Once again, I've got an eclectic playlist goin' here. Lately I've been into novelty songs, Britpop, and one-hit wonders from 1970s AM radio. Oh yeah, and I've thrown in some teen pop for good measure:
1. "Here We Go Again," Demi Lovato
Now kittens, I know what you're thinking. Yes, I have ranted about teen pop from this decade. But this is a good song, and I am not ashamed to admit it. Y'all know I have rawther diverse tastes.
2. "No Surprise," Daughtry
One of the few songs on the radio lately that I haven't got sick of hearing.
3. "Be OK," Ingrid Michaelson
Thanks to Yaya for introducing me to this one.
4. "Playground in My Mind," Clint Holmes
Told ya there'd be 1970s AM radio one-hit wonders.
5. "Moonlight Feels Right," Starbuck
6. "Beach Baby," First Class
OK, so I went a little crazy in the iTunes store one day!
7. "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)," Joey Levine, Norman Dolph, and Reunion
I also told you there'd be novelty songs on this one.
8. "I Don't Like Mondays," the Boomtown Rats
I should come up with a Monday playlist that has this and "Manic Monday" on it.
9. "Domino," Van Morrison
I heard this song driving down to BFF's the last time I was at his house, and it got stuck in my head.
10. "I Saw the Light," Todd Rundgren
I heard this song in a Borders one afternoon. It was one of those songs where I went, "Who sings it? What's it called?" I was in the iTunes store for about an hour, listening to samples, before I finally solved the mystery.
11. "Listen to What the Man Said," Paul McCartney and Wings
You can never go wrong with the cute Beatle. Ever. Too bad the Beatles aren't on iTunes.
12. "Jump," Kris Kross
True story: I was reading an article about a pep rally in my high school's alumni magazine when I remembered that the freshman class used this song as their class theme at one particular celebration. I had to listen to it. Then I downloaded it.
13. "La La Land," Demi Lovato
Not all teen pop from this decade is bad. This is a good song. John Mayer even likes it.
That having been said, shoot me if I EVER include a Jonas Brothers song on the playlist. I will let you all take turns holding the gun.
14. "It Never Rains in Southern California," Albert Hammond
Another song I heard on the last drive to BFF's. This one, however, stayed in my head longer than Sir Paul's. Je ne sais pas pourquoi.
15. "Mercedes Benz," Janis Joplin
I recently heard a rendition of this song at a local pops concert.
16. "Brand New Key," Melanie
Once more, with feeling, on the novelty songs.
17. "Leaving on a Jet Plane," Peter, Paul, and Mary
This got stuck in my head when a friend of mine wrote the first line of this song on her Facebook status, shortly before departing for Italy.
18. "If I Had a Hammer," Peter, Paul, and Mary
I heard this song on the radio as a kid and used to sing it around the house. Mama Cat kept correcting the lyrics for me.
19. "Laughing With," Regina Spektor
Love, love, LOVE Regina Spektor. She sang this song on Conan last week and I had to download it--along with several other tunes from her new CD.
20. "The Clapping Song," Shirley Ellis
This played during a Zumba class I took earlier in the week. Would not leave my head. (Anyone sense a theme here?)
21. "The Clapping Song," The Belle Stars
A 1980s remake of the above song. Couldn't decide which one to put on the playlist, so I included them both.
22. "Iko Iko," The Belle Stars
This was the version that was in Rain Man. It played ad nauseum on the radio when the movie came out.
23. "Another Latin Love Song," The Belle Stars
Never heard of this group aside from the two previous songs on the playlist, but they had some catchy tunes. They were an 80s Britpop group that never quite caught on stateside.
24. "Sign of the Times," The Belle Stars
This is what happens when I take a listen to other songs that obscure artists have recorded. I download as many as I can afford.
25. "Venus," Bananarama
I fondly remember this from my childhood.
26. "Cruel Summer," Bananarama
27. "Goodnight Sweetheart," The Alley Cats
A spectacular a capella version of the song that Sha Na Na sang at the end of their show. I saw that Bowzer was coming to Connecticut, and that reminded me of this song. I actually saw Bowzer on a cruise ship a couple of years back. He's getting too old for the greaser routine.