Song of the Day #3,484: ‘May I Have This Dance’ – Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper

This song (and its video) is one of my favorite discoveries of 2017, and I didn’t even know it existed until two days before the New Year.

Francis and the Lights is a one-man pop act who hails from Oakland and has released two albums and a handful of EPs over the last decade. He is best known for collaborations with Kanye West (on the song ‘Friends’) and today’s track, which was remixed with an added verse by Chance the Rapper.

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Song of the Day #3,140: ‘No Problem’ – Chance the Rapper (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)

chance_the_raper_no_problemTied for the ninth spot on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll is Rihanna’s ‘Work,’ probably the least interesting song on her excellent album Anti. Anti shows up at #13 on the albums list.

Coming in at #11 is ‘No Problem’ by Chance the Rapper. His album, Coloring Book, was named the fourth best of the year. If this song is any indication, Chance the Rapper isn’t for me, although I’ve heard enough good things about him that maybe I should give him another chance.

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Song of the Day #3,087: ‘Dear Theodosia (Reprise)’ – Hamilton Mixtape

hamilton_mixtapeWhen I first started listening to Hamilton, long before I saw it on Broadway and before I knew it would become my whole family’s obsession, I was immediately drawn to the simple piano ballad ‘Dear Theodosia.’ It’s a love song from Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to their young children and one of the prettiest songs in the play.

The track reminded me of Ben Folds’ ‘Gracie,’ one of my very favorite songs, and at the time I longed for a Ben Folds cover of ‘Dear Theodosia.’

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