For most people, 2016 is in full swing. For me, January was a free trial period because I did not want 2015 to end. 2016 officially starts Feb 1, 2016. As it’s New Year’s Day, I know that is common practice to share your resolutions with your blog readers. I’m going to do it with a twist – share my 2016 as a playlist.
Theme Song of the year
Beyonce – Work it Out
Lyric of significance: Treat my body like a guitar You gotta, you gotta keep on strummin’
For me, this song definitive because it was released at the beginning of Beyonce’s solo career. As this is definitive year for me, I turn 25 this year, I feel like this song is appropriate for this milestone. Just gotta find a brotha to work it out 😉
Setting the tone for 2016:
Beyonce – Me Myself and I
Lyric of significance to me: Foolish of me to compete when you cheat with loose women
I did not come out of a messy break up but this song sets the tone for the mindset I want to have this year. I want to work on me and my happiness. I’m not going to compare myself to any other females – even when if the guy I’m into chooses them over me. I’m gonna stay in my lane and be content with me, myself and I.
Switchfoot – The World You Want
Lyric of significance: I’m trying out adhesives; I’m trying to fix a place that feels broken
This line really embodies everything that I’m currently doing. But it also reminds me that it is my world and I have the ability to create it to my desires.
Daddy Screw – Big things
Lyric of significance: Yuh dun look good and yuh nuh frighten over man
I know this song selection is weird but nothing empowers me as a woman like old school reggae. If I was song, this would be it as it reflects me so much. If there is anybody you know who is NOT and will NEVER BE frighten over a man, it’s me.
Honorable mentions: Destiny’s Child Independent Woman (YAS!); Nicki Minaj Win Again; M.I.A. Bad Girls; Kat Dahlia Gangsta (especially the Spanish version); 702 Certified Hoe; Timbaland Drama Queen; Carl Carlton She’s A Bad Mama Jama
Outkast- So Fresh, So Clean
Lyric of significance: (And we are) The coolest motherfunkers on the planet
This song made the list because it brings me so much joy and the music video is a cinematic experience (in my opinion)
Wiz Kid – Ojuelegba
Lyric of significance: I am feeling good tonight this thing got me thanking God for life. Oh, I can’t explain
This song is like chamomile tea to my life. This song automatically puts me into a good mood. This is a song that I will be jamming to for a long time
Honorable mentions: Rich Homie Quan Flex; Michael Jackson Butterflies; Omarion Post To Be; Erykah Badu Hotline Bling Remix; Kat Dahlia Happy And I Know It; Usher You Don’t Have To Call; Ini Kamoze Here Comes The Hotstepper; Charley Black Party Animal; Trina Pull Over
Love/Sexy Time Songs
Natasha Beddingfield – These words
Lyric of significance: the whole song!
I’m not in love but I listen to love songs to tap into their joy and this song makes me smile like I’m actually in love. Always gives me a pep to my step 🙂
Brymo – Fe Mi
Lyric of significance: na so you dey do me, that thing you do before i like the feeling
Brymo’s voice is one of the sexiest voices I know so he had to be on this list. However, this song is important to me for two reasons 1) the lady on the cover is a big woman and I’m a big woman and 2) it’s a sexy song in Yoruba. That alone makes this song powerful
Honourable mentions: Kat Dahlia I Think I’m In Love; Mya Like Woah; Drake Jungle; Drake Come Through; Alicia Keys Woman’s Worth; Damian Marley Still Searching; Beyonce Kitty Kat Cavalier Remix; Aretha Franklin Call Me; Lil Kesh Is It Because I Love You
Hillsong – This is Living Now (Acoustic)
Lyric of significance: This life You created, I choose
I believe in God and this song calms me every time I feel overwhelmed, worried, etc. It has a similar effect like Bethel Music’s Home and In Over My Head. But, there’s just something about the acoustic version of this song that reminds me of how grateful I am of being alive. Such a beautiful song.
In The Zone
Damian Marley – Bongo Nyah
Lyric of significance: African queen, mama skin black like tire and anything she waan seh jah wi meck she acquire
I first heard this song in Colombia and loved it. I love their pride in this song and any black man talking about strong ambitious black women get my vote. Actually, anything Damian Marley gets my vote haha!
Honourable mentions: Nicki Minaj Shanghai; Nicki Minaj No Flex Zone verse; Ciara I Bet; Joe Budden Fire; Liane V Don’t Be That Guy; McFadden & Whitehead Ain’t No Stopping Us Now; Beyonce Yonce; Rihanna BBHMM; Cassie Long Way To Go; Vybz Kartel Unstoppable; Kirk Franklin Today; Drake ft Future Jumpman; The Game Hate It Or Love It; Craig Mack Flava In Ya Ear Remix