These are all songs I cannot resist singing along with in the car.
1. "Mr Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra
If Kate, Jacob and I had a family theme song, this would be it. On car trips, we always sing this really loudly at least once, usually more than once, sometimes three times (depends on how long the trip is).
2. "Closer to Fine" by The Indigo Girls
I have no singing talent. That's the magic of The Indigo Girls. Somehow I sound incredible when I'm accompanied by a guitar and two lesbians.
3. "Get Back" by Ludacris
OK, so this song sounds a little more angry than happy, but it sure feels good to sing it in the car.
"Beep, beep, woot, woot, why you all in my ear?"
4. "Freedom! '90" by George Michael
As the young folks say now, THIS IS MY JAM. Back about a million years ago, or maybe just 20, I used to play this as often as possible on the jukebox at BJ Country in Bossier City. Even 20 years later, this song is still excellent. Plus, the video reminds us of a better time when supermodels were actually super.
"When I knew which side my bread was buttered, I took the knife as well."
5. "100 Days, 100 Nights" by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
When you're singing in the car and fantasizing about how you're up on stage performing before a crowd that includes all your ex-boyfriends and all their girlfriends or wives who aren't as awesome as you (don't pretend you don't do this), it helps if you sound like Sharon Jones. And it's your fantasy so, hell yes, you totally sound like Sharon Jones.
6. "Paris (Ooh La La)" by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
When I'm not pretending to be Sharon Jones, I'm pretending to be Grace Potter.
7. "Rockstar" by Miley Cyrus
OK. Sometimes I'm Hannah Montana. Oh, shut up.
8. "Drive My Car" by The Beatles
Rubber Soul is my favorite Beatles album. And "Drive My Car" is one of the world's most perfect pop songs. Period.
"I got no car and it's breaking my heart
But I've found a driver and that's a start"
9. "Linger" by The Cranberries
Best friend and my personal blog consultant Tina Rollman pointed out that any decent Cranberry Red Tuesday playlist should include a song by The Cranberries. Unlike when I sing along with an Indigo Girls song, when I sing along with The Cranberries, I still sound like crap. But who cares? It's my car and I'll sing if I want to!
10. "Forever in Blue Jeans" by Neil Diamond
Not only is today Cranberry Red Tuesday, it's also the 70th birthday of the amazing Neil Diamond. I love his songs. They take me back to childhood and make me think of my wonderful grandparents.
No, this isn't a song, but this video cracks me up. Doesn't matter how many times I see it. "That video is so old, Mom," Jacob said. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW OLD IT IS, SON! Elmo ordering Taco Bell is AWESOME. It always makes me giggle and everyone knows giggling makes any day of the week better. And Elmo is red, so there's that.
If none of these work for you, here's something cranberry red that will make you happy.