Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-15-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the September 15 birthdays of Cannonball Adderley, Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy, and Jimmy Gilmer; the September 16 birthdays of Wire’s Colin Newman, B.B. King, Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, Elastica’s Justine Frischmann, T La Rock, The Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson, Babybird’s Stephen Jones, The Bellamy Brothers’ David Bellamy, Marc Anthony, Hinds’ Ana Perrote, The Mock Turtles’ Martin Coognan, The Prisoners’ Graham Day, and Little Willie Littlefield; and the September 17 birthdays of Naughty By Nature’s Vin Rock, Hank Williams, The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, Doug E. Fresh, Five Man Electrical Band’s Les Emmerson, Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar, The Mystics’ Phil Cracolici, The Tubes’ Fee Waybill, Flo Rida, Anastacia, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin’s Jonn Penney, Bill Black, and Dorothy Loudon.

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Throwback Thursday: 1999

The music of 1999 shows the century coming to a close in grand style, as if to say the next year the party will be over, oops, out of time, so this year we better party. Latinx artists were crossing over to the mainstream pop chart. Cher and Santana, who first charted in the 1960s, scored the biggest hits of their careers. Artists who made their chart debuts include Eminem and Britney Spears. Pure pop exploded, though the charts made room for country, hip hop, electronica, and big beat. As one who values diversity, I loved hearing all these different genres and styles bump up against each other on the radio. Here are 30 prime examples of the music that hit in 1999.

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Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

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Hoy es Cinco de Mayo, y yo was thinking about Spanish-language songs that crossed over onto the US pop charts. That got me thinking about hit songs that were re-recorded in Spanish by their original hitmakers in an attempt to cross over the other direction. It’s a savvy business move, no? Why limit your audience, especially once the music business became more global?

Here is your Cinco de Mayo playlist: