A list of the most popular songs that “jump”

Image of people jumpingMusic is rhythm, so it’s natural that the word “jump” would feature in numerous song titles. I’ve compiled a list below of the most popular songs that sing about jumping. Stylistically the songs range all over the map, from jazz to rap. Everyone, it seems, wants to jump. Many of the songs were hits. In cases where the songs are not as well known, I’ve focused on prominent artists and bands. The list appears in reverse chronological order, with the most recent songs at the top. Continue reading →

The 10 best Madonna dance tracks

MadonnaMadonna was for decades a leader in dance music, often bringing underground sounds into the mainstream with her blend of dance and pop. To stay relevant for that long is no small feat. She shares regional roots with house music that developed during the 1980s in Detroit and became the predominant form of club music, but she preferred a more pop song approach with true verses and choruses. Her first album was rooted in dance music—and gained traction through DJs at dance clubs. She stayed true to those roots, even while accumulating a string of hits that were ballads, pop, and genres other than dance. I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best dance tracks by Madonna spanning three decades. Continue reading →

What the world needs now Is love

jackie-de-shannon-what-the-world-needs-now-is-love-libertySomething happened in the 1960s that doesn’t often get discussed. Brotherly love became an increasingly common subject for pop music lyrics. Only rarely was this topic deemed sufficiently interesting in previous decades or centuries. What caused this shift? Several societal factors coincided and likely played a role: the explosive number of Boomer youth and further differentiation of a separate youth culture; the high profile of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and the instantly televised, blatant inequities faced by American blacks; a reaction against the conformist, materialistic 1950s and growing interest in non-material, spiritual consciousness. Continue reading →

Madonna: sticky, sweet, and never better

In honor of Madonna’s imminent tour, Comcast’s Xfinity offered viewers free access for a limited time to watch the 2008-09 Sticky and Sweet Tour, and I took advantage of the opportunity. Filmed in Buenos Aires, the show featured Madonna at her pinnacle of artistry and showmanship. She has never been better, and it’s going to be a challenge for her to top that achievement with the upcoming tour that commences May 31. The Sticky and Sweet Tour was commercially successful, despite being panned by many critics (as was the album Hard Candy that served as the basis for the tour) and negative comments posted by many who saw the tour. Nevertheless, it was the highest grossing tour of 2008 and second highest of 2009. Continue reading →