Just a Guy’s monthly music article includes the top songs of May 2014. The restrictions are simple, the album or the song must have been released during the month in review. So as to encourage musical diversification, we only select one song per album per artist. With all the stipulations out of the way, let’s take a look at the best songs from May.
Santana – Indy
Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana’s self-titled band Santana has released their latest album, Corazón. Corazón is Santana’s 22nd album and has a number of big name features throughout the fifteen tracks. “Indy” is one of those very songs, with a feature from Miguel (who was also featured on Power Trip by J. Cole). “Indy” is a laid back track with a sound that we’ve come to expect from Santana.
Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good
Off the newly released Xscape, the king of pop returns from the grave on a track featuring Justin Timberlake. The song is classic Michael Jackson, and would ave fit well in his 1980’s catalog. The Timberlake feature is nice, but as always, Jackson makes the song great.
“Turn Blue” is a a single from the album of the same name, which as an album has been a huge seller for The Black Keys. Turn Blue is their eighth studio album and if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon already, this is a good place to start.
Lily Allen – Sheezus
The title track off her fourth album, “Sheezus” is a load. The track references many current pop stars like Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Allen’s message seems unclear, and the mid-tempo track isn’t made for traditional pop singles. First time listeners may be taken aback, the track is far from radio friendly, but it’s worth a listen.
Afrojack – Do or Die (Remix)
For all the dance party people out there, Afrojack’s Forget the World album will have quite a few tracks played at the clubs. The Remix to “Do or Die” which is performed by 30 Seconds to Mars. An already upbeat song ups the ante just a bit further with a more techno pop feel.
Tech N9ne – Which One
Off his popular collaboration series, “Which One” is a track that Murs and Godemis, trading bars with Tech N9ne. Fans of Tech N9ne and his style will enjoy this track immensely. Murs and Godemis easily hold their own, while Tech N9ne is his usual self.
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
This is the second song from Coldplay’s Ghost Stories album to be featured in our Top 10 (Midnight being the other). “A Sky Full of Stars” is the most pop like song off the album and that means it should see some serious radio play. If you haven’t already heard it, then you should definitely check it out.
Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked
Swedish pop artist Lykke Li returned in May with her third album I Never Learn. The album was generally well recieved, with the lead single “No Rest for the Wicked” leading the way. “No Rest for the Wicked” is a piano driven track, with some incredibly sad lyrics. It’s been described as “vintage Lykke Li,” and fans of the artist will embrace this track.
Mushroomhead – Rumor Has It
“Rumor Has It” is a remake of Adele’s hit single and it’s quite a different take from the original. A metal rendition of a popular pop song isn’t uncommon and it’s usually entertaining, which holds true for this Mushroomhead cover. It screams Punk Goes Pop and if that’s your cup of tea, try this out.
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
Folk rocker Ray LaMotagne released his fifth album Supernova (at the end of April but gets the nod for May). The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, and “Supernova” almost sounds like it could have been released on the Keys new album. It’s a laid back rocker that’s perfect for the Summer months.
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