It's time to hand the turntables over to Mini Moose. Here are her seven picks for January.
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Americans is from Janelle Monåe's third studio album, Dirty Computer. Released on April 27, 2018, it's Monåe's first album to step outside the Cindy Mayweather's Metropolis series and has garnered two Grammy nominations. Americans is a powerful protest anthem that includes samples of a speech by Pastor Sean McMillan. Unfortunately, the song hasn't been released as a single.
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Ants Marching was released in September 1995 as the second single from Dave Matthews Band’s debut studio album, Under the Table and Dreaming (1994). A live version had been previously included on Remember Two Things (1993). The song is about getting caught up in the monotony of everyday life and forgetting what’s important. In interviews, Dave Matthews has said it is the band’s anthem.
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Disappear was written by Michael Hutchence and Jon Farriss and released in 1990 as the second single from the INXS album, X (1989). The song peaked at No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s seventh and last Top 10 hit.
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Fly Away was released as the fourth single from Lenny Kravitz's 1998 album, 5. The song peaked at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 100 and earned Kravitz a Grammy award. It's been used in several commercials and movies, including Coyote Ugly (2000) and a 1999 NBA Finals promotional commercial.
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Danny’s Song was written by Kenny Loggins as a gift to his brother, Danny, after the birth of his son. It first appeared on Gator Creek (1970) and again on the Loggins Messina debut album, Sittin’ In (1971). Anne Murray covered the song in 1972 for her album, Danny’s Song. Her version hit No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100 and earned Murray a Grammy nomination.
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Spirit in the Sky was written and originally recorded by Norman Greenbaum. It was released in December 1969 from the album, Spirit in the Sky. It peaked at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and stayed in the Top 100 for 15 weeks. Greenbaum wrote the song after watching Porter Wagoner sing a gospel song on TV.