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Southern California doesn't breed them. If you just want the best turn to yourself for the rest And forget about the ones who have it all. Be careful of the ones who have it all. Los Angeles is Burning. This is another song about California wildfires, from the band's album The Empire Strikes First.
The flames are stunning The cameras running So take warning When the hills of Los Angeles are burnin Palm trees are candles in the murder wind So many lives are on the breeze Even the stars are ill at ease And Los Angeles is burning". Bahari is a trio of female pop singer-songwriters and muscians that formed in Manhattan Beach in One member grew up in Kenya speaking Swahili and "Bahari" means "ocean" in Swahili.
One thing I don't understand about this song is the line "Drive down to heaven on the This is beginning to sound like that Saturday Night Live Californians sketch where all they do is give driving directions around L. A kiss from the sun, let it burn your skin I'll meet you tonight but don't ask where I've been The liquor store on 7th, they don't check IDs Yeah a pretty girl can always get whatever she needs I can be your California I can be your getaway I love ya, but I have to warn ya You can visit but you cannot stay Well I could be your California baby And we could be a flawed paradise Nothing perfect lasts forever But baby wouldn't that be nice?
California-fornia love California-fornia love Love I can be your, I can be your I can be your California I can be your getaway I love ya, but I have to warn ya You can visit but you cannot stay Well I could be your California baby And we could be a flawed paradise Nothing perfect lasts forever But baby wouldn't that be nice". Grant Avenue. The movie features the star Nancy Kwan lip syncing, but the real singer is B.
Kwan and Baker's " I Enjoy Being a Girl " number is another highlight of the movie musical which was groundbreaking in that it featured entertainers of Asian heritage instead of non-Asian actors in "yellow-face" makeup, which was common in those days. I wish someone would have told Rogers and Hammerstein, who wrote the song for the original musical, that they're called "Cable Cars" not "trolleys" in San Francisco. You can shop for precious jade or teakwood tables or silk brocade Or see a bold and brassy night club show, On the most exciting thoroughfare I know.
Looks down from Chinatown Over a foggy bay. You travel there in a trolley, In a trolley up you climb, Dong! You're in Hong Kong, Having yourself a time. You can eat, if you are in the mood, Shark-fin soup, bean cake fish.
The girl who serves you all your food Is another tasty dish! California U. Warren Barker Orchestra. This is a version of the original theme song to the private detective TV series based on a non-existant address on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles that ran from This version comes from the show's soundtrack album that was released in The much better original theme, with a faster tempo and finger snaps that sound like a whip cracking, was written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston, but I don't know who performed it.
Listen to the original theme here. Kim's Caravan. Courtney Barnett, from Melbourne, Australia, is an outstanding singer-songwriter and a great guitar player, too. After a couple of great EPs she released her first full album in March "Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit" on which you'll find this song which describes the devastation of Australia's environment, not California's, and mentions the Sunset Strip in Los Angeleeze only to clarify that she's not singing about it, she's singing about the Sunset Strip on Phillip Island, which is south of Melbourne, Australia, but it's a good excuse for me to put her on my list.
Shaker Star. Pretty on the West Coast. The West Coast refers to more than California, but, no offense to Oregon or Washington, this song is obviously not about either of those states with lines such as " California Calling. One of many of the Beach Boys' California songs, this one is from during their later incarnations. A Could come with us to Californ-i-a We could take 'em to a place out west Where the good sun shines everyday Now there's a touch o' Californ-i-a In everyone who's ever been this way And when your telephone begins to ring And the operator comes on the line California callin' I'll be there right away There's some beautiful women Gonna find me one To show me how to ride the ultimate wave Now I've joined the surfin' nation and so I'll take a permanent vacation and go To the golden shores of ' Frisco Bay I'll ride 'em all the way to Malibu And I'll take ya' boogie boardin' with me 'Cause when we're surfin' it's so great to be free And when you're on a California beach You might even find 'em windsurfin' too California Dreaming.
This version of the Mamas and the Papas classic is one of my favorites. California Girls. The classic surf pop song that probably started the regional wars over whose girls look the best - another unnecessary war that can't ever be won The Beach Boys were sent to the Netherlands in to try to snap Brian Wilson out of his depression.
An eagle's nest on the head of an old redwood on one of the precipice-footed ridges Above Ventana Creek, that jagged country which nothing but a fallen meteor will ever plow: no horseman Will ever ride there, no hunter cross this ridge but the winged ones, no one will steal the eggs from this fortress. The she-eagle is old, her mate was shot long ago, she is now mated With a son of hers. When lightning blasted her nest she built it again on the same tree, in the splinters of the thunder bolt.
In a broken shack an old man takes his time about dyin' And just at the back a wild flowerbed that he'll lie in In dawn's new light a man might venture A horse drawn stage from Monterey. The she-eagle is older than I: she was here when the fires of eighty-five raged on these ridges, She was lately fledged and dared not hunt ahead of them, but ate scorched meat. The world has changed in her time; humanity has multiplied, But not here; men's hopes and thoughts and customs have changed, their powers are enlarged, their powers and their follies have become fantastic Big Sur I've got plans for you Me and mine are going to Add ourselves to your lengthy list of lovers Big Sur mount And live in canyons covered in springtime green Wild birds and flowers to be heard and seen And with my old guitar I'll make up songs to sing.
Where bubbling springs from the mountainside Join the Big Sur river to the oceanside Where the kids can look for sea shells at low tide Big Sur my astrology it says that I am made to be Where the rugged mountain meets the water Have you ever been down Salinas way? And have you ever walked down through the sycamores Where the farmhouse used to be There the monarch's autumn journey ends On a windswept cyprus tree.
Had to Phone Ya. This song is from the "15 Big Ones" album released in Brian Wilson said that it's about letting his friends know that they were free to call him for help when their world was upside down. That meant a lot more in when everybody didn't carry an instant communicator in their pocket. I hope you're home ". The Beat Farmers were a cowpunk band formed in San Diego in This is from their release "Van Go.
Blue Jay Way. The Beatles were a rock band formed in Liverpool, England in The band broke up in but it is still the best-selling music act of all time, and is often regarded as the most influential band of all time. George Harrison wrote the song. Now they've lost themselves instead Please don't be long Please don't you be very long Please don't be long for I may be asleep Well, it only goes to show And I told them where to go Ask a policeman on the street There's so many there to meet Please don't be long Please don't you be very long Please don't be long for I may be asleep Now it's past my bed I know And I'd really like to go Soon will be the break of day Sitting here in Blue Jay Way Please don't be long Please don't you be very long Please don't be long for I may be asleep Please don't be long Please don't you be very long Please don't be long Please don't be long Please don't you be very long Please don't be long Please don't be long Please don't you be very long Please don't be long Don't be long, don't be long, don't be long Don't be long, don't be long, don't be long".
Get Back. This is a single that reached 1 on the Billboard charts. There is another version on the band's last album "Let it Be" released in Useless trivia: It's the 12th and final song on the 12th and final Beatles studio album. I don't think the California grass Jojo seeks is the kind in the yard you have to mow. Bless You California.
