My song for this week's Music Monday is "Praying" by Kesha. Because she's back and she's amazing.
First of all, I would like to say that I am so excited to be back on the website posting for you all! I know it's been awhile and my wonderful co-host and friend Christina has done an amazing job keeping everything running smoothly while I've been gone. In case you're wondering, I underwent two organ transplants (heart and liver) on September 25, 2016 and I'm just now starting to feel like myself again. It's been such a crazy experience and I've made so many friends for life while living at the hospital. I have been waiting to make my return back to ALNM and I'm stoked to be able to bring you Music Monday today. Thank you all for your understanding, patience, prayers, happy thoughts, and everything while I've been gone. I feel like a whole new person and I can't wait to experience this new life.
The Band: The Maine
The Song: "Won't Come Down"
Where you heard it first: Getting new organs has not diminished my love of The Maine and when their new album Lovely, Little, Lonely was released last week, this was the song that stood out the most to me. I love it!
Why it’s been stuck in your head: I love that no matter how many albums this band comes out with, they always have a song on their albums that sound like their original sound from 2007 and for Lovely, Little, Lonely, that's this song. The pop-punk sound is just perfect for them and it's always easy to sing along in your car.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: I always like to recommend songs that are great for rolling down the windows and singing at the top of your lungs.
The Band: Fifth Harmony
The Song: "That's My Girl"
The YouTube Link:
Where you heard it first: I actually first heard this song because YouTube recommended it after a Little Mix video binge I had.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: It's got a beat that immediately gets stuck in your head whether you like it or not. And I've got a soft spot for big girl power anthems by female pop groups.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Need a song to get your heart pumping for a workout? Need a song to help you power through that big project? Want to just rock out in your car? This song is perfect for all that.
The Band: Panic! At The Disco
The Song: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
The YouTube Link:
Where you heard it first: I just saw Panic! At The Disco on tour with Weezer, and they performed this cover.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: This is one of those songs people should be told not to perform on reality shows unless they really really know they can pull it off. Most people can't. Brendon Urie can't. He really doesn't get enough credit for his vocal range and I love a song where he can put it on full display.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: From what I've been hearing, I think people will be liking the Suicide Squad soundtrack far more than the movie.
The Artists: Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Brian D'Arcy James, and Andrew Rannells
The Event: #Ham4Ham from October 24, 2015
Why it’s been stuck in your head: This is by far my favorite song in Hamilton and watching it performed by the Georges makes it even better. All their dance moves and Renee's version of Aaron Burr makes this lip-sync extravaganza one of the best #Ham4Ham shows I've seen so far. Although I'm sure my lovely co-host would beg to differ.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you love Hamilton as much as Christina and I do, you probably would want to watch this again and again. And if you've never heard of Hamilton, welcome back to the real world. Listen. Enjoy, And sing along!
-- Kelly Lee
The Band: Spice Girls
The Song: "Wannabe"
The YouTube Link:
Where you heard it first: I first heard this twenty years ago when I was *coughcough* years old. It's one of the ultimate girl power songs by one of the ultimate girl power groups.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: There's been some coverage of this song's twentieth anniversary to celebrate feminism amongst girls worldwide. Also, it was one of our go to car karaoke songs on our San Diego Comic Con road trips.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: A study at the University of Amsterdam found "Wannabe" was the most recognizable and catchiest pop song of the last 60 years. Once you listen to it, it'll be stuck in your head for a while.
The Artist: Selena Gomez
The Event: Carpool Karaoke with James Corden
Where you heard it first: As a bigger and bigger fan of James Corden and his brilliant segment Carpool Karaoke, I can now watch it on YouTube before bed and I did just that with the latest celebrity guest: Selena Gomez. The best parts of this installment: taking shots of ginger, cruising through the McDonald's drive through, and Roller Coaster Karaoke.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Selena's new song "Hands to Myself" has been stuck in my head all weekend and watching the two of them sing it together in the car only made me like the song more.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you haven't yet seen James Corden's Carpool Karaokes, you are totally missing out....and probably just woke up from hibernation, so welcome back to the real world. If you have seen them before, you know that they never disappoint and any one of them could pop up on future Music Mondays. Suffice it to say that Carpool Karaoke is basically the perfect way to start your week off with a smile on your face.
-- Kelly Lee
The Song: "Wait For It"
The Artist: The cast of Hamilton
The Musical Event: Rehearsal for the 70th Annual Tony Awards
Why it’s been stuck in your head: This is my FAVORITE song from the entire show and this a capella version just gives me CHILLS. This right here is why Leslie Odom Jr. won the Tony.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: Seriously, this song does not get enough attention in all the promotional material and news features I've seen so far. It's amazing and you should just stop reading and listen to it right now.
This week's Music Monday has been switched out for Musical Monday in honor of the Tony Awards last night. Everything that opened the show for host James Corden was perfection and I'm here to relive it with you all.
The Artist: James Corden, the company of Broadway's Hamilton and the company of the Tony Awards
The Musical Event: The opening numbers of the 70th Annual Tony Awards
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Last night's Tony Awards (AKA the Hamilton Awards) showcased James Corden in a perfect way. While the show was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Orlando massacre just that morning, it was clear that the attendees, presenters, and host did not have those people far from their thoughts. James Corden was able to perfectly blend the somber tone of the day with the spectacle that the Tonys usually provides for the Broadway community and those who love it.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you love Broadway as much as my cohost and I do, you don't want to miss this amazing Tony Award performance.
-- Kelly Lee
For a special Music Monday, enjoy Broadway Carpool Karaoke with James Corden: