Song of the Day #3,671: ‘When I Kissed the Teacher’ – Lily James and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast

I was a latecomer to 2008’s Mamma Mia!, watching it for the first time last December.

My initial reaction was confusion over how such a wildly uneven quirkfest could be beloved by so many. But I recognized the film’s charms, especially the irresistible ABBA songs and Meryl Streep’s exuberant, full-hearted performance.

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Song of the Day #3,670: ‘Roots and Wings’ – Miranda Lambert

Today’s random SOTD comes courtesy of Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks. ‘Roots and Wings’ is a non-album single Lambert wrote expressly for the Dodge brand back in 2015.

This isn’t a case of Dodge using a song in a commercial, but a partnership between artist and brand that abandons traditional advertising altogether. The video for this song (embedded below) contains a few Ram Trucks but you’d never know that’s the point. It doesn’t even feature product placement where the camera lingers on the brand’s logo.

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Song of the Day #3,669: ‘Little Queenie’ – Chuck Berry

‘Little Queenie’ is a 1959 release by the late Chuck Berry that includes several of his trademarks, including an oft-imitated opening guitar riff, some rip-snorting solos and a reference to an underage girl.

Could anybody get away with a line like “she’s too cute to be a minute over seventeen” these days? Happily, I think the answer is no.

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Song of the Day #3,668: ‘Businessman’ – Josh Rouse

My second-favorite album of the year so far belongs to one of my favorite artists, Josh Rouse. His Love in the Modern Age is a synthesizer-drenched homage to 80s bands such as Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout, but it still feels very much like a Josh Rouse record — sad, soulful and melodic as hell.

Rouse is the rare artist who is beloved by every member of my immediate family. He’s a staple on our car trips. My wife likes to point out that every one of his albums has a distinct sound, often a distinct instrument, that sets it apart from all the others.

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Song of the Day #3,667: ‘Screwed’ – Janelle Monae

In a pretty good year for new albums, the one that may well emerge as my favorite five months from now when the dust clears is Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer.

Monae has so much to say and she says it with such style. Dirty Computer is rich with statements on race, gender and sexuality but it’s an incredibly fun listen from start to finish — equal parts political and funky.

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Song of the Day #3,666: ‘Most of All’ – Brandi Carlile

I’m dedicating this week to some of the best new albums I’ve heard so far in 2018, and today is slated for indie folk rocker Brandi Carlile. This also happens to be my mother’s birthday — Happy Birthday, Mom!

Therefore the stars were aligned perfectly for me to feature Carlile’s song ‘The Mother’ today, acknowledging both a great song on a great album and the greatest mother in the world. Alas, I jumped the gun and posted ‘The Mother’ back in April, so that opportunity is gone.

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Song of the Day #3,665: ‘In the Dark’ – Camila Cabello

The best pop album I’ve heard in 2018 actually came out in 2017. That’s Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut, which is so packed with bangers and bops that it could be a greatest hits collection. That woman is a talent.

The second best 2017 pop album I’ve heard is another debut, Camila by former Fifth Dimension member Camila Cabello. Best known for #1 hit ‘Havana,’ this is a sultry, introspective album about as far from Cabello’s girl band roots as she could get.

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