It’s 1998, I’m four years old sitting in the back seat of my dad’s Jeep Cherokee singing ‘Big Empty’ by Stone Temple Pilots at the top of my lungs. I lovingly referred to this as ‘the da song’ because, of course, four year old me made up my own lyrics and before Scott Weiland would break into the chorus (“Time to take her home her dizzy head is conscious laden”) I would scream ‘DAAA’. Normally, a four year old singing along to a song that the singer has said is “about f—cking in the backseat of your car” would seem odd; but, to this day, it’s one of my dad’s favorite memories.
So you’re telling me I can only listen to one decade of music when I’ve grown up on 90's and 2000s pop music, my nana’s love for Elvis and my own music taste that varies from AC/DC to Nicki Minaj?? Well damn, the answer is pretty obvious to me.
I grew up on 2pac, Biggie, Escape, Bobby Brown, and Erykah Baydu. You knew that it was a cleaning day when you heard "Mr. Telephone man, there's something wrong with my line", coming from the kitchen. I used to live for those days. The days when my family and I would congregate in the kitchen; clean, and sing at the top of our lungs. I feel as if music runs through my veins, I may not be able to sing, but I can hold a tune, and I know for a fact I don't know how to dance, but I damn sure know how to do the side step and clap.
I can not touch my toes, nor am I particularly agile in any way, shape or form. In an alternate universe, where we all have supernatural powers, I can promise you - sport would remain a mystery to me. Dancing like a lunatic, however, comes incredibly naturally. Whether I am doing a starfish style of jump to a syncopated rhythm or waltzing like the woman in Shall We Dance (or at least trying too), dancing is quite honestly, the only form of physical exercise that makes me believe I have arms that can hold gravity, legs that can swim in the wild air, and a body that enjoys living on earth.
I am actually a fan of most of these bands and artists, but especially Queen. You can share these playlists by sharing your audio during zoom calls amongst people who are not Millennial or Gen Z. I am not implying that all music made in the 21st century is trash; I actually enjoy listening to them. If you find that Boomers aren't willing to listen to your ideas because you are a "Gen Z" and are "overly sensitive", playing this playlist will most likely soothe them. This playlist might also restore their faith in our generation.
When I think of Summer I think of Road Trips, Dance Parties, and Summer Romance. This List is a little bit of all that into one. Whether you are riding with the windows down, dancing alone at home (shoutout to COVID), or falling in love, put some of these jams on and feel the vibes!
As an introvert who already enjoys being inside, the quarantine hasn’t been too troubling for me. But I do realize how hard it can be for those who love the outdoors or hanging out with friends & such. So, I decided to create a playlist of my favorite Kmusic songs and let you know why I picked them.
Here are my Kmusic Hit Picks: