Thursday, April 14, 2011

#893 Reel 2 Real - "I Like To Move It"

No, i'm serious. And i realize its now in a Disney movie of something, but back in 1994 when this some came out, producer Eric Morillo was having all kinds of success producing records for Strictly Rhythm Records. This song was his most popular and perhaps one of the very first crossover house/mainstream songs of the 90s. The first time i heard this song was in March 1994. Dark, crowded Baltimore warehouse...played by DJ Moby.....i had it stuck in my head for months afterwards. That night i had stuck in my head forever.

#894 Ready For The World - "Oh Sheila"

So you may wonder when i began making lists of music and countdown etc. Well it began in 1985. I was a huge fan of the Top 40 and I loved especially the big year end countdowns. My uncle supplies me with oodles of 45s so i had lots of music even back then. Well, in 1985 at the age of 8, i made my very first top 100 of the year. The number one song? "Oh Sheila" by Ready for the World. Why? Not sure, I was 8!

#895 Abba - "Take A Chance On Me"

I love Sweden. I love their cars, their hockey players, and most of all, their rock bands! ABBA is one of the bands you just can't not like. This song is from 1978 and accorinding to the interweb, "The song's origins sprang from Ulvaeus, whose hobby was running. While running, he would sing a "tck-a-ch"-style rhythm to himself over and over again, which then evolved into "take-a-chance" and the eventual lyrics" Yeah ABBA! Another ABBA song is on the list but it won't be dancing into the countdown til much much later.

Monday, March 7, 2011

#896 Drake - "Forever " feat Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem

I know Drake is about pop rappy and played out as you can get. He's the Canadian Vanilla Ice (no Vanilla Ice was NOT Canadian!) but he does have a kinda cool voice, and i have a secret (not anymore) affinity for Kanye West. How is it that he's the only person on Earth that takes him seriously and i dont think he's aware the rest of us dont!!!
Plus, the 4 verses of this song go very well together for some reason to me. Despite that i really dont like any of the 4 of these rappers, they collaborated to make a good song.
This may not be on the chart in a few could be the newness of it, who knows. But Eminem's verse is pretty beast.

#897 Zombie Nation - "Kernkraft 400"

Everyone loves zombies! Everyone loves delicious techno synth beats! What a combo. Whether you heard this song grooving in some club in the 1990s or whether you heard it when your favourite sports team scored a goal, theres no denying the infectiousness of the song. Jock Jams...Rave .........Til Dawn....Jarrod's countdown....the trifecta!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

#898 Stereo Mc's - "Connected"

Actually coming in surprisingly low on the chart. This 1992 song made the Billboard Hot 100 and catapulted the MCs to a decent amont of fame. I remember seeing these cats at HFStival 1993. (Sam, Rachel?)

The MCs made some damn good dance music, and according to Sam Goldsmith...still are!!! I thought there was a video for this, but apparently not, so heres a live take of it!

#899 Miami Sound Machine - "Conga"

The 80s hit parade continues with one of the only real Cuban/Salsa kind of songs on the countdown. No, not a big Gloria Estefan fan but this track would make anyone want to dance. This song put Gloria and her band on the map to make many more singles and for Estefan to have a solo career as well.