not making any excuses, I just never got around to listening to here even when my best friend told me that I was crazy for not indulging. Of course, I feel like an idiot now. When I was assigned a story covering two of her latest singles, I clicked play without much thought. Then “Make Me Feel” hooked me in maybe the first 4 seconds. The beat is reminiscent of Prince and gets your fingers snapping, shoulders shimmying. That sort of thing always gets me. I’m also a fan of how unabashedly sexual this song is.
You know I love you so please don’t stop it/You got me right here in your jean pocket/laying your body on the shag carpet/you know I love it, so please don’t stop it
I’m all for women proudly displaying their sexuality and giving it a really catchy tune. I’m also a huge fan of “PYNK” and how she furthers being sexual without being vulgar.
After the Grammys, I wanted to learn more about SZA and I’m seriously so happy that I did. She has such a fun style, a diversity to the tracks featured on her debut album CNTRL that makes her a contender for super stardom. It probably helps that she’s also featured on tracks with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna, too!
I love this song because I identify with it in a lot of ways, but I also like how laid back it is. It’s not flashy or ridiculous in its production; its simplicity is what makes her voice and the lyrics shine. I also just really love the name, you know?
“I Do”-Cardi B feat. SZA
Okay, I’m not invested in this song solely because SZA is on the track. I mean, she definitely adds to it, but this song would be great with whoever was in her place!
This is one of the tracks off of Cardi B’s debut album Invasion of Privacy and it’s my personal favorite just above “Drip” with Migos. Not only do we see SZA showing her rap skills, but the beat is fantastic and the lyrics are exactly what we boss ladies need to have emblazoned on jackets.
I think us bad bitches is a gift from God/I think you broke hoes need to get a job/Now I’m a boss, I write my own name on the checks
It’s short, it’s perfect. It’s a fantastic track from both artists.
“Love Lies”-Khalid feat. Normani
This track was written for the Love, Simon soundtrack and let me tell you, if you haven’t seen that movie, get thee to the movies (that was supposed to be a play on “Get thee to Mantua!” from Romeo & Juliet, guys) and see that utterly perfect film. Seriously, it’s incredible.
The song conveys aspects of the film and fits in well in the film’s party scene, but it can also stand alone. I’m not by any means what you would call a fan of Fifth Harmony, but I really love Normani’s vocals on this song. They’re clear, strong and prove she’s grown immensely during her girl group tenure and can break out as a powerful solo act.
Just don’t watch the video. It’s weird and you can totally do without it.
Are you guys listening to any of these songs? What are the songs you can’t stop listening to lately? Let us know what we should be listening to down in the comments or tweet us! @MissMeganMann or @RebeccaClark7