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April 2012
“Glad You Came” by The Wanted. Cutie patootie British boy band with a seriously catchy chorus.

December 2011
“Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. Samples an Etta James track, and truly rocks.

November 2011
“Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aquilera. Who knew I was an Adam Levine fan? Two weeks in a row, now. My boys and I love singing this song… how could you not?

October 2011
“Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine. If I was just another dusty record on the shelf / Would you blow me off and play me like everybody else?

“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj. I love her accent and the way she raps. Probably the song I sound most ridiculous trying to sing myself.

September 2011
“I’m in Love” by Jason Tyler. First heard this ear worm on a Target commercial, and it took me days to track down the full song. Love it!

“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not my favorite RHCP ever, but still good and plus, there’s cowbell.

“Learn How to Love” by Tedeschi Trucks Band. Low and slow rock n’ roll.

August 2011
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. I have no idea what this song is about, but I love it.

“Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae. My oldest son shares my affinity for cheesy, high-energy pop like this song. Very, very good for dancing around your kitchen.

July 2011
“Something to Believe In” by Parachute. I’m a sucker for a pop song with a choir.

“Will Do” by TV on the Radio. Very into this dreamy, lush sound lately.

“Two Against One” by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi (featuring Jack White). If you’re listening to this while you cook, you should clearly have a large glass of red wine in one hand, while you’re stirring the pot with the other.

June 2011
“Stuck Between Stations” by The Hold Steady. Storyteller songs that often remind me of Bruce Springsteen.

May 2011
“Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan. Aish.com recently posted a video using this song to celebrate Israel’s birthday, and I can’t get it out of my head. This is the original, which was used as theme music for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“More” by Usher. Good for dancing around the kitchen.

“Blow” by Ke$ha. I am not above liking a performer with a dollar symbol in their name.

“Lost In My Mind” by The Head and the Heart. Folk pop band that reminds me of my days (and middle of the nights) as a college radio DJ on WVBR.

April 2011
“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. This song makes me want to run away and become Adele’s back-up singer. I’ve been practicing, loudly, in my car.

“Sydney I’ll Come Running” by Brett Dennen. This track is from his latest album, “Loverboy,” which is being released this week.

March 2011
“Son of a Gun” by Oh Land. Danish singer; funky and slightly disjointed pop rock that will get into your head and have you singing the chorus over and over.

“Must I Paint You a Picture” by Billy Bragg. This long-lost love came up on my iPod and has firmly entrenched itself in my head. So much yearning. Love it.

“Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. I would say ooh la la, la la la la la.

February 2011
“Grey Cell Green” by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. Heard this on the radio recently and now can’t get it out of my head. Takes me straight back to 1991 and listening to WDRE.

“Scumbag Blues” by Them Crooked Vultures. Dave Grohl FTW. Reminds me of Cream’s “Strange Brew.”

January 2011
“Raise Your Glass” by Pink. Pink always rocks it out. Turn it up loud and sing even louder.

“Panic Switch” by Silversun Pickups. Pleasant droning. Find myself humming the chorus under my breath.

“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine. Discovered this song when we watched the first season of “Covert Affairs,” but I forgot how much I loved it until it was played during a spin class this week. You’ll want to sing the chorus at the top of your lungs.

“Tightrope” by Janelle MonĂ¡e. Fantastic upbeat way to kick off the year.

December 2010
“Animal” by Neon Trees. Oh oh what are you waitin’ for?

“Candlelight” by the Maccabeats. Yeshiva U. a cappella group singing a Hanukkah version of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.”

November 2010
“Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons. Rock banjo, baby. This is not the radio edit.

October 2010
“Tighten Up” by The Black Keys. When I hear just a few random notes I think it’s Amy Winehouse; then it’s not and I’m even happier.

“21 Guns” by Green Day. Recently saw “American Idiot” on Broadway, during the week Billie Joe Armstrong was filling in for an actor on personal leave. Have been listening to the album since, this is my favorite track.

“Short Skirt Long Jacket” by Cake. Old song but I keep hearing it on the radio lately. To my ears, it samples the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” but I can’t find any sources to back me up.

