Mega6: For Italy (Per l’Italia) Edition [2020 (first published in March 2020)]

We skip the obvious choices and put our own spin on #Quarantunes.  The last eight decades are all represented here.  Since everybody else is citing them, we’ve purposely excluded “close” and “alone” titles (with one exception).

  1. Aretha Franklin - Nessun Dorma (1998) []
  2. Olivia Sellerio - Nuddu e di Nuddu (E Nuddu m’Avi) (2018) []
  3. John Lennon - Nobody Told Me (1984) []
  4. Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This (2002) []
  5. The Him - Walk Alone (2019) []
  6. Hayden James & Naations - Nowhere to Go (2019) []
  • Bonus Tracks

    1940s-50s

    Roy Rogers - Don’t Fence Me In (1944)
    Georgia Gibbs - Goodbye to Rome (Arrivederci Roma) (1955)
    Don Cherry - Ghost Town (1956)
    Cyril Stapleton & His Orchestra - The Italian Theme (1956)
    Doris Day - The Party’s Over (1957)
    Earl Grant - The End (1958) []
    Mario Lanza - Arrivederci Roma (1958)
    Jimmy Barnes - No Regrets (1959)
    Earl Grant - The End (La Fine) (1959)

    1960s

    Tommy Edwards - Don’t Fence Me In (1960)
    Nino Rota - La Dolce Vita (1960)
    Ray Ellis & His Orchestra - La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) (1961)
    Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki (1963)
    Richard Chamberlain - Rome Will Never Leave You (1964)
    Ed Ames - My Cup Runneth Over (1967)
    The Grass Roots - Let’s Live for Today (1967) []
    Keith - 98.6 (1967)
    The Band - I Shall Be Released (1968)
    The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today (1968)
    Friend and Lover - Reach out of the Darkness (1968)
    Max Frost & The Troopers - Shape of Things to Come (1968)
    The Mamas & The Papas - Safe in My Garden (1968)
    The Box Tops - I Shall Be Released (1969)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising (1969) []
    The Rascals - A Ray of Hope (1969)
    Diana Ross & The Supremes - Someday We’ll Be Together (1969) []

    1970s

    The Brotherhood of Man - United We Stand (1970)
    Mama Cass - New World Coming (1970)
    James Taylor - Fire and Rain (1970) []
    Stevie Wonder - Heaven Help Us All (1970) []
    Bob Dylan - I Shall Be Released (1971)
    Carole King - So Far Away (1971)
    Carpenters - It’s Going to Take Some Time (1972) []
    Gallery - I Believe in Music (1972) []
    Engelbert Humperdinck - Too Beautiful to Last (1972)
    The Moody Blues - Isn’t Life Strange (1972) []
    Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace (1972) []
    The Staple Singers - This World (1972)
    Chicago - Feelin’ Stronger Every Day (1973)
    Carole King - Been to Canaan (1973)
    Maureen McGovern - The Morning After (1973)
    The Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can (1973)
    William DeVaughn - Be Thankful for What You Got (1974) []
    The Main Ingredient - Happiness Is Just Around the Bend (1974)
    Dorothy Norwood - There’s Got to Be Rain in Your Life (To Appreciate the Sunshine) (1974)
    The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again (1974) []
    Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)
    The Pointer Sisters - Live Your Life Before You Die (1975)
    Simon & Garfunkel - My Little Town (1975) []
    George Benson - This Masquerade (1976) []
    Melissa Manchester - Better Days (1976)
    Neil Sedaka - You Gotta Make Your Own Sunshine (1976)
    Al Wilson - I’ve Got a Feeling (We’ll Be Seeing Each Other Again) (1976)
    Mac McAnally - It’s a Crazy World (1977)
    Don Brown - Sitting in Limbo (1978)
    Crystal Gayle - Ready for the Times to Get Better (1978)
    Gerry Rafferty - Get It Right Next Time (1979)
    Talking Heads - Life During Wartime (This Ain’t No Party...) (1979) []

