Songs I Downloaded From The Library: Volume 4

*I discovered a service named Freegal Music. The service is a free service offered through libraries across the United States that offers users the opportunity to download five songs a week from their database of over 8 million songs. Then an idea sparked into my mind, and now we have my new series ‘Songs I Downloaded From The Library.’*

After taking time to appreciate five tracks from one album last week, we’re going back to the normal format of this series of highlighting five different songs from five different artists. This week, a focus was put on some absolute smash singles, and two lesser successful but still known tracks from the 90s (& one from 2001).

PREVIOUS: VOLUME ONE || VOLUME TWO || VOLUME THREE

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Janet Jackson – I Get Lonely

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Hq9tb_0Ic

I really forgot this song even existed until Audio Push sampled it on their breakout single ‘Shine’. ‘I Get Lonely’ was a smash single, reaching #3 on the Billboard charts and it became Janet Jackson‘s 18th consecutive top ten single, which is the most consecutive top ten singles by a female artist ever. Janet is mostly known for her dance and “Pop&B” tunes, but on her 1998 release The Velvet Rope, she focuses her attention to authentic R&B and ‘I Get Lonely’ is the quintessential point of the album and her using that sound. I bought this album for $5 on Amazon this week, pretty much solely because of this song.

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Jagged Edge – Where The Party At (Ft. Nelly)

Everybody knows this song. Although Jagged Edge had three top ten hits in their career, ‘Where The Party At’ was their biggest single, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. This Nelly-assisted single will undoubtedly be on all throwbacks for the rest of eternity, and a good time to spark interest in this song again is right now, with only a few weeks before you need to have your summer playlist equipped with the latest bangers and a few undeniable classics.

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Monica – For You I Will

Monica has so many hits it is borderline stupid. She started off her career with seven top ten singles (7/7!!), and the fourth & last single before having three consecutive #1’s was ‘For You I Will’. This song is a grocery store classic, and if the song sounds familiar, you’d probably like to know why it does. The reason why? It was featured on the Space Jam soundtrack. This ballad will hopefully never go away, and what goes unnoticed with this track is that Monica was only 16 when the song was released. SIXTEEN!

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Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Similar to Michael Jackson‘s sister, I was reminded of the existence of this song from a modern-day artist. Recently, the PHONY PPL collective released a cover of this song, which brought me back to the original. The track was the second single from Jackson’s final studio album, Invincible, and reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is dope, and the music video is even doper, but maybe the dopest part is that this song was one of Michael’s last hits.

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TQ – Wetside

Remember TQ? There’s a chance you don’t, and there are two reasons why you might remember. Reason one is Cash Money Records, and reason two is his only hit single ‘Westside’. After releasing two albums as apart of a R&B group, TQ found success with ‘Westside’, a dedication to California obviously. The song reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it showed love to all the hoods across Cali and also artists that inspired him including Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Ice-T, Too Short and DJ Quik along with deceased artists Eazy E & Tupac. If you’ve never heard this song before, you’re in for a treat.

This wraps up volume four. Hit the comments section below if you have any words on these five songs.