Song of the Day #5,147: ‘Walk On’ – U2

‘Walk On’ is the fourth single from U2’s 2000 hit album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. The track won Record of the Year at the 2002 Grammys, marking the first time an artist won the award in back-to-back years for songs from the same album (‘Beautiful Day’ was the 2001 Record of the Year).

‘Walk On’ was written for and dedicated to Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who at the time was in the middle of a two-decade house arrest for promoting democracy in Burma.

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Song of the Day #5,146: ‘Yayo’ – Lana Del Rey

‘Yayo’ is a track from Lana Del Rey’s 2012 EP Paradise, released less than a year after her breakthrough album, Born to Die.

This is actually the third release of this song. It first appeared on a 2008 three-song EP titled Kill Kill under Del Rey’s given name, Lizzie Grant. The same version showed up on Del Rey’s self-titled full-length debut, released in 2010 but subsequently removed from circulation.

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Song of the Day #5,140: ‘Used’ – Ashley Monroe

This is the second Random Weekend song this month from Ashley Monroe’s 2009 debut solo album, Satisfied. The first was ‘Let Me Down Again,’ featured here on July 3.

Today’s track, ‘Used,’ was familiar to me, even though I’m not very familiar with Satisfied. A YouTube search cleared things up, when the first clip of the song came from Like a Rose, Monroe’s 2013 sophomore album. That’s an album I have listened to quite a bit.

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Song of the Day #5,139: ‘Day In, Day Out’ – Bob Dylan

‘Day In, Day Out’ is the opening track on the third disc of Bob Dylan’s 2017 Triplicate, the triple-album, 30-song collection of American standards he released on the heels of two other collections of American standards.

Yes, one of the greatest songwriters with one of the worst voices released the equivalent of five cover albums in the twilight of his career, singing songs made popular by the likes of Frank Sinatra. Nobody ever accused Dylan of being predictable.

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Song of the Day #5,133: ‘(She Might Be A) Grenade’ – Elvis Costello and The Roots

Elvis Costello loves to keep his fans guessing. This is the man who released an album of country music covers in between two of his poppiest efforts in the 80s. And an album recorded with a string quartet a decade later.

He has released collaborative albums with vocalist Anne Sofie von Otter, New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint, Netherlands ensemble the Metropole Orkest, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, symphonic composer Richard Harvey, and esteemed songwriter Burt Bacharach. None of those albums sound alike, nor do they sound like any of the “regular” albums Costello dropped in between them.

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