Happy Valentine’s/Forever Alone Day, everybody! Lots of new music to report on (hello, Grammy weekend!), so this week I’m mixing the chart’s biggest toppers with some of the world’s greatest snuggle songs in an extra special edition of Tuesday Tune-age!
1. Nicki Minaj – Starships
Following her widely criticized Grammy performance (complete with a faux Pope), this bubble-gum “pop-hop” track premiered Monday during On Air with Ryan Seacrest. And you know what? It’s one of my favorite things she’s done so far. Consider this the unofficial dance track of spring break!
2. Adele – Rolling in the Deep
We all know and love this song, and it’s been on heavy rotation for over a year now, but how can you NOT include this monster after her absolutely breathtaking performance at the Grammys? Give ALL the awards to Adele, indeed!
3. Chris Brown – Turn Up The Music
To say Brown’s appearance at the awards show was controversial is a massive understatement. However, despite any past indiscretions, he always knows how to combine some great beats with ever greater dancing. Add this to your car jams playlist!
4. Foo Fighters – Walk
Dominating all of the “Rock” categories, the Foo Fighters stole the show with 5 awards and (count ‘em!) THREE performances! Long live Dave Grohl.
5. Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
Ah, adolescent memories. Who doesn’t melt when you hear singer Darren Hayes croon about standing on mountains and bathing in the sea with the love of his life? Could be cheesy (especially considering those lyrics), but seriously, it’s just so great.
6. John Mayer – Your Body Is A Wonderland
His attitude may be questionable (treat your women right, John Mayer!), but his the smooth harshness of his voice and simple, picking guitar makes this song purely swoonworthy.
7. Elton John – Your Song
Maybe it’s because I’m always down for some Elton John, or maybe it’s because Ewan McGregor’s version in “Moulin Rouge!” will forever be one of my favorite film moments, but this song is pure, romantic gold.
(Romantic) Throwback of the Week: Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
The world lost one of its shining stars this week with the death of Whitney Houston, and this is arguably one of the greatest songs of all time. Her pure, strong voice was a driving force for female vocalists across generations, and luckily, it is one we can save and cherish through her music for years to come. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the “greatest gift of all.”