I feel like I say this every month, but you guys…March was seriously brimming with so much musical goodness. Why did I think only featuring five was a good idea? My top choices this month all skew a bit more pop-sounding, other than one solid rock song.
1. Found / Tonight – Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to combine Broadway superforces and create a charitable song, “Found / Tonight” to benefit the #MarchforOurLives. It’s a beautiful arrangement of Hamilton‘s “The Story of Tonight” and Dear Evan Hansen‘s “You Will Be Found” that results in a match made in musical heaven. Every time I listen to “Found / Tonight” I become slightly emotional, not going to lie. By combining the themes of the original songs, the listener is left with a powerful feeling of acceptance and standing up for what you believe in to create change. Buy the song here.
2. Sanctify – Years & Years
I have a confession. Years & Years is one of those bands that exploded on the scene a few years ago and I honestly didn’t understand the buzz. I now completely get it. I am a full-fledged convert and apologize to all my friends I previously looked at skeptically. “Sanctify” is ringing in a new era for Years & Years, but don’t worry the unapologetic vibrancy the band was known for is still there, just a little refined. It’s a sexy synth-pop song with a hypnotizing melody. (It also feels a little risqué due to the mixture of overt LGBTQ lyrics mixed with holy references.)
3. Pyramids of Salt – The Wonder Years
I can sum it up simply: you won’t find a more good old-fashioned alternative rock song than you do in “Pyramids of Salt.” The Wonder Years are back with another round of poetically gorgeous lyrics about loving someone so much, but not being able to heal or protect them; which is a subject matter we can all relate to. “Pyramids of Salt” follows all the rules to incite emotion by walking the fine line between soft and chilling, only to ramp up in the right places with layers of sounds to leave you feeling raw.
4. There’s a Reason – Wet
Is it supposed to be spring in the US? I thought I heard that rumor, even if it doesn’t feel or look that way here in Minnesota. Since that warped reality is currently the case, I was especially drawn to “There’s a Reason” – Wet’s new sunny and bright song. The mid-tempo ballad is a great mixture of emotional and delicate, without being a downer, partially thanks to the bubbly drum beat. “There’s a Reason” is a perfect bridge that old fans will love, but can most assuredly help them find fans in a new audience too.
5. Say Amen (Saturday Night) – Panic! At The Disco
Somehow after almost two decades of performing, Panic! at the Disco continues to bring the classic spastic energy you expect from the band. If Brandon Urie ever stops being theatrical and slightly over the top, I’ll truly worry something is wrong. Between the coursing drum beat throughout “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” being mixed in with the call and response formula chorus, this song is meant to be your Saturday night anthem…maybe with slightly less ninja fighting. I think it will do well on mainstream radio as it’s a fun pop-rock song.
Honorable Mention: I am almost ashamed to tell you how much of a bop I find “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor to be. As soon as the beat starts, it’s almost irresistible to start grooving. “No Excuses” is a sassy song that has a killer retro production.
The March 2018 playlist has 41 tracks for your listening pleasure. I always say my playlists are like my rubbish drawer, not in the sense that they’re full of awful things, but for the fact that they always contain a little bit of everything. An interesting tidbits this month include a haunting orchestral version of a well-loved classic 90s rock song.
Do you have any songs that are just so. dang. catchy that you can’t help but dance, even when you don’t want to?
P.S. – You may say upbeat pop songs aren’t your thing, maybe my go-to writing playlist is a better alternative option.
Until next time,