Category Archives: my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “Late Nights and Early Mornings”

This song is the single greatest Prince rip of all time — yes, even moreso than “Oh Sheila” — and it’s not just due to the highly effective way that Marsha Ambrosius uses the Linn drum here. No, it’s also the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Sanctified Lady”

I recently had a moment of reckoning with Marvin Gaye’s “Sanctified Lady.” I was driving north up the California coast on US 1, from Santa Cruz (which I call home) to San Francisco (where I lived for 9 years and … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, R&B, RIP

My favorite songs: “I Just Wanna Be Mad”

Canadian country singer/guitarist Terri Clark has never gotten the credit she deserves. From 1995-2004 she notched 10 top 10 country singles in the US, seven of those going top three (including a pair of #1s), but today she seems to have … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, country, 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