His breakthrough hit "Loser" in put him on the map. This song is from his album "Midnight Vultures. Besides the shout out to Glendale, there's a hidden L. Hollywood Freaks. This is another song from Beck's album "Midnight Vultures" released in We drop lobotomy beats Evaporated meats On the hi-tech streets We go solo Dance floors and talk shows Hot dogs, No Doz Hot sex in back rows I wanna know what makes you scream Be your twenty million dollar fantasy Treat you real good Expensive jeans Hollywood freaks on the Hollywood scene Touch it real good if you want a piece Party people know I'm that type of freak People look so snooty Take pills, make them moody Automatic bazooty Zero to tutti frutti Sex in the halls Niagara Falls Local shopping malls receive anonymous calls Hot like a cheetah Neon mamacita Eat at Taqueria Pop lockin' beats from Korea Looking like jail bait Selling lots of real estate Looking like a hot date Banging like an Do you want to feel this?
Do you want to feel this? Norman Schwartzkopf! Something tells me you want to go home! Champagne, bibles, custom clothes you own Calling up from special area codes Hollywood notes with the Hollywood phones I got nothing to do, nowhere to go I'll tell you what you want If you want to know Jocking my Mercedes! Probably have my baby! Shop at Old Navy! He wish he was a lady! Do you wanna feel this? Yeah, you fill in the blanks Sha-na-na-na-na-na, yeah!
Tutti frutti! Automatic bazooti! Yeah, I'm mixin' business with leather! The Bee Gees were a pop group from England and Australia that formed in and became one of the best-selling artists of all time and rock 'n' roll hall of fame members. Unlike a lot of pop groups, they wrote their own songs. This one was a huge hit from The singer has returned to his home from San Francisco only to find that everybody else had left to become a San Francisco hippie, too.
Belle and Sebastian. Piazza, New York Catcher. This song is from their sixth studio album "Dear Catastrophe Waitress" released in and was on the Juno soundtrack. Mike Piazza is a Hall-of-Fame catcher who played for the Mets when this song was released. Persistent rumors that he was gay forced him to deny it in I have no idea what the song means and neither does Genius. Wickipedia says the singer wrote it for his wife when they were still courting.
How many nights of limping round on pagan holidays? Oh elope with me in private and we'll set something ablaze A trail for the devil to erase San Francisco's calling us, the Giants and Mets will play Piazza, New York catcher, are you straight or are you gay? We hung about the stadium, we've got no place to stay We hung about the tenderloin and tenderly you tell About the saddest book you ever read It always makes you cry The statue's crying too and well he may I love you I've a drowning grip on your adoring face I love you my responsibility has found a place Beside you and strong warnings in the guise of gentle words Come wave upon me from the family wider net absurd "You'll take care of her, I know it, you will do a better job" Maybe, but not what she deserves Elope with me Miss Private and we'll drink ourselves awake We'll taste the coffee houses and award certificates A privy seal to keep the feel of style We'll comment on the decor and we'll help the passer by And at dusk when work is over we'll continue the debate In a borrowed bedroom virginal and spare The catcher hits for.
This is an official anthem of the city of San Francisco and it's in the Library of Congress. It's also Tony Bennett's signature song. It was written in by a couple of songwriters in Brooklyn, but it wasn't a hit until Bennett recorded it in Plenty of other singers have sung it, including these: Julie London sang it sad and sexy in Stevie Wonder recorded it in but it was not released by Motown until later. Bobby Womack made it upbeat and funky in Promised Land.
In this classic rock 'n' roll version of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, the singer finally gets to L. Get Your Kicks On Route A version ofthe Nat King Cole original discussed below. The Only Place. Here's a California Band with some west coast attitude right in their name. And this upbeat pop song continues the geographical jingoism.
The title alone tells you what it's about. Bethany Cosentino is a California Girl couldn't resist who plays guitar and sings vocals for Best Coast, a band from LA that sounds like a mix of 60's girl group sounds with surf pop.
This one is from their album The Only Place, and I assume from the title, that there's more than one song about the Golden State on it. Why would you live anywhere else? We've got the ocean, got the babes Got the sun, we've got the waves This is the only place for me So leave your cold behind We're gonna make it to the beach on time California Nights. From "I stay high all the time Just to get by I climb into the sky And my eyes, they cry California nights Make me feel so happy I could die But I try to stay alive I never wanna get so high That I can't come back down to real life And look you in the eyes and say "Baby, you are mine" Fading back and forth I fly through my mind I take the way I've known But have I really grown?
California nights Make me feel so happy I could die But I try to stay alive I never wanna get so high But I can't come back down to real life And look you in the eyes and say "Baby, you are mine" I never wanna get so high That I can't come back down to real life And look you in the eyes and say "Baby you, oh baby you are mine".
Better Than Ezra is an alternative rock band based in New Orleans that formed in This song is from their platinum-selling album "Deluxe. Taking that route, there is no way he would ever get close to the Grand Canyon or Death Valley, and Phoenix is a couple of hours south.
If he did go to Phoenix, then he would take the 10 west, not the 40 through Barstow. I suppose it's possible he took a very long detour up to the canyon and then to the valley then down to Barstow. So enjoy the song, but don't base your travel itinerary on it if you're looking to get to the west coast in a hurry. Coming down, the Phoenix sun on your face Turns it to red by the afternoon And to the right, the Grand Canyon is wide Sing along, the needle skips in the wind Count the stars of Death Valley And in the dark, Barstow starts to fade Coyote!
Jello Biafra with the Melvins. Kali-fornia Uber Alles, 21st Century. Collaborating with the Melvins on their album "Sieg Howdy! Schwarzenneger was not elected in typical democratic fashion, he was appointed governor after rich opponents of the sitting Governor staged a recall election, that many people considered a coup bought the governorship.
What Biafra did not know in is that a few years later Bush's policies would drag the nation into the worst economic disaster since the great depression of the s, or that Schwarzenneger, whose supporters ignored and discounted many accusations that he had sexually harassed women which is alluded to in the song ended his political carreer in in disgrace because of a sex scandal. Not if Fox News has their way Can I grope your titties today?
Every once in a while Shazam comes in real handy, as it did at a truck stop on the 5 in the valley when I aimed my phone at the ceiling speakers playing this song. It's a nice slightly more rock-based cover of Tim McGraw's song from which is also on this list. It's from the country duo's album "Did It for the Party. Los Angeles. The Bird and the Bee is a indie pop duo from Los Angeles.
This breezy technopop song is from their album "Recreational Love" released in I get the impression that they like living in Los Angeles. California Bound. Frank Black is a singer-songwriter who grew up in LA and Massachussets, where he formed the essential alternative band Pixies in the mid 80s using the stage name Black Francis. Maybe some day he'll make up his mind.
This is an alternative rock song from the album Black Letter Days. This is from Frank Black's Teenager of the Year album There's a video of him singing the song solo with an acoustic guitar and explaining the song here. It's not really one street anymore, except in the mind, but it's mostly highway Anne, refers to the Santa Anna winds, etc.
Anne is still making it breezy In the valley of tar that once was L. Ole Mulholland. Frank Black and The Catholics. Francis Dam Disaster. This is a story song from Dog in the Sand about floodwaters flowing to the sea after the dam, built in San Fransisquito Canyon in , failed in , killing an estimated people.