September 2010
“Kids” by MGMT. Truly bizarre video, but a song that always perks my ears up when I hear it on the radio. They’re a 21st century update of synth-pop bands I loved in the late 80s/early 90s (hello, New Order).

July 2010
“Jonathan Low” by Vampire Weekend. Saw Eclipse the day it opened, and although I loved the movie the soundtrack didn’t resonate with me. This is one track I like, though.

June 2010
“Spring and By Summer Fall” by Redhead Blonde. Heard this in the opening of an old episode of Numb3rs. Love it. Dreamy rock that reminds me of a slower, softer “Spotlight” by Mutemath.

“Tredecim” by The Gracious Few. Pure rock from a new band formed from a mash up of part LIVE, part Candlebox.

May 2010
“Defying Gravity” by Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenowith, from the musical “Wicked.” J. surprised me with tickets to “Wicked” for Mother’s Day. The show was absolutely incredible and I have been listening to the soundtrack nonstop since Saturday. This song closes the first act and I sing it loudly, even though I can’t hit any of the notes.

“Cath…” by Death Cab for Cutie. Melodic love and loss. The video is great too.

April 2010
“Song Away” by Hockey. Portland, OR indie rockers that make me wish I still wore Doc Martens and went to see bands at the Academy in NYC.

“Black Water” by David Cevoli. My mom just sent me this link — I used to ride Big Wheels with David when I was 5 or 6. Amazing what 30 years will do! More of his music at davidcevoli.com.

“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train. Catchy pop that references Mr. Mister — what’s not to like?

March 2010
“A Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel. I heard this on the radio recently and was shocked to realized I’d forgotten The Bangles’ version is a cover of this original.

“Breakeven” by The Script. Such a sad story in a beautiful song. I have been singing this around the house so much that G. recognizes it and tells me to stop singing “THAT!” song again.

February 2010
“Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts” by Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers. Happy tune, marching band video. What could be bad?

“Salute Your Solution” by The Raconteurs. I have a new list of bands to try, thanks to a friend’s targeted suggestions. (So far, The Dead Weather — I’ll pass; The Raconteurs — yes, please.)

“Be My Escape” by Relient K. Apparently this band is big on the “Christian punk” scene — I had no idea such a scene existed! Cute and catchy pop tune, with no trace of punk (to my ear).

January 2010
“Moth’s Wings” by Passion Pit. I like the way the music swells up into the chorus. This track was played at the end of last week’s Big Love.

“Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. I have no problem with bubblegum dance tracks.

“Old White Lincoln” by Gaslight Anthem. Jersey punk band — turn the volume up.

“Found Out About You” by Gin Blossoms. I love the structure of this song, and can’t help but feel nostalgic when I hear it since it charted right in the middle of the time I spent as a radio DJ in college.

December 2009
“Gonna Take You There” by Jim Cummings. We took the boys to see the new Disney movie “The Princess and The Frog” this weekend, and everyone loved the music. This was A.’s favorite — he was dancing in his seat!

“The Fixer” by Pearl Jam. I downloaded Backspacer recently and I like it more and more each time I listen. This track is a favorite.

“Replay” by IYAZ. Yes, I know the lyric is “iPod.” But I will continue singing “eyeball” when I’m alone in my car. Carry on.

November 2009
“Meet Me On The Equinox” by Death Cab for Cutie. I think this is the best track from New Moon. I don’t like most of the other music on the soundtrack, so I’m curious to see if I feel any differently after I finally get to see it this weekend.

“Who Says” by John Mayer. My favorite song on the radio right now. The video is great too… but FYI the song doesn’t kick in until almost 45 seconds in.

October 2009
“Buster Voodoo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Wikipedia says, “Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic flamenco guitars.” So awesome!

“Ah La La” by The Takeover UK. Discovered on Pandora. Hard not to sing it “over and over ’til you get my point.”

“She’s a Genius” by Jet. I have no idea what’s going on in this video, but the song rocks.

“1901” by Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. French rockers. I can’t be held responsible for this tune sticking in your head.

September 2009
“Don’t Trust Me” by 3Oh!3. Sometimes you just need to jump around the kitchen and sing loudly. (This is a radio edit, but still be warned that some people might find the lyrics or video offensive. I don’t.)

