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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the state of the songs of the summer. Are we in the musical doldrums, or is there a song that can alleviate the weight on our shoulders caused by the events of 2016? Next, listeners sent in almost 24 hours’ worth of songs for Summer Strut 2016. Chris Molanphy joins the gabbers to whittle that list down to their favorites.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
Summer Strut 2016 Shortlist on Spotify:
Summer Strut 2016 Shortlist:
- “One Dance” by Drake
- “Call Off Your Dogs” by Lake Street Dive
- “Am I Wrong” by Anderson Paak
- “Kill the Lights” by Alex Newell, Jess Glynne, DJ Cassidy (with Nile Rodgers)
- “Twenty Five Miles” Edwin Starr
- “Lovely Day” by Studio Rio Remix with Bill Withers
- “Prisoner” by Har Mar Superstar
- “Midnight Sun” by Isaac Delusion
- “Seventeen” by Sjowgren
- “Candy’s Room” by Bruce Springsteen
- “Break Over You” by Draper featuring Prides
- “Good as Hell” by Lizzo
- “Love as a Weapon” by Little Scream
- “Compared to What” by Roberta Flack
- “New Dorp, New York” by Sbtrkt featuring Ezra Koenig
- “Cactus” and “Golden Years” by David Bowie
- “Ponta de Lança Africano” by Jorge Ben Jor
- “Loudspeaker” by Muna
- “Back Pocket” by Vulfpeck
- “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
- “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
- “Dust on the Bible” by Kitty Wells
- “Cannonball” by the Breeders
- “Lovefool” by the Cardigans
- “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa
Other songs mentioned:
Culture Gabfest Summer Strut 2016 full Spotify playlist (22 hr, 40 min)
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Outro: “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa
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