Category Archives: Friday Five

Friday Five: St. Patrick’s Day Songs

It’s Friday and it’s St. Patrick’s Day which means time for an Irish themed Friday Five!   While we probably won’t be joining the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities, we’ll just sit here wearing our green, and quietly wish Disney was playing “Luck Of The Irish” on TV tonight.  We struggled to pick just five songs to put on this list but we let the 4 leaf  clovers to work their magic. Celebrate St. Patrick and bring out your Irish side with these tracks!

NKOTB – “Hanging Tough”
Helloooo!! NKOTB wrote this to be the Boston Celtics theme song and to be Irish, you gotta be hangin’ tough!  On tour, the New Kids sample Dropkick Murphys as well for the intro so double yes!

Flogging Molly – “Drunken Lullabies”
As far as Celtic influenced bands go, Flogging Molly is a tried and true classic.  If you’re looking for something to get yourself in the spirit of the holiday, these guys are top notch!

Dropkick Murphys – “Shipping Up To Boston”
Whether you realize this song is by Dropkick Murphys or not, you have heard this song and we’re pretty sure you love it as much as we do. NKOTB sample this for the “Hanging Tough” intro on tour, athletes use it as their walk up song, and in numerous commercials.  This is the officially unofficial theme song for the city of Boston, MA. We rest our case.

B*Witched – “C’est La Vie”
Arguably one of the most underrated artists from the late 90s and early 2000s, B*Witched are still touring.  Currently, they are on tour in Australia with Atomic Kitten and Liberty X.  We had a hard time picking between “Rollercoaster” and C’est La Vie” but  that’s just life and this is just a classic song!

House Of Pain – “Jump Around” 
It’s Friday, and it’s a holiday.  Go ahead, jump around.  We won’t judge you!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Friday Five: Simple Plan Songs From NPNHJB

You will always love the music that you liked when you were 13.  This is one of the most true statements we have ever heard! Simple Plan, as bizarre as it sounds, has had a profound effect on us…well one of us anyway.  They’re the reason we picked up the guitar, the reason we wore those huge khaki shorts with tall tube socks, Vans, and Role Model clothing.  Yeah….we were super fangirls for SP, complete with an email address dedicated to Seb’s eyes!  We won’t get into that now though.  Here is our Friday Five favorite deep cuts from the Canadian band’s debut album “No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls” which they’re currently playing in full on the 15th Anniversary Tour!

“Meet You There”  – This is one of the  songs on an album full of angsty emo teen songs. No matter where life takes us, we’ll always meet Simple Plan there.

“My Alien” – It seems like every good pop punk band need a song about aliens, space, and/or  girlfriends. SP hit all three targets.  Thy went and got the Astronaut kit so if you can provide the rocket, they’ll be with their beloved 4 leg/2 armed girlfriend again.

“You Don’t Mean Anything” – When your two favorite singers collab on a single, that’s definitely going to be your favorite song! Joel Madden from Good Charlotte lent his vocals to the third track on SP’s debut album and we’re still surprised this was never a single.

“The Worst Day Ever”  – If you thought “I’m Just A Kid” was emo, this song takes the cake for being one of the most emo songs we have ever heard.

“One Day” – The acoustic picking in this song sounds out of place with the rest of the album if you’re not looking at the big picture of early 2000s music. SP really are masters at their craft because if you just heard this song with no context or name attached, chances are you might not realize it’s the same band that wrote “I’m Just A Kid.”  This is still one of our favorite emo deep cuts, hands down!

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Friday Five: New Artists To Watch

It’s been a while since we did a Friday Five but we’re bringing it back!! Each week, new music is released on Fridays and gets our weekend off to an awesome start. It’s hard to sift through all of the new tracks if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Sometimes we let the Youtube shuffle do it’s thing and lead us in new places we never ventured before. Other times we take cues from our current favorite bands and see who they’re playing shows with or what they’re listening to.  This week, let us help you find your new favorite artist to elevate your weekend to the next level!  Check out our Friday Five New Artists To Watch!

Chase Atlantic – “Into It”  
Chase Atlantic just released their new video for “Into It” on Snapchat which is great because that’s where we spend most of our social media time anyway. Genius idea, awesome band, perfect song.

Citizen Four – “Testify” 
They sing in 4 part harmony, have luscious hair, cool boy style, and they dance. What more do you want in a boy band?! Watch C4’s lyric video for “Testify” and you’ll be a fan before it’s over.

James Maslow – “How I Like It”
Okay, so he’s not “NEW” but as a solo artist he is brand new! James Maslow, from BTR, just released his first solo album and it’s SO GOOD SO GOOD!!  “How I Like It” is the first single and that’s how we like it.

Seaway – “Slam” 
Whether you saw Seaway opening for Real Friends with Moose Blood or you’re catching them on the upcoming Simple Plan tour, these Canadians bring back everything we loved about late 90s/early 00s pop punk.  Every song from these guys gets us jumping and screaming “EVERYTHING IS COOL MAN!”

As It Is – “Hey Rachel” 
Patty Walters poured his heart and soul into the latest As It Is record and his raw honesty on the song “Hey Rachel” is showing us that it’s okay to be well…just, Okay. Even when you don’t think you’re fine, you’ll always have your family to lean on.

The Friday Five: Memorial Day Playlist

Summer is officially here!  Whether you’re taking a road trip, hitting the beach, or staying in watching the DCOM marathon all weekend, let’s celebrate #MERICA.  Here’s our Memorial Day Weekend playlist.

  1. Dierks Bentley – “Freedom”

2. Cole Swindell – “No Can Left Behind”

3. Dan + Shay – “Road Trippin’ 

4. Earl Dibbles Jr – “Merica”

5. Thomas Rhett – “Vacation”

The Friday Five: Obsessed with Dan + Shay

We’ve been counting down the days until Dan + Shay’s new album, “Obsessed,” drops on June 3rd.  The duo just made the wait a little more bearable by dropping not 1, not 2, but 3 more songs off the album today!  Which means if you pre-order the album now, you’ll get 5 songs instantly.  Go to iTunes right now and do it.  You’ll be just as obsessed with the new music as we are!  We’ve already listened to “Road Trippin'” on loop today, and we’ll be singing it on all our concert road trips this Summer!  Check out all the tracks below.

1.”Road Trippin'”

2. “Already Ready”

3. “How Not To”

4. “From The Ground Up”

5. “Obsessed”

The Friday Five: Blink-182 Videos

We’re still fangirling over Blink-182’s tour and album announcement.   Tickets for their Summer tour go on sale this week!  Check out the tour dates HERE!  Here’s a playlist of some of our favorite classic Blink videos.

1.”What’s My Age Again?”

2. “All The Small Things”

3. “The Rock Show”

4. “First Date”

5. “I Miss You”

The Friday Five: Summer 2016 Albums

It’s finally Springtime here in NYC, which means Summer concert season is just around the corner!   There is tons of new music to look forward to also, including new albums from some of our favorite artists.  Here are the albums dropping soon that are sure to be on our Summer playlists.

1. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here”
due May 6th – pre-order on iTunes

2. Rooney – “Washed Away”
due May 6th – pre-order via Rooney

3. Dierks Bentley – “Black”
due May 27th – pre-order on iTunes

4. Dan + Shay – “Obsessed”
due June 3rd – pre-orders start April 29th

5. Good Charlotte – “Youth Authority”
due July 15th – pre-order on iTunes