It's time to hand the turntables over to Mini Moose. Here are her seven picks for May.
SONG OF THE monDAY
Honky Cat is from Elton John's album, Honky Chåteau. Released on July 31, 1972, it charted in six countries, peaking in the US at No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100, No. 6 on Adult Contemporary, and No. 18 on Cash Box Top 100. Since its release, Honky Cat has become a staple on classic rock radio stations and is one of Elton John’s most popular hits. Lee Ann Womack covered it for the 2018 tribute album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and at Vinyl, Honky Cat is our Karaoke Night go-to jam.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
Thunderstruck is the lead single from AC/DC's 1990 album The Razors Edge. What started as a guitar riff has now sold over a million copies, since it became available for digital download. Released with a B-side of Fire Your Guns, Thunderstruck peaked at No. 5 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock charts and is played during all OKC Thunder basketball games.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
Poker Face is from Lady Gaga’s 2008 album, The Fame. Written by Gaga and RedOne, it topped the charts in over 20 countries and became the best-selling song of 2009 in the world. The main gist behind the song is it’s about sex and bisexuality with an ode to her previous rock-n-roll boyfriends mixed in. It was nominated for a Grammy for Song and Record of the Year and won for Best Dance Recording.
SONG OF THE thursDAY
Paris (Ooh La La) was the second single released from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' third studio, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (2010). The song is a sultry and rockin' jam that, from the very first beat to the last, will leave you wanting to hit repeat...twice. There's a music video, too.
SONG OF THE friDAY
Super Bass was released as the fifth single from Nicki Minaj’s 2010 debut studio album, Pink Friday. Written by Minaj, Ester Dean, Roahn Hylton, and Kane Beatz, the song's about a romance. It hit the charts in 16 countries, peaking at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on Billboard Rhythmic.
SONG OF THE saturDAY
Written by Tim Nichols and Mark Sanders, Heads Carolina, Tails California was recorded by Jo Dee Messina and released in 1996 as her debut single from her album, Jo Dee Messina. The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot Country, No. 3 on Canada Country Tracks, and was No. 11 on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.
SONG OF THE sunDAY
Fire and Rain was written and recorded by James Taylor. Released from his 1970 album Sweet Baby James, it’s partially about a friend who had committed suicide but also about a stint in a mental institution where Taylor stayed to help recover from drug and alcohol additions. The "fire" represents electric shock therapy, and the "rain" represents the cold showers after. Carole King plays the piano on the recording.