Music to roll you into your weekend ….

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This post was all set to go last week, and then got sidelined by an annoying commercial. Now, though, the music is demanding its fifteen seconds, and nothing can stand it its way. Every year, I create my personal list of the top forty songs of the previous year …. It all started in 2014, with my Top 40 of 2013. I created the list and presented it to Ryan, who adores both music and lists, and was therefore happy to listen to every song. Even the shitty ones (yes, I like shitty music – but that’s ok because I don’t care what you think. My #1 song from 2013 was – and still is, because I still dig it – “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk and Nate Ruess. I love the idea of picking up the pieces, examining them, cleaning them, repairing them – and putting them back together to keep the show on the road – rather than leaving them where they fell and moving on to whatever’s around the corner. I love the hope and heart in that song. Real love, the stuff that doesn’t quit when the going gets tough.

I’m presenting my Top 40 of last year later than ever, simply because I have not been sharing like I used to. But I’m back, and ready to rock! So, without further ado, here is my Top 40 of 2016, with links so you can listen and enjoy (or hate – whatever):

40. “Me, Too” by Meghan Trainor

39. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth

38. “Mess Around” by Cage the Elephant

37. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5

36. “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift

35. “Never Be Like You” by Flume & Kai

34. “Vice” by Miranda Lambert

33. “Hide Away” by Daya

32. “Pen to Paper” by Modern Space

31. “Like I Would” by Zayn

30. “That’s My Girl” by Fifth Harmony

29. “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow

28. “Get Ugly” by Jason Derulo

27. “7 Years” by Lukas Graham

26. “Lost Boy” by Ruth B

25. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele

24. “Sound of Your Heart” by Shawn Hook

23. “Good to be Alive” by Andy Grammer

22. “Roses” by Chainsmokers & ROZES

21. “The Greatest” by Sia & Kendrick Lamar

20. “Gold” by Ria Mae

19. “Me, Myself & I” by G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha

18. “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

17. “Under the Influence” by Elle King

16. “Woman Woman” by AWOLNATION

15. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

14. “When We Were Young” by Adele

13. “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw

12.”24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

11. “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors

10. “Might Not” by Belly & The Weeknd

9. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk

8. “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna

7. “Can I Get a Witness” by SonReal

6. “Hold Up” by Beyoncé

5. “Burning House” by Cam

4. “Team” by Iggy Azalea

3. “Stand By You” by Rachel Platten

2. “Yellow Eyes” by Rayland Baxter

If you’re still with me – and why wouldn’t you be? These are awesome tunes, right? So, if you’re still here, I give you this energetic offering from a fellow Canadian …. Every time that song comes on the radio, from the first time I heard it to the last time (a couple of days ago), I get jacked up. Bet you will, too. Happy dancing!

1. “Got Your Number” by Serena Ryder

It’s Friday! Here, have some music ….

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So, I’ve been meaning to post this for a while …. First, I had some thoughts on the Jian Ghomeshi trial that I had to share. (Because I have to share all the things.) Then, I thought I might post it after the Grammys because it’s topical. However, there was the office, chores, a massive snowstorm. My beloved Aunt Audrey and Uncle Gus flew in for a few hours. Fiona and Bridget brought home their report cards. Report cards used to involve a brief parental perusal of a few letters and numbers, and maybe four or five lines about how the kid has potential if only they’d sit still and listen. Or maybe those were just my report cards. Now, report cards contain not only letters and numbers, but a paragraph about your child’s performance in each subject – even religion and art. You have to read the whole darn thing, then submit a comment regarding what you feel has improved since the last evaluation and what you’re going to help your child with based on the current one. Your child has to answer the same questions about themselves (both kids, every year: “I will try to improve in math”). And the school always gives you one whole evening to do all this thinking, processing and responding. How generous of them. Anyway, moving on …. This is about music, not minutiae! I’ll stop blabbering now and sock it to you: Beth’s top 40 songs of 2015! (Like I did last year, I’ve provided links to all the songs for your listening pleasure or derision.)