Francis dam disaster, man Thought she was all right Until around midnight Because that water seeks her own She had a desire to flow She was looking for somewhere to go She was a slave to the great metropolis She was feeling choked She pushed the wall till it broke When they heard the great apocalypse At powerhouse number 2 Well, there was nothing they could do Because that water seeks her own Five and one half hours she would flow She had 53 miles to go A cascade down to Santa Clara way Near 60 feet high Now she's a mile wide It was clear she was going far away And whole towns were, too A few got lucky in Piru Because that water seeks her own But four more hours she would flow She had 29 miles more to go She carried in her every kind of thing House, tree, and telegraph pole Some say a thousand souls At 3 A.
Rattle Your Bones. Rattle Your Bones is the A Side of a 7" vinyl single released in Tell me what you hear, I like your point of view. Tell me everything. And no I can't deny, no I can't close my eyes, I can't fall asleep, 'cause I'll only wake up here In the wrong place, at the wrong time. The wrong place, at the wrong time. We look like trouble I guess, and people turn their heads, we are the dead end kids. Here come the worker bees, rattle your bones like tambourines. Don't fall asleep, 'cause you'll only wake up here I'm going to San Francisco , and I don't think I'm ever coming back.
This song is from his third album "California" released in Maybe go to California , where it's warm Get some work I can see you and I breaking waves In the sunshine Don't start slipping away Don't start slipping away No sad refrains They belong to yesterday Don't start slipping away Don't start slipping away California , California ". The Hunchback of San Francisco. This is from Blake's first album "Perry Blake" released in Blink is an American pop punk band from Poway formed in I guess.
You Can't Go Home Again. I forget - Thomas Wolfe was writing about San Diego, right? Shadow of California. Blue Oyster Cult is a hard rock band formed in New York in This song is from their album "Revolution By Night. From the past Night makes right The symbol remains Into the darkness Must pour the brains In the shadow of California Revolution by night grant me this future Kings of the shadow on the highways of night From San Bernadino these angels are racing This night to your city The host of angels Ride Captain Ride.
The Blues Image was a rock band from Florida who moved to L. This song was their biggest hit, from their second album "Open" released in As a storm was blowin' Out on the peaceful sea, Seventy-three men sailed off to history. Ride, captain ride Upon your mystery ship, Be amazed at the friends You have here on your trip. Ride captain ride Upon your mystery ship, On your way to a world That others might have missed.
Ride, captain ride Upon your mystery ship, On your way to a world That others might have missed. Body Count. Body Count is a band that mixes heavy metal, punk, and rap, formed in L. This song is from their self-titled album released in when the violence and crime and police brutality in L.
The album was released only a month before the Rodney King Riots exploded across L. The album also contained the song "Cop Killer" that - spoiler alert - pissed off a lot of cops. But that was - since the year until now Ice-T has played a cop on TV. Goddamn what a brotha gotta do to get a message through to the red, white and blue?
What I gotta die before you realize I was a brotha with open eyes? The world's insane while you drink champagne and I'm livin' in black rain. You try to ban the A. Tell us what to do You know what you'd do if a kid got killed on the way to school or a cop shot your kid in the backyard. I hear it every night, another gunfight, the tension mounts, on with the Body Count.
Ha ha. Last weekend thirty-seven kids killed in gang warfare, in my backyard. Yo, Ernie C. I hear it every night, another gunfight, the tension mounts, on with the Body Count When listening to this dance rap single from , I kept hearing the words "Los Angeles" so I just had to find the German lyrics and get a translation. I like using Google Translate to translate lyrics, because it can make the lyrics sound like gibberish and I never know if that's because the original lyrics were gibberish.
I'm at least sure that this song is about driving. Driving a horsepower black Maserati through L. Gamers have made lists and maps comparing the game places to the real places in L. So maybe he's driving in the game. Or do you need a gram of coke? When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano. Cracked Actor. From Bowie's album "Alladin Sane" this is about an aging movie actor in Hollywood.
Do You Wanna Hold Me? He took several musicians from Adam and the Ants and added year-old Annabella Lwin as the lead vocalist. Ba da ba ba da ba Whoa-oh-oh Ba da ba ba da ba And I cry all night Do you wanna hold me, hold me tight? Do you wanna hold me? Oh yeah Do you wanna hold me, hold me there? Children, you got to hear me Whoa-oh-oh You just got to understand me Whoa-oh-oh Love and death ain't no physical thing Whoa-oh-oh 'Cause Mickey Mouse, he don't wanna know!
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise. This is a good blues song from an American band formed in in Detroit featuring vocalist Robert Bradley. It's from the band's eponymous recording released in I remember seeing the Dodgers play some ball Well I'll never forget the sound of all the Greyhound bound, takin me home, to see my momma And I never y'all, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain a comin down, Lord And I never no, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain comin down Well I'll never forget the time That I toasted California wine I remember strolling along Wilshire Boulevard But I never forget the lights, the lights of Hollywood and I remember a ridin down the Harbor Freeway And I never y'all, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain a comin down, Lord And I never no, seen the stars shine in California but I remember seeing the rain comin down Well I never forget the warmth of that San Diego sun And I remember going across the Golden Gate Bridge But I never forget the day that I motored into the big L.
I remember seeing the Dodgers play the ball, y'all And I never y'all, a little star shine in California but I remember, seeing the rain a coming down, Lord Turn on the light and let it shine on me Turn on the light and let it shine on me The Big L. The Big L. The Hollywood lights Its gonna make them ride Well I never seen the stars shine in California But I remember, seeing the rain comin down".
Drinking in L. This is a song from the album "Glee" by a Canadian collective that mixes alternative rock and hip hop and other styles. I woke up again this morning with the sun in my eyes When Mike came over with a script surprise A mafioso story with a twist A "To Wong Foo, Julie Newmar" hitch Get your ass out of bed, he said: I'll explain it on the way But we did nothing Absolutely nothing that day And I'll say What the hell am I doing drinking in L.
At twenty six? I got the fever for the flavor The payback will be later Still I need a fix And the girls on the bus kept on laughing at us As we rode on the ten down to Venice again Flaring out the g-funk Sipping on juice and gin Just me and a friend Feeling kinda groovy Working on movie Yeah right!
With my mind on my money and my money on my, beer beer! I know that life is for the taking So I'd better wise up And take it quickly Yeah one more time at Trader Vics Some men there wanted to hurt us And other men Said we weren't worth the fuss We could see them all bitching by the bar About the fine line Between the rich and the poor Then mike turned to me and said What do you think we got done son? I got the fever for the nectar The payback will be later Still I need a fix We need to fix you up Call me monday And maybe we'll fix it all up L.
This song is from her album "Punisher" released in and it's one of my favorites, with a beautiful distortion added to the instruments. There's only one brief mention of the Huntington Gardens, a huge botanical gardens and museum in San Marino, but the song also describes gluing roses on a truck for the Rose Parade in nearby Pasadena. If We Make it Through December. This song, released in as a promotional single, is a cover of the Merle Haggard original which was released in You can see the lyrics under Merle Haggard's version.
