We're handing the turntables over to Mini Moose this week. Here are her seven picks for October.
SONG OF THE monDAY
“SOS” was the third single from ABBA’s 1975 album, ABBA. The song became an international hit, landing at No. 1 in several countries and peaking at No. 15 in the US on Billboard Hot 100. On the group’s first visit to the US, they performed the song on American Bandstand.
SONG OF THE tuesDAY
Written by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Marqueze Etheridge, and Organized Noize for TLC's 1994 album, CrazySexyCool, "Waterfalls" is the first hit song to reference HIV/AIDS. In 1995, the music video won MTV's Video of the Year, making TLC the first black artist or group ever to win that award.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
“Flash” was written by Brian May and recorded by Queen for the 1980 film, Flash Gordon. There are two versions of the song. “Flash's Theme“ is from the album and includes dialogue from the beginning of the movie. The single version features excerpts from the entire film and can be found on Queen's 1981 Greatest Hits album.
SONG OF THE thursDAY
“Let’s Go Get Stoned” was originally recorded and released by The Coasters and then Ronnie Milsap in 1965. Ray Charles covered the song for his 1966 album, Crying Time. Released shortly after Charles was released from rehab where he was recovering from a 16-year addiction to heroin, the song became a No. 1 hit on Billboard Hot R&B and peaked at No. 31 on Billboard Hot 100.
SONG OF THE friDAY
“All She Wants to Do Is Dance” was written by Danny Kortchmar and recorded by Don Henley for his second studio album, Building the Perfect Beast (1985). Released as the second single for the album, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” is one of Henley’s most commercially successful songs. With background vocals by Patty Smyth and Martha Davis, it peaked at No. 9 on Billboard Hot 100 and was his third song to top Billboard Hot Rock Tracks.
SONG OF THE saturDAY
Written by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” was recorded by Ricky Martin and released from his debut album, Ricky Martin (1999). The Grammy nominated song was an international hit, landing at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 and reaching the Top 10 in at least a dozen countries. Many say ”Livin’ La Vida Loca” is the song that launched the Latin pop explosion and paved the way for artists like Enrique, Marc Anthony, and Shakira.
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SONG OF THE sunDAY
"May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" is a novelty song recorded by "Little" Jimmy Dickens and released in 1965 from his album, May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose. The song spent 18 weeks on the charts, two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country, and was Dickens' only Top 40 hit on Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 15.