Good news about this month’s chart: There seem to be more music videos on YouTube than normal.
|Such a dark, interesting take on such a normally fun song.
|Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation
|Oliver Heldens & Tiësto
|The Right Song (feat. Natalie La Rose)
|This month’s c89.5 song.
|Hold On (Greg Wilson & Peza Remix Feat. The Reynolds)
|Imagine a World (feat. Shanira G)
|Girls in Uniform
|Trevor Jackson Mix
|The original is pretty interesting, too, but I love how Trevor Jackson turns it so long, dark, and weird.
|Neon Indian vs Holy Ghost! Remix
|My new favorite song. The first song of 2016 I rated 5-star.
|For The Foxes
|Running Back to You (feat. Allison Weiss)
|I’m sort of embarrassed to like this song but it’s so catchy!
|Lianne La Havas
|Lost and Found
|Matthew Herbert Remix
|Usually remixes of songs end up on my charts so this is a rare occasion when I picked the original instead. On this one it was close, though. I really love the David Carretta remix, as well.
|Doc L Junior’s Robo-dub
|Midnight to Monaco
|One In A Million
|Thank you Aurea Astro!!! This is on a record label I love called Future Classic.
|Pet Shop Boys
|I love the poppiness of this song. So slick. It’s produced by Stuart Price/Jacques lu Cont/etc. of Madonna (and many others) fame.
|Tell Me Your Secret
|Freak Like Me
|DJ Deeon vs Lee Walker Remix
|6 Inch (feat. The Weeknd)
|Of course it’s difficult to choose just one song, but I especially love this song because of the sample of “2Wicky” by Hooverphonic.
|Shit Hot Soundsystem
|Do It Good
|So in Love With You
|This is a relatively older song but I’d never heard it before and I happened to hear it on c89.5 and it immediately struck me. Dumb but catchy as hell.
|Make Me Fall In Love
|Tiga Vs. Audion Pop Version
|I love his new album No Fantasy Required. Was tough choosing one favorite track.
|Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance the Rapper & Kirk Franklin)
|When it comes to Kanye I always prefer the production over the lyrics.
|Erol Alkan’s Extended Mix
|Aww yeah! It’s been a while since Erol Alkan has put out a remix — it was worth the wait.
|Maggie’s Last Party
|Beats & Bass mix
|I don’t know much about this song but it’s crazy and weird and I love it.
|Action (feat. Cat Power)
|I never would’ve predicted these two artists (Cassius and Cat Power/Chan Marshall) two collaborate. But they did. And it’s great.
|In the Air Tonight (feat. Delacey)
|This is for my Phil Collins-loving friend Aurea Astro.
|I’m In Control (feat. Popcaan)
|Hi & Low
|Do It, Try It
|This song took a few listens but then it really caught me. It’s not what I would’ve expected from M83 — which could be exciting. New album out soon.
|Druid Caravan of Smoke
|So Rick Rubin produced an album of a bunch of electronic music artists doing songs inspired by Star Wars. I love a bunch of the tracks — they are weird, funny, exciting. But this dark one by Shlohmo is definitely my favorite.
One of my favorite new Friday rituals is that when I get off work (usually a little early since it’s Friday), I put on my “5 Star” playlist (i.e. a playlist of all my favorite songs — the playlist itself has 864 songs while my entire iTunes library has a little over 65,000 songs: so these are the top songs) and then I narrow that down even more by listening to my favorites of my favorites — essentially “6 Star” songs. It’s a nice way to end the week and feels a bit nostalgic (I’ve noticed that most of the 5-star songs are over 5 years old). I was telling one of my friends about this and got the idea to post some of the songs I’ve listened to lately. Not sure if I’ll do this regularly or what. Check em out!
