Monthly Obsessions – September 2021

This month features more slow jams than usual. “Mrs. Robinson” and “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” are both acoustic icons straight from the ’60s and ’70s. I was humming “Mrs. Robinson” for weeks, which is probably why it eventually made its way into a post.

I was surprised that I revisited 1989, Taylor Swift’s album from 2014, during this month. I’m not a “Swiftie” by any stretch of the imagination, but 1989 is definitely my favorite of her albums. It’s refreshingly spare, and uses softer electronics to support, and even enhance, her voice without washing it out. “Blank Space” is chilling but catchy, and “This Love” is sad but lovely. Hopeful, too, in an odd sort of way.

I mentioned in my post about The Naked and Famous’s debut album that I revisit their work a lot. When I do, it’s typically the two songs you see in the playlist below: “Rolling Waves” and “Hearts Like Ours.” They’re just such forceful songs that are full of emotion, and I think the lyrics are also beautiful.

Take a listen below. What was on repeat for you this month?

Monthly Obsessions – August 2021

Welcome back! This month’s playlist kicks off with something fun and ridiculous. The movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga follows a fictional duo (the titular Fire Saga) trying to win the Eurovision Song Contest. They participate in a “Song-A-Long” (singalong) stuffed full of cameos from previous Eurovision winners. It’s such a joyous song and I listen to it when I need a pick-me-up.

As I mentioned in my previous post about my “monthly obsessions,” some songs on these playlists are the result of other posts I wrote. See “My Girls” by Animal Collective.

This playlist also features one of my favorite songs: “Lola” by The Kinks. It is just so catchy (and subversive), and I love singing “C-o-l-a co-la” and “L-o-l-a Lo-la“; there’s just something fun about that. And speaking of songs that are fun to sing along with, “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes definitely fits that category. You can’t help but shout the chorus.

What was on rotation for you in August?

Monthly Obsessions – July 2021

I was listening to several songs this month that aren’t available on Spotify – remixes, covers, and the like – so the playlist below is shorter than I’d like. But let’s dive into it anyway! As usual, many of the songs are tied into posts I’ve written. For example, listening to “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap grew into my Throwback Thursday about “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo. Meanwhile, “She Will Be Loved” appears in my recent post covering Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane.

One of the songs on here is one that isn’t a post yet, but I’ve got it bookmarked. It’s “Lean into Life” by Petey, a single off his forthcoming album of the same name. I’ve enjoyed his music since “Pitch a Fit!”, so I’m excited to see his full-length efforts.

Monthly Obsessions – June 2021

(I won’t be posting a Throwback Thursday this week, just because of how the end-of-month timeline falls.)

Anyway, this was a difficult month for me personally, and so as usual, I found refuge in music. One of my all-time favorite songs, “Southern Cross,” appears here, along with “Come Healing” by Leonard Cohen; the latter is, well, healing. “Big Big World” is a song by Swedish artist Emilia. It’s pretty mournful, but then again, that was the mood this month. Continuing the theme, we have “Pale Blue Eyes” by the Velvet Underground. It’s rock classic; slow and methodical, it also features amazing lyrics.

There are a few songs on here that change things up: the Jesus and Mary Chain’s cover of “Surfin’ USA.” I did a post on that cover a few weeks ago. I was also listening to Billy Joel a lot during work, and so I picked one of my favorites, “Only the Good Die Young,” to add.

Monthly Obsessions – May 2021

This was quite the vintage month for me. The only recent song I listened to was “Your Power” by Billie Eilish. (Visit my post about the song here.) Everything else was from the ’80s or earlier. I don’t know if that was influenced by the book I was reading about MTV, but both “Voices Carry” and “Karma Chameleon” were featured there, too. The last two songs on this playlist, “Under the Boardwalk” and “Summer Nights” are both part of my yearly trend of listening to summery songs just as the weather starts to turn.

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Monthly Obsessions – April 2021

Here’s a playlist of some of the songs I had on repeat this month. It’s eclectic as per usual: rap (2Pac) and country (Tanya Tucker) feature alongside UK anarchist group Chumbawamba. “Tubthumping” is a surprisingly uplifting song. I listened to it during some lower moments this month. One of my favorite bands, the Replacements, also make a cameo appearance here. I just love “Darlin’ One” and it’s another inspiring song for me.

Listen below:

Monthly Obsessions – March 2021

So I haven’t done one of these in (mumble, mumble) years but it’s back, baby! Below is a mix of songs that I had on repeat this month.

The playlist is a blend of old and new; kicking things off with iconic ’90s rock, then moving into ’00s pop. (I love the ay, ay that echoes in the back of “Apologize.” Nostalgia!) The live version of “Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds is amazing, especially when played on my new speaker system. Petey’s cover of “Crash Into Me” is the subject of a forthcoming post so that’s a little preview there.

It’s a mini mix this month as I get back into the swing of things but I’m excited to be doing this feature again. Listen below:

Monthly Obsessions – February 2016

This month’s playlist was just as interesting to pull together as last month’s was. You’ve got super girly music (FRANKIE, Marion Ravn) as well as deep groove, funky, early 2000s beats (Fatboy Slim). Everything from obscure rediscoveries (Sizzy Rocket, your bisexual BFF) to old standbys (Coldplay, Josh Ritter).

It’s a good one, if I do say so myself:

Monthly Obsessions: January 2016

Every month I keep track of the songs I listen to. I thought I would start turning that into a playlist and share it with you.

This month’s tracklist is incredibly diverse: you’ve got everything from Bruce Springsteen to Zayn Malik. I rediscovered old favorites (Cults!) and, weirdly enough, had “She Blinded Me With Science” on repeat.

Listen below: