The Playlist: 10 April Songs for Singing in the Rain
10 tunes worth adding to your playlist this month.
1. For Class Acts
Since first appearing in the ’30s, this timeless jazzy lament has been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Sarah Harmer, but nothing beats Lady Day’s slow-burn version.
2. For a ’90s Flashback
The lyrics of this 1992 single are a bit of a bummer, but the catchy melody is so irresistible you’ll be more inclined to shuffle-dance than mope.
3. For Transatlantic Reunions
Front man Alex Kapranos is rumoured to have written this song for an ex-girlfriend, a member of the Fiery Furnaces who was living in Brooklyn at the time. Whether or not that’s true, the image of the singer’s sweetheart donning clodhoppers, scaling the Coney Island rollercoaster and vaulting over the Atlantic into his waiting arms will warm even the soggiest of hearts.
4. For Dramatic Slow Dances
You may not have a smoke machine in your living room, but if you crank up this era-defining jam-preferably the extended version-and throw your arms around a willing partner, you’ll feel like the star of an ’80s music video.
5. For Novelty Value
Adam Nyerere Banner (alias Tay Zonday) got his 15 minutes of fame back in 2007 when this curious tune, notable for its absurdly repetitive song structure and his froggy baritone voice, became a massive hit on YouTube.
6. For Necessary Refuge
Few things feel better than being welcomed into a cozy, dry place when you’ve been stuck in a terrible downpour. In this heartfelt ditty, the storm is more figurative than physical, but the end result is the same.
7. For Your Very Own Star Search Moment
This is the answer to being marooned inside on rainy days when you’ve read all your books and the house is as spotless as it’s going to get. Put it on, turn it up and belt it out.
8. For the Calm After the Storm
The off-kilter electric guitar and shuffling drums on this dreamy track suggest ominous thunderclouds parting to make way for a shimmer of blue. Smooth sailing is just around the corner.
9. For Sun Showers
For those rare moments when you’re marvelling at a mash-up of sunshine, drizzle and rainbows, you need a hearty power ballad that can stand up to the magic.
10. For Graceful Acceptance
When life gives you lemons, listen to this bittersweet sigh of a tune and remember that you can’t climb mountains without descending into a few valleys.