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The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 29

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Today’s category is…

A Song That No One Would Expect You To Love.

Here are the staff picks:

Dan Milliken: “3 Peat” - Lil Wayne

My friends all think I’m a big wimp. They’re right. But I do like Wayne. (Though even in this case, I’m drawn to the vulnerability in the song more than the aggression.)

Tara Seetharam: “Disco Inferno” – 50 Cent

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to most of my friends in real life, but those in the blogosphere probably wouldn’t expect me to love 50 Cent as much as I do. I could list a handful of songs here, but this one is a blast.

Kevin Coyne: “Symphony No. 5″ – Beethoven

Best. Intro. Ever.

Leeann Ward: “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” – Jay-Z

I imagine this selection might successfully do the trick of surprising people, but I really do love this song.

The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 20

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Today’s category is…

A Song You Used to Hate But Now You Don’t.

Here are the staff picks:

Leeann Ward: “What Was I Thinkin’” – Dierks Bentley

When this song was making its chart run, I didn’t like it at all. Apparently, my ears were clogged then. About three years ago, I suddenly realized that I loved it. How couldn’t I love it, especially with Randy Kohrs’ riveting slide guitar action?

Dan Milliken: Bass Down Low” – DEV featuring the Cataracs

When I first heard this recent hit, I thought it was the filler-iest of Top 40 filler. It may still actually be. But like Napoleon Dynamite gained comic value from the quoting craze it inspired, “Bass Down Low” has gained guilty-pleasure value for me from the way the hook sneaks into my head at times when I’m standing around doing nothing. Repetition works wonders.

Tara Seetharam: “Umbrella” – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

I found it completely inane the first two or three times I heard it…and then, just like that, I couldn’t get enough. I still love the song to this day; there’s something strangely majestic about it.

Kevin Coyne: “Sloop John B” – The Beach Boys

My dad played this song on the jukebox incessantly, driving me crazy every time I heard it. Now it’s a song that I treasure, understanding how him being in the navy helped make it more relevant to him. Plus it’s catchy as all get out.

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