The third installment in the Shuffling Catchy Songs series is jam-packed with those toe-tapping tunes you can't get out of your head, no matter how hard you try.
“Bang Bang” was recorded by Janis Martin and released as a single in 1958, the same year Martin was dropped from the RCA Records because she had gotten pregnant when she was 16 years-old. The song failed to chart but can be found on the compilation albums Rockin’ Rollin’ Janis, Vol. 2 (1977), The Female Elvis: The Complete Recordings (1987)., and Here I Am (1992).
“U Can't Touch This” is from MC Hammer's 1990 album, Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em. Rick James shares the writing credit because it samples his “Super Freak.” It is Hammer's most successful song, selling 18 million copies.
"Funkytown" is from Lipps Inc.'s debut album Mouth to Mouth. Released in 1980, it held the record for reaching number one in 28 countries, more than any other single release until 2005 when Madonna's "Hung Up" reached #1 in 41 countries.
“Groove Is In the Heart” is a 1990 song by Deee-Lite. Released as the first single from the album, World Clique, the song peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 and took the top spot on the dance charts. Lady Miss Kier sings lead vocals with Bootsy Collins providing back-up. Q-Tip, of A Tribe Called Quest, delivers the rap.
“Rockin' With the Rhythm of the Rain” was released as the third single from The Judds’s 1985 album, Rockin' with the Rhythm. The song marked the group’s seventh number one country hit, one of four from that album, and spent twelve weeks on the charts.
“No Rain” was released as the second single for Blind Melon’s 1992 debut album, Blind Melon. The song hit No. 20 on Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Album and Rock Tracks charts. The music video features a Bee Girl character played by Heather DeLoach.
“I Gotta Feeling” is the second single released from the Black Eyed Peas' album, The E.N.D (2009). Together with “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling” made the Peas one of only 11 groups to hold the top two positions on the charts simultaneously. It was also the first song in history to sell over 7 million digital downloads and is currently the highest-selling digital single to date in the US.
“Good Feeling” was first released as a single by Flo Rida in 2012. It's also featured on his 2012 album, Wild Ones. It peaked at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100, making it Flo Rida's sixth top-ten single. The song samples Etta James's 1962 hit “Something's Got a Hold on Me.”
Written for Barbershop: The Next Cut, “Good as Hell” was originally released in 2016 as the lead single from Lizzo's EP, Coconut Oil. The song was re-released in 2019 as part of the singer's debut studio album, Cuz I Love You (Super Deluxe), and became an international hit – landing on the charts in over a dozen countries and peaking at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100.
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" was written by Elliot Lurie and recorded by Looking Glass for their debut album, Looking Glass (1972). The song is supposedly about Mary Ellis, a spinster who lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the early 1800s.
Written by Don Schlitz, “The Gambler” was recorded by several artists, including Johnny Cash for the 1978 album Gone Girl, but it was Kenny Rogers’ version that hit #1 on country charts and crossed over to the pop charts, which was rare in 1978.
“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 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.
Written by John Ellison, “Some Kind of Wonderful” was first recorded by Soul Brothers Six in 1967 that peaked at No. 91 on Billboard Hot 100. Grand Funk Railroad recorded the song in 1974 for their album All the Girls In the World Beware!!!. Their version hit No. 3.
“Bang Bang” is by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. It was released in 2014 from the albums Sweet Talker and My Everything. The song debuted at No. 6 on Billboard Hot 100, eventually climbing to No. 3. It was nominated for a Grammy and has been used in several movies and TV commercials.