Song of the Day #3,159: ‘Love Having You Around’ – Stevie Wonder

stevie_wonder‘Love having You Around’ is the opening track of Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album Music of My Mind, the first Motown album on which he had full creative control. The record marked Wonder’s first extensive use of synthesizers.

As he would on most of his records, Wonder contributed almost every sound on Music On My Mind. On this track, for example, only the trombone work of Art Baron didn’t come from Wonder himself.

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Song of the Day #3,158: ‘So Like a Rose’ – Garbage

beautiful_garbageGarbage has a muscular industrial sound that could be accurately described as hard rock with an electronic flavor. They’re not exactly balladeers.

But the band has a tradition of ending each album with a slow, usually sad, song. On 2001’s Beautiful Garbage, the band’s third album, that song was ‘So Like a Rose.’

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Song of the Day #3,152: ‘You’ve Got It’ – Bruce Springsteen

springsteen_wrecking_ballHere’s a sweet, sexy little track from Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball, made even more sexy by its accompanying video, which features a lingerie-clad model working a stripper pole.

I don’t know if this is the official video or some expertly crafted fan video. It does feature Springsteen himself toward the end. Quality entertainment.

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Song of the Day #3,151: ‘Off to the Races’ – Lana Del Rey

lana_del_rey_born_to_die‘Off to the Races,’ the second track on Lana Del Rey’s 2012 album Born to Die, is equal parts sultry and street, a blend of Nabokov’s Lolita and a thug life Bonnie & Clyde.

The Lolita references, appearing throughout, were an early indicator that Del Rey had more serious, literary concerns than anybody gave her credit for. It was easy to dismiss her as a lightweight based on her looks and the damsel in distress image she projected, but a closer look at her songs shows real depth and craft.

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Song of the Day #3,144: ‘Peaches & Cream’ – Beck

midnitevulturesWhile we wait patiently for Beck’s 13th studio album, his first since 2014’s Grammy-winning Morning Phase, let’s enjoy a blast from the past in the form of ‘Peaches & Cream,’ a cut from his 1999 album Midnite Vultures.

Midnite Vultures, released in the midst of Y2K paranoia, before we lost our national innocence on 9/11, is a blissed-out vision of white boy funk on which Beck very effectively channels Prince.

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Song of the Day #3,138: ‘Desnudate’ – Christina Aguilera

christina_aguilera_bionicWelcome to ‘Desnudate,’ in which Christina Aguilera embraces her Hispanic heritage by finding various ways to say “get naked” in Spanish.

The 2010 album Bionic, from which this morsel hails, was an infamous flop for Aguilera, coming after her career highlight Back to Basics and before her career resurrecting stint on The Voice.

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