Watch And/Or Listen to This: Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now”

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Disco’s So Hot Right Now, Part 2

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Doja Cat’s “Say So”

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Disco’s So Hot Right Now, Part 1

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Men I Trust’s “Lauren”

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Usually YouTube’s algorithm recommends videos to me that I’ve already seen before or that feature the same people from other videos I’ve just watched. They make sense as recommendations, sure, but it’s hardly impressive that they get it right. But then a few days ago, Men I Trust’s “Lauren” popped up. It’s a groovy little bass-driven number that just screams “good vibes.” It’s a balm for anxiety, as is its music video, which is just a girl in a red jumper riding her bike along a mostly empty road.

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Taylor Janzen’s “What I Do…”

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The vibe here is early 2000s indie pop rock (think Rilo Kiley) but with a Gen-Z twist.

Watch And/Or Listen to This: 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Youngblood”

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I heard this song several times before I knew it was 5 Seconds of Summer. It’s surely their best song!

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Hozier’s “Dinner & Diatribes”

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Here’s another great song/music video I discovered while walking around the Sony Building. Hozier vs. Anya Taylor-Joy is the Great Psychological Battle of 2019: who’d a thunk it? (I’m in love with the lone “ah” that Hozier lets out at 3:26.)

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Sara Bareilles’ “Armor”

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Occasionally I see screenings at the Sony Building in New York. Typically, there are music videos playing on the screens in the hallways by artists on Sony labels. So that’s how I recently discovered Sara Bareilles’ “Armor,” a timely and timeless number about female empowerment with some irresistible jazzy piano.

Every VMA Video of the Year Winner Ranked

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The 2018 VMA’s were just a couple of weeks, which means I’ve had a hankering to rank every Video of the Year winner from most not-the-best to the very best. And so, here is that ranking?

35. Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
34. Katy Perry – “Firework”
33. Britney Spears – “Piece of Me”
32. Eminem – “Without Me”
31. Aerosmith – “Cryin'”
30.¬†Eminem – “The Real Slim Shady”
29. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”
28. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
27. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk ft. Missy Elliott – “Lady Marmalade”
26. Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
25. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
24. Madonna – “Ray of Light”
23. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
22. R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
21. Don Henley – “The Boys of Summer”
20. OutKast – “Hey Ya!”
19. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
18. Panic! at the Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
17. The Cars – “You Might Think”
16. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
15. Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
14. Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
13. Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
12. Neil Young – “This Note’s for You”
11. van Halen – “Right Now”
10. Beyonce – “Formation”
9. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – “Umbrella”
8. TLC – “Waterfalls”
7. INXS – “Need You Tonight/Mediate”
6. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity”
5. Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
4. Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing”
3. Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”
2. Missy Elliott – “Work It”
1. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”

Agree? Disagree? Confused? Let me know!

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Jain’s “Makeba”

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I’m here to identify songs from recent commercials that really strike my fancy. You might recognize this one from a certain Levi’s ad.

Watch And/Or Listen to This: Phantogram’s “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

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This is why I follow the Billboard charts.

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