“40 Dogs (like Romeo and Juliet),” by Bob Schneider. I find great new music like this on 107.1 The Peak all the time. Love the unusual cadence he uses for the verses.

“All My Life,” by Foo Fighters. Reminds me of the Violent Femmes. Love pretty much everything Dave Grohl does.

“Walt Whitman Bridge,” by Marah. I was pointed to this track by a friend’s status line on Facebook. I like finding new music this way!

August 2009
“Runaways,” by XTC. This live version might not knock your socks off, but overall the track is one of my favorite XTC songs.

“Her Diamonds,” by Rob Thomas. Love Rob Thomas. Love Matchbox Twenty. Wish Rob still lived in my town so I could run into him at the supermarket.

“Einstein on the Beach,” by Counting Crows. One of those songs that absolutely drives me to jump around and sing at the top of my lungs.

“Youth of the Nation,” by P.O.D. First song that came up in my iPod today. We are we are…

July 2009
“Waking Up In Vegas,” by Katy Perry. Get up and shake the glitter off your clothes, now/ That’s what you get for waking up in Vegas.

“Check Yes Juliet,” by We The Kings. Who couldn’t use a little more bubble gum pop in this week’s life soundtrack?

“Closer To Love,” by Mat Kearney. I particularly like the drums.

June 2009
“Spotlight,” by Mute Math. I’m back to the Twilight soundtrack again. This track is from the scene when Edward, in his trademark shades, walks into school with his arm around Bella, not caring who is watching. The song would rock hard even without the movie, though.

“Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” by Cage the Elephant. Play loudly while drinking beer.

“Full Moon,” by the Black Ghosts. Also from the Twilight soundtrack, this tune has been constantly running through my head for a couple of weeks. I checked out a bunch of other Black Ghosts tunes and don’t like them nearly as much, unfortunately.

“Supermassive Black Hole,” by Muse. I read the entire Twilight series last week, and watched the movie, too. If you’ve done the same, the fact that I’m cooking to this track this week will be no surprise to you.

“Burnin’ Up,” by Jonas Brothers. G. came home from school singing “I’m sleeping in the lava!” and told me it was the Jonas Brothers. Turns out that misheard lyric is from this track, which sadly I now cannot get out of my head.

May 2009
“Blame It,” by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain. Apparently I live under a rock, because I’ve been singing along to this annoyingly catchy track in the car for a while and only just found out it’s Jamie Foxx. Ron Howard in the video cracks me up — he’s like, “Where am I?”

“Hey You,” by 311. “Down” remains my favorite 311 song, but nearly 13 years later I still like their new stuff, too.

“Say Hey,” by Michael Franti & Spearhead. Upbeat and happy: just try not to bounce while you listen to this reggae pop.

April 2009
“Boom Boom Pow,” by Black Eyed Peas. I am in love with the way Fergie sings “swagger.” (This is the unedited version, with some profanity.)

“Sometime Around Midnight,” by The Airborne Toxic Event. I feel his pain — love the storytelling.

“Come On Get Higher,” by Matt Nathanson. So sappy, but I am helpless when faced with the catchy chorus.

March 2009
“Heartbeats,” by Jose Gonzalez. Following the trend of slow and melancholy. But so beautiful.

“Fault Line,” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Sad and haunting.

“Red Morning Light,” by Kings of Leon. Contemporary southern rock.

“Stockholm,” by New Fast Automatic Daffodils. From my days as a DJ at WVBR, this song has stayed with me and never fails to put me in a happy mood.

“Ain’t No Reason,” by Brett Dennen. Folk rock with a message about not taking your life for granted.

February 2009
“Airstream Driver,” by Gomez. Love this track. Supposedly you can download it for free from their site, but I can’t find where.

“Sour Cherry,” by The Kills. We watched House Bunny this weekend — I’ve been wanting to see it for a while, and it was just as silly and fun as I expected. I love a good makeover story. This track is from the movie.

“Tall Cool One,” by Robert Plant. I loved his album “Now and Zen,” which this track is from. 1988, baby.

“Crush,” by David Archuleta. I haven’t watched AI since the first season, but I really thing this song captures the elation and wistfulness of a high school crush.

January 2009
“Go On Say It,” by Blind Pilot. Indie folk from Portland that isn’t blatantly catchy, but will make you tap your foot to the beat.

