As 2017 comes to a close, so does my summary of the things that made this year awesome. This light and playful post will have songs included of any year, any genre, that converted mundane car rides into a party. So here is my second playlist, with the one being my favorite of all and most played.
Monique Bingham, Black Coffee
This song is pretty dope. If you like to dance, expect to wanna move your hips with quick jerks, that is, unless you know how to dance like Les Twins, who danced on World of Dance to this song like it was made for them. Look that performance up!!! With lyrics such as, “Ohhhh, Negro go find yourself . . .” and, “You can’t get no deeper than the bottom of Africa,” coming effortlessly from a woman who appears as though she could’ve penned the lyrics herself, you won’t be sorry for giving this indie jam a try.
Phil Collins, Easy lover
This 80s 💎 is not only catchy, but a classic. I like the words and the chords. The arrangement makes me give this song a ⭐️.
Camp Lo, Luchini
Awww, not everyone is gonna know about this song, because it definitely wasn’t a mainstream hit, but there’s just something about listening to New Yorkers—who do Hip Hop best—over a good beat that makes this song a memorable winner.
Mos Def, Ms. Fat Body
Good beat, and I really don’t care about the lyrics. But I like the whole song, including all the background vocal jibberish. And like Luchini, it wasn’t mainstream so if you’re not into Hip Hop, you may have missed this one.
Nikki Parrott, They Say It’s Spring
Her voice, beautiful. The usage of about three instruments, refreshing. Not a lot of clutter with competing instruments all dying to be heard. The lyrics are simple and innocent. All elements of this song make it a modern beauty utilizing a vintage angle.
Jennifer Hudson, Dressed Up In Love
Read the name of the crooner one more time. ☝🏽
That’s right! With the set of lungs blessed upon this child, she can sing about a can of soup, and as long as she gives her all, I’ll be right there to listen. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m a Sex and the City fanatic.
Luis Fonsi, Despacito
Alright. Before you bail on me here, just understand that I didn’t know that this song existed until the end of its reign. Yeah, I live under a rock when I don’t work a 9-5, because I’m free of the radio and don’t no what’s up. So in December, you can still find me booping around in the car listening to it. I just need Luis not to try to move his arms and sway his body like a man caught up in the beat. 🤦🏽♀️He looks way more natural dancing with the video model with his hands against her back.
Ariana Grande, Side to Side
If you’re rolling your eyes, stop. Right now she is reigning and I don’t mind. She can sing. She’s funny, and talented. Plus, I like her songs. Come on. This young petite woman spikes anger in some people with her attitude, but as long as she produces those hits, I don’t care. This song was on repeat for me last spring and summer and last December, too. I don’t listen to it as much now because you really have to rest the things you love to keep from hating them permanently, but the bass, lyrics, and Jamaican beat is all right by me.
Partners in Rhyme, Kasam Se
Love 👏🏽love 👏🏽love👏🏽 this song. You won’t know it, but on the off-chance that you do, you da man, or woman. 😁 I love all the subtleties of instruments used in the background with the lady and man singing in their language. It’s a straight up sexy song. There is some English, but I couldn’t care less about it. Gimme the instruments and the timing of the lady’s input and I’m good. Look this one up. This will probably be a love it or hate it song and I’d hate for language to get in the way of one’s opinion.
Ariana Grande, Into You
Yesss, Yes! Let’s 👑 her.
If you click off now, that’s okay—you’ve already made it to my number one spot of ten! When I first heard this song, I decided not to click it off immediately, because I’m an inpatient listener of music. But stick with it until the first run of the chorus and something beautiful happens!!! Of course the vocals are good, but for me, it’s not just the lyrics—mmm hmm—but how Ariana sings it. And have you seen the video? My favorite of the year. It’s cute and genius. Simplistic and full of chemistry. Just—my kind of everything. If you haven’t heard this song before, it ain’t too late. Besides, it’s Ariana. She’s got this.