Category Archives: my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “The Right Thing to Do”

I first wrote about this song last May, saying, “Riding that coffeehouse piano vibe, with snappy production from Richard Perry — it sounds so deliciously crisp — Simon sings the hell out of this out-and-out love song for her then-husband James Taylor. … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, my favorite songs, pop

My favorite songs: “Music Sounds Better With You”

I had to get to this at some point. This song is why I love filter house/French Touch so much: it’s disco-y goodness, it’s a chunk of a Chaka Khan record sampled and looped into infinity, it’s dance music that never fails to … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “When Wrong Is Right”

If you don’t know the story of June Millington, you should. Start with her Wikipedia entry, and then move on to Ann Powers’s piece on and interview with Millington from 2015. Short version: founder of groundbreaking all-female rock band Fanny in the early … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, women's music

My favorite songs: “King Holiday”

As the story goes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Dexter Scott King called Kurtis Blow, and asked him to make a record celebrating the legacy of his father, and the (then-)forthcoming national holiday for him, which was first celebrated … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, hip hop, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Flava In Ya Ear (The Bad Boy Remix)”

Oh, NYC hip-hop in 1994: perfection, absolute perfection. Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” is a now-and-forever jam, but never underestimate the power of mid-’90s Puffy to lace something up even sweeter. In this case, Puff took the original instrumental … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, hip hop, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “I Got Him All the Time (He’s Mine Remix)”

The early-mid ’90s were glory days for R&B, with girl groups everywhere, good for a couple singles before they disappeared. And at least one of ’em almost always had a remix with a guest rapper, as those versions were just … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Control Myself”

20 years into his career, Uncle L was still making bangers — in this case, thanks also due to Jermaine Dupri (god, what a great, underrated producer) and Jennifer Lopez (providing the perfect come-on vocals) — but most thanks to … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, hip hop, my favorite songs