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TBT 8/6/15 1996 Music

Mariah Carey- Fantasy 


No Doubt- Just A Girl 


LL Cool J- Doin’ It 


Oasis- Wonderwall 


Mary J. Blige- Not Gon Cry 


Celine Dion- Because You Loved Me 


Los Del Rio- Macarena 


Bone Thugs N Harmony- Crossroads 


Sheryl Crow- If It Makes You Happy 


Metallica- Until It Sleeps 


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A Beat A Day 365 

LBoggie’s Pop World

Rantings of a Third Kind

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TBT 5/18/15

Jaheim- Finding My Way Back (2010) 


Rascal Flatts- Bless The Broken Road (2004) 


Tupac- Dear Mama (1995) 


Trin-i-tee 5:7- God’s Grace (1998) 


Heather Headley- i Wish I Wasn’t (2002) 


Brooks & Dunn- Neon Moon (1992) 


Selena- Bidi Bidi Boom Boom (1994) 


Elvis- Burning Love (1973) 


Dream- He Loves You Not (2001) 


Marvin Winans- Just Don’t Wanna Know (2007) 


Matchbox Twenty- Unwell (2003) 


Other bloggers reflecting on TBT

Red Leaf Gold Teeth 

Girl About Film

What Kumquat 

Single Woman Chronicles (Apparently, the ladies need me in the ATL. 80,000, really?)

BillingMusic

OxenTrot 

Scarecrow Grin

Feeling Ducky 

Ridin’ The Pine

Flypinions

Random Music Blog

Little Big Town Top 10

Oh, Little Big Town, how I love the harmonies that you all create. The way that their four voices blend together is magical. Pain Killer, their most recent album is by far their best. It’s their most adult album to date and two great singles, “Day Drinking” and “Girl Crush”, have headlined it.

Here they are performing “Girl Crush” at The Grand Ole Opry.

LBT has done a phenomenal job of staying competitive in a very tight space. There are so many other talented groups out there. Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, and The Band Perry are all incredible in their own special ways, but Little Big Town happens to stick out.

The song “Pontoon” still seems to be not only a summer hit but one year around. Before I knew it I was jamming to a song about a boat, and I must say I still enjoy it to this day.

I hope to see the newest Grand Ole Opry members sometime soon. Hopefully, it’ll be the next time they come to New Orleans or Baton Rouge for the Bayou Country Superfest.

Let’s head to a “Little White Church” and check out the top 10 Little Big Town songs:

10. Your Side of the Bed 


9. Deep River Woman 


8. Sober 


7. Little White Church 


6. Tornado 


Let’s go motorboatin’ to the top 5.

Jill Scott Top 10 Countdown and New Music

When we think of Women’s History Month we should be think of the strength that all women personify. I must say that Jill Scott is one hell of an example. The way that she writes a love song is comparable to no one else. Her songs take you on a ride that frankly you don’t want to get off of. Don’t believe me check out her VH1 Storytellers special.

She has recently put out new music and an anticipated album is sure to follow. The video for her new single, “You Don’t Know” is below.

She is a mother, singer, writer, actress, poet, and above all she is a poster child for Women’s History Month.

Some songs that did not make the top 10:

My Love 


Lovely Day 


Shame 


Hear My Call 


Crown Royal 


Sometimes I Wonder 


The Fact Is (I Need You) 


Gimme 


Please go to the next page to view the Jill Scott top 10 songs.