Smoke Signals. This song is from her album "Stranger in the Alps. When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan. In this upbeat early 40's jazz classic, Harlem crooners, Louis Armstrong, and more will all be heading west when Hollywood goes black and tan. It's a celebration of African American entertainers in the movies, back when there were not many of them.
Oh, yeah, man! When Hollywood goes black and tan! Louis Armstrong with his trumpet Will be heading westward with his band, Yeah, man! Trouble on Central. This is a great upbeat song that's sung instead of rapped, with a laid-back G-funk rhythm but none of the gangsta attitude.
Central Avenue is a long avenue that passes through west Compton. I wish I was in control Really wish I wasn't stuck on Central I still got so far to go, yeah Won't be stuck here, not for long Just hold on, hold on Work late nights and early mornings I'm on it, I'm on it Trouble on Central with the homies Oh no, oh no Pretty soon we gon' take control Just wait on it, wait on it".
Buffalo Springfield. Buffalo Springfield was a rock band active from to that featured several musicians who went on to greater fame with other bands or as solo acts - Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Richie Furay. The band's most commercially successful song, this is often considered a protest song about the war in Viet Nam, but it was not written as an anti-war song.
It was written by Steven Stills who was inspired by the Sunset Strip curfew riots in November of Basically it was about young people rioting because they couldn't get into clubs late at night. The song was released shortly afterwards in late December The song never once mentions the Sunset Strip or L.
The lack of a specific subject has let it serve as a universal protest song and anti-war anthem for any time and place. A California song doesn't always need to mention California. For what it's worth, even if what it is ain't exactly clear, because of its well-know association with the Sunset Strip riots when it was released, this is a song about California. Everybody look - what's going down? There's battle lines being drawn Nobody's right if everybody's wrong Young people speaking' their minds Getting so much resistance from behind It's time we stop Hey, what's that sound?
What a field day for the heat A thousand people in the street Singing songs and carrying signs Mostly saying, "hooray for our side" It's time we stop Hey, what's that sound? Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you're always afraid Step out of line, the men come and take you away We better stop Hey, what's that sound?
This easy listening ballad is basically a postcard to his wife from a musician tired of touring and the L. I'll raise a glass to that. And honey I didn't know that I'd be missin' you so. I spent four lonely days in a brown L. Yes it's been quite a summer, rent-a-cars and west bound trains. And now you're off on vacation, somethin' you tried to explain. And darlin' I love you so that's the reason I just let you go. I can't help it honey, you're that much a part of me now. Remember the night in Montana when we said there'd be no room for doubt.
I hope you're enjoyin' the scenery, I know that it's pretty up there. We can go hikin on Tuesday, with you I'd walk anywhere. California has worn me quite thin, I just can't wait to see you again Mess Around. This is from a band from Kentucky who have had lots of number one hits on the Billboard Alternative Rock charts, including this song. It's off their album Tell Me I'm Pretty. There's only a quick mention of California. Louis, California Blue eyes, yeah she's comin' for ya Land of Mary, Charm City Oh lord, wish she was my baby You know she'll drive you crazy Yeah she's coming for ya No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around The heat is rising and only getting hotter, ready to blow I think I'll pour myself a glass of water, let it flow She'll show you what she's made of Yeah she's comin' for ya She's gonna try to break ya Yeah she's comin' for ya No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no Ahhhhh, oh no No, she don't mess around No, she don't mess around Downtown L.
His wah-wah slide on Crazy Mama still gets to me after 40 years. This is from Cale's "Grasshopper" album released in Much of downtown L. Santa Cruz. Just to give a little music to boo me away Hey J. Cab Calloway. San Francisco Fan. Cab Calloway was a popular jazz and scat singer, dancer, and bandleader from New York, known as the "Hi-de-ho" man, which comes from the lyrics to his most famous song "Minnie the Moocher. This is a slow blues released in Bound Away.
Cake is an alternative rock band from Sacramento formed in This song, which name checks their home town, is from their album "Showroom of Compassion. Desire Lines. Camera Obscura is a Scottish indie pop band, fronted by vocalist Tracyanne Campbell, who also writes all their songs. This song is from the band's fifth album "Desire Lines" releasd in I could illustrate for you my day to day Would that mend us?
Glen Campbell was a country boy from Arkansas who worked for years as a studio musician in L. He was a member of the loose group of L. Then he had a long and successful solo career, winning awards and selling over 45 million records of his own, and he did some acting, also. This song was a hit single from his album "Rhinestone Cowboy.
Take a look at everything you own But now and then, my heart keeps goin' home Talkin' on the telephone Settin' up another day of people to meet You've gotta do what's right You've gotta spend the night Stayin' in touch with the street When you're surrounded by friends They say the fun never ends But I guess I'll never figure it out 'Cause in the back of my mind I hear it time after time "Is this what it's all about? Take a look at everything you own But now and then, my heart keeps goin' home Cowboys From Hollywood.
This song is from their album "Telephone Free Landslide Victory. Camper Van Beethoven. Dockweiler Beach. From "El Camino Real" released in I Live in L. From "El Camino Real" released in "She comes in like a star, wearing jewellery and fur With her own entourage, hanger-onners in clogs From some small town in Spain, it's never explained. Sufficiently Or the security I live in L.
Come and see me someday. You can stay at my house. I've got plenty of space. I live in L. Come and see me someday boy If you wanna have a good time A good time with me. Black SUVs in the drive, tinted windows and guards Cowboy boots and shaved heads, Italian suits, tattood necks The party rages inside, but its never explained La Frontera plates Oh boy I hope it's not too late.
Northern California Girls. Another song about California Girls. Don't you miss the weather? Don't you miss me just a little bit? Northern California girls say, "Come home from Texas" You could take a fast train Baby take the next plane You'd be home by suppertime There ain't nobody like me Ain't nobody like me out there Northern California girls say, "You don't know what you're missing" I got a good job, stay home and play the guitar You can raise the children barefoot on the beaches Teach 'em how to surf and play baseball Northern California girls say, "Come home from Brooklyn!
City of Industry. An outtake from "El Camino Real" released in available as an iTunes extra. Dear California. Vanessa Carlton is an American singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania whose debut single "A Thousand Miles" was a huge Grammy-nominated hit. This song is from her album "Rabbits on the Run. Maybe to make room for all the other songs about going there.
This alchemy is making me suspicious As if I slipped you some belladonna That I crossed town to get, don't you know? Yes, my grand friend checks it Oh he loves me as I leave, so I'm gonna go And I'm not in companies when you feel it the most And you keep my memory, hope ya keep me close Would you love me as I leave?
Ever-changing as the sea, it's my only hope It's just me and my pup in the open road But your face is like a paper-cut to the heart Slip away while you sleep It's easy, it's easier Than it seems It's easy, it's easier Than it seems Just go, I'll go, don't cry I don't know, I don't know, but you fly Hey!
Paper-cut to the heart Oh he loves me as I leave, so I'm gonna go And I'm not in companies when you feel it most And you keep my memory, hope ya keep me close Would you love me as I leave? Ever-changing as the sea Would you love me as I leave? Dear California Would you love me as I leave? Dear California ". San Francisco. This song is from Carlson's album "Harmonium. Hong Kong Blues.
