Happy Music Monday friends! It’s been a while since I last checked in with a Songs Spinning on My iPod post, so I figured I would supersize the edition and go above-and-beyond with 25 songs for your listening enjoyment. As always, click on each of the songs’ titles to give each a listen OR listen to the 25 songs continuously via this YouTube playlist I created. Feedback is appreciated!
Breathe Carolina – Hit and Run Heavy synthesizers, blipping beats and processed vocals mark this enticing new offering from the Denver-based electronic rock musical duo.
Calvin Harris featuring Example – We’ll Be Coming Back With current single Let’s Go rapidly ascending the charts, omnipresent producer Harris wastes no time with this compelling Example-assisted follow-up.
Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up The second Top 40 single (fourth overall) off his yet-to-be-released Fortune record, Brown reunites with Benny Benassi on this “Beautiful People” sequel.
Cobra Starship featuring My Name Is Kay – #1Nite An album highlight, Cobra Starship finally gets around to giving #1Nite a proper single release; retooled here for radio-readiness with a new guest feature.
Flo Rida – Whistle Served as the third single from upcoming Wild Ones album, the DJ Frank E-produced cut is a pure slice of unabashedly strum-along pop sunshine.
The Freshmen – Crickets Newcomers The Freshmen debut on the Top 40 charts with this laid back, old-school groove equipped with clever rhymes and a smooth, alluring hook.
Grouplove – Tongue Tied Featured on an Apple iPod commercial in 2011, rock band GROUPLOVE finally breaks into the Pop 100 with this jubilant, effervescent single.
Haley Reinhart featuring B.o.B. – Oh My! With debut single “Free” failing to impact, the American Idol alum offers this immensely appealing Motown romp as a welcomed frenetic follow-up.
Jason Derulo – Undefeated Cheese-ball lyrics aside, this new J.R. Rotem-produced offering, which precedes Derulo’s similarly titled album, has an inescapably euphoric chorus.
Javier Colon – A Drop In The Ocean The inaugural winner of The Voice, industry journeyman Javier Colon serves this whimsical, building piano-driven ballad to mainstream outlets.
Jennifer Lopez featuring Flo Rida – Goin’ In The lead single from the Step Up Revolution soundtrack, this GoonRock-produced cut follows the same kinetic sonic template of J-Lo’s most recent ubiquitous Top 10 dance hits.
Justin Bieber – Die In Your Arms Following his highest-charting single to date, Bieber continues to impress with this Rodney Jerkins-produced offering – a rewarding mid-tempo perfectly adorned with a Michael Jackson‘s “We’ve Got a Good Thing Going” sample.
K’Naan – Hurt Me Tomorrow Featuring a co-write and un-credited guest vocal from Ryan Tedder, K’naan looks to finally taste Top 40 success with this radio-friendly offering.
Kendrick Lamar featuring Dr. Dre – The Recipe With a tremendous flow, a high-profile guest feature, and a wicked Twin Sister sampled-beat, rap newcomer Lamar serves up a debut single deserving chart ascension.
Kirko Bangz – Drank In My Cup Already a #1 and Top 5 hit on the Rap and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts respectively, the Sound M.O.B.-produced single looks to complete the chart success trifecta as it scales the Hot 100.
Lucas Prata featuring Lenny B – First Night Of My Life Eight years removed from his moderate chart success “And She Said”, the New Yorker house DJ tries to re-enter the Hot 100 with this pulsating dance track.
Martin Solveig – The Night Out The very much in-demand French electronic music DJ and producer looks to build on the stateside solo success he achieved last summer with this thumping, glitzy ode to nightlife.
Phillip Phillips – Home While American Idol coronation songs are rarely authentic representations of the finalists, Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips’ debut is a rare exception, the song an endearing tune sonically comparable to the Idol’s idol, David Matthews Band.
Rick Ross featuring Usher – Touch’N You The duo already climbing the R&B/Hip-Hop charts with Usher’s “Lemme See” single, the R&B crooner looks to simultaneously return the guest spot favor on Ross’s Jim Jonsin-produced latest release.
Sammy Adams – Only One Boston-based singer/rapper Adams looks to assert himself on the Billboard Hot 100 with this his first major-label supported single – a cut that’s beginning to gain traction with programmers.
Sean Kingston featuring T.I. – Back 2 Life (Live It Up) An autobiographical song with mentions of Kingston’s near-death accident and a less-than-subtle Soul II Soul sample turns into a familiar call to party-all-night for Kingston.
Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul – Summer Paradise Disregarding the band’s overtly calculated ploy for summer airplay (see “summer” titular reference and Sean Paul feature), the track wins in spite of itself, providing a likeable soundtrack for the beach or BBQ.
Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye Having solidified their career renaissance with Top 10 lead single “Drive By”, the group delivers a deliriously fun follow-up dressed with a memorably quirky hook and mariachi band interpolation to boot.
Tyga featuring Lil Wayne – Faded Like Kirko Bangz, Tyga too has already achieved tremendous urban market success with this Lil Wayne-aided, sparse track; the next frontier for the former mixtape rapper is to crossover to the Top 40 mainstream.
Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez – Follow the Leader Established superstars in the Latin music scene, the reggaeton duo looks to cash-in their J-Lo concert tour supporting act status for that elusive crossover Top 40 success.
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