10 TBT Videos 3/5/15

  1. Poison- Every Thorn Has Its Thorn (1988) 

  2. Fantasia- Baby Mama (2004)

  3. Shaggy- Mr. Boombastic (1995)

  4. Hoobastank- The Reason (2003) 

  5. Chuck Berry- Johnny B. Goode (1958) 

  6. Blake Shelton- Austin (2001) 

  7. Dream- He Loves You Not (2000) 

  8. Tony! Toni! Tone!- It Never Rains (In Sunny California) (1990)

  9. Daft Punk- Get Lucky (2013)

  10. Billy Idol- Mony Mony (1987)

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10 TBT music videos 2/19/15

  1. Taylor Swift- Mine (2010) 

  2. Usher- Nice & Slow (1997) 

  3. Alabama- Mountain Music (1981)

  4. SWV- Right Here (1993) 

  5. K.D. Lang- Constant Cravings (1992) 

  6. Gretchen Wilson- Redneck Woman (2004) 

  7. Donnie McClurkin- We Fall Down (2000)- 

  8. Eamon- I Don’t Want You Back- 


  9. AC/DC- Highway to Hell (1979) 

  10. The Beatles- Come Together (1969) 

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Black History Month Presents: Lionel Richie & Commodores Top 10

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite singer/performer of all-time is Lionel Richie. His music is timeless and incomparable. As a performer Richie doesn’t need dancers and all of the lights. All he needs is that voice and a piano.

As a young man, the world was introduced to Lionel Richie when he was the lead singer of the Commodores and in the early 80’s he decided to go solo and create many more hits.

Lionel’s music is so well liked, he decided to “countrify” his hits and made some of them better on the Tuskegee album. On the album, Richie teamed up with a few of country’s best artists and remade 13 of his and the Commodores’ hits.

Typically, I do a top 10 countdown and leave it at that, but because there are so many hits I have decided to do a top 10 for both The Commodores and Lionel Richie.

A few that didn’t make either list:

Ballerina Girl


Truly


Just For You


I Call It Love


To continue to the Commodores Top 10 countdown please continue to the next page. 

Kirk Franklin Top 10

Kirk Franklin has been continuously putting out records that have inspired and motivated people of faith and even non-believers. In addition, he has had more choirs than I can name which keeps his sound ever changing. Tamela Mann, David Mann, Myron Butler, Isaac Carree, and others have all done backup roles for Franklin before having their solo success. From Dove Awards, to Grammy Awards, and Stellar Awards, Kirk Franklin has already become a legend in the gospel music genre and as a crossover artist. Not bad for someone who can’t carry a tune. The reason I like his music so much is because it is always modern. For example, he took classics like “Why We Sing” and “Something About The Name Jesus” and made them new while respecting their historical significance.

First, a few that did not make the countdown.

Give Me 


Hide Me


Silver & Gold


A God Like You


He Reigns/Awesome God


 Something About The Name Jesus


  1. Hosanna

  1. Declaration (This Is It)

  1. Melodies From Heaven

  1. Lean On Me

  1. Brighter Day

For the top 5 Kirk Franklin songs please proceed to the next page.

Pink Top 10 Countdown

Quick, name someone who does not like Pink’s music. Her music pulls some sort of emotion out of a listener. Her music is down to earth like we imagine her to be. Her music is uplifting and it brings out your inner rebel. (She would have been a huge country star.) She can also sing upside down on a trapeze. A lot of artists can’t sing standing up.

Pink made it well known when she first debuted on the scene that she was not Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, or Jessica Simpson. She is honest in her music and that may what I and many others like P!NK.

Those that didn’t make the countdown:

True Love


U + Ur Hand


There You Go


Blow Me (One Last Kiss)


Please Don’t Leave Me


10. Who Knew


9. Get This Party Started


8. Sober


7. Raise Your Glass


6. F****** Perfect


To continue to the top 5 please go to the next page.

Young Veteran Series Presents: Kanye West Top 10

Yes, Mr. West is in the building. For a decade, Kanye has made a strong argument for being named the best rapper alive. The Chicago native has put out hit after hit and has never disappointed. I must say that I had lost a great deal of respect for West after he interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV VMA Awards in 2009. It was out of line and uncalled for, but since then he has let his music do all of the talking for him.

Let us look back at a a couple of his most memorable moments:

Though Kanye seems to have a tough, brash persona, his music is actually deep, sympathetic, empathetic, and very meaningful. In his latest song he portrays his mother in the third voice speaking down to Kanye and his daughter, North.