“California,” by Hadag Nahash. We watched the director’s cut of You Don’t Mess with the Zohan this weekend, and this Israeli band has a couple of great songs in the movie.

“Dirty Little Secret,” by All-American Rejects. We played Rock Band on our friends’ Wii New Year’s Eve, and had a total blast. This was my favorite song to sing. When I checked out the video today I was tickled to find it based on Postsecret!

December 2008
“Supernatural Superserious,” by R.E.M. You can never go wrong with R.E.M.

“A-Punk,” by Vampire Weekend. No rhyme or reason, just enjoy.

“Peter and the Wolf,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev. The boys went to see a production of this today, and it made me remember this Disney version I’d watched as a child. Part 2 is here.

“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” by Smashing Pumpkins. We’ve been watching Whale Wars on Animal Planet, which I was surprised to hear using this track as their theme song. I think it’s alienating as a opener for the show, but it rocks in every other way.

November 2008
“Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake. At dinner with my friend Paula this week, I confessed to watching “My Own Worst Enemy” just because I loved the Kasabian track in the commercials. She said she did the same with “Chuck” — this is the theme song from that show. I love it too!

“Over the Hills and Far Away” by Led Zeppelin. J. and I were thrilled to find a Led Zeppelin-only station (Sirius 12) this weekend — this track has always been one of my favorites.

“Home In The Woods” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. I find the most random, catchy stuff from the free Starbucks/iTunes downloads. Folksy goodness.

October 2008
“Chasing Pavements” by Adele. Loved it when I heard it on SNL.

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys: We watched The Departed last night, and I can’t get this tune out of my head.

“Club Foot” by Kasabian. Being used in a promo for Christian Slater’s new show, “My Own Worst Enemy.” I’d never heard of Kasabian before I looked up the music in the trailer, but I love most of their high energy, alternative pop tracks.

September 2008
“You Might Die Trying” by Dave Matthews Band. New-to-me song from the most recent episode of House. Sad but wonderful.

“Disturbia” by Rihanna. Love the beat, can’t stand the video. Jodi and I ran into Rihanna performing in the plaza outside the CBS Early Show studios back in June. Hearing her music reminds me of that fun visit!

“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Simple and happy.

“All Summer Long” by Kid Rock. At first, enjoying this tune felt like cheating on Warren Zevon and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now I just go with it and belt it out at the top of my lungs. I am amused every time I hear Kid Rock rhyme “thing” with “thing.”

August 2008
“Rocketship Run” by Laurie Berkner. From her new album. We’ve only listening to it a couple of times, but this track keeps popping back into my head. (And sometimes I forget to turn it off when the kids aren’t even in the car.)

“Follow That Sound” by Sharon Little. Heard this on “The Cleaner,” a new show you should not be watching unless you are folding laundry and need something mindless on in the background. The song rocks, though.

“I’m Amazed” by My Morning Jacket. Free Starbucks/iTunes track. Didn’t like it at first, but now it’s growing on me — it’s a little bit country, a little bit classic rock.

July 2008
“Come Over Here” by Sarah Bettens. Such a sexy bassline. I can’t get enough of this track right now.

“Gilt Complex” by Sons & Daughters. Cool Scottish band with great guitar.

“Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson. I only get to listen to the radio when I’m in my car alone, but I can rely on 107.1 The Peak to play everything from RHCP to John Mayer to this favorite from ’82.

“Dream Catch Me” by Newton Faulkner. Finding this tune light and soothing this week.

“The Queen and I” by Gym Class Heroes. Not the most romantic lyrics, but I love it anyway.

“Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry. Heard this on the radio today and remembered how much I enjoy it. When I looked it up online, I discovered he is the stepbrother of Neneh Cherry, who sang “Trout” with Michael Stipe. And that track always reminds me of “The Pusher” by Steppenwolf, since it’s heavily sampled in “Trout.”

June 2008
“Coffee Shop,” by Landon Pigg. I’m not normally a big fan of this kind of floaty, folksy ballad, but after hearing it on the radio just once I’m catching myself humming the tune over and over.

“Violet Hill,” by Coldplay. Their new album, Viva la Vida, was just released and I love this song.