I don't understand why the gong-kicking guy says he lives in Frisco if he lives in Tennessee, or why they send rice there Rice-a-Roni? Car Seat Headrest is an indie rock band formed in Virginia. This song is from the album "Making a Door Less Open. Yes, I love it I hear music in my head Was that a gun? He was snapping his gum Are my earbuds on the fritz?
There's a hiss on the bus And it goes round Hollywood makes me wanna puke Hollywood makes me wanna puke Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood Hollywood Faces form faces Phrases come in phases Take me to the palace Make me think I'm famous Okay Hop inside Come see my movie Hop inside Come see my movie Hop inside Come see my movie Catch a ride It's kinda groovy You can't disengage with one single aspect Watching from the sidelines Supervising lines Why don't you take what you can get?
No disruptions on the set You're gonna wind up back home Where the fear splits in two like Moses Into Mansons and Monroeses Logic and hypnosis Good and evil Only people They don't talk about the year-olds on pills waking up in beds of big producers I can make you famous I can make you something Carolina Liar is an indie rock band from LA with a big bright sound, but the lead vocalist is originally from South Carolina, and other band members are from Sweden.
But the guy in this song can't wait to get back to that California sun that everyone else is always singing about. But this time he's coming by train and not car. What does he they think he'll be able to do in California without a car? I'll bet he's planning on renting a convertible and driving down the coast highway with the top down just like they do in all the other songs.
Then he'll write a song about it You feel alive At least you think that life Is something in you What do we know? Foxy Girls Candy Store. Casal and Diggs are both filmmakers also, and I recommend their film " Blindspotting " which they wrote and produced and starred in. It's mostly about the gentrification of Oakland, cultural appropriation, loss of identity, and the struggles of a man who witnesses a white police officer gun down a black man. Cascada is a German dance music group formed in That's the year I would set my time machine for, if I was her.
In California. The Alt Country queen from the Northwest dreams of snow now that she's living in L. Thrice All American Tacoma. This isn't really a California song, but in her great song about her home town Tacoma Washington, which had seen hard times when she wrote the song, Neko Case gets in a dig at California singing "God bless California, make way for the Walmart.
I hope they don't find you Tacoma. Folsom Prison Blues. Folsom State Prison is near Sacramento. Cash said he wrote this song after watching a movie about the prison when he was in the Air Force in Germany, but he used the melody and many of the lyrics from the song "Crescent City Blues" written by Gordon Jenkins. Jenkins sued and Cash paid him a settlement in Cash's song is much better, but this is just another example of powerful people stealing from the less powerful and I have a hard time appreciating this song without hating Cash.
The song became a huge hit and Cash later made a classic country album recorded live at the prison. Son Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free But those people keep a movin' And that's what tortures me Well if they freed me from this prison If that railroad train was mine I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line Far from Folsom Prison , that's where I want to stay And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away".
All the Gold in California. The always cheerful Australian song and dance man does his version of the Gatlin Brothers song for the soundtrack to the HBO series True Detective. Alone in Arizona. Exene Cervenka was one of the vocalists from the seminal L. She also sang with the Knitters and other bands. She wrote this song and included it on her album "The Excitement Of Maybe.
Harry Chapin was a Grammy-winning pop rock singer-songwriter from New York who produced a lot of hits in his short life, including his 1 hit "Cat's in the Cradle. I've Never Been to Me. Charlene is a singer from Hollywood who only had one big hit - this one. It's original release in was unsuccessful, but its re-release in charted at 3. I have nothing against women who are happily married with children or against women who choose to give up their dreams to stay in a loveless marriage and raise their children thanks mom!
The singer tries to convince a woman that it's better to give up her dreams and stay in an unhappy marriage than it is to be making love in the sun in paradise and sipping champagne on a yacht - a woman who tries to be free only ends up alone because only babies will make her complete. It's not hard to tell that the lyrics were written by a man, is it? Along with the awful cloying melody, too. Uneasy Rider. Charlie Daniels is a country, bluegrass, southern rock musician best known for the fiddling duel with the Devil in his hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
Back then a man with long hair was considered an offensive "hippy-type, pinko fag" with "a commie flag" by red-necks. At the end, the singer considers rerouting his trip to L. Toolin along in my Cheverolet Tokin' on a number and diggin' on the radio Just as I crossed the Mississippi line I heard that highway start to whine And I knew that left rear tire was about to blow Well the spare was flat and I got uptight Cause there wasn't a filling station in sight So I just limped on down the shoulder on the rim I went as far as I could and when I stopped the car It was right in front of this little bar Kind of a red-neck lookin' joint called the Dew Drop Inn I stuffed my hair up under my hat And told the bartender that I had a flat And would he be kind enough to give me change for a one There was one thing I was sure proud to see There wasn't a soul in the place except for him and me He just looked disgusted and pointed toward the telephone I called up the station down the road a ways He said he wasn't very busy today And he could have someone out there in just about 10 minutes or so He said, "Now, you just stay right where yer at!
And he voted for George McGovern for President. I betchya he's even got a commie flag tacked up on the wall inside of his garage. He may look dumb but that's just a disguise, He's a mastermind in the ways of espionage" They all started lookin' real suspicious at him And he jumped up and said "Now just wait a minute Jim! You know he's lying I been living here all of my life!
And I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife! California Man. A cover of the song by The Move Roy Wood's band that became The Electric Light Orchestra with a bunch of classic boogie rock nonsense lyrics about a party where the jive is really cool and he's a California man and can't stop dancing and all that.
Well we're goin to a place Where the jive is really cool. And if the band stops a playin' There's a jukebox down the hall. And with your blue dress on, your folks all gone. You're sure to give the guys a ball. Get that real guitar boy shakin', I'm a California man, Dance right on till the floors are breakin' I'm a California man.
This is a dance-pop song released in Born in East L. Cheech is from southern California. They did stand-up on stage, made records, and made movies. This song is a parody of the Bruce Springsteen song "Born in the U. After the duo split up, Cheech Marin made a movie based on the song that was released in East L. Cheech: Took a walk to the corner store Just to buy a loaf of bread and a box of s'mores Up pulled a guy in a yellow van Shiny gold badge flashing in his hand He said, Chong: Alright all you mojados down here I want you all to hit the floor I got one thing to ask you and nothing more So answer in English, if you can Where were ya born, man Cheech: Huh?
Where was I born? Chong: That's right, I said Where were ya born? Cheech: Hey, are you one of those dudes who do horoscopes, man Hey, I'm a Cancer with a bad moon rising Chong: Look here el vago, watch my lips Where were ya born? Cheech: I was born in East L. Man, I was born in East L.
Chong: Oh yeah, you were born in East L. Well let's see your green card, hun? Cheech: Huh? Green card? I'm from East L. Cheech: Next thing I know, I'm in a foreign land People talkin so fast, I couldn't understand There was nobody there to lend a helping hand I was cold, it was dark, where is a burger stand? I want to go back to East L. I wish I was back in East L. I don't belong here in downtown T. Cause I was born in East L. I crawled under barbed wire, swam across a stream Rode in six different trucks packed like a sardine Walked all day in the burning sun Now I know what it's like to be Born to Run Up ahead was the promised land Shining like a star just beyond my hand All I could see was a golden door I looked up, a sign said "Five Zillion Sold Sold" And I was back in East L.
