What kind of music listener are you? Are you up on the newest tracks from your favorite artists, or do you prefer to listen to nothing but oldies? Do you listen to rock, rap, country, or something else? Do your listening habits change from time to time or do you pretty much stick to your usual stuff? We all have our own habits for listening to the music we enjoy, and the variety of music that’s out there is so vast that no two people have the same exact musical tastes or preferences.
One of my favorite things about having an iPod is the ability to organize your music into folders, or playlists (check out Creating Customized Playlists on iTunes and Creating Smart Playlists on iTunes ). With this feature, it’s so easy to put songs together that will suit the way you listen to music. Some of the playlists that I keep in my iTunes library include titles such as “Party Songs”, “Sad Songs” and “All Time Faves”, etc. One of the most listened to playlists in my iTunes library is a folder that I like to call “Current”.
“Current” is the folder where I keep the music that I like to listen to the most. It is the one playlist in iTunes that I’m most often changing, and is the purpose for this series. Music is as fluid as anything, and I enjoy adding great new stuff to my music collection. I keep all of my new stuff in the “Current” folder, as well as some favorites from the past year or so. My passion for music motivates me to want to share some of the good music I listen to with other music lovers who share my tastes.
Without further adieu, I present some offerings from my “Current” playlist this spring. They’re the songs I listen to on a daily basis during my commute to and from work or in the house while I’m doing some house cleaning. Hopefully you’ll find something new to get excited about.
Someone to Love Me ‘” Mary J Blige
Yes, Mary’s back with a brand new song from an upcoming album due out in September. MJB is the kind of artist I download without even knowing the tracks because she’s that good, and this one’s a thumping, hypnotic ditty featuring longtime collaborator Puff Daddy and hot rap star Lil Wayne. Check out the video right here.
Run the World (Girls) ‘” Beyonce
Beyonce’s newest single from her upcoming CD is yet another fast and funky anthem in the style of ‘˜Single Ladies,’ though not as catchy. Check out the audio for this track here.
Where Them Girls At ‘” David Guetta, featuring Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida
Hot club music producer David Guetta has worked with some of the hottest stars in the business, including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Estelle, Fergie, will.i.am, and many others, and he previews his next effort with a new track featuring two of today’s hottest rap stars, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida. The musical track is eerily similar to his previous effort, ‘˜Sexy Chick,’ which featured Akon on vocals, but after a couple of listens it definitely catches on all on its own. Check it out right here.
Blow ‘” Ke$ha
Though I hate to admit it, I’m finding Ke$ha’s stuff very appealing lately. Her last one, ‘˜We R Who We R,’ was silly lyrically, but oh so catchy and danceable, and this one has slowly caught my ear as well. Take a look at the video for the catchy ‘˜Blow’ here.
Judas ‘” Lady Gaga
This, the second single from Gaga’s upcoming ‘˜Born This Way’ CD took a long time to get into my head, but once it did, I found it irresistible. It’s not as anthemic as the title song, but it is very good! Check out the unusual epic video for ‘˜Judas’ right here.
Who Dat Girl ‘” Flo Rida, featuring Akon
Flo Rida has a knack for making rap music danceable and poppy, much like some of the popular songs of the genre from the 1990’s. This one’s been out for awhile, but it’s definitely worthy of a mention as Akon’s vocals fit well with Flo’s flow. Check it out right here.
Good Girl ‘” Alexis Jordan
Alexis Jordan is one of dance music’s rising stars and this one is a very pleasant and danceable gem. Take a listen here.
Barbra Streisand ‘” Duck Sauce
This house song is downright hilarious at its core. This club hit is heavy on big house beats with intermittent spoken mentions of the legendary entertainer. Humorous and infectious! Check out the mix right here.
Femme Fatale ‘” Britney Spears
I have never been a huge Britney Spears fan, but I simply love this album. It’s heavily produced and Britney’s voice is electronically morphed into all sorts of sounds, but the European club influence on the CD makes for a lot of catchy, pleasant and danceable tunes. I reviewed the album on my blog, which you can check out right here, along with the video for ‘˜Till the World Ends,’ my favorite track off the album.
Love? ‘” Jennifer Lopez
J-Lo’s back and as good as ever with her first chart-making record in years. Launching the album with the hypnotic ‘˜On the Floor’ single, which samples the international smash ‘˜Lambada,’ the Latina singer turned American Idol judge presents an album full of catchy pop songs with her signature Latin flavor. Standout tracks include the funky ‘˜Good Hit,’ the melodic ‘˜I’m Into You,’ featuring Lil Wayne, and the fast Latin beats of ‘˜Papi.’ Check out the video for ‘˜On the Floor,’ featuring Pitbull here.
Ultra Top Ten, April Edition ‘” Various Artists
Ultra Top ten is a series of digital albums put out by iTunes each month. I just discovered it while looking for a song, ‘˜Hey (Nah Neh Nah),’ which is featured on the April edition. After sampling some of the offerings on the album, I decided that there was enough good stuff on there to download the whole thing and am I glad I did! This one is chock full of great songs with great beats, many of which have already made inroads on both pop music and dance music charts. A couple of my favorites off of this one include the vintage Euro-sounds of ‘˜Mr. Saxobeat,’ by Alexandra Stan, the uplifting ‘˜Love is the Answer,’ by Cedric Gervais, and the feel-good ‘˜Sun is Up,’ by Inna. To hear some of what this album is all about, check out the very catchy ‘˜Hey (Nah Neh Nah),’ by Milk n’ Sugar vs. Vaya Con Dios right here.
Well, these are the songs I’ve been spending my music-loving life listening to these days. Of course, I still keep some stuff from my last piece in my “Current” folder, as some of I’m still digging, like Adele’s ’21,’ Rihanna’s ‘˜Loud,’ and the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘˜The Beginning.’ I hope that somewhere within these pages you’ll find something that tickles your fancy, either for heartrending sad songs or good, quality dance stuff. Until next time, thanks for reading!
For past issues in this series please see:
What are you listening to? Winter 2011
What are you listening to? Fall 2010
What are you listening to? Summer 2010
For other pieces relating to music in this and previous articles, check out:
Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball at Nassau Coliseum
Rihanna’s Top Ten Songs — So Far!
Is Lady Gaga the next Madonna?
Who is Adele and Why Should We Be Excited About “21”?
Rihanna’s “Loud”: A Review
Robyn’s “Body Talk” Trilogy Scores with Fans and Critics Alike
Madonna’s Influence on GaGa’s “Born This Way” Causes Intergenerational Rift
Robyn at Radio City Music Hall: Pure Energy, Great Music and Lots of Fun
Soundtrack of a Relationship