“Shake It,” by Metro Station. I am completely addicted to the 80s-electronica-pop sound of this California band. The dancing in the video is great fun, too.

“Afternoons & Coffeespoons,” by Crash Test Dummies. A friend’s Facebook status recently referenced the same T.S. Eliot poem as this song (“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”), and made me think back to when it was in heavy rotation on WVBR.

May 2008
“Mercy,” by Duffy. Retro songstress gives Amy Winehouse a run for her money.

This one’s for Merrie: “Summertime”, the new single from together-again New Kids on the Block. A fun summer anthem in the vein of LFO’s “Summer Girls” (which, hey, even references NKOTB). The New Kids on the Block lyrics sound really deep by comparison.

A friend I knew half a lifetime ago moved across the country, became a musician, and changed his name to Jefferson Jay sometime after we lost touch. Through Facebook, natch, a mutual friend told me where I could find him and his band: check them out on MySpace or the band site. I’ve been listening to their 2004 album, Great Story, which I downloaded from iTunes, but they have a new release out now called Red as well.

“Say,” by John Mayer. Love the song, hate the video. Close your eyes and avoid all images of Jack Nicholson while you listen. In fact, just think about John Mayer singing to you personally and you’re golden.

“Kryptonite,” by 3 Doors Down. I like their whole debut album, The Better Life, and ought to find out what they’re up to now…

April 2008
“Dizz Knee Land,” by Dada. Dada’s album Puzzle was in heavy rotation back when I was in college and DJing on WVBR. I caught this track on the radio the other day, dug out my CD and remembered how many songs I enjoyed on the album: “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,” “Posters,” and especially “Dim.”

“Go to Sleep,” by Radiohead. An old friend with whom I used to swap mix tapes can’t believe I don’t like Radiohead. I wondered, am I missing something? I traded for a couple of Radiohead CDs on Swaptree.com, and found this is the only track I really like on Hail to the Thief. Probably because it sounds nothing like the rest of the album!

Awful,” by Hole. You should only listen to this song when you have lots of room to jump around and sing along. My favorite (and most pop?) song from the band.

“MySpace Girl,” by The Afters. Oy, this is bubblegum pop at its worst. But it makes me laugh — how can you not love a song about stalking people on a social networking site? Just take it for what it’s worth and have fun with it.

March 2008
“Summer, Highland Falls,” by Billy Joel. My favorite Billy Joel song. And I also love when J. plays it on piano!

“Lake Michigan,” by Rogue Wave. I’ve posted this track before, but I keep hearing it on my favorite radio station, 107.1 The Peak, and I can’t get it out of my head. I’ve listened to snippets of the rest of the album, but this is the only song that grabs me.

Jigsaw Falling Into Place (Thumbs Down Version),” by Radiohead. An old friend was recently incredulous to learn that I had never really gotten into Radiohead. It’s been a while since I stretched out of my musical comfort zone, so I’m listening to In Rainbows and Amnesiac, trying to see if I feel it.

Let It Whip,” by Dazz Band. 1982, baby! Gotta love the leopard-print leggings and the big hair. I heard some bizarre mash-up on the radio this morning combining this track with a female singer. Can’t beat the original!

February 2008
Weather With You,” by Crowded House. I’m still caught in the early 90s… Woodface is one of those albums that has so many good tracks, it feels like a greatest hits compilation. “How Will You Go” and “Tall Trees” are also favorites.

“If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” by Sugar. Back in high school I listened to WDRE, a now-defunct alternative station that played Bob Mould‘s “See A Little Light.” I became an instant fan. This track is from the album, Copper Blue, which I love.

74-75,” by The Connells. I remember this song being in rotation when I was a DJ at WVBR in college. I loved it from the first moment I heard it, even though it is incredibly sad. It came up on my iPod today and I’ve listened to it over and over again. (There’s a much better quality video on the band’s Web site, but I can’t link to it directly!)

“How Far We’ve Come,” by Matchbox Twenty. Rob Thomas used to live in my town, and people would run into him shopping like a normal person in the local supermarket. I would have gotten a huge kick out of that!

“All-American Girl,” by Carrie Underwood. If I like the Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood, do I like country music? I’m not sure, but lately I keep finding myself humming this tune.