Song of the Day #3,083: ‘Wrote My Way Out’ – Hamilton Mixtape

hamilton_mixtapeBack in May, I spent two weeks featuring songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton in advance of my family’s trip to see the celebrated musical on Broadway. That was just as the show was transforming from mega-hit to full-on phenomenon, before the Tony and Pulitzer wins, before the (shudder) future president called it overrated.

Now we have the Hamilton Mixtape, a collection of songs from and inspired by the musical performed by popular artists. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda initially conceived of the project as a mixtape, so in a sense this album is as much a prequel as an accessory. This week I’ll feature five of its songs.

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Song of the Day #2,096: ‘The Man’ – Aloe Blacc

aloe_blacc_the_manComing in at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart is Aloe Blacc’s ‘The Man.’

To clarify, the songs I’m posting this week and last are the ten highest-ranked Billboard songs on the day I looked (10 days ago or so). That list has changed since, though not very much. Mostly it’s the same songs just shuffled around a bit. So if you’re checking now and Aloe Blacc is higher than #10, that’s why.

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