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Open Thread final: Your 2021 Playlist

It might be a bit too early to think about a playlist for 2021, or readers are still looking through their vinyl, CDs, MP3 players and Spotify, but there are a few who came through…

“I have loved an artist from my teen years called “Deodato”…”


I can relate to not wanting to hear words, Diane!

Another reader had more general preferences….

“..I’m more of a classic rock, soft rock and 70’s kind of guy…”


We’ll keep this thread open for a while longer and may even revisit it later on, but in the meantime, thanks for playing!



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17 responses to “Open Thread final: Your 2021 Playlist

  1. Hi, if this thread is still open, I thought maybe you’d like some actual playlists? I listen to many but here are some samples if anyone is interested.
    Some of these are from my iTunes Library and I’ve purchased the songs. There are many streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music and my current favorite, Tidal that offer trial subscriptions. If you stick with one, the monthly cost is reasonable if you consider that you’re helping to support the artists you love!
    If I had to pick two songs to kick off 2021 they would be “What the World Needs Now Is Love” Jackie DeShannon and “It’s Gonna Be Alright” Theo Croker

    Here are some of the songs I’m listening to (and dancing to in my apartment.) Some are from playlists I put together when I was ballroom dancing before the pandemic:
    “Blue Moon” Willie Nelson
    “That’s All I Need” Jackie Wilson
    “Moulin Rouge” Juliette Greco
    “Blowing Away” Laura Nyro
    “Wait a Little While” Kenny Loggins
    “This Old Heart of Mine” The Isley Brothers
    “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Hank Williams
    “Oh That Feeling” Johnny Mathis
    “Back In Love Again” L.T.D.
    “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” Louis Armstrong
    “Straighten Up and Fly Right” Lyle Lovett
    “Soul Makossa” Manu Dibango
    “I Wanna Be Your Lover” Prince
    “Emotion” (feat. Bee Gees) Samantha Sang
    “If You Really Love Me” Stevie Wonder
    “Nena Na Na” Jose Feliciano
    “Anything Goes” Ella Fitzgerald
    “The Boss” Diana Ross
    “Look to the Rainbow” Deborah Cox
    “Tee Nah Nah” Buckwheat Zydeco
    “Parampampan” Dimension Latina
    “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” Patti Lupone
    “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson
    “You Make Me Feel So Young” Frank Sinatra
    “Beyond the Sea” Bobby Darin
    “Lovin’ is Really My Game” Brainstorm
    “Chan Chan” Buena Vista Social Club
    “Tears Dry On Their Own” Amy Winehouse
    “EntreTu Amor y Mi Amor” Juan Carlos Godoy
    “That’s Who I Am” Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’
    “Sweet Thing” Rufus (Chaka Khan)
    “I Need a Dollar” Aloe Blacc
    “I Only Want To Be With You” Dusty Springfield
    “Waltz for Debby” Bill Evans
    “Last Dance” (Salsa version) Lucy Grau
    “Suavemente” Elvis Crespo
    “Maria Maria” Milton Nascimento
    “You Beat Me to the Punch” Mary Wells
    “Deja Vu” Prince Royce and Shakira
    “La Tortura” Shakira
    “Grand Mamou” Waylan Thibodeaux
    “I Got You (I Feel Good)” James Brown

    just to list a few :)

  2. Joining the”music lovers”!
    It is reported that music has an effect on the brain. I listen to all kinds of music. I love Jazz, and lots now available virtually. Over the past year I have been listening to”Jazz Now” at Takoma Radio, MD, Streaming:, or WOWD-LP 94.3 FM… offers progressive, urban, smooth jazz, standard, etc…, and weekly interviews jazz musicians.
    Check it out !

  3. “Upon the Roof” as in first stanza: “when this ole world isa getting me down and… ”
    Can’t remember who sings it. Plus, the gist is that when he’s feeling down, he goes “upon the roof”. Anyway, it’s a nice, gentle soft rock style fun to sing along to.

    Other one is something like “walkin on a Sunday afternoon with….and Sue”
    So sorry, I can hear the tune, but don’t remember the words. Soft rock.

  4. I subscribe to Pandora and created some playlists this year that reflect the variety of music I enjoy, depending on my mood. Vocal and instrumental jazz (Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horne, Diana Krall, etc.); some classical violin and cello (Sarah Chang, Yo-Yo Ma); Motown, Blues, Calypso, Reggae, and anything that moves me. Music helps me relax and reflect.

  5. It is very refreshing to see that some of us are still love our generation’s music. Realy, Deodato was graet. The rock giants and the prog’rock era looks today as if no one used to listen to these !!! BUT we still do. Chick Corea used to be one of them, but he also passed away this week.

  6. I have a super eclectic Spotify list ranging from the Oldies, but goodies, Salsa, Romantic ballads to JayZ and other Hip Hop artists. That list of course also includes Perez Prado and his Orchestra ,and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

  7. I have loved an artist from my teen years called “Deodato”, he is an instrumentalist. However, in the ’60’s, he was great. I was 15 at the time I heard his rendition of ” Pavane for a Dead Princess,” I asked my brother to play this at my funeral. Unfortunately, my oldest brother would leave before me. However, 53 years later I still think about that song and thank my brother for letting me hear that album. The album is just called, ‘Deodato’.

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