Yes, I was back in East L. Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots. This single was written by the famous songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It's a teenage tragedy song that might be the first of the genre.
A bunch of similar songs were written in the years following. The filthy biker in the song hits a diesel that was California bound while riding on Highway , and apparently then turns into a naked ghost biker. Maybe he was even one on fire like the fiery biker in the Nicholas Cage movie.
I'm assuming the accident happened on the in Oregon, but maybe it was in California. Christmas in California. The Cheetah Girls are an American girl group that was formed for the Disney TV movie "The Cheetah Girls," based on a series of books, about four teen girls in Manhattan who are in a girl group. There are three Cheetah Girls movies, a few albums and some video games and probably lots of other marketing products, but I had never even heard of them until I discovered this song 14 years later.
Probably because I was never a tween girl. This song is not from the movie soundtrack, it's from their album "Cheetah-licious Christmas. They don't get much bigger than Kenny Chesney in Country or any kind of music, and he has 30 million album sales and almost as many awards to prove it. This song is from his album "Everywhere We Go. Maybe it will. El Cerrito Place. The song also name checks Pioneertown. Kenny Chesney. Get Along. Kenny Chesney spends half his time playing stadiums in front of hundreds of thousands of shoeless fans, half his time counting big piles of money and country music awards, and the other half of his time kicking back on a beach in a tank top with Jimmy Buffett.
That's entirely true, as I see it. In this post-truth world, you can see it however you want. Can't we all just get along? The singer of this inspirational country song wonders if a woman he saw on a highway billboard advertising some kind of sex phone line got stranded there on her way to L. I wonder - are there still phone sex lines? Maybe that billboard has been there since the 90s.
Did she leave her hometown thinkin' she'd end up in L. Did she break down in the desert and get stuck beside the highway? Get along, on down the road We've got a long long way to go Scared to live, scared to die We ain't perfect but we try Get along while we can Always give love the upper hand Paint a wall, learn to dance Call your mom, buy a boat Drink a beer, sing a song Make a friend, can't we all get along South California Purples.
The Chicks, previously known as Dixie Chicks before they removed the Dixie in because of its connotations of slavery, are a best-selling award-winning country band of three women from Texas. This song is from their album "Gaslighter" released in Come to L. Chilly was a German disco group from This is one of their hits, from their album "Come to L. Come, come, come Come, come, come, come to L. Down on the boulevard, man, it's hot And disco lights are flashing fancy colors Hell's Angels, movie stars and limousines L.
Glittery tights, satin ballet shoes A fashion that's catching every man by the eye Temperature rise when they see me walk by Asking where I live and is it far? Bakersfield Bound. This is a country song in the Bakersfield Country style from their album with the same name released in Each Time You Fall in Love.
Cigarettes After Sex is a band from El Paso, Texas, know for their dream-like musical style and lead singer Greg Gonzalez' sensual androgenous voice. This song is from their self-titled album, released in Beverly Hills. Circle Jerks were a hardcore punk band formed in in L. This is from the band's first studio album "Group Sex" released in San Francisco Bay Blues. This is a cover of the Jesse Fuller original.
The lyrics are listed under Jessie Fuller. Gene Clark was a founding member of the great L. Clark left the Byrds in and died in I like the solo version you can hear on YouTube. This song has been covered by lots of other performers.
Make note of all good wishes. Say goodbye to the landlord for me. That son of a bitch has always bored me. Throw out them L. Adios to all this concrete. Gonna get me some dirt road back street If I can just get off of this L. Face of the Sun. Shana Cleveland is an L. This psychedelic folk song is from her solo album "Night of the Worm Moon" released in Coconut Records is an indie pop music solo project by L.
This is from his album, Nighttiming. I'm declaring here that the West Coast to which the singer is going back home, is California, since Schwartzman grew up in L. If he tells me that I'm wrong, that he is referring to his home in Perth, or maybe his home in Panama City, or Puerto Vallarta, or Mumbai, then I will remove this. Music Machine. Gabriella Cohen is an Australian musician.
This song is from her album "Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love. I saw the same thing in Sydney. There may not have been many live events or the typical album rollout for artists, but both pop stars and up-and-comers still delivered hits to keep people jamming or give them a soundtrack to cry to.
Below, find the 75 best songs of that managed to bring some excitement, goodness, and support to this unprecedented year. Cook A. That doesn't mean it sounds traditional, though: "Lifeline" wraps up Apple and is a genre-less hodgepodge of pop perfection. Repeating the melodramatic verse "You are my lifeline" in altered vocals over a dark, kinetic beat, the track could easily pass for the remix of a Myspace pop-punk band's hit single.
The producer is a master at his craft, and making it weirder and more interesting than the rest in the game. Considering he sounds like a blazing star on the stylish, breezy song, his assessment isn't far off. It's not just that the track has a certain swagger that highlights his ability to deliver rhymes that are as witty as they are sexy, it really is a sharp homage to where he's been and where he's going. Referencing Kobe Bryant's death as a reckoning as his own coming-of-age, the fact that he's helping out his mom with rent and played the track through the phone to his friend who's incarcerated, that Woodlawn Park is still a part of him even if he's driving past it in his new fancy car.
Instead the FKA Twigs and Kanye-approved collaborator makes what can only be described as avant garde sonic booms. He pulls together a roster of fellow Puerto Rican rappers and lights up an intense, smoky production based around a meandering Missy Elliot sample.
You can just tell there's nothing like a party hosted by Conejo Malo. No song captures that energy as much as alternative artist Bartees Strange 's "Mustang," about his feelings towards Mustang, Oklahoma, the town where he spent much of his youth and was one of the few Black residents.
It's arena rock that's unlike anything you've ever heard, his smoky voice an excellent pairing for both the track's emo guitars and '80s synths. It's bursting with his anger at a place that boxed him in and held him back, but one listen and there's no doubt that this original talent was ever going to stay stuck.
Even in the anger, it's playful, since she knows that even though someone wronged her in the past, the experience has since helped her to grow. It's the kind of song you wish had been released when you were in high school, so you could drive off to it when you were in a mood after class. If you're familiar with the group, this shouldn't come as a surprise because their emo power pop is full of exhilarating melodies and lyrics that examine the pressures of girlhood.
It's as if she's regretfully realizing her heart is still in it—and the way she delivers these words in mourning nearly destroys you. You can picture her monologuing these words to herself in the mirror, and losing herself to a fit of rage as the song ends in a raucous bout of exuberance. We all know and can feel these emotions. Singer Brent Faiyaz is one of the best of this kind: His milky voice will make you swoon while he delivers brutally blunt lines about his sex life and crave for connection.
The title track from his latest album, Fuck the World , smolders with hazy, echoic vocals as the singer lays out his innermost desires. The production is immaculate, slowing down his voice, which relays thoughts so honest they read like posts you might find on an Instagram account meant to shade shitty fuck boys by posting screenshots of the texts they send.
But, hey, there's a reason frontman Will Toledo has become indie rock's golden boy representing sad people everywhere. Bleak as his music may be, he's able to make something immensely poignant out of that despair.
