We're back from MAR 2020 and have handed the turntables over to Mini Moose. Here are her seven picks for July.
“You Don't Mess Around with Jim“ is from Jim Croce's album, You Don't Mess Around with Jim (1972). It was Croce's debut single. After 11 weeks on the charts, the song peaked at No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100.
Written by Percy Mayfield, “Hit the Road Jack” was made famous when Ray Charles recorded it in 1961 with Margie Hendrix, vocalist for The Raelettes. “Hit the Road Jack” became the Charles’s sixth No. 1 hit on Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the performer’s signature songs. The Chantels released an answer song – “Well, I Told You” – that charted at No. 29.
“Are You Gonna Go My Way” is the lead single from Lenny Kravitz’s 1993 album, Are You Gonna Go My Way. The song was released as an airplay-only single, which kept it from officially charting on Billboard Hot 100, but it hit No. 1 on “Album Rock Tracks.” It also nabbed the top spot in Australia for six weeks, hit No. 5 spot in the UK, and become Diamond certified in Brazil.
“Angry Johnny” was released in 1995 from Poe’s debut album, Hello. Though it received heavy radio play, the song was only released as a single in Australia. Tons of promotional singles were released all over the world with a range of sound from a “Full Band Version” to an acoustic style that features a cello.
“Lemon Meringue” is from Poe’s 2000 album, Haunted. The song was never released as a single, but we think it’s a sweet jam. The whole Haunted album is underrated and well worth the listen.
“Rhythm Nation” was the second single released from Janet Jackson’s fourth studio album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song was written as a response to various tragedies in the media and became an international hit, peakinj at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100.
Composed by A.R. Rahman for the movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008), “Jai Ho” won an Academy Award for "Best Original Song" and a Grammy for "Best Song for a Motion Picture and Television or Other Visual Media." Three singers are credited to "Jai Ho" - Sukhwinder Singh (principal vocalist), Vijay Prakash, and Mahalakshmi Iyer.