I’m always surprised when writers say they need music playing when they write. Not me. Music is what I dance or sing to, which is probably a result of my years as a performer. (This is also why I don’t read my drafts out loud like a lot of authors do. I start acting them out and lose all focus on the writing. Once a ham, always a ham.)
Anyhoo, when it comes to music, I love all genres – swing, musicals, Bollywood – but my go-to is pop. Basically, I have the musical taste of a tween, AARP card notwithstanding. Even my current crushes are tweeny: Harry Styles, Stephen Sanchez, and V from BTS. A little creeped out by this? Sorry not sorry – which also happens to be a great Demi Lovato song. (I also highly recommend her fab anthem, “Confident.”)
I thought I’d share a selected playlist of my current faves with you today. If you’re planning a holiday party, I hope it comes in handy. If you just want to car-dance, you’re welcome. I’ll throw in a couple of links – marked in orange – but not too many. I don’t want to break WordPress the way us Swifties broke Ticketmaster!
Levitating: artist, Dua Lipa. This is my favorite song from her album “Future Nostalgia,” but pretty much every song on the album is great.
Stupid Love: artist, Lady Gaga. I love, love, love me some Lady Gaga. Talk about setting a high pop bar.
Rain on Me: artists, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. Enjoy this double dose o’ diva.
Juice: artist, Lizzo. More love! For every song Lizzo does and the self-acceptance she promotes.
Butter: artists, BTS. From my current boy band fix, BTS. This song makes me SO happy. If you want to see a great performance, go to YouTube and search “Butter BTS Grammy performance.”
Watermelon Sugar High: artist, Harry Styles. Harry. Styles. ‘Nuff said.
Anti-Hero: artist, Taylor Swift. Taylor’s latest. But you can’t go wrong with anything she writes. I’d share the video but I’m a little afraid of her.
Shivers: artist, Ed Sheeran. Like his pal Taylor, he writes great pop in general.
Never Not Gonna Dance Again: artist, P!nk. No pop list is complete without a song from the queen of anthem rock. Such a great voice.
Don’t Stop the Party: artist, Pitbull. My kid still talks about the Kesha-Pitbull concert I took “her” to. And she still shudders at the memory of me fangirling.
Fireball: artist, Pitbull. another dance keeper from Mr. Worldwide. A friend’s daughter co-wrote this. Ah, the perks of living in Hollywood.
I haven’t taken Zumba in a while, so I’m low on actual song names. But check out any Zumba class online and you’ll find great Latin tunes.
I’m Drunk and I Don’t Wanna Go Home: artists, Elle King and Miranda Lambert. I defy you not to belt the refrain of this along with Elle King and Miranda Lambert.
Lil Bit: artists, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly. This song is the perfect country-hip hop mashup. It’s a favorite at the weekly Dance it Out class I attend. (I owe a good portion of my current dance favorites to master teacher Tricia McNatt. Thanks, Tricia!!)
Justified, High Horse, Rainbow: artist, Kacey Musgraves. None of these are dance-y, but all are beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever not teared up listening to Rainbow.
I tend to gravitate towards women rappers. Here are two favorites:
Super Freak Girl: artist, Nicki Minaj. Another great rap from the woman who delivered the classic, Super Bass. Here she riffs on the iconic Rick James song, Super Freak. Warning: do NOT play this song for Grandma!!
Big Energy: artist, Latto. This catchy rap benefits from a heavy sampling of Tom Tom Club’s “Genuis of Love,” which has to be the most sampled song in the world.
Until I Found You: artist, Stephen Sanchez. This song came out last year but is suddenly everywhere. And I’m so glad it is. It’s downright swoony.
I could go on forever with this playlist. However, that would mean more typing and less dancing. But before I go… A few weeks ago, the fam and I went to the B52s farewell tour, where my favorite group of all time, KC & the Sunshine Band, opened the show. So I’m signing off today with my favorite songs from those classic party bands: “Roam” and “Get Down Tonight.”
Readers, what are some of your favorite songs? Do you like your music pop-y like me?