    1980s

    The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue (1980)
    Styx - Why Me (1980)
    Kim Carnes - Draw of the Cards (1981)
    John Denver - Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone) (1981)
    Styx - The Best of Times (1981) []
    Styx - Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)
    Dionne Warwick - Some Changes Are for Good (1981)
    Le Roux - Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ for the Lights) (1982)
    The Pretenders - My City Was Gone (1983) []

    1990s

    David Byrne - Don’t Fence Me In (1990)
    M.C. Hammer - U Can’t Touch This (1990)
    Bravo All Stars - Let the Music Heal Your Soul (1998)

    2000s

    Telepopmusik - Breathe (2003) []
    Andain - Beautiful Things (Photon Project Radio Mix) (2004)
    Sophie Ellis Bextor - Mixed up World (Groove Collision Vocal Mix) (2004)
    Sarah McLachlan - World on Fire (Junkie XL Club Mix) (2004)
    The Lovemakers - Prepare for the Fight (2005) []
    Mylo - Emotion 98.6 (2005)
    Late Night Alumni - Empty Streets (Haji & Emanuel Remix) (2006)
    Michael Gray Featuring Steve Edwards - Somewhere Beyond (2007) []
    Plumb - In My Arms (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit, Kaskade Radio Edit) (2008)
    September - Until I Die (2008)
    Bob Sinclar & Steve Edwards - Together (2008) []
    Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello, Laidback Luke Featuring Deborah Cox - Leave the World Behind (2009) []
    Boy George - Yes We Can (Fvr Rmx Edit) (2009)
    Whitney Houston - I Didn’t Know My Own Strength (Daddy’s Groove Magic Island Radio Mix, Peter Rauhofer Radio Edit) (2009)
    Sarah McLeod - White Horse (Whelan & DiScala Radio Mix) (2009)
    Plumb - Hang On (Bronleewe & Bose Radio Edit, Dave Aude Radio Edit) (2009)
    Tiesto & Sneaky Sound System - I Will Be Here (Wolfgang Gartner Radio Edit) (2009)

    2010s

    Depeche Mode - Peace (Dash Berlin Remix) (2010)
    Sonique - World of Change (2010)
    Avicii - Fade Into Darkness (2011) []
    Example - Last Ones Standing (Devils Gun Remix) (2011)
    Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Featuring Shawnee Taylor - Stronger (2011)
    Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin - Save the World (2011) []
    Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) (2012)
    Serge Devant Featuring Coyle Girelli - On Your Own (2012)
    Dash Berlin Featuring Jonathan Mendelsohn - World Falls Apart (2012)
    Dragonette - Let It Go (2012)
    Madeon - The City (2012) []
    Arty Featuring Chris James - Together We Are (2013)
    Avicii - Wake Me Up! (2013) []
    Capital Cities - Safe and Sound (2013) []
    Foxes - Youth (Pyramid Remix) (2013)
    Haerts - All the Days (2013) []
    The Killers - Don’t Fence Me In (2013)
    Lange - Our Brief Time in the Sun (2013)
    Eric Prydz - Every Day (2013)
    Capital Cities - One Minute More (2014) []
    Cash Cash Featuring Kerli - Here and Now (2014)
    Fake Blood - Get Myself Together (2014)
    Audien Featuring Lady Antebellum - Something Better (2015)
    Avicii - The Nights (2015)
    Axwell /\ Ingrosso - Sun Is Shining (2015)
    Eelke Kleijn - Mistakes I’ve Made (2015) []
    Madonna - Ghosttown (2015) []
    Nicky Romero vs. Volt & State - Warriors (2015) []
    The Runners & Alec Maire Featuring Frederick - We Will Stand (2015)
    Throttle Featuring David Spekter - Together (2015)
    Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On (2016)
    Andra Day - Rise Up (JR Nelson Remix) (2016)
    Katy Perry - Rise (2016)
    Project 46 Featuring Shantee - Signs (2016)
    Terri B! - I’m Coming Back (2016)
    Rob Thomas - Pieces (Sam Feldt Remix) (2016)
    Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out (Dave Winnel Remix, Antma Remix) (2016)
    Arizona - Oceans Away (2017)
    Lee Dagger & Sian Evans - Shelter From the Storm (2017)
    Ghastly x Matthew Koma - We Might Fall (2017)
    Linkin Park Featuring Kiiara - Heavy (Nicky Romero Radio Remix) (2017)
    Moby & The Void Pacific Choir - Are You Lost in the World Like Me? (2017)
    J. Morgan Featuring Allen Kass - Party Like Your Last Day (2017)
    Jasmine Murray - Fearless (2017)
    Bastille - World Gone Mad (2018)
    Dada Life - Higher Than the Sun (2018)
    Celine Dion - Ashes (2018)
    Ocean Park Standoff vs. SeeB - Lost Boys (2018)
    Morgan Page & Jayceeoh Featuring Kaleena Zanders - Lost Dreams (2018)
    Rudimental & Major Lazer Featuring Anne-Marie & Mr. Eazi - Let Me Live (2018)
    TLUXX Featuring Brett Pemberton - We Weren’t Born to Lose (2018)
    Vicetone Featuring Meron Ryan - Walk Thru Fire (2018)
    Blue Ivy - Last Time (2019)
    Don Diablo With Jessie J - Brave (2019)
    HIDDN & DJ Junior - At Least We Lived (2019)
    Gigi Radics Featuring Rio - Moment (2019)
    Vinny Vibe x Angelyna Rose Featuring Raquel Castro - Seven Seas (2019)

    2020s

    Avicii Featuring Noonie Bao - Fades Away (2020)
    Disciples & Lee Foss Featuring Anabel Englund - Only the Gods (2020)
    Fitz & The Tantrums - I Just Wanna Shine (2020)
    Galantis & Bali Bandits - Miracle (2020)
    LP Giobbi Featuring Little Boots - Meet Again (2020)
    Justin Jesso & SeeB - Bigger Than (2020)
    Michael Kiwanuka - Final Days (2020)
    Major Lazer Featuring Marcus Mumford - Lay Your Head on Me (2020)
    Mesto Featuring Aloe Blacc - Don’t Worry (2020)
    Sofi Tukker x Gorgon City - House Arrest (2020)
    Zeds Dead & DEZZ - Into the Abyss (2020)

Stay home.  Don’t touch your face in public.  Wash your hands.  Wear a mask (or two).  Cook with your family or order food to-go.  It’s time to leave a tip when you get takeout from restaurants.  Let’s hear it for those taking care of the sick and the workers keeping essential businesses running.

Mega6: Oakland Warehouse Fire Edition [December 2016]

Do you remember the day the music died?  That would be February 3, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash.  This tragedy was immortalized in the 1972 hit "American Pie" by Don McLean.  December 2-3 was a similar day for the Bay Area EDM community.

  1. Ghost of Lightning – All Is Fair in Dreams (2016) []
  2. Introflirt – Orange Light (2016) []
  3. Cherushii – Queen of Cups (2014) []
  4. Them Are Us Too – Eudaemonia (2015) []
  5. Nackt Featuring CM-4 & Jason Key – Trash Brothers (2015) []
  6. YAGI – Ghost Ship Tribute (2016) []
    - Megamix featuring Nackt, Cherushii, Paralycyst, R.M.S., Ghost of Lightning, Them Are Us Too, Symbiotix.Fungi, Introflirt, Edmond Lapine, Nightmom, HGS, and Joey Casio.

Mega6: Home Edition [December 2015 (first published in December 2011)]

We went on a listening bender recently.  And 80-plus songs later, we came up with this playlist.  Our quest began after Dierks Bentley’s performance at the White House.  Best wishes to everyone.