The Making a Door Less Open track "Deadlines Thoughtful " is yet another song from the band about a love that's tempting but forbidden, and wanting to succumb to it just once. Toledo's stammering in the chorus "Am I, am I, am I, am I on your mind" and the crisp, cumulative percussion is erratic and explosive, just like his distress that won't subside.
An unhinged anthem from the rappers, the way they detail their sexual fantasies celebrates women's sexuality as lewd and liberated as it ought to be. While critics of the song might cover their ears, sound the alarms, and disagree with that, it's hard not to admit that this one really is a riot with incredible rhymes like "get a bucket and a mop" and "macaroni in a pot. It's iconic, period. It's conceived of the moment, being one of the songs off Charli XCX 's amazing quarantine album How I'm Feeling Now — which was written and recorded over six weeks during lockdown—and sounds as perfect as experimental pop today could be.
In many ways, it's how many of us are feeling. But bless Charli for giving us a goddamn jam where we can feel it all, and for a brief moment envision ourselves back on that sweaty dance floor she's yearning for. That didn't stop her from churning out banger upon banger, though, including this ecstatic collaboration with Dylan Brady of experimental electro duo Gecs.
The track ends up sounding like it's malfunctioning, as if being infatuated with someone is too overwhelming, but it's a sugary sweet in all of the madness. Conservatives basically gaslit them, one of the few women-led country groups at the time, into obscurity. While they continued making music for some time, followed by a hiatus, they eventually rose from the ashes and returned this year with the angry, uplifting "Gaslighter.
Chloe produced the song herself, creating a chic take on the night out song that manages to bubble like the champagne you imagine popping while celebrating with friends. Their complimentary duet expresses that while it may be intimidating once you're grown, ultimately, "it's your world.
Christine and the Queens sings on "People, I've been sad. It's a stunning release from the French experimentalist, and the production is just as striking as the lyrics. The gentle strings in combination with the atmospheric drum machine create a place of isolation that's both icy and comfortable, like the cold familiarity of slipping back into a depressive episode. We hope one of the most creative indie pop acts today isn't sad anymore, but you can hear in the way her voice reaches that she's offering reassurance she's right here with you when you're down.
And every verse that follows is just as rich, coming from the excellent Miami-based rap duo City Girls. Both equating their performance in the bedroom to the finer things in life and deserving of only the most lavish things that money can buy, from Bentleys to Birkins, the track is a sassy hit begging to be sung by hotties non-stop en route to the club and again on the dance floor. It's simply luxurious. The twangy Chicago three-piece sings about the journey of dissociating the need for somebody else to make you happy, and simply existing and thriving on your own, on "Loner.
She sings, "Want nothing more than to be a loner," and while it can be a journey for some to become comfortable with the idea, the group sure makes it sound liberating. Like, let your limbs flail and head bang, and maybe even attempt to do a backflip. In this song from Michigan DIY four-piece Dogleg , the drums are fast, the guitars are fast, and altogether sound incapable of ever slowing down, especially in the emotional intensity that carries it all through.
With the power this track has, it's hard to believe anyone would choose to be anything but the fire. The British singer turned her trajectory towards straight-up disco music, and in result she sparkled all her own like a damn disco ball. Her smoky voice is commanding, telling you to "get physical," and the pulsating beat is incredibly stylish; this is no Olivia Newton John workout track.
The five-piece is a bundle of joy whose jazz-influenced songs have given their local scene something to boogie to, and with the release of "Marigolds," they should absolutely be on your radar, too. The upbeat song laced with horns and nimble bass and percussion follows vocalist Jake Berglove's ponderous fumbling in how to "feel okay. The memorable rant shook audiences at the time, but it turns out that she wasn't totally wrong; it just took time for everybody else to face that realization.
One of its stand-out tracks, "Heavy Balloon," is about battling depression and how unyielding it can feel to try to lift yourself up while feeling pushed down time and time again. It's something of an inspiration. This year, they gave people exactly what they wanted, dropping a wonderful, autumnal record right on the fall equinox.
It's an homage that gleams on its own, though even if Pecknold feels he'd be remiss if he didn't apologize to Hendrix for falling flat. It's all about playing with the idea of having a bad bitch attitude and running with it—and starting off with the line, "Dicks up when I step in the party," only to up the ante even more after it, the up-and-comer definitely delivers that surefire confidence that makes you do a double take and believe in her power to take anyone's man.
This is no viral one-hit-wonder, though. You can hear in her bars, or what she calls "Flo Milli shit," that she's fearless in what she does and just getting the party started on what's likely to be a hell of a no-fucks-given good time. Even amidst the dumpster fire that is , the guy can't complain, boasting about his lavish lifestyle with Travis Scott on his album stand-out "Solitaires.
For three-and-a-half minutes, the Wizrd puts you in a trance and lets you revel in that luxury, with the mellow beat and his and Scott's droning taking you there. Like his "solitary diamonds, solitary jewels," it's a shining little gem and a welcomed outlook from the rapper who essentially paved the way for depressing trap.
Certainly, it makes that case that, yeah, quarantine wouldn't be so bad if you were one of the biggest rappers in the world. Songs like "My Name is Dark," which play into the album's concept of succumbing to AI technology and letting the world go up in flames, feel especially dark—but it's just that much more potent. Drawing from nu metal, the screams and screeches in the song's production sound like the final moments of an annihilation, and Grimes' girlish voice tricks you into thinking this is a fun pop song when she's really relaying snarky remarks from our new overlords or whatever.
There's a part where she hisses, "The angel of death, she said to God, 'Un-fuck the world, un-fuck the world, you stupid girl," and Grimes and her AI persona WarNymph make that rallying cry in the song pretty damn convincing. On the track, the sister trio exchanges funk for dance to create one of their most electronica-heavy songs ever.
The production is spritely and scattered, bouncing manically in opposition to the lyrics that delicately detail an all-consuming loneliness "I know alone like no one else does". It may seem dismal, but the hushed way Danielle relays her words paired with the playful production invites one to think that the song could also be about finding comfort in how we each cope—because, in truth, we all "know alone" in one way or another.
As many of us are isolated right now, dealing with the current crisis on our own, it's the perfect song to illuminate some sort of goodness that's to come. Boy Genius When Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams announced her debut solo album Petals for Armor , it was highly anticipated enough as is.
Then she announced it included a collaboration with boygenius , the supergroup from Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, and the buzz grew even louder. The result might not be what you'd expect from either artist, but is somehow even more beautiful. The gentle song uses a garden as a metaphor for femininity—both how lovely it can be and the way it can be picked apart—and through gorgeous harmonies and the way its strings crescendo, it manages to capture the understated strength of something that's soft.
It's a dichotomy the extremely charismatic indie rock band has mastered, making loud, buoyant garage music that's often about loneliness and anxiety. It slips in between English and Spanish, like how the song itself is a back-and-forth in a relationship that might not be as ideal as it seems. It's the kind of glistening number you should twirl around to once you take off those rose-colored shades yourself and need a little pick-me-up.
