Song of the Day #5,097: ‘We All Want Love’ – Rihanna

‘We All Want Love’ is a cut from Rihanna’s 2011 album Talk That Talk, at that point her sixth album in seven years. She released Unapologetic the following year, then took an uncharacteristic four-year break before dropping Anti, arguably her best work to date.

And since Anti… six years and counting, with many promises of new material, none of them fulfilled. Rumors of an imminent release have persisted since at least 2019.

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Song of the Day #5,091: ‘Go It Alone’ – Beck

The Random iTunes Fairy is at it again, giving us a Beck twofer this weekend. Today’s track is a deep cut from the 2005 album Guero, Beck’s best-selling release in the 26 years since the multi-platinum Odelay.

Guero reunited Beck with producers The Dust Brothers, who worked on Odelay, and the album has a similar alt-hip-hop vibe. Today’s track features Jack White on bass, and was co-written with White and the Dust Brothers.

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Song of the Day #5,084: ‘Rider in the Rain’ – Randy Newman

‘Rider in the Rain’ is a lovely little country and western ditty by Randy Newman, included on his 1977 album Little Criminals. If you think this song sounds like a long lost Eagles track, that’s because Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther provide backing vocals.

Interviewed about Little Criminals at the time, Newman had this to say about today’s SOTD: “There’s also one about me as a cowboy called ‘Rider in the Rain’. I think it’s ridiculous. The Eagles are on there. That’s what’s good about it.”

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Song of the Day #5,083: ‘Learn to Live’ – Darius Rucker

Today’s Random Weekend selection is the title track of Darius Rucker’s 2008 album Learn to Live. This was Rucker’s second solo release, following 2002’s Back to Then, and his first foray into country music.

The shift to country paid off, as this album went platinum and earned Rucker both radio play and awards recognition previously unheard of for a Black performer.

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