It's time to hand the turntables over to Mini Moose. Here are her seven picks for June.
SONG OF THE monDAY
Monday Monday was written by John Phillips and recorded by The Mamas & The Papas for their 1966 album, If You Can't Believe Your Eyes and Ears. It was written in about 20 minutes, features members of The Wrecking Crew, and includes a false ending. The song won a Grammy award and became the group's only No. 1 hit on Billboard Hot 100.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
Wake Me Up was released on June 17, 2013 as the lead single from Swedish DJ Avicii’s debut album, True. Aloe Blacc provides the vocals for the track. Described as a summer anthem by critics, the song hit No. 1 in almost every in the world, landing at the top spot in the US on Billboard Adult Top 40 but peaking at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
All About That Bass is the lead single from Meghan Trainor's debut EP (2014) and studio album, Title (2015). Nominated for a Grammy for both Record and Song of the Year, it spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in 57 other countries. A song about body image, All About That Bass was the third best-selling hit of 2014.
SONG OF THE thursDAY
First released in October 1984 from a-ha’s debut album Hunting High and Low, Take on Me took two versions and three releases before the song finally charted in the UK. In the US, it became the group’s only No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100. The popularity of the song has been attributed to its innovative music video, which was nominated for eight video awards and winning six of them.
SONG OF THE friDAY
Written by Jeff Lynne, Xanadu is from the 1980 movie, Xanadu. Olivia Newton-John recorded the song with Electric Light Orchestra. It hit No. 1 in several countries, including in the UK where it is ELO’s only chart-topper in the group's history. In the US, Xanadu peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Adult Contemporary and No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100.
SONG OF THE saturDAY
Solitary Man was written by Neil Diamond and released as his debut single as a recording artist. Previously, he had been writing songs for others, with one of our favorites being The Monkees. Originally released from Diamond's 1966 debut album, The Feel of Neil Diamond, Solitary Man can also find it on many collections, including The Banger Years (1966 - 1968). The song peaked at No. 55 on Billboard Hot 100, but has since become a classic and has been covered by several artists including Johnny Cash and Chris Isaak, to name a few.
SONG OF THE sunDAY
The Luckiest is from Ben Fold’s debut solo album, Rockin’ the Suburbs (2001). The song was written for Amy Heckerling’s 2000 movie, Loser, but the scene it was meant for was deleted. It was never released as a single, but it is one of our favorite Ben Fold jams here at Vinyl.