Going through my music made me think of the tunes that make me jump and shout. Guaranteed.
I think this is my top list in no particular order:
Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
If i could wake up to one song every day for the rest of my life, this is it.
Sarah, smile - Hall and Oates
This song alone qualifies Hall and Oates as one of the pre-eminent R&B writers and musicians, period.
Shit, Damn, Motherfucker - D'Angelo
One of the smoothest, best songs - no, THE best song about infidelity and murder i have EVER heard. :)
Louisiana Sunday Afternoon - Diane Schuur
Lord, the way this woman sings this standard makes me tingle. And she made the definitive version.
Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
Silly fun from the Clown of the Underground. :)
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
Guitars, prose and drums served smooth and flavorful.
Dont Ask My Neighbor (Come to Me) - The Emotions
To be backed up by one of the best backup bands ever - Earth, Wind and Fire- and the unmatched harmonies from the legendary Emotions .. Wow. Melts my heart every time I hear it.
Layla (unplugged and live) - Eric Clapton
Whisky and heartbreak in stripped down form.
Be Alone Tonight - Tisha Campbell from the School Daze Soundtrack
With Jasmine Guy singing back up, it's always on my rotation.
Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane
It aint the best song Ive ever heard, but somehow, every so often, i just NEED to hear it.
Low Rider - War
I think the reason no has made a good cover of this (even Barry White had one), the band was properly high and drunk when they made this. :) Truly sublime.
I Get Around - Tupac & Digital Underground
Raunchy, but Tupac and The Digital Underground crew are just having hella fun.
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
My guilty pleasure, and truly one of the songs that irrevocably changed music, along with Run-DMC's "Walk This Way".
Play That Funky Music, White Boy - Wild Cherry
Vanilla Ice's DJ may have pulled that song out of the one-hit wonders morgue into Classic status, but it really is one of the definitive songs of the 70's. And a lotta fun to scream along with. :)
Miami - Will Smith
The definitive ode to Miami. Along with "Summertime" and "Men in Black", a Will Smith anthem.
Roller Coaster - The Ohio Players AND the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Either version will do me. :)
Bust a Move - Young MC
The hit from the Economics Graduate student. Popularized the word "Poindexter".
Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
Although the Texas Blues album Eliminator has not one bad song on it, this is my favorite.
There are others that would qualify for this list, but these particular ones never get old.