  1. Michael Buble – Home (2005) []
  2. Dierks Bentley – Home (2012) []
  3. Daughtry – Home (2007) []
  4. Johnny Mathis – I’m Coming Home (1973) []
  5. Tim Curry – I’m Going Home (1975) []
  6. Peters and Lee – Welcome Home (1973) []
  • Bonus Tracks

    Walter Jackson – Welcome Home (1965) []
    Merle Haggard – Sing Me Back Home (1967) []
    John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads (1971) []
    Freda Payne – Bring the Boys Home (1971) []
    Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando – Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (1973) []
    Hagood Hardy – The Homecoming (1976) []
    Kenny Loggins – Celebrate Me Home (1976) []
    Foreigner – Long, Long Way From Home (1978) []
    Supertramp – Take the Long Way Home (1979) []
    Patrick Cowley – Goin’ Home (1982) []
    Mark Knopfler – Going Home (1983) []
    Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) (1983) []
    Colm Wilkinson – Bring Him Home (1985) []
    Joe Diffie – Home (1990) []
    Alabama – Down Home (1991) []
    Enya – On My Way Home (1996) []
    ATB – Long Way Home (2003) []
    Pete Yorn – Come Back Home (2003) []
    Tim McGraw – If You’re Reading This (2007) [] DWTS []
    MercyMe – Finally Home (2009) []
    Diddy - Dirty Money Featuring Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty South Radio Mix) (2011) []
    Gwyneth Paltrow – Coming Home (2011) []
    Grant Smillie Featuring Zoe Badwi – Carry Me Home (2012) []
    Phillip Phillips – Home (2013) []
    Gareth Emery – Long Way Home (2014) []
    ? – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (?) []

Mega6:  Donna Summer Edition [May 2012]

As we did previously with other tribute editions, we eschew the obvious picks and go off the beaten path.

  1. Donna Summer – Now I Need You/Working the Midnight Shift/Queen for a Day (1978)
    - These three tracks comprise one side of the “Once Upon a Time…” double album, a cult favorite among connoisseurs of electronic music.  This is 17 minutes of pure electronic bliss.  “Now I Need You” also highlights a little bit of Summer’s gospel upbringing.  Most Internet postings don’t do these recordings justice.  Let’s face it, the audio quality of CDs released in the 1980s and ’90s leaves something to be desired.  Anything digitally re-mastered since then is an improvement, but for the most dynamic sound, you need to get your hands on the original vinyl release.
  2. Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday/Love’s Unkind (1977)
    - From the concept album that pays tribute to past musical genres and something forward and revolutionary (the futuristic hit “I Feel Love”).  Summer gets to showcase her many musical styles, from the swinging “I Remember Yesterday” to the “Summertime Blues”-sounding “Love’s Unkind.”
  3. Donna Summer – Our Love/Lucky/Sunset People (1980)
    - This one side of the “Bad Girls” album is like a reprise of that side of “Once Upon a Time…” (see above) with a slight rock edge that fits the overall sound of Summer’s last non-compilation release on Casablanca Records.
  4. Donna Summer – MacArthur Park Suite (1978)
    - A compilation album that features a DJ’s continuous mix is as natural as breathing nowadays.  But back in the 1970s, an artist album that mimics the club experience was a novel idea.  Giorgio Moroder, Summer’s longtime collaborator, was one of the first artists to do this on his own “From Here to Eternity” album from 1977.  Well, if the general public didn’t understand continuous mix, Summer’s No. 1 album “Live and More” helped change that.  The studio side of “Live and More” is a nonstop medley of “MacArthur Park,” “One of a Kind,” and “Heaven Knows.”  A lot of radio mix shows never sounded this good.
  5. Donna Summer – All Through the Night (1980)
    - When you think about it, Summer’s never had a big hit that was a pure ballad.  If her record company had released this cut from her best-selling album as a single, it could have been another one of her hits.
  6. Donna Summer – There Goes My Baby (1984)
    - A remake of The Drifters’ first top 10 hit that was a nice reminder of Summer’s signature start-slow-and-end-fast format (think “Last Dance,” “MacArthur Park,” and “On the Radio”).  Note that her husband appeared in the song’s music video.
  • Bonus:  Donna Summer – (Theme) Once Upon a Time (1978)

    Dim all the nights…rest in peace.