It may be less rock influenced than the indie group's past releases, but it's got a razor-sharp edge in its vulnerability. It makes sense that fans would hold out for Electronica since he's proven to be one of rap's most overlooked greats, but it's funny that they kept their faith considering much of his record is powered by rhymes about his own religion. One of the album's most impeccable songs, "Ghosts of Soulja Slim," is a joint with JAY and explores the relationship between Electronica's identity and Islam.
Ware sings about having a connection so strong with someone that it takes over their soul, which sounds about right, since this beat is irresistible. Like some sort of disco sorceress, one listen and Ware could put you in a trance to get glammed up and ready to boogie, if only for the thrill of it all. It's actually quite old, being a more than year-old fan favorite that the group sometimes roars out at live gigs to open up the pit.
The oldie had yet to be officially released until this year, though, on a compilation of old recordings made new. It just passes the one-minute mark typical for the band , but bursting with the energy of the group when they were young punks still playing house shows across Southern California. Even as the band and their fanbase ages, we could all use that unrestrained energy. On "Darkness," a song re-released on Australian experimentalist Katie Dey 's album Mydata , Dey is the one yearning to know everything there is to know of her lover, even the darkest parts.
Otherworldly strings and synths offset the lyrics sung in Dey's signature crackled voice "If I could just reflect all of your self destruction and complacence" , and resemble heavenly bodies she presumably passes as a "far out satellite" listening for her loved one's "brain waves" before they blast off into the darkness together. It's unique and earnest, but ultimately we all crave somebody to fight through the black holes in the galaxies of our lives with. The opener of her star-making record It Was Good Until It Wasn't is called "Toxic," a word people tend to throw around when talking about both truly unhealthy circumstances and relationships gone sour that might've benefited from a little self-reflection.
It's something Kehlani recognizes, bringing heaps of vulnerability to this stripped-back song, looking to herself and her lover's manipulation as to why she needs to sober up from a relationship that was clouded by Don Julio and sex. The transparency of her lyrics are so potent, she'll have you grieving too. But just when you think the song is bound to wrap up as a somber indie ballad, a glimmer of a synthesizer introduces its final act: Read's directive to herself, "Hannah, do no harm.
While the two occupy different lanes of pop, they're longtime admirers of each other's work, two of the biggest divas in the game, and known forces of good—meaning, the result is obviously a delightful rhapsody about persevering through personal hardship "I'd rather be dry, but at least I'm alive". Gaga collaborator and major producer BloodPop sprinkles down a dance track that eventually hits like lightning, and their two voices are the claps of thunder.
There's no way Ari and Gaga's joy won't wash over you too. The lyric could take you out with the punch of its vigor. The succinct line encapsulates something all too familiar for women, and on the transfixing song that pulls from indigenous elements, the rising Latin star couldn't have articulated these feelings better. Backed by the layered production, it's as if generations that came before her support her as she confidently iterates how fearless she is.
There's a beauty in her confrontation. The hardcore-influenced, anime-loving rapper's sci-fi-themed sophomore album Eternal Atake arrived as a surprise release in March—dodging meteorites of label disputes and personal delays to finally satellite this bizarro rap to patient fans down on Earth. One of the muted numbers on the record, "I'm Sorry," runs in a different lane than usual, but it's a sweet rap ballad that sees the hip-hop artist as a boy band heartthrob worth falling for.
His typically quick bars are turned into a sing-song rasp as he sincerely apologizes to all the pain he's caused a lover; so figure it's destined to become a sad boy anthem.
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Instead, he said he did have dinner with the couple Mick and Bianca Jagger, and he wrote the song thinking about what Mick might sing to Bianca. Among the cultural references in the song are the bar and restaurant Elaine's on the upper east side of Manhattan and fashion designer Halston.
It is one of the most rock-oriented of his hit singles. The song makes the case for the narrator's insanity perhaps being just what is needed in a relationship. The rock edge prevented it from climbing any higher than 38 on the adult contemporary chart. The album Glass Houses was released three days after the single and reached 1 on the album chart. He states his refusal to change to please a younger crowd. It also topped the pop chart in Canada. It was included on his first five song demo tape.
Billy Joel originally thought the song was corny, but over time he grew more attached to it. He recorded a live version of "She's Got a Way" in in Boston, and it found its way on to his live album Songs From the Attic in The live version was released as a single and climbed to 23 on the pop chart. It did better at adult contemporary radio going all the way to 4.
Listen to "She's Got a Way". Billy Joel has stated that the primary pressure he was speaking about in this song is the pressure to write new songs and produce new music. Instead of Billy Joel's usual piano, the song is driven primarily by synthesizer. The accompanying music video uses imagery of water frequently to represent the pressure. It also includes references to movies such as A Clockwork Orange and Poltergeist.
Billy Joel released "Allentown" in the midst of the s recession that hit particularly hard at industrial regions of the US. It tells the story of blue collar steel workers in Pennsylvania. Allentown, Pennsylvania awarded Billy Joel the key to the city in recognition of his work.
It also broke into the top 20 on the adult contemporary chart. However, in later interviews he complained that it sounded more like 70s act Tony Orlando and Dawn than Motown. He had also produced the previous 1 hit "Maniac" by Michael Sembello. Billy Joel has said that "Uptown Girl" was originally written with supermodel Elle Macpherson in mind. However, it also was inspired by his growing relationship with his future wife supermodel Christie Brinkley.
She appears in the music video. It was a 1 pop smash in the UK. King and The Drifters. It became the third hit single from the album. It was also a top 10 hit in the UK. Listen to "An Innocent Man". Billy Joel once attempted suicide himself and wrote this song to attempt to help others who are struggling with the thoughts. The accompanying music video pays homage to the classic film It's a Wonderful Life. It was released as the second single from the album The Bridge.
The music video includes footage of Billy Joel's band performing in the basement of a building in New York City. Eventually a crowd gathers around to watch them perform. Billy Joel's wife Christie Brinkley appears in the video holding their baby daughter Alexa. The song "Modern Woman" counts as the first single from Billy Joel's album The Bridge while it also appears on the soundtrack to the hit film Ruthless People.
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Top first dance songs from generous gone by have stood the test of time and have the unique ability to resonate with the entire audience. Below we will list 10 songs past and present and their artists that are excellent wedding dance choices. Sure you can wear the most modern custom engagement ring on your finger.
Source: kreativwedding via Instagram. It can be a little risky to choose modern first dance songs since tastes and trends come and go so quickly. Beyond musical styling, you also have to consider your physical dance abilities. Pop songs tend to be a little more upbeat. Make sure to choose a song that you can keep up with. Pin It Facebook. The first dance at your wedding is going to be the most significant dance and one you want to remember for a long time.
You will want to enjoy this time with your partner, savor it, but you will want your guests to enjoy it too. So, choosing your first dance song is no simple matter at all. Some couples want the classics or popular music that we all know and recognize, but some others would prefer unique first dance songs.
In order to find a suitable selection sometimes compromises must be made to suit the tastes of both individuals. In general, the wedding music needs to have a deep meaning to both parties. However, the most popular of all options would have to be the slow dance songs. The reason for this is based on tradition. Traditionally, the couple shares a sweet, intimate moment, proudly displaying their love and affection for all to see. To do this you could also use their first dance wedding song as your own in a tribute to their love and guidance in being an example of love and commitment.
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