October 2008 Groovee Playlist™

1:28 am PHT

Here’s the seventh installment of my Groovee Playlist™ series (see the previous one). As before, I’ll link to the Wikipedia article about the song (if it exists) as “[W]”, and to the YouTube search (or official music video) for the song as “[U]” so that you can sample the song and see if you like it as well.

  • “Sweet and Low” by Augustana. [W] [U] This is a great song from the band that gave us the emo-anthem “Boston”. This song is not as emo as that, however.  :-P

  • “Liberate” by Daniel Kandi & Robert Nickson. [U] This is a great guitar-driven epic trance piece first featured in Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance episode 361. That radio show’s listeners love the song so much that it became the Future Favorite in the next episode. (Each ASoT episode features a Future Favorite, which is the most favorite song of the last episode as voted by the listeners.)

  • “Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall feat. Akon. [W] [U] I find this groovy Hip-hop song quite catchy, and Akon’s distinctive voice makes it memorable.

  • “Disturbia” by Rihanna. [W] [U] Wow. Another dance-club-friendly song from Rihanna, though not as dancey as “Don’t Stop the Music”, which I included in the March 2008 playlist.

  • “Crush” by David Archuleta. [W] [U] I didn’t religiously follow the 7th season of American Idol so I didn’t recognize David’s voice when I first heard this song and I was then surprised to learn that this was David’s first single. I love, love, love the song and subsequently had a mild case of LSS over it. Like what many reviews say, the falsetto in the chorus gives this song a really nice touch. I like it even better than David Cook’s “Time of My Life” though that one was pretty good as well.  :)

  • “Free-fallin’” by John Mayer. [U] John Mayer did a really great live and acoustic cover of this Tom Petty classic. Some people (i.e., Tom Petty fans) hate how he reinterpreted (aka ruined) the song, but I happen to like it a lot.

  • “Shine On” by Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere. [U] This is definitely the 2007 summer trance anthem in my opinion. This song has been used in heavy rotation by many DJs and it’s just what uplifting trance is supposed to sound like. I also happen to love Filo & Perry’s single last year, “Anthem”.

  • “Right Here (Departed)” by Brandy. [W] [U]. I didn’t realize this was a song by Brandy when I first heard it. I guess it’s probably because her normally breathy singing voice was masked by the post-production and layered vocals. Hehehe.

  • “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script. [W] [U] How can you not love this song? It has great lyrics, a nice down-tempo melody, and a really catchy chorus that you wish you could sing (but the wide range would likely trip you up).  :-)

  • “Shake It” by Metro Station. [W] [U] This is a perfect pop song to jump start your morning! I’m just a bit peeved that it was used to promote Minute Maid’s Pulpy Orange drink.  :-/

  • “Misery Business” by Paramore. [W] [U] Paramore is getting a lot of mileage recently here in the Philippines, but among their numerous great singles, I like this one the best.

  • “Lost” by Sunlounger feat. Zara. [U] Ok, ok, I know this is the third trance song of this playlist but I’ve been religiously listening to Armin van Buuren’s ASoT radio show. I think his show is better than Paul van Dyk’s Vonyc Sessions and Tiësto’s Club Life.

  • “One Step at a Time” by Jordin Sparks. [W] [U] This happens to be the third song by Jordin Sparks I’ve featured in the Groovee Playlist™ (there’s “No Air” in the March 2008 list and “Tattoo” in the June 2008 list). But this just proves (at least to me) that she’s a great singer; she’s the first and only American Idol winner to have all of her first four singles enter the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

As always, reactions on the selected songs as well as other music recommendations in the comments are very much welcome.  ;)

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