The Playlist

Haven't you been down this road before while driving down a road? Cheesy, I know. (Big grin) But might I ask: Why does music sound better in the car? It just goes down better with a scenery passing by on either side and cars gliding past. Nothing compares to music blasting in a car--nothing. I swear the seats have something in the cushion, something brewing under your butt like uhhh nostalgia! Yeah. And the rearview mirrors have power like invisible laser beams that zaps into your mind to play memories in your head like sitcoms in syndication. But you love it! And you think that everyone that knows you is stopping what they're doing to feel the emotions with you. I don't know. I always knew I was weird so maybe it's just me. Even the person in the car beside you should feel the pinch in your heart or the excitement NASCARing through your veins. Don't they? What's wrong with those people?

Well, since music brings us all together, how about I share my playlist with you? How about I tell you what I go through?  (This is the author in me.) I hop in my black muscle car and strap on my safety belt. I pick up my iPhone because I haven't bothered to replace my iPod, and I open up YouTube. My boyfriend has finally gotten to the point of not shaking his head at me for relying on videos to pose as a source of a music playlist. At least after months of harassment, just last week I've finally gotten to the point of making a legit playlist instead of typing in a new song per red light. I think he's somewhat proud of me now.

But here we go: 

 

20. Neneh Cherry: Buffalo Stance 

 

 Okay, okay, Simmer down friends. I HATED this song as a child but I heard it in the latest commercial for Express and was like, "What?! Forgot that song existed!!!" Now I get silly in the car with that song. 

Okay, okay, Simmer down friends. I HATED this song as a child but I heard it in the latest commercial for Express and was like, "What?! Forgot that song existed!!!" Now I get silly in the car with that song. 

19: Mya: Fallen  

 

 This is one song that people probably slept on compared to her other songs. This song doesn't blossom till the end when the strings come in and the ending is beautiful and topped off with congos. As an ex-percussionist, I'm a sucker for any drumline instrument. I'm a recent fan of this song, too. 

This is one song that people probably slept on compared to her other songs. This song doesn't blossom till the end when the strings come in and the ending is beautiful and topped off with congos. As an ex-percussionist, I'm a sucker for any drumline instrument. I'm a recent fan of this song, too. 

18: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam: Can You Feel the Beat

 

 Eighties oldie by goodie. Grew up with them. Love their collection. Need I say more? But I play the extended version, because uhhhh, I FEEL the beat.  

Eighties oldie by goodie. Grew up with them. Love their collection. Need I say more? But I play the extended version, because uhhhh, I FEEL the beat.  

17: Joyce Sims: All in All

 

 What is this song? you ask with attitude and cocked brows. Relax. My boyfriend deejayed this at a New Years Party and one woman from NYC went wild. I didn't get it until he played it in the car and you know the rest . . . Give it a try but blast it. Very energetic and it fits the club scene in my book.  

What is this song? you ask with attitude and cocked brows. Relax. My boyfriend deejayed this at a New Years Party and one woman from NYC went wild. I didn't get it until he played it in the car and you know the rest . . . Give it a try but blast it. Very energetic and it fits the club scene in my book.  

16: Jennifer Hudson: Dressed Up in Love

 

 I'm a HUGE Sex and the City fan and her pipes send chills down my spine. Need I say more?

I'm a HUGE Sex and the City fan and her pipes send chills down my spine. Need I say more?

15: Tear for Fears: Everybody Wants to Rule the World  

 

 This song used to make me wanna cry as a child. Yup. I was a sentimental thing and I still am today. But now, this song just gives me good vibes--with a hint of sadness.  

This song used to make me wanna cry as a child. Yup. I was a sentimental thing and I still am today. But now, this song just gives me good vibes--with a hint of sadness.  

14: New Edition: If it Isn't Love

 

 Aaaaand what little black girl from the 80's didn't like them? And who doesn't love the idea of their movie airing this month on BET if they were a fan back then? I'll wait . . .       

Aaaaand what little black girl from the 80's didn't like them? And who doesn't love the idea of their movie airing this month on BET if they were a fan back then? I'll wait . . . 

 

 

13: Missy Elliott: Beep Me 911

 

 Give it up to the lady of innovation, Missy Freaking Elliott. Back then, 702 was the shizzz. Steelo? But combine these two awesomes together and you get a hit of mental ciggaweed that takes you baaaaack. Don't worry, I don't smoke. 

Give it up to the lady of innovation, Missy Freaking Elliott. Back then, 702 was the shizzz. Steelo? But combine these two awesomes together and you get a hit of mental ciggaweed that takes you baaaaack. Don't worry, I don't smoke. 

12: UGK ft. Outkast: I Choose You

 

 I love how the song takes a while to crank up because Andre 3000 is tappin (talking and rapping) in the beginning, but when the song cranks, it  cranks  and the song makes you hammer the air with a Snook Dog gangsta lip. All of a sudden, the cars beside you wanna know what's happening. 

I love how the song takes a while to crank up because Andre 3000 is tappin (talking and rapping) in the beginning, but when the song cranks, it cranks and the song makes you hammer the air with a Snook Dog gangsta lip. All of a sudden, the cars beside you wanna know what's happening. 

11: Gwen Stefani: Cool

 

 Hated this song and ignored it when it first came out. Now I like her whiny bridge and chorus. Sounds a little 80-ish so you can't go wrong there. C-cool.  

Hated this song and ignored it when it first came out. Now I like her whiny bridge and chorus. Sounds a little 80-ish so you can't go wrong there. C-cool.  

