Song of the Day #3,448: ‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

Singer Camila Cabello unexpectedly left girl group Fifth Harmony one year ago (the band’s official press release noted that they had been informed “via her representatives”) to embark on a solo career. Good move on her part, it seems, as her first single sits at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

‘Havana’ is a sultry fusion of Latin influences and American pop and hip-hop. Cabelo, who was born in Cuba and spent her childhood moving between her home country and Mexico before relocating to Miami, manages to pay effective tribute to her culture while delivering a massive radio hit.

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Song of the Day #3,447: ‘Rockstar’ – Post Malone feat. 21 Savage

After two weeks spent on what my kids are listening to, it’s time for one last 2017 installment of ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ — featuring the songs currently at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100.

In the top spot is ‘Rockstar’ by rapper Post Malone (featuring 21 Savage). This track has occupied #1 for eight straight weeks, the longest span for any hip-hop song this year.

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Song of the Day #3,446: ‘Whiplash’ – Selena Gomez & The Scene

An interesting pairing this weekend by the Randon iTunes Fairy. Selena Gomez is another pop artist, like Ariana Grande, who has released an excellent album in recent years that I wouldn’t have appreciated back in the day.

In Gomez’s case, it was 2015’s Revival, which very effectively launched the sexy new phase of her career. Several tracks on her good pal Taylor Swift’s new album borrowed the sound and feel of that record. Selena did it first, and better.

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Song of the Day #3,445: ‘Dangerous Woman’ – Ariana Grande

It took me many years to finally embrace pop music. I realize this every time a classic Madonna song plays on the radio and I think to myself “this is damn good” while recalling my utter disdain for all things Madonna when she actually mattered.

Failing to appreciate good pop music is like saying a comedic film is somehow innately inferior to a dramatic one. I was probably guilty of that for a long time, too.

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Song of the Day #3,444: ‘I’m Still Standing’ – Elton John

Closing out my week of songs favored by my daughter Fiona is another 80s hit, Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing.’ This one didn’t come courtesy of her neighborhood friend, however, but through an animated film.

Specifically, the 2016 movie Sing, which features a group of animals competing in an American Idol-style singing competition.

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Song of the Day #3,443: ‘Jesse’s Girl (Live)’ – Rick Springfield

Fiona’s friend down the street, a boy she’s known since kindergarten, has recently demonstrated a real appreciation of 80s music. An appreciation that has rubbed off on her. Thank god he isn’t into heavy metal.

Apart from a healthy dose of Bon Jovi, one of the songs Fiona has (re)discovered through this kid is Rick Springfield’s ‘Jesse’s Girl.’

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Song of the Day #3,442: ‘Something’ – The Beatles

With me as their father, it’s impossible for my girls to have escaped The Beatles during their formative years. I sang both of them to bed with ‘Blackbird’ and ‘In My Life,’ regaled them with the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack, and just this year took them to the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil performance of LOVE.

But Fiona expanded her Beatles education on her own through theme episodes of Glee, which she has streamed extensively on Netflix.

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