Click here for a previous release his newest song “Only One” featuring Sir Paul McCartney.

Kanye West is my favorite rapper, because he is not like the rest. He does not reuse the same material verse after verse. I personally, do not care about how much money someone has, how many women they are sleeping with, how many cars they driving, or how much an outfit costs. He discusses political and social ideals that are truly not ignorant. Though his opinion may not be in the majority, he is at least willing to share his opinion. For that reason alone he should be respected. Even Kanye said that he was the abomination of Obama’s nation.

Typically, when I write about an artist’s Top 10 songs I select ten songs and leave it there, but Mr. West deserves two separate countdowns. One is for the work that he has done on his own, and the other for all of the collaborations that he has done.

Top 10 Kanye West songs:

10. Heard ‘Em Say


9. Stronger


8. All Falls Down


7. Jesus Walks


6. Flashing Lights


To continue to the top 5 Kanye West songs please go to the next page.

Country Music Star Darius Rucker receives honor

Darius Rucker has come a long way from singing his University of South Carolina friends. Rucker began singing as the lead vocalist of the band Hootie and the Blowfish in 1986. His deep, soulful voice lead the band to a couple of Grammy awards. Also, the band’s first album, Cracked Rear View, went 16X platinum. Hootie and the Blowfish had hits like, “Let Her Cry”, “Hold My Hand”, and “Only Wanna Be With You”. The band decided in 2008 to take a hiatus so that Rucker could pursue a solo career.

Rucker’s first album, Learn to Live, charted three number one hits. They were “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, “Alright”, and “It Won’t Be like This For Long”. His second album didn’t fail. Actually, it was certified gold. But his third album, True Believers may have been his best one yet. It featured a remake of Bob Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel”. The song went 3X platinum, won a Grammy, and never ceases to get old.

He later went on to record a Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, which is in stores now.

This South Carolina Gamecock fan continues to break down barriers and make history.

  • 2nd African- American with a #1 country song
  • Only African- American to win the CMA New Artist of the Year
  • Became a Grand Ole Opry Member in 2012

It is honor give Darius Rucker this week’s Young Veteran award. Between you and me, I don’t think it’s possible for this artist to stop making great music.

These are the Top 10 Darius Rucker songs.

10. Homegrown Honey

9. True Believers

8. It Won’t Be Like This For Long

7. Stuck On You Duet with Lionel Richie

6. Come Back Song

To continue to the top 5 please go to the next page.

Top Pop/Rock Songs of 2014

In 2014, Pop/Rock music welcomed an incredible rookie class of new artists like Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, MAGIC, A Great Big World, and others. While Ed Sheeran, Paramore, and One Republic returned to hit making. Oh, and by the way, Taylor Swift was a huge free agent pick up. Year after year it seems as if a Pop/Rock star can be made after one song or they can fizzle away. The artists on this list appear to buckled in for a long haul.

Some of the songs that did not make the top 25 list:

Maroon 5- Maps

Iggy Azelea- Black Widow

Pitbull- Fireball

Sia – Chandelier

Demi Lovato – Really Don’t Care

One Direction- You & I

Tove Lo- Habits

Ed Sheeran- Sing

Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys

Paramore- Still Into You

Mary Lambert- Secrets

To continue to the top 25, please go to the next page.

Top Country Songs of 2014

Country music took another positive step further in 2014. It’s arguable that this genre is the best and most competitive. There were so many quality songs, so it is understandable if some of these songs are out of order.

Some of the songs that did not make the top 25 list:

Rascal Flatts- Rewind

Frankie Ballard- Sunshine & Whiskey

Florida Georgia Line- Dirt

Keith Urban- Somewhere in My Car

Blake Shelton- Neon Light

Darius Rucker- Homegrown Honey

Dustin Lynch- Where It’s At

David Nail- Kiss You Tonight

Kip Moore- Dirt Road

Kacey Musgraves- Follow Your Arrow

Hunter Hayes- Invisible

The Band Perry- Chainsaw

To continue to the top 25, please go to the next page.