10: Ohio Players: Fire

 

 Now hold on. Give me a chance. First of all, this song has a good pace and thanks to Hell's Kitchen, I finally got curious enough to just look it up. Sometimes, it's okay to just get down to some good ole funk with some congos and a guitar! Yeah, I'm down. 

Now hold on. Give me a chance. First of all, this song has a good pace and thanks to Hell's Kitchen, I finally got curious enough to just look it up. Sometimes, it's okay to just get down to some good ole funk with some congos and a guitar! Yeah, I'm down. 

9: Def Leppard: Love Bites

 This song is beautiful. The end. 

This song is beautiful. The end. 

8:  Partners in Rhyme: Kasam Se

 

 I'm sure no one has heard of this song. That's okay. But it is absolutely beautiful. Just beautiful. It also comes with a hot beat and some lady singing in a language I cannot understand. Some of the best songs, we cannot understand. But I don't mind foreign languages singing in my ear at all. I embrace it! And this song is no exception but it brings it in all different directions. YouTube it. You won't be sorry.  

I'm sure no one has heard of this song. That's okay. But it is absolutely beautiful. Just beautiful. It also comes with a hot beat and some lady singing in a language I cannot understand. Some of the best songs, we cannot understand. But I don't mind foreign languages singing in my ear at all. I embrace it! And this song is no exception but it brings it in all different directions. YouTube it. You won't be sorry.  

7: Kascade: Move for Me

 

 Did you know I love dance/house/techno music? Well you do now. And this song has such a slight 80's hint that you could almost miss it. But I enjoy this song most at night when I drive into the city. 

Did you know I love dance/house/techno music? Well you do now. And this song has such a slight 80's hint that you could almost miss it. But I enjoy this song most at night when I drive into the city. 

6: The Who: Eminence Front

 

 If you have a TV you've heard of this song. Thanks, GM! They were smart to pair this hot and sexy song with their product. This song is a hidden gem.  

If you have a TV you've heard of this song. Thanks, GM! They were smart to pair this hot and sexy song with their product. This song is a hidden gem.  

5: Justin Bierber and Skrillex: Where Are U Now

 

 Okay. First of all, if anyone would've told me years ago that I would've included this boy in my playlist I would've punched them. But let's give this man props. This album has been unforgettable and when you hear this song, you stop what you're doing and you slide your neck and shoulders. Genius. 

Okay. First of all, if anyone would've told me years ago that I would've included this boy in my playlist I would've punched them. But let's give this man props. This album has been unforgettable and when you hear this song, you stop what you're doing and you slide your neck and shoulders. Genius. 

4: Tito Rojas

 

 What's a list without salsa? Ohhhh this song. Ohhhh this song. Blast it, listen to the string bass. Appreciate. Good. Music. I'm a big old school salsa fan. It also keeps me on my toes with my Spanish.  

What's a list without salsa? Ohhhh this song. Ohhhh this song. Blast it, listen to the string bass. Appreciate. Good. Music. I'm a big old school salsa fan. It also keeps me on my toes with my Spanish.  

3: Ariana Grande: Side to Side

 

 I know songs lose their heat as you get used to them, especially when they're very recent. But, let's ignore that for a moment. I like her voice, and when you pair it with the reggae sound, you get something magical here. I just can't imagine what that video shot must smell like when you mix genitals and steam. 😂😂😂 

I know songs lose their heat as you get used to them, especially when they're very recent. But, let's ignore that for a moment. I like her voice, and when you pair it with the reggae sound, you get something magical here. I just can't imagine what that video shot must smell like when you mix genitals and steam. 😂😂😂 

2: Metallica: One

 

 It almost made number one. Almost. I HATED his song as a child. My late brother loved this song. I didn't get it. I couldn't appreciate the talent that it took to make something so good like this, until one day I was playing pool with a group of guys, my homies, and this song came on. As an adult, I wanted to reconnect with it, so I downloaded it and fell in love with it. Too bad I can't tell my brother that he was on to something with this song, but I told my other brother. Can you ignore the fact that they made drums and a guitar sound like a machine gun? No. Can you do that? No. And hey, I'm an author and this song idea played off a book about war. Nuff said. 

It almost made number one. Almost. I HATED his song as a child. My late brother loved this song. I didn't get it. I couldn't appreciate the talent that it took to make something so good like this, until one day I was playing pool with a group of guys, my homies, and this song came on. As an adult, I wanted to reconnect with it, so I downloaded it and fell in love with it. Too bad I can't tell my brother that he was on to something with this song, but I told my other brother. Can you ignore the fact that they made drums and a guitar sound like a machine gun? No. Can you do that? No. And hey, I'm an author and this song idea played off a book about war. Nuff said. 

1: Nicki Parrot: They Say It's Spring

 

 Well my little darlings. You probably won't get this. But this song is so simple yet beautiful and by the end, my heart is mushed. It's quiet but well heard, simple yet intricate and just wholesome. I like her voice and we don't hear stuff like this no more. I absolutely love the instruments and the NYC feeling you get. And if anything can remind me of NYC, then you've got my heart.  

Well my little darlings. You probably won't get this. But this song is so simple yet beautiful and by the end, my heart is mushed. It's quiet but well heard, simple yet intricate and just wholesome. I like her voice and we don't hear stuff like this no more. I absolutely love the instruments and the NYC feeling you get. And if anything can remind me of NYC, then you've got my heart.  

Well. That's me. All over the place and sentimental. Look them up and tell me what you think. Please feel free to blast me or agree or post your own. I always appreciate the feedback I receive about my blogs.