40. Crushin’ It – Brad Paisley

39. Carry On – Coeur de pirate

38. Break Up With Him – Old Dominion

37. Cecilia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

36.  Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) – AWOLNATION

35.  Little Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert

34.  Honey I’m Good – Andy Grammer

33.  The Hills – The Weeknd

32.  Ain’t Worth The Whiskey – Cole Swindell

31. Focus – Ariana Grande

30.  Take Your Time – Sam Hunt

29.  Nobody Love – Tori Kelly

28.  What Kind of Man – Florence + The Machine

27.  Modern Love – Mother Mother

26.  Fight Song – Rachel Platten

25.  Fire and Gold – Bea Miller

24.  Good for You – Selena Gomez

23.  Jackpot – Jocelyn Alice

22.  Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson

21.  Electric Love –  BØRNS

20.  Jealous – Nick Jonas

19.  Tear in My Heart – twenty one pilots

18.  Photograph – Ed Sheeran

17.  Chains – Nick Jonas

16.  Monkey Tree – Mother Mother

15.  Cigarette Daydreams – Cage the Elephant

14.  Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

13.  Could Have Been Me – The Struts

12.  Night Changes – One Direction

11.  Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo

10.  Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King

9.  Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor

8.  Clothes Off – Ria Mae

7.  Stressed Out – twenty one pilots

6.  Confident – Demi Lovato

5.  Fly – Maddie & Tae

4. Downtown –  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz

3.  Hey Mama –  David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack

2.  S.O.B. –  Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

And, in first place, a song I loved and identified with from the first time I heard it:

FourFiveSeconds –  Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney

(Yes, there’s a whole lot of pop going on – and a slice of country schmaltz. But you knew it would be like that …. It’s Beth’s music, after all! Thanks for listening.)

 

 

 

 

“The smaller the numbers, the bigger the hits!”

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Tonight’s the night for many music lovers: the Grammys! Every year, the Grammys generate alot of talk. Did you see his face when she was performing? She wore what? Pretty sure he was drunk, or high, or both …. Somebody needs to make insert-poptart-du-jour-here put on a sweater. Why does everyone seem to love that shitty song? They can’t even sing! Was that a mistake, or did he actually mean to do that? Yeah, thought so, mistake. And, of course, somewhere in the middle of it all, we should all feel really, really, really bad about not buying music, and music in schools is going to save us all.

Then, there’s the chance to see musicians who wouldn’t normally collaborate, joining each other in some very fine performances. Last year’s tribute to Levon Helm by a dazzling collection of old and new artists was my favourite Grammy moment, ever. My apologies for the quality of that video; it was the best I could find. I’m still waiting for what I know would be delicious: a joint project by Mavis Staples and Brittany Howard. Somebody, somewhere, make it happen! Anyway. Tonight, Ryan and I will be watching it all from our basement futon, on our little old hard-working box. (Yes, the one he had when I met him. We’re such dinosaurs.)

I recently put together my own year-end chart. It’s my Top 40 of 2013. I presented it to Ryan, who dutifully (and, I might add, enthusiastically) listened to every song. Even the ones that I should only be enjoying in a darkened, sound-proof room, and should never share with anyone. But, since I am a Beth of very little shame, and this is – after all – BethBlog, I am going to share them with you. Complete with YouTube links for the top 10, for your listening and viewing pleasure! Or not …. 😉 

If you’re a purist, you will probably develop an eye twitch over my Top 40, because it includes a small number of songs that came out in 2012. However, if they were still on the charts, and played all over the radio, during 2013, they’re eligible for this list. My methodology is as follows: did I love this song and crank it every time I heard it in 2013? Then it can be on my chart. You probably also pay more than $10 for a bottle of wine, and use measuring tape to hang your pictures. You might even own a smoking jacket. Yay, you!  You’re free to make your own chart, and feature it on your own blog.

Details and asides aside, here we go ….

40. “Do What U Want” by Lady Gaga & R. Kelly

39. “Crash My Party” by Luke Bryan

38. “Stompa” by Serena Ryder

37. “The Dog is Mine” by k-os

36. “Let Her Go” by Passenger

35. “It’s A Beautiful Day” by Michael Buble

34. “Blowin’ Smoke” by Kacey Musgraves

33. “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

32. “Cups” by Anna Kendrick

31. “Don’t Ya” by Brett Eldredge

30. “Devil’s Got a Gun” by Whitehorse

29. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

28. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

27. “Come and Get It” by Selena Gomez

26. “Scream and Shout” by will.i.am. & Britney Spears

25. “Brighter Than Gold” by The Cat Empire

24. “Stutter” by Marianas Trench

23. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk

22. “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert

21. “Gone Gone Gone” by Phillip Phillips

20. “Suit And Tie” by Justin Timberlake

19. “Some Nighs” by fun.

18. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

17. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

16. “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift

15. “Carry On” by fun.

14. “No Good Woman” by Elise Legrow

13. “I Love It” by Icona Pop & Charli XCX

12. “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker

11. “The Monster” by Eminem & Rihanna

10. “Holy Grail” by Jay Z & Justin Timberlake

9. “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies

8. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

7. “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran

6. “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris & Florence Welch

5. “Royals” by Lorde

4. “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy

3. “Stay” by Rihanna & Mikky Ekko

2. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

1. “Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk & Nate Ruess

* Note the absence of anyone wearing the sad combination of thick-framed glasses, a plaid shirt and an overgrown beard.