Whether you’re sitting in Cairo traffic or jamming away at work with your headphones on, it doesn’t really matter where you are. That certain addicting song comes on and it’s still as fresh as the first time around. You just can’t help but move to the beat.
Here is a list of some of our personal favourites; so turn it up and get into it.
'Tightrope' by Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi: If Aretha Franklin and James Brown had a baby, Janelle Monae might fit the bill. She's a tiny, little thing, but her powerhouse vocals and funky beats have spread like wildfire worldwide. Released in May, this song features Outkast's Big Boi and is no exception to Monae's rhythmic, soulful style. Monae is one of a kind, so jump on the tightrope train and work it out.
'You! Me! Dancing!’ by Los Campesinos: This song has the ability to make anyone jump up and down while dancing and clapping hands simultaneously. Its energy is infectious and you won't be able to listen just once. Formed in Whales without any of its members actually being Welsh, their international origins line this indie pop anthem with joy, excitement and love. This track is a must when you've got friends around.
‘Bring the Funk’ by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals: Like the title suggests, there’s some major funk here thanks to the soulful singer known as Ben Harper. Released in 1999, the bluesy tone laced throughout the guitar riffs is addictive and whether you’re down and out or not, we all need a little funk sometimes; so join the legendary Harper and get down!
‘40 Day Dream’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: These guys aren’t new to the indie folk scene in the United States but their twelve-person band might quite possibly be one of the sunniest bands around right now. From the song’s view on adoration to the accordion and backing vocals; you can’t help but sway a bit.
‘Dig a Pony’ by The Beatles: First released in 1970 and written by none other than John Lennon, this celebratory song is one of the sexiest Beatles tracks around with its rocking guitar licks and swoon-worthy vocals. There’s something completely liberating about the lyrics and they’ll have you feeling fine in a matter of no time. For an offbeat version by an awesome chick, click here .
'Spread Your Love’ by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Taking their name from Marlon Brando’s motorcycle club in the 1953 film The Wild One, how could this band not be rocking? The track’s sexy nature and the harmonica will have you rocking out in a matter of no time and wishing for a leather jacket and big hair while you’re at it.
‘Love Someone’ by Dub FX: Warning – be prepared to have your jaw on the floor! This dude is a street performer from Australia known for his live music, live looping, and effect pedals brought together by one instrument: his voice. He’s taken YouTube by storm with his fantastic rhythms and is possibly redefining what live performance really means. You’ll find yourself falling into a trance; so watch out.
‘F***k You’ by Cee-Lo Green: Recently released in August, this song is a little modern-day soul fuelled by an urban go-getter feel. For obvious reasons, it’s not suitable for the younger crowd; but Cee Lo Green brings it home with his heartfelt vocals, upbeat tempo, and the play between the piano and shakers. It’s not hard to get into this song; we’ve all been there right?
‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver: Taking it down a notch and creeping into a melancholic take on love, Bon Iver’s voice is comforting and definitely carries a cooler weather feel to the majority of his music. This tune was released in 2007 and while he’s better known for his track ‘To Emma’, there’s something about his hopeless, yet heartfelt vocals and airy acoustics that can resonate with anyone.
‘Sympathique’ by Ben L’Oncle Soul: Let us introduce you to our latest office crush, French singer-songwriter Ben L’Oncle Soul. He’s fresh, totally retro cool, and adding a funky twist to the soul genre that seems to be forgotten by some. From the swoony French language to the use of the horns and synthesiser, this track is chill to the max and just sultry enough.