Tunesday: January 2015

On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are 10 of the top jams I listened to in January…

Queen – Friends Will Be Friends
“When you’re through with life and all hope is lost
Hold out your hand ’cause friends will be friends right ’til the end.”
This was the first song that played on my iPod shuffle on New Year’s Day. It’s my hope that this message of true blue friendship will guide me throughout the year (and so far, it definitely has!)

Bran Van 3000 – Drinking in LA
What the hell am I doing drinking in LA at 26?
This is the song that commemorates my 26th birthday. I may not be drinking the night away in Los Angeles, but I am constantly wondering what the hell I’m doing now that I’m in my mid to late twenties…

Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song
Baby, you make me feel alive and brand new
Bring it one more time, one more time
The original American Idol and new mama released this peppy and poppy new single in advance of her new album, Piece By Piece (out on March 3rd). It perfectly encapsulates that feeling of finding that special someone after facing loneliness and heartbreak. Love love love. ❤

Caro Emerald – That Man
‘Cause like the sweetest serenade
Bet he knows he’s got it made with me
This song by the Dutch jazz singer played during the premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter (which you should all be watching too. #peggycarterrules #hayleyatwellisonfire #girlpower). I was immediately hooked by the 1940s throwback sound and found myself singing and dancing along.

Postmodern Jukebox – Habits (Stay High) [featuring Haley Reinhart]
Spend my days locked in a haze
Trying to forget you babe, I fall back down
Gotta stay high all my life to forget I’m missing you
In collaboration with the modern-to-vintage covers powerhouse Postmodern Jukebox, Haley Reinhart’s retrofied reimagining of Tove Lo’s club hit “Habits (Stay High)” as a jazzified tune is nothing short of remarkable. And if I could pull an Ursula on anyone’s voice, it would be Haley’s.

Hollywood Anderson – My Best Friend
We’ve got the kind of love that could make a blind man see
Mr. Hollywood Anderson stole the show when he auditioned for American Idol Season 14 with this original song. From busking in the subway station in New York City to earning a golden ticket to Hollywood, this young man proves that Idol dreams still can come true.

Glee Cast – You Learn / You’ve Got A Friend
I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone /
Soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest night
As weird as Glee gets (and boy, it’s certainly gotten weirder this season), I just can’t quit this show because the music is too good! Mash-ups in particular are a Glee speciality, and this hybrid of two hits by two of the best female singer-songwriters on the planet, Carole King and Alanis Morissette, is a winning combination.

Katelyn Epperly – Take Me Down
Take me down to the chapel, try to save my soul
The American Idol Season 9 alum recently dropped this dark indie-rock music video, and it’s just the song that’ll complement your mood when you’ve got a case of the winter blues.

NEEDTOBREATHE – Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw)
I know that in my weakness I am stronger
It’s your love that brings me home
NEEDTOBREATHE’s newly released single features guest vocals from Gavin DeGraw, who’s been everywhere these days (not that I’m complaining). It’s earthy and anthemic and has a choir to amplify its uplifting message of comradery.

Carrie Underwood – Little Toy Guns
I wish words were like little toy guns
No sting, no hurt no one
Just a bang bang rollin’ off your tongue
This is the new single from the first volume of country star’s Greatest Hits collection. Just as the music video’s narrative plays out, this song is a reminder of the impact words can have on the people you care about most.

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