Welcome back for another AJ Blog Network Monday Morning Playlist, where our fantastically clever literary-serfs have provided another devious playlist to help your melted grey matter get through the first day of the work week (the cast of ‘Wicked’ notwithstanding). Unless you got off for Presidents Day, in which case it’s something to listen to while you shop for a new Toyota Camry.
As previously defined, the AJBN Monday Morning Playlist is intended to be “a means of lightening the burden on these most evil days.” The playlists we provide are suppose to last an approximate workday, factoring in long lunch clumps and coffee-dumps. Each week has a theme, and with today being Presidents Day, our theme for this week is “Royalty.” Because except for movie stars, professional athletes, musicians, supermodels, and one-percenters, our politicians are the closest thing we have to Royalty in this country.
And remember, for a daily dose of musical genius, check out Daily Top Songs for a fresh-tune-a-day, and My Lyrical Disposition for the right chord to match your current mood. Now, without further delay, your Monday Morning Playlist:
MUSIC THEME: Royalty
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Mostly because of the name of the band. But Freddy Mercury was serious music royalty anyway.
3's & 7's - Queens of the Stone Age
Again, name of the band says it all.
Black Limousine - Dragonette
The song is about how the singer is dating a guy who is rich and pretty much buys her company. He may not be royalty, but he’s sure living like he is.
Prince Ali - Robin Williams (Aladdin Soundtrack)
Of all the Disney songs about royalty, Prince Ali has got to be the best.
When Doves Cry - Prince
The song is by Prince, what more can I say? I chose this one specifically because although not normally a Prince fan, I’ve always enjoyed this song.
Fergalicious - Fergie
Fergalicious was on the Fergie album called “The Duchess”.
Queen of the Surface Streets - Devotchka
The title of the song gives it away. About a guy who sees his girlfriend as a queen, isn’t that sweet?
The Queen - Lady Gaga
The title says it all. Lady Gaga wants to be the “queen” that she knows is inside of her.
No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
This song was picked solely on the word “queen” being in the band’s name. It also happens to be my favorite song by them.
Snow White Queen - Evanescence
“Snow White Queen” is written from both the perspective of Amy Lee and from a stalker completely obsessed with her. To that person, Amy is his queen. The Snow White part comes from Amy’s forum username SnowWhite.
King Nothing - Metallica
A song about someone chasing after riches until it all comes crashing down…and you break your crown. All that striving and he’s the king of nothing.
Just a Girl - No Doubt
“Just a Girl” is off the album Tragic Kingdom.
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
It doesn’t matter if you’re royalty or not, you can’t buy your way into heaven.
Ride a White Horse - Goldfrapp
I would imagine that royalty gets to ride beautiful white horses. Or at least they probably did centuries ago.
Run DMC - King of Rock
At a time, the 80’s, when rock fans had little patience for rap music some bawlsy ass rap guys declared themselves King(s) of rock. We are better for it.
King of Carrot Flowers - Neutral Milk Hotel
Neutral Milk Hotel pay tribute or something like it to Jesus in this fantastical sweet from their classic In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.
Victoria - The Kinks
This song is about Queen Victoria. A former roommate once found or possibly kidnapped a cat he named Victoria after this song. I hated that cat.
The Rulers Back - Jay-Z
Jay-Z is the Ruler. He’s in charge. Don’t talk back or question him because it is likely he killed some people before.
Satan's Jeweled Crown - The Louvin Brothers
Satan is the king of evil and he has a crown and these nice christian boys are going to sing you a song about it.
Kiss Me Son Of God - They Might Be Giants
A self conscious but brutal leader gets to know the people of his land, and they learn to love him.
Queen of the Savages - The Magnetic Fields
Even if a group of people are monstrous cannibals their ruler is still a Queen.
God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols
“Let’s all tell the Queen to shove it! This rock song will show her!” – the Sex Pistols
The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
This one sings for itself. The Queen is Dead and who cares?!
All Shook Up - Elvis
I couldn’t have a playlist about musical royalty without including “The King” himself.
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
This song was played at a concert for Princess Diana shortly after her death. It is rumored that Prince Harry and Prince William picked this song specifically.
Itty Bitty Pretty One - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
I love this song. It happens to be in a movie about Princesses. I won’t say which as to avoid scrutiny from my fellow bloggers. Just trust me on this one.
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
The Prince of Pop? C’mon if that’s not royalty, I don’t know what is.
Ooo Baby Baby - The Temptations
This is another “featured in a movie with royalty” pick. This one is from the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America.
"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" - Disney Soundtrack/Jonathon Taylor Thomas.
