Spotify is an amazing tool for discovering music. The service is free, loads quickly and actively encourages users to find new music through ads and featured playlists.
However, that’s not how I use Spotify. I use it for goofing off and looking up one hit wonders.
I buy all of my music digitally these days, and I don’t really do much research on it. If a friend recommends a band or if I hear someone getting a lot of buzz, I’ll just buy the album.
So whenever I boot up Spotify, it is almost always for a goof. I shamelessly flaunt my hip-hop knowledge to friends by playing a song and the song it sampled back to back.
I’ll seek out songs from those “Best Of ’90s Alternative” CD collections and listen to them. I’ll go on hour-long binges of old-school funk and disco music. Appropriately, my Discover Weekly is full of weird novelty songs and some classics to feed my nostalgia.
Here are ten songs that stuck out to me when exploring Discover Weekly for the first time.
This is a disco classic, and I listen to it so often that I’m shocked it’s not already on one of my Spotify playlists. Needless to say, it’s on a playlist now. Also, it reminds me of the episode of “Lucy, The Daughter of the Devil” it was featured on, so good vibes all around here.
I had low expectations for a novelty track by a comedian I don’t like. Still, this goofy indie song won me over. The funky guitar leads are legitimately good, and it got a cheap laugh out of me due to Fallon’s overblown falsetto. I still don’t think he’s very funny.
Another song that I’m shocked wasn’t on one of my playlists. My sister played this song too much one week and it got stuck in my head indefinitely. It’s still a great song if a bit too repetitive for being five minutes long.
4. Max-A-Million- “Sexual Healing”
This is a reggae cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic. I laughed when the rapping in the verses started, but it was a little painful to sit through the whole song.
This is the excitable brother of “Hotline Bling.” The beats for both are very similar, except CHA CHA is much more frantic and full of random samples like Mario coins and air horns. It’s worth a listen just for how weird it is.
Definitely the biggest “miss” on this playlist. When Counting Crows isn’t actively annoying me, I just think they’re unbearably boring. Sitting through this song did nothing to change my view on them.
– “Let’s Celebrate”
Skyy is a disco band that sound heavily inspired by Chic
(the best band ever). This was a pretty straightforward disco jam that I liked, with the highlight being an amazingly chill piano in the last minute.
It’s pretty hard to ruin an Usher song, but Pitbull tries his hardest with this one. Still, when Pitbull mumbles “Yabba dabba do, make the bed rock” as the music starts getting serious is funny. He sounds so tired.
This is a song I’ve heard before but never knew the artist. It convinced me to look up the “Bizarre Ride II” album, which is full of songs much better than this one. This song is good, but it lead me to a hip-hop classic.
This was my highlight of the playlist. It’s a catchy dance-pop song with a female vocalist, and really reminded me of Paula Abdul. Spotify blatantly pandered to me and I thank them for it. I’m busting this out at karaoke night in the near future.