Top 10 Songs About Dads for Father’s Day from MyMusicCloud


Is there a certain someone you’ve been taking for granted lately? Maybe he’s the guy who gently but insistently bugs you to check your car’s motor oil level.  Or makes you grilled cheese sandwiches when you’re sick. Or taught your kids how to hold a baseball bat.

We’re talking about dads, of course. Cool or square, thin or pot-bellied, wisecracking or stoic, beer-chugging or bottled-water loving, dads rarely get the thanks they deserve. Since Sunday is Father’s Day, we dug up the 10 coolest, funniest, and most heart-tugging songs about the “Old Man” we could think of. Download them to your MyMusicCloud  library and make a custom Father’s Day playlist for his tablet, PC, or mobile phone, or search our music store (more than 11 million songs) to select your own choices.

Among our picks are hits from Eric Clapton, rockers Black Stone Cherry, Latin hip hop group Bang Data, Will Smith, Luther Vandross, Kenny Chesney, and a host of country artists. If you were ever a teenage girl, you’ll relate to “Cleaning This Gun,” Rodney Atkins’ humorous riff about an overprotective dad and his daughter.  In it, Rodney shares the speech he uses to scare his daughter’s amorous dates: “I’ll see when you get back, probably be up all night, still cleaning this gun.”

Late R&B superstar Luther Vandross yearns to see his sire once more in “Dance with My Father,” and so does Paul Carrack of Mike & the Mechanics in the ‘80s tearjerker “The Living Years.” While Kenny Chesney laments the day his daughter heads off to California in “There Goes My Life.”

On a happier note, Will Smith recorded “Just the Two of Us” for his son Trey, who also costars in the music video with comic Damon Wayans, Magic Johnson and more stars and their kids.

Enjoy these top 10 Songs About Dads list, share them on Facebook, and sync them across your friends’ devices with our free store-and-play music app. Happy Father’s Day from the staff at MyMusicCloud.

10. “There Goes My Life” Kenny Chesney

9. “The Living Years” Mike & the Mechanics

8. “Dance with My Father” Luther Vandross

7. “Things My Father Said” Black Stone Cherry

6.  “Mi Viejo” Bang Data

5. “Father and Daughter” Paul Simon

4. “In My Father’s Eyes” Eric Clapton

3. “Cleaning this Gun (Come On In, Boy)” Rodney Atkins

2. “Daddy, Dance with Me” Krystal Keith

1. “Just the Two of Us” Will Smith

From Robin Thicke to Kanye West & Rihanna: The 10 Most Famous Song Samples

 

In the music video for the No. 1 hit “Blurred Lines,” singers Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell shuffle around to a seductively familiar R&B bass line. Do you know it? Alhough Pharrell and Robin denied it during a resulting 2015 copyright infringement trial, a jury agreed that “Blurred Lines” samples Marvin Gaye’s groovy 1977 party anthem “Got to Give It Up.” (UPDATE: On March 10, Robin and Pharrell were ordered to pay the Gaye family $7.3 million, according to Variety news).

Sampling music has been around since the 1960s when DJs used actual turntables to mash-up songs.  But the practice has come a long way since Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith collaborated on the 1986 remix of “Walk This Way.” Hip-hop artists like Jay-Z, Eminen, P.Diddy, and Kanye West have turned sampling into an art form.

In 2005, Kanye famously sampled Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever” song for his “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” ballad. A new song called “Blood on the Leaves” from his 2013 Yeezus album now gives the same treatment to Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit.” And who could forget Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You,” featuring Rick James’ “Give It to Me”?

Now that Yeezus is available for download (as of June 18) and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is coming out July 4 (earlier for Samsung phone owners via an exclusive launch), MyMusicCloud is counting down our list of the top 10 most famous song samples.  For music fans, it’s a great way to remember some old favorites and discover new tunes you may not have heard. (Find them in our MyMusicCloud store for as little as 99 cents.)