|Röyksopp’s Mindre Tilgjengelige remix
|The Smashing Pumpkins
|Thru The Eyes Of Ruby
|Teen Age Riot
|Morgan Geist Graphic Mix
|Étienne De Crécy
|Am I Wrong
|Homecoming (feat. Chris Martin)
|Nine Inch Nails
|Don’t Save Us From The Flames
|Nine Inch Nails
|The Hand That Feeds
|When I Die
|Your Moves Are Mine
|Memories (feat. Kid Cudi)
|Knights of Cydonia
|The Wolfgang Press
|Not Made for Love
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs
|Diplo’s Optimo remix
|Paul Van Dyk
|Nothing But You
|PVD Radio Mix
|God Bless And Goodnight
|Enjoy the Silence
|Someone Like Me
|Move My Body
|Boys Noize remix
|Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Earth Out remix
|Ayo Technology (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
|Paul Revere and The Raiders
|Play That Beat
|All The X’s Have Wings
|Lana del Rey
|Copycat Night Drive Version
|How come I didn’t know about this remix earlier?? Copycat is one of my favorites (and has made numerous appearances on charts past). This remix adds a dark disco-y feel to the haunting original.
|How could I not include it? This song is amazing on so many levels.
|I’ll admit the album version isn’t as good as their performance on Saturday Night Live but it’s still catchy as hell.
|The Girl Is Mine (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)
|I haven’t been a huge fan of mash-ups for quite a while but this is a nice one. Feels like an entirely new song that heavily samples others.
|Dense & Pika Remix
|Rinse & Repeat
|Brodinski & Myd Remix
|Stay (feat. Forrest)
|I haven’t been able to track down the lyrics yet, but it’s something like, “Stay with me. I’m never going to leave. Can’t you see it’s something that I’ll never be. I’m never going to ask you anything. What you feel is just something I’m never going to feel” and I find it so powerful and amazing.
|That German deadpan or whatever that I love so much…
|The Love Track
|David Garcet Remix
|Fred Falke Remix
|Journey To Jupiter
|I only wish a journey to Jupiter would sound this fun.
|Eagles & Butterflies
|We Get High
|Eagles & Butterflies Remix
|A long dark high, then.
|Florence + the Machine
|Queen Of Peace
|Hot Chip Remix
|Jam City Remix
|Us & I (feat. Esser)
|No Role Modelz
|“Fool me — you can’t get fooled again” (yes, this song samples George W. Bush)
|No More Parties in LA (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
|Move Your Body
|If this song gets remixed expect to see it show up again.
|The Love Within
|Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a Bloc Party song this much. Different energy than their earlier more angsty stuff.
|The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra
|Step Into My Life
|M&M Mix by John Morales
|The World Ender
|Reminds me of Timbre Timbre — especially the Timbre Timbre song “Broken Arrow” (and I mean that in a really good way).
|Lemme Know (Feat. Jhené Aiko & DJ Dahi)
|Clean Bandit Remix
|This month’s c89.5 contribution.
|Diplo & Sleepy Tom
|Be Right There
|It was really tough to choose between the Skream remix and the Acid Pauli Clouddiver remix. Great song and great remixes.
|Into This Love
|Shadow Child Re-Edit
|Lianne La Havas
|KIll V. Maim
|François Kevorkian mix
|Heart Is Full
|I’ve been a longtime Miike Snow fan and really love them branching out into sampling. This song samples a bit of “Waiting for Charlie to Come Home” by Marlena Shaw and it’s wonderful.
|Picnic For Players
|U Just Have to Be U
|I Miss You
|Obligatory Adele track. This one was done with Paul Epworth who previously did “Rollin’ in the Deep” with her. Unfortunately this song isn’t as good, though it’s easily my favorite off her new album.
|I knew this track from The Chemical Brother’s early mix/compilation Brothers Gonna Work It Out. I was recently looking for the songs on that mix and came across this one.
|Don’t Break My Heart
|Skin & Bones
|Karl Friedrich Mix
|Mathew Jonson remix
|WTF (Where They From) (feat. Pharrell Williams)
|Too many great things to say about this song and the video. Missy is back!!
|Play No Games (feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign)
|Yes it annoys me how often Chris Brown appears on this list. But I love this song — especially his vocals. And the music video is great, too.
It seems that SoundCloud has disabled embedding new playlists or something, so here is a link to my November 2015 chart on SoundCloud.