It seems like you always hear the same 40 or 50 songs on every radio station. Classic rock stations stick to the same classic rock songs that they’ve been playing since classic rock became classic rock. Top 40 stations only play the most popular current music that day, and pretty much every other radio station is guilty of the same airwave crime. After listening to the same radio station throughout the course of about 5 workdays, you’ll have heard the same song enough times to hate it more than a meth addict hates “after” mugshots. So, I compiled just a short list of songs that radio stations can start throwing in the rotation to prevent all of us from slowly losing our minds.
Everything – “Hooch”
In my mind, this is one of the most underrated songs of all time. You never hear this song anywhere, but it always puts you in a good mood. There’s just a really great vibe to this song, and don’t forget about those sweet horns playing in the background.
Hanson – “MMMBop”
MMMBop was a staple of the 90s that’s been off the airwaves long enough to love it again. If you were trying to explain to aliens what a pop song is, you would just crank MMMBop over a pool’s loud speakers and all would be explained.
Cartel – “Honestly”
You don’t hear Cartel on the radio, and it’s a shame because their lead singer (Will Pugh) is phenomenal. He also did a cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall that’s so good it makes you forget how often you’ve heard the original.
Third Eye Blind – “Crystal Baller”
You hear many of their other hits on the radio pretty frequently, but “Crystal Baller” seems to get skipped. It’s got a crunchy chorus that you can blast while driving in your car with the windows down.
Ke$ha – “Your Love Is My Drug”
I’d like to hear more Kesha on the radio in general, but this one seems to get skipped over more than her other songs. It’s got one of the most guilty pleasure sing along choruses I’ve ever heard.
Eve 6 – “Anytime”
You still hear “Inside Out” or “Here’s to the Night” every once in a while, but you never hear “Anytime.” This track comes from the Out Cold soundtrack, and it’s got everything that makes a great Eve 6 song: A quick tongue twisting opener, followed by a solid verse, and a powerful chorus.
Maino ft. T-Pain – “All the Above”
Back when we thought we were growing tired of T-Pain’s auto-tune, he pulled off a great chorus on Maino’s track “All the Above” and totally redeemed himself. This did come out in 2009, but I think it’s worthy of throwing back on the rotation every once in a while.
Blink 182 – “Always”
You hear “I Miss You” and “All the Small Things” often, but you never hear “Always” on the radio. It’s a solid song that would play quite angelically over the airwaves.
David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida – “Where Them Girls At”
This song includes one of my favorite moments in a song at the 2:42 mark when Nicki Minaj bursts in. She has so much fast energy that it physically makes you start tapping your feet and nodding your head to the music without realizing it. This is also a great song to pregame to.
Incubus – “Dig”
You still hear “Drive” pretty often, but “Dig” gets skipped over. I used to rock the chorus of this song as a ringtone on my Razr for an extended period of time and never got sick of it. This makes it a perfect candidate for radio play.
Eels – “Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues” (Goddamn right it’s a beautiful day)
Probably most well-known from the movie Road Trip, this song is actually a pretty great representation of life. It starts off with a rather depressing verse, but leads to an uplifting chorus that repeats, “Goddamn right it’s a beautiful day.” It’s a simple reminder that sometimes you take a lot of shit in life, but you shouldn’t let it to stop you from enjoying this beautiful day. I think we could all stand to hear that message every once in a while on the radio.
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