Mega6:  Whitney Houston Edition [February 2012]

As we did previously with the Michael Jackson edition, we eschew the obvious picks and go off the beaten path.

  1. Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love (Jonathan Peters’ Mix) (2000)
  2. Whitney Houston Featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price – Heartbreak Hotel (Hex Hector Mix) (1999)
  3. Whitney Houston – I Learned From the Best (HQ2 Club Mix) (2000)
    - Above three are all from the “My Love Is Your Love” album, which only peaked at No. 13 but did sell two million copies.  While some of the singles were top 10 hits, most people tend to remember her hits from the 1980s and “The Bodyguard” soundtrack.
  4. Whitney Houston – Try It on My Own (Thunderpuss Radio Mix) (2003)
    - One of her more obscure singles.
  5. LMC vs. U2 – Take Me to the Clouds Above (2004)
    - One of the things that makes this dance classic so memorable is Rachel McFarlane singing a few lines of Houston’s “How Will I Know” from 1986.
  6. Girls on Top – I Wanna Dance With Numbers (2001)
    - U.K.’s Richard X’s Houston meets Kraftwerk mash-up bootleg.
  • Bonus

    Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You (1974/1982)
    George Benson – The Greatest Love of All (1977)

Mega6:  September 11 Edition [September 2011]

As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, we are proud to say Simpatico/Dance Radio Post is all natural and made by hand in the U.S.A.

  1. Marvin Gaye – The Star-Spangled Banner (1983) []
  2. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (1995) []
  3. Enya – Only Time (2001) []
  4. Tiesto – Adagio for Strings (2005) []
  5. Neil Young – When God Made Me (2005) []
  6. Red Carpet – Alright (2006) []
  • Bonus:  David Guetta Featuring Sia – Titanium (2011) []

Mega6:  World Cup Edition [June 2010]

Nationalism doesn’t play a part in our selection since the U.S. is not a soccer/football powerhouse (Team U.S.A. will make it into the semi-finals in the next 20 years).  The good news is most of the official and FIFA-related music can be heard on the Internet.

  1. Vangelis – Anthem (2002)
    - We’re mental for instrumentals.  Also check out the slow orchestral version.  Known primarily for his Oscar-winning work on the “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack, Vangelis has also composed memorable music for “Blade Runner” and “1492: Conquest of Paradise,” among others.
  2. New Order – World in Motion (1990)
    - This song holds up well 20 years later.
  3. K’Naan – Wavin’ Flag (2010)
    - We first saw this Canadian artist on the new PBS program “Need to Know” (always keep your ears open).
  4. Jean-Michel Jarre and Apollo 440 – Rendez-Vouz (1998)
    - Kind of a remix of Jarre’s “Fourth Rendez-Vous” from 1986.
  5. Ricky Martin – The Cup of Life (1998)
    - The problem with this track is that it sounds too similar to Martin’s “Maria” from a few years earlier.
  6. Youssou N’Dour and Axelle Red – La Cour des Grands (1998) + Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini – Un’estate Italiana (1990)
    - No list would be complete without some non-English tracks.
  • And a few forgotten instrumentals:

    Silsoe – Aztec Gold (1986)
    Jeff Wayne – Metador (1982)
    South Bank Team – Action Argentina (1978)
    London Stadium Orchestra – Lap of Honour (1974)

Mega6:  Michael Jackson Edition [June 2009]

We eschew the obvious picks and go off the beaten path.

