303. Kandi by One Eskimo
What One Eskimo did is so clever: It (he?) took an old song ("He Called Me Baby") by Candi Staton and sang along with her, adding lyrics that turn it into a duet about jealousy.
304. Cindy C. by Prince
My favorite track from the Black Album. Only Prince could call someone—in this case, model Cindy Crawford—a "superfine heifer" and get away with it. (Or refer to her "furry melting thing.") Plus, this lyric: "I'm sure you're quite intelligent / a whiz at math and all that shit / but I'm a tad more interested / in flying your kite tonight / Baby is that all right?"
305. Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (6 Times) by Lyn Collins
What I'd give to have seen this performed live.
306. Far L'Amore (Club Mix) by Bob Sinclar & Raffaella Carrà
I enjoyed The Great Beauty more than any movie since Hedwig and the Angry Inch—I was transfixed by the whole thing, and the initial party scene (which features this song) in particular. The mix of "Far L'Amore" reminds me of entering a big nightclub in full swing and just diving in. And now, after much practice, I know every time the bell rings.
307. Hideaway by Kiesza
The video made "Hideaway" a hit, and rightfully so, but the song stands on its own quite nicely.
308. Ice King by Momus
I can't remember if I've shared my fantasy of writing a Momus jukebox musical. "Ice King" brings down the house. I could do without the fake harp, though.
309. Fairplay by Soul II Soul
Mmm, hmm. There's a cute part where Jazzie B tells Rose Windross, "Now dance"—and she giggles an "OK" in reply. But I can't help wondering how Lyn Collins would've responded....
310. Start a War by the National
After Adam and I went to see The Way He Looks—a very sweet Brazilian film—I looked up the song with "start a war" in it. The keystone phrase to the song ("Do you really think you can just put it in a safe behind a painting, lock it up, and leave?") was what struck me at first, and I sent the song to my friend Kristen. A different line resonated with her: "You were always weird but I never had to hold you by the edges like I do now," which pretty perfectly captures a fraying relationship.
311. This Woman's Work by Greg Laswell
Kristen sent me this exquisite cover in return.
312. Devil's Pie by D'Angelo
Fuck the slice. I want the pie.
313. Fantasy by George Michael
It's a shame that George Michael is such a proven tool, because he made some terrific songs—including the B-side to "Freedom '90." The synth horns are so... itchy.
314. Fireball (feat. John Ryan) by Pitbull (featuring John Ryan)
Spend much time in Southern California and you'll realize that Pitbull has far more hits, at least at the regional level, than you might have ever guessed. "Fireball" isn't really defensible, and Pitbull's raps are the worst. But those hooks! It's as if he has more than he knows what to do with, so he throws them all in a blender and hits "frappé."
315. U.N.I.T.Y. by Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah herself probably doesn't remember "U.N.I.T.Y.," and I don't know why it has a hold on me. She's so serious, and not that smooth a rapper, but attitude carries the day. Who you callin' a bitch?
316. Dreamlover (Def Club Mix) by Mariah Carey
Like most Mariah Carey songs, the original version of "Dreamlover" is treacle. For the remix, however, producer David Morales got her to re-record the vocals—adding all the sweat and heat that good soul music needs. You don't have to listen to all 10 minutes; the first five will do, and don't miss 4:30 to 5:00.