My love of the movie “The Lion King” is well-documented, and since the movie and song titles even includes a reference to royalty, I felt this was appropriate.
"Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen.
This is my favorite song by Queen, and the band’s name makes it a perfect choice for this theme.
"Badlands" - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
To me, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are rock royalty. Additionally, the lyrics include a direct reference to “kings”.
"Let it Be" - The Beatles/Paul McCartney, as performed by Aretha Franklin.
She is known as the Queen of Soul, and The Beatles and/or Paul McCartney are the definition of music royalty.
"Beat It" - Michael Jackson.
The man is still known as the Prince of Pop. Love this song; and, the music video is heavily influenced by West Side Story, which makes me adore it even more.
"Part of Your World" - The Little Mermaid/Jodi Benson.
Although it is listed as “Where the People Are”, the song is actually “Part of Your World”. This is one my favorite songs from the “Little Mermaid” and it is sung by Princess Ariel.
"Play the Game" - Queen.
I definitely felt that I needed at least two Queen songs, since I love the band and its name perfectly fits this theme. Queen is rock royalty.
Killer Queen - Queen
This song is double whammy royalty– not only is it by a band named Queen, it’s about a “queen.”
Just You Wait - from My Fair Lady
In this song, Eliza Doolitle is imagining a conversation between her and King James where she’s asking the crown to kill her vocal instructor.
Getting to Know You - from The King and I
Another classic Broadway tune about an the instructor and the students, but this time they actually like each other. Anna is teaching a group of royal children in the palace.
Jack's Lament- from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack is sick of being the Pumpkin King. He dreams of another life, because, you know, being a king of anything totally sucks and all…
Queen Bitch - David Bowie
Everybody knows the Queen Bee. She can be a friend or a foe but nonetheless she’s ruthless. Bowie would know.
Magic Dance - David Bowie; from Labyrinth
Jareth, the Goblin King that lives in the castle at the center of the Labyrinth, rejoices that he has stolen baby Toby from Sarah. He and his loyal goblin Jim Henson puppets sing a magic spell.
U Got The Look - Prince
Prince may have changed his name to an unutterable symbol, but he reverted back so I guess he’s back in the pop singer royal line. Besides I think this song should be dedicated to Kate.
Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight (Dj Chuckie Remix Edit)
MJ is the King of Pop.
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Refer to the artist’s name.
Queens of the Stone Age - Little Sister
Refer to the artist’s name.
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Royalty is part of the song title.
Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen
Again, royalty is part of the song title.
Go West - The King of Wishful Thinking
Finishing up the trilogy of royalty being part of the song title. I know there’s a cover of this song floating somewhere but I prefer the original.
Paris Hilton – Mu
Paris Hilton is the closest thing we, as Americans, have to royalty.
King for a Day – XTC
One of my favorite XTC songs and it happens to have king right in the title.
King Back – T.I
T.I was king until they hauled his ass to jail on drug charges.
Queen of Hearts – Fucked Up
This song rocks.
Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton
This song is terrible.
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
A raunchy and poetic Prince song.
Satan – Deerhoof
Hail Satan! Our dark overlord.
Some Postman – The Presidents of the United States of America
Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America
As I mentioned at the top, our Presidents are (practically) the closest thing we have to royalty here in the good ol’ US of A. I milked that idea the best I could.
Some Postman I recently re-discovered during a Pandora binge. I enjoy rockin’ out to Lump, though I always end up singing Gump. Am I the only one?
The Presidents Song – Animaniacs
The world was a better place when it had the Animaniacs in it. I have all the lyrics to this song (basically) memorized, and believe it or not, it has never helped me pick up ladies.
James K. Polk – They Might Be Giants
As I once wrote on our dead celebrity site, JKP is unquestionably our nation’s most underrated President. This song in his honor, btw, is unquestionably TMBGs most underrated song.
The Rain King – Counting Crows
I’ve listened to this song maybe 2,000 times, and for the life of me I can’t figure out what it’s about. Though Rain King is one of CCs few uplifting tunes, the lyrical theme is probably about heartbreak, bitterness, and melancholy in some form or another. And every time I hear Duritz scream “AND I BEEN DRINKIN’!” I get goosebumps.
Welcome to my Hood – DJ Khaled
If I were King of a Castle, Ruler of a Land, or Master of a House, this is the song they would play any time I walked in a room. My own personal Hail to the Chief… the 8-minute remix, not the sissy-pansy regular version.
When I Am King – Great Big Sea
A slightly different tune from the Newfoundland-Rock band outta Canada, When I Am King offers optimistic sunshine lyrics describing a future existence where everything is filled with wonderful for everybody. I can’t imagine being in a bad mood when I listen to this song.