  1. Michael Jackson – Got to Be There (1971)
    - His first solo single, a top 10 hit in the same vein as the Jackson 5's 1970 classic "I'll Be There."
  2. The Jacksons – Heartbreak Hotel (1981)
    - Last memorable song he recorded with his brothers.
  3. Michael Jackson – One Day in Your Life (1981)
    - Motown, his former label, released this ballad from its vault to cash in on the success of his Epic debut "Off the Wall."
  4. Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone (Franctified Club Mix) (1995)
    - All the up-tempo songs from "Off the Wall" and "Thriller" don't need remixes.  So the only one that comes to mind is this 11-minute remix by Frankie Knuckles.
  5. DJ Sneak – Show Me the Way (1995)
    - Contains a sample of the Jacksons' "Show You the Way to Go" (1977).
  6. The Tamperer Featuring Maya Days – Feel It (1998)
    - Contains a sample of the Jacksons' "Can You Feel It" (1981).
  • Bonus: "Motown 25:  Yesterday, Today, Forever" (1983)
    - You must feel sorry for all the other musical guests who performed on this Emmy-winning TV special that aired on NBC in May 1983.  That's because it will always be remembered as his coming-out party, the first time he did his moonwalk to "Billie Jean" in front of an audience.

Mega6:  Classic Reggaeton Edition [June 2009]

Just in time for New York's Puerto Rican Day Parade.  Even though San Juan's blend of hip-hop and reggae didn't catch on in the U.S. until the mid-2000s, here are a few essential tracks.

  1. Don Omar – Pobre Diabla (2005)
    - Not his biggest hit--if you go by chart success--but "Diabla" is his best song to date.  If Daddy Yankee is the party face of reggaeton, then Don Omar represents the more serious side.
  2. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina (2005)
    - The most successful reggaeton artist in the U.S.  This song has done for reggaeton what Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" did for hip-hop.
  3. Angel & Khriz – Ven Bailalo (2005)
    - This track's versatile melody works with other arrangements (listen to the Bachata-Merengue Mix if you're not convinced).
  4. Wisin & Yandel – Rakata (2005)
    - For something a little different, check out the Desi-flavored Tigerstyle Remix.
  5. Ivy Queen – Dime (2008)
    - She may be the queen of reggaeton, but none of her earlier songs really stood out.  If you want more female vocals in this male-dominated genre, go straight to 2003's "Todavia" by Panama's La Factoria.
  6. Vico C – Cinco de Septiembre (2004)
    - Poignant song about his daughter (title refers to her birth date).  Like many established Latin artists in the 2000s, Vico C experimented with reggaeton.

Mega6:  Redux Edition [April 2009]

  • Radio stations and listeners love a familiar song.  Here are some reworked tracks that work.
  1. Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008 (Klaas Vocal Edit)
    - Remix of Guru Josh's 1990 club hit.
  2. Simply Red – Go Now (Triple Dee Club Remix)
    - Remake of The Moody Blues' first hit from 1965.  Also check out the Drivin' Dub Mix.
  3. Kay & Stoxx Featuring Mary Geras – Ain't Nobody (Rivaz Radio Edit)
    - Remake of the 1983 Rufus/Chaka Khan hit.
  4. Carol Hahn – Reach Out (DJ Shpank Radio Mix)
    - Remix of Carol Hahn's minor club hit from 1986.
  5. Wamdue Project – King of My Castle '09 (Rowald Steyn Radio Edit)
    - Remix of Wamdue Project's No. 1 club hit from 2000.  If you're into Deadmau5, try Mischa Daniels 2 AM Remix.
  6. Nouveau Riche – Stay (SoundFactory Club Anthem Part 1)
    - Remake of Mynt/Kim Sozzi's top 10 dance radio hit from 2005.

Mega6:  Latin Edition [April 2009]

  1. Gloria Trevi – Cinco Minutos (Manny Lopez Minutelicious Radio Mix)
    - Don't overlook the album version.
  2. Makano – Te Amo
    - Not to be confused with Mecano, the 1980s group from Spain.
  3. Arcangel – Por Amar a Ciegas (Trance Remix)
    - This trance remix really hits the spot.
  4. Fanny Lu – Tu No Eres Para Mi (DJ Erax Electrik Club Mix)
    - The album version sounds a little bit cumbia (she is Colombian).
  5. Gloria Trevi – Pruebamelo (Master Lujan Remix)
    - The Mexican Madonna's comeback continues.
  6. Wisin & Yandel Featuring Nesty – Me Estas Tentando
    - Another hit from the duo who gave us the 2005 reggaeton anthem "Rakata."

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