What kind of music listener are you? Are you up on the newest tracks from your favorite artists, or do you prefer to listen to nothing but oldies? Do you listen to rock, rap, country, or something else? Do your listening habits change from time to time or do you pretty much stick to your usual stuff? We all have our own habits for listening to the music we enjoy, and the variety of music that’s out there is so vast that no two people have the same exact musical tastes or preferences.
One of my favorite things about having an iPod is the ability to organize your music into folders, or playlists (check out Creating Customized Playlists on iTunes and Creating Smart Playlists on iTunes ). With this feature, it’s so easy to put songs together that will suit the way you listen to music. Some of the playlists that I keep in my iTunes library include titles such as ‘Party Songs’, ‘Sad Songs’ and ‘All Time Faves,’ etc. One of the most listened to playlists in my iTunes library is a folder that I like to call ‘Current.’
‘Current’ is the folder where I keep the music that I like to listen to the most. It is the one playlist in iTunes that I’m most often changing, and is the purpose for this series. Music is as fluid as anything, and I enjoy adding great new stuff to my music collection. I keep all of my new stuff in the ‘Current’ folder, as well as some favorites from the past year or so. My passion for music motivates me to want to share some of the good music I listen to with other music lovers who share my tastes.
Without further adieu, I present some offerings from my ‘Current’ playlist this winter. Many of them I’ve featured on my blog’s very popular ‘Song of the Day’ posts, and they’re the songs I listen to on a daily basis during my commute to and from work or in the house while I’m doing some house cleaning. Most of the songs are dance oriented, as that is my thing, but my taste in music runs the gamut. Hopefully you’ll find something new to get excited about.
Across the Sky – Madonna
This is not a new song by any means, but it is new to me. A couple of months ago a friend of mine, who is a huge Madonna fan, shared a few unreleased Madonna tracks and this one caught my ear. The song was recorded for the ‘Hard Candy’ album and features Justin Timberlake on background vocals. The song is very rhythmic and very good and you can check it out on John’s World.
Va Va Voom – Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has really been doing well more with dance/pop songs than rap lately and here’s a newer one from her 2012 ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ album, deluxe edition. The song is soothing and very danceable, much in the same vein as ‘Starships’ and ‘Superbass,’ though a little more down tempo.
Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
This comedic rap song was a sleeper hit for Seattle-based rapper Macklemore. The song is all about finding cheap threads at the thrift shop and it’s so catchy and funny that it surprisingly hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.
(Spectrum) Say My Name – Florence + The Machine, with Calvin Harris
This song from the band’s ‘Ceremonials’ album was remixed and reworked by hot Brit producer Calvin Harris and is simply a dance floor gem! Check it out on Idolator.
Anything Could Happen – Elie Goulding
Slowly but surely, British songstress Elie Goulding is making a name for herself. With a debut smash in ‘Lights’ and a nice dance collaboration with Calvin Harris on ‘I Need Your Love,’ the raspy-voiced singer has another hit with this catchy one. The song was even performed on the hit television series ‘Glee,’ which is a testament to its appeal.
Let’s Have a Kiki – Scissor Sisters
“A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves.”
I am way late on this one, but I am so glad I found it. The song was featured on the ‘Glee’ Thanksgiving episode with Sarah Jessica Parker doing some of the vocals. It was very cool and very ‘Sex and the City’ and I was hooked, so “lock the doors, open the blinds, and fire up the smoke machine.”
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) – Ne-Yo
I just love Ne-Yo’s voice and it works beautifully with this tender song that’s great as a ballad or a dance floor jam.
Sadly there hasn’t been one album from the last three months that’s made it to my ‘current’ folder. P!nk, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna are still getting lot of play on my iPod, and luckily there will be lots of great new music coming out in the spring, such as the new Justin Timberlake, Cher and Natalia Kills. In the meantime, I hope you’ve found something new to get excited about here, if you haven’t already. Stay tuned to Yahoo Voices for the next installment coming sometime in the spring.