We’re back at it friends! Here’s another week of awesome tunes for your earholes! Enjoy!
“Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams
Easily Bryan Adams’ most well-known song to the average listener, Summer of ’69 is an older one for the young generation but remains a flawless beauty. From his fourth album, Reckless (1984, Summer of ’69 routinely lands on all-time singles lists and continues to roll through summer concert cover tours. Many do not know that the song was written as a reference to steamy summertime sex, in particular the bold 69 position. – Andrew
“No Escapin This” – The Beatnuts
Need to get motivated on a Monday? Throw this one on. – Kiley
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J (Feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
Poor Jessie J is the least popular person on her own track (when typing up “Bang Bang” into Youtube, the first suggested result is “Bang Bang Ariana Grande lyrics”) but she’s the main reason this song works. The woman has a snarly soulful voice that compliments track and Jessie J may be the only person who was clued into the fact that “Bang Bang” should sound like a bustling church revival. For all of Grande’s talents, she sounds still sounds like a cub trying to impersonate Jessie J’s roar. Luckily, the rest of the track more than makes up for the misappropriation of Grande as the chorus is an absolute killer and Minaj’s rap, as perfunctory as it may be, gives some needed variety between Jessie J’s hollering. The real star though? That interaction between the snare and clap machine is on point. – Ryan
“Someday” – The Strokes
In preparation for FYF this weekend, I’ve been listening to a lot of the artists performing at the festival. One group I’ve been listening to non stop has been The Strokes, one of my all-time favorite bands. I’m so excited to see them on Sunday night especially because they haven’t been touring recently and this is one of their few stops. With so many songs in their catalog, “Someday” is, in my opinion, The Strokes best song they’ve ever written. The upbeat, jangly guitar track is a crowd favorite at shows and one I can’t wait for them to perform. “Someday” comes off of Is This It, the group’s first album and one of the most influential albums of the 2000’s alternative rock scene, and also one of my favorite albums. Did I mention these guys are one of my all-time favorite bands? – James
“Runaway – Self
Heard this song on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” a week or so ago and fell in love with it almost instantly. It’s got a really fun sound and, hey, the video is pretty awesome too.