Countdown to 50: Week 5 Roundup (Days #29-35 of 365)

Welcome to the Week 5 Countdown to 50 Roundup post.

Each week, I’ll be posting a weekly recap of the week’s posts that I’ve been posting over on my Instagram account, and giving a little more info on why I chose the songs I did. If you want to see the entire list, check it out, here. And if you are on Spotify and want to listen to my Countdown to 50 playlist, you can follow and listen to the playlist, here.

Happy Listening!

Day #29 of 365 
Song: Wagon Wheel
Artist: Darius Rucker
Album: True Believers

I’ve loved Darius Rucker since I first heard him in Hootie and the Blowfish years ago. I actually saw Hootie before they made it big when I was at the University of Florida. I didn’t realize he had become a solo artist and was singing country until I heard this song a few years ago. He sounds great as a country singer, and this song is awesome. It doesn’t hurt that it is also about Raleigh, NC.

Day #30 of 365 
Song: Cities in Dust
Artist: Siouxsie and the Banshees
Album: Tinderbox

I wasn’t really listening to Siouxsie and the Banshees back in the ’80s. I’m not really sure why. My favorite genre(s) is New Wave/Alternative/Indie music. Other than “Peek-A-Boo” their songs never made my mixtapes. But over the years, I have really grown to love their sound and their songs, especially this one. 

Day #31 of 365 
Song: Rock the Boat
Artist: The Hues Corporation
Album: Freedom for the Stallion

This is such a fun song to sing along to in my car. I always classified this as a disco song, but as I was doing a little research for this countdown list I realized it is not disco but an R&B song. It is still always one of the first songs added to my disco/roller skating playlists. 

Day #32 of 365 
Song: Still of the Night
Artist: Whitesnake
Album: Whitesnake

I was a huge hair metal/glam metal fan: Bon Jovi, Poison, Cinderella, Ratt, Dokken, and Whitesnake. I still remember getting this cassette tape at the local Camelot Music in 1987. This album has some huge hits with “Here I Go Again” hitting #1 and “Is This Love” hitting #2 (I can’t believe that never hit #1). And while I love both of those songs, this song has always been my absolute favorite. 

Day #33 of 365 
Song: Un-Break My Heart
Artist: Toni Braxton
Album: Secrets

You can probably tell by now that I love low, alto female voices. There are some female voices I wish I could emulate, and Toni Braxton is one of those. She has always had one of my favorite alto voices. This is one of my favorite songs of hers, featuring great lyrics and melody, and some really low notes that are just incredible!

Day #34 of 365 
Song: Willow Tree
Artist: Plumb
Album: Plumb

I first heard Plumb years ago during Night of Joy at Walt Disney World. I absolutely loved her voice and style of music, so I went out and bought the two albums she had released. This album is her first and along with candycoatedwaterdrops is tied as my favorite album. Although this song was never released as a single, it has always been my favorite, especially the lyrics. 

Day #35 of 365 
Song: I Feel a Song (In My Heart)
Artist: Gladys Knight & the Pips
Album: I Feel a Song

Who would have thought that Growing Pains would be where I would first discover Gladys Knight and The Pips. Back in either the first or second season of the show, the Seaver kids were lip synching to “Midnight Train to Georgia”, and that is where I first was heard a Gladys Knight and The Pips song. I will always love that song, but I think it is one that played so much that I prefer some of their lesser known songs. This is one of those songs. I have another one of theirs coming up later in the countdown.