music my mom played

Hello bumblebee, you know that one song that takes you back to when you were younger? Or the one that always reminds you of a person you love, no matter how long it’s been? You know the one I’m talking about; the one that has you standing in your childhood home after the first few notes begin to fill the air?

Watching Vogue’s 73 Questions with Alicia Keys had me thinking a lot about my mom and the music I listened to growing up. Fortunately, my parents have always been pretty cool and the music bumping from our living room stereo reflected that. I can’t recall there being a day when I was with my family and music wasn’t playing whether we were in the car, at a relative’s house, or just hanging at home on the weekends. I have a basic understanding that my life long passion for music and singing stems from the good old days when my mom was the best DJ I knew.

Here are some songs that take me back to when I that little girl dancing around the living room, singing at the top of my lungs…

Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Every song by Eminem

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan

Your Song – Elton John

Work it – Missy Elliott

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown & The Famous Flames

Bennie and the Jets – Elton John

Genie In a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

Ruff Ryders’ Anthem – DMX

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne

I Could Fall In Love – Selena

In Da Club – 50 Cent

Mommy and me circa ’99

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

Suavemente – Elvis Crespo

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

Hey Ya! – Outkast

Son Of A Gun – Janet Jackson

Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin’ – French Montana – honorable mention! This song didn’t come out until 2013 but it quickly became my mothers favorite.

Thank you mom, for sending me into the world with the best internal playlist a late 90’s baby could have in America. I owe it to you for my expansive and extremely diverse music library!

What song is on your lifetime playlist? What song comes to mind when you think of your mom? Comment 2 songs below or send them in a tweet!

cheers to melodies intertwined with memories, xxo Bri

p.s. while I’m showing love for my parents outstanding music selection, you should also check out things my father taught me

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