So many people have asked me this that I felt I had to post a blog. I'll give you my top 5, and what's more I'll tell you why I like 'em.
#5: Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull "On The Floor" What's not to like? It's such an infectous dance jam! Pitbull made the song for me -- I heard a version without him and it just wasn't as energetic. The guy's raps are HILARIOUS. C'mon, "7 Tray Donk-A-Donk?" That's outstanding! "Say no more, get on the floor." It's no doubt "American Idol" brought J-Lo's music career back from the brink. When she sings "It's a new generation of party people" she means it -- she hasn't had a real hit song since 2002! As KRZ's Music Director I've watched her struggle, releasing song after song trying to climb back on her throne. Sony Music finally dropped her. Then came "Idol" and a contract with the premier hip hop label Def Jam, and we're all dancing with J-Lo again. I can only wish her well! Plus I love her because she has a big backside, proving you don't have to be a Barbie Doll to top the Most Beautiful People list. And she's OLDER than me, yay!
#4: The Band Perry "If I Die Young" I flat out bawled the first time I heard this song. Went through a whole box of Kleenex. "Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother, she'll know I'm safe with you when she stands beneath my colors." Probably NOT something a relatively new Mommy should be listening to! (Oh geez I'm tearing up now just writing this.) But because the song made me so emotional, I had to listen to it again and again. It's so well written, from the point of view of a young teenage girl (singer/songwriter Kimberly Perry is 28 years old) who's passed on and is accepting of it ("what I never did is done/I've had just enough time") and wants nothing more than to comfort her loved ones. She does get one dig in -- "Funny when you're dead how people start listening." And the metaphor "the sharp knife of a short life" would have made my AP English teacher proud! The Band Perry, consisting of Kimberly and her two brothers Reid and Neil, is musically very talented. They transcend their country music genre much like Lady Antebellum, and I expect them to be around for a long time.
#3- Rihanna "S&M" I like it like it come on! Judging by the requests I get, so does everyone else. Another infectous dance jam, about a naughty subject. I waited and waited for the complaint calls from the Moral Majority, but they never came. So that either means we all live in glass houses or we're just dancing to the beat and not worrying about what she's talking about. One day my little Savannah is going to be old enough to ask me tough questions like, "Mommy, what does S&M mean?" I'm already preparing my answer. It's not easy. I can't be a hypocrit, I love music and its free expression. SO how do I balance that as a mother, the keeper of my young daughter's innocence? This will be the subject of my next blog, stay tuned... BTW, the Britney Spears remix? I thought it was "OK." Not sure it was the best thing for Britney -- you can really hear what a weak singer she is compared to Rihanna. She does those sexy little "ow"s very well, however.
#2- The Black Eyed Peas "Just Can't Get Enough" I love how this is two songs in one. It starts off with a very nice vocal from Fergie, followed by a sweet lovesick rap from Will-I-Am. The instrumentation is electronic, chilled beats. Then comes the "Switch Up" -- when the tempo picks up and gets downright SINISTER. One gets the feeling that something terrible has happened that separated this star-crossed couple. "Afflicted/I need it/I'm missing you/I want your lovin right next to me and I can't erase you outta my memory." The feeling is so desperate -- something other than heartache has happened here. Something dark, catastrophic... Hey I need to call up Lee Abrams and Steven Spielberg and talk about the possibilities here!
#1 Adele "Rolling In The Deep" I'm the crazy person you're next to at the red light, belting out this song with my hands banging on the steering wheel. "We could've had it aaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll!" Thank God my windows are up with the AC running so you don't have to hear that! But I can't help it, this song makes me want to cry the blues. It's the best thing I've heard in a long, long time. I don't have her CD yet, but I've heard Adele "21" has many great songs on it. BTW, her CD is called "21" because that is how old she was when she made it! (She's all of 22 now.) She must be the reincarnation of some long gone Mississippi blueswoman from the 1930's. I have been this angry at a man before: "Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your sh** bare/see how I'll leave with every piece of you/don't underestimate the things that I will do." Hell hath no fury...
Well that was fun! I'm going to do this once a month. Next Kelly K Top 5 on this space coming in July!
Feel free to comment and add your own picks. PLEASE!