Song of the Day #5,214: ‘Lady Marmalade’ – Moulin Rouge!

Our final song to reach #1 by two different artists is also the one with the longest span between releases — 27 years.

‘Lady Marmalade’ first reached the top spot in 1974, recorded by the girl group Labelle (Patti Labelle sang the lead vocal). Patti later claimed to not know the French-language refrain (“Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?”) meant “Would you like to sleep with me tonight?”

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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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Song of the Day #2,050: ‘Say Something’ – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

great_big_world_aguileraThe song sitting at #4 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 is a perfect illustration of why I’m featuring this hit parade once per month.

Apparently ‘Say Something’ has caused quite a stir for months without managing to be heard by me even once.

The piano ballad was released twice before, once on a solo record by Ian Axel in 2011 and again by Axel’s indie band A Great Big World in 2013. But it wasn’t until Christina Aguilera performed the track with the band on The Voice that it took off.

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Song of the Day #1,780: ‘Intro (Back to Basics)’ – Christina Aguilera

aguileraChristina Aguilera’s best moment on record came with 2006’s double album, Back to Basics. It’s been all downhill since then.

It’s as if she reached a crossroads at that point and inexplicably turned down the completely wrong path. After recording her best batch of songs and receiving a level of critical acclaim that had eluded her for years, she decided to turn away from the neo-soul revival that fit her like a glove and toward watered down electronic pop.

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Song of the Day #1,667: ‘Glam’ – Christina Aguilera

christina_aguilera_bionicSome cruel twist of fate has offered up a second track from Christina Aguilera’s cringe-worthy Bionic album less than two weeks after the first.

Perhaps this is the Random iTunes Fairy giving me the opportunity to reveal that I did not pay money for this album. I’m not sure how exactly it came into my possession, but let me assure you that Ms. Aguilera received no financial compensation from me.

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