Here we go …

10. Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” samples Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”

9. Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” samples Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”

8. Kanye’s “Gold-Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx samples Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”

7. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” samples the Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets”

6. Rihanna’s “SOS” samples Soft Cell’s “Tainted love”

5. Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112’s “I’ll Be Missing You” samples The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”

4. Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You” samples Rick James’ “Give It to Me”

3. Kanye’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” samples Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds are Forever”

2. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy, Mase and Kelly Price on “Mo Money Mo Problems” samples Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out …”

1. Eminem’s “Stan” featuring Dido samples Dido’s “Thank You”

Listen to Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves”

Help: How MyMusicCloud Works and FAQs

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How many songs can I store? What do those phone icons mean? How do I make a playlist? If you’ve just joined our cloud-based music delivery service or are curious about some of these dashboard features, here are answers to these common FAQs.

How many songs can I store?
MyMusicCloud enables you to upload and store your entire music collection in our cloud completely FREE, so you can access it anytime on up to 10 devices of your choice. You can upload your songs using our Desktop Sync Agent, Dropbox and Google Drive, or by simply clicking the blue Upload arrow icon, found in the top right-hand corner of the dash on our web portal (see image below). The Upload icon opens a box that helps you select and import your music, so you can enjoy any of your 250 songs free seamlessly on any mobile phone, tablet, laptop, Samsung Gear smartwatch, Samsung Smart TV, and more. It doesn’t matter which carrier or brand you have, your songs are always available to play on- or off-line. Don’t want limits on your music library? Choose the “Unlimited” membership and play any song you own for just $40 / year (less than the cost of 1 frappuccino a month).

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How much memory do I have left? At the top of the dashboard is the “Account” button. Click on that and a usage bar pops up showing how many songs you’ve uploaded and how much memory is left. If you’ve exceeded your free 250 songs, a CLOUD tab will also appear in the top navigation bar. To move songs you’re tired of back into the cloud, click the Playable tab on the left, hover over any track and click the “-” icon to send the track to storage. Then you can rotate new ones in.

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What are the phone icons for? Once in MyMusicCloud, your songs are automatically sorted by tracks, albums, artists, and playlists. On the web version under TRACKS, the phone icon indicates whether that song is synced with your mobile device or not, so it can be played offline. Phone icons with a check mark represent synced songs; grayed-out phone icons with a slash through them are un-synced songs. Accidentally un-synced songs from your phone or tablet? You’ll need to sync them through the website. Read how to recover them here.

How do I play, sync, or delete songs? Move your cursor over a song title and click twice to play it. You’ll also see a blue triangle, or “more” menu button, appear in the lower right-hand corner. The menu button helps you select songs to play next in your listening queue (at right); add a tune to an existing playlist; edit the title of a song; sync it with your phone; or delete it

How do I create a playlist? Just highlight the song you want, click the “more” button and choose “Add to Playlist.” A new window pops up asking you to name the new playlist or add the song to an existing list. The playlist then appears in the bottom left corner of the dashboard, and also on your mobile device once you’ve downloaded the app. (Right now, you can only create and edit playlists on our Web dash, not phones.)

We hope this how-to guide makes it simpler for you to navigate our cloud-based music delivery service and free music apps. For more tips, visit our “Help & How to” section on the homepage of our blog. Got a question we haven’t covered? Pose it below and we’ll reply right back. You can also email us at support@mymusiccloud.com.

Watch Adam Levine Sing Nursery Rhymes As Michael Jackson & Eddie Vedder

You may know Adam Levine as the wisecracking judge on “The Voice” and the singer of Maroon 5’s annoyingly addictive “Moves Like Jagger.” But did you know he’s also an incredible song impressionist?

This week on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon dared Adam to play a game called “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” The game randomly assigned each of them a famous singer and a song, often a nursery rhyme, which they had to sing like that performer.

Adam did a spot-on impression of Frank Sinatra crooning the childhood classic, “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and of Eddie Vedder singing “The Muffin Man.” As in: “Do you know the Muffin Man, the Muffin Man, Muffin Man?” He also did a funny impression of Michael Jackson singing the “Sesame Street Theme.” (Watch below.)

Adam’s making the TV rounds to promote Maroon 5’s new album “V,” which came out Tuesday.  The album provides more of the band’s bouncy, falsetto pop (examples: singles “Maps” and “Animals”) along with a duet featuring Gwen Stefani (“My Heart is Open”).

Maroon 5 also announced its 2015 world tour with special guests MAGIC! (“Rude”) kicking off Feb. 16 in Dallas, Texas. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 13, on the Live Nation website. See dates following Jimmy and Adam’s video below.

Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 Dates (courtesy Live Nation):

2/16 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
2/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
2/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
2/24 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
2/25 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
2/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/2 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
3/3 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
3/5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/8 – East Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
3/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/11 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
3/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
3/14 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/18 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
3/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/23 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/25 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
3/26 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
3/28 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
3/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
3/31 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
4/1 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
4/3 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
5/26 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
5/31 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
6/1 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
6/3 – Amsterdam, NTH @ Ziggo Dome
6/9 – Oberhausen, GR @ Koenig-Pilsener Arena
6/10 – Munich, GR @ Olympiahalle
6/12 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
6/14 – Barcelona, Spain @ Palau Sant Jordi
6/15 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Deportes
6/17 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena

Redfoo vs. Weird Al: Whose Video Is Tackier?

They have big, curly hair and questionable fashion taste. And now, both Redfoo, formerly of LMFAO, and Weird Al Yankovic, music parody all-star, have new music videos out. Redfoo dropped his “New Thang” this week, and Weird Al’s “Tacky” has been burning up YouTube since July 15.

So whose video is more tacky?

Interestingly, both videos show clothing choices so blinding, you might want to slip on one of those giant solar visors before viewing (Google V. Stiviano).  Example:  In “New Thang,” Redfoo steps out in brown, leopard-spotted shorts and one of his sleeveless muscle Tees as honeys dressed in pink and blue spandex, knee socks and hair scrunchies dance around him. Yow!

But, wait – Here comes Weird Al in vomitous orange and brown patterned pants topped with a blazer splattered in pink, green and blue polygons. And joining him in this crime against fashion are his famous pals: comedians Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler, Eric Stonestreet (the chubby dad from TV’s “Modern Family”), and Jack Black in tie-dyed pants and Birkenstock sandals. Dancing to the tune of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Al and his friends are gloriously “Tacky.”

Believe it or not, these two aren’t related – Redfoo, real name Stefan Kendal Gordy, is the youngest son of Motown Record Company founder Berry Gordy, Jr.  Weird Al, age 54, is an accordion-playing prodigy from Lynwood, Calif. (His 14th album, Mandatory Fun, came out in July). All these brothers from different mothers share are a love of hair products and all things tacky. So tell us which video makes you cringe more …

Redfoo’s “New Thang”

Weird Al’s “Tacky”

Picture These: Misunderstood Album Covers

We’ve all mis-sung popular lyrics before (“moves like dragons, anyone?”), and this music blog has even dedicated several posts to the hilarious results (See our “Funny Misheard Lyrics” articles). But what about misheard album titles? What would those look like?
The funny folks at photo lending agency Shutterstock imagined just that.
Using stock images from their photo library, they designed spoofs of classic album covers with easily misunderstood names. Care to see what Bruce Springsteen’s “Barn in the USA” might look like? (Actually, “Born in the USA.”) Or Dr. Dre’s “The Colonic”? (A misinterpretation of his 1992 landmark album, “The Chronic.”)
Check the photos out below and see more on Shutterstock’s blog “Misheard Album Titles: Hilariously Redesigned Cover Art.” And never mangle a song again with our “Lyrics” button feature, available on MyMusicCloud apps for all your listening devices.

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Rock’s Not Dead News: Foo Fighters, Godsmack + Watch Arcade Fire Steal Fans’ Phones

Does it feel like the music world is obsessed with “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea? Or like the four horsemen of the apocalypse are named 5 Seconds of Summer? When even the guitar-spinning frontmen of ZZ Top are teaming up with electronic dance king David Guetta (true!), it’s easy to think that rock has one foot planted in Tommy Ramone’s grave. But fear not, rock fans, rock’s not dead yet. Here’s proof:
1) On Monday, veteran axe men the Foo Fighters announced details of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways, due out Nov. 10. The band explored 8 different U.S. cities (Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York) and recorded a new song in each. There are even going to be 8 different album cover photos. Cooler still, you can see their sessions in Dave Grohl’s new HBO show of the same name, “Sonic Highways,” debuting Oct. 17.
2) Who ruled the best-selling album charts last week? No, not Pitbull. It was a 63-year-old rocker named Tom Petty. Petty’s new Hypnotic Eye album sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rolling Stone calls Hypnotic Eye the “toughest, most straight-