Song of the Day #2,261: ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ – Lorde

lorde_royalsIt’s been more than a year since Lorde released her celebrated debut album, Pure Heroine, but there’s no rest for a modern-day pop star, so naturally everybody is wondering what the hell she’s done for us lately.

Well, there’s no telling when her next album will be out, but for now we have this excellent offering from the soundtrack to the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

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Song of the Day #2,260: ‘Booty’ – Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea

jennifer_lopez_bootyI guess the late summer of the ass song was bound to culminate in something as horrible as this. Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Booty,’ featuring Iggy Azalea, is the sort of thing that makes me sympathize with the terrorists.

This song was initially released with a rap by frequent J Lo collaborator Pitbull, but somebody realized that two female asses are better than one, so Iggy Azalea was recruited for the remix. Thirty-three million YouTube views (and counting) suggest that somebody was right.

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Song of the Day #2,258: ‘Jackson’ – Johnny Cash & June Carter

johnny_cash_jacksonJohnny Cash are certainly the most famous husband and wife singing duo in history. Their story is so beloved it was made into an Oscar winning film.

Second place would probably go to another couple whose story was made into a very different sort of film. That would be Ike and Tina Turner, whose abusive relationship was captured in What’s Love Got to Do With It.

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Song of the Day #2,257: ‘Over You (Live)’ – Miranda Lambert

miranda_lambert_concertI started the week with a live Miranda Lambert performance, so I’ll finish it the same way.

This viral video hit the web a week or so back. In it, Lambert is singing ‘Over You’ — a song about the death of husband Blake Shelton’s brother — when she approaches a young fan. The girl, 7-year-old Brooke Hester, is suffering from stage four cancer.

Hester handed Lambert a flower and Miranda was pretty much done for.

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Song of the Day #2,256: ‘Earthquake Driver’ – Counting Crows

counting_crows_somewhere_under_wonderlandMy wife and I saw Counting Crows in concert a few months ago, in a sort of 90s throwback show with opening band Toad the Wet Sprocket.

They sounded wonderful. Frontman Adam Duritz looked like he’s just crawled out of a dumpster but his distinctive voice was in top form and he rattled off his intricate lyrics without a hitch, owning every moment onstage.

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Song of the Day #2,255: ‘The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)’ – U2

u2_songs_of_innocenceTens of millions of people were given U2’s new album for free a couple of weeks ago, and nobody really cared.

The publicity stunt, coordinated with Apple to accompany the announcement of their new iPhone models, netted the band a reported $100 million but simultaneously revealed that they are no longer the “greatest rock band in the world.”

In fact, the massive gifting of their new album, Songs of Innocence, prompted enough bafflement to inspire a hilarious ‘Who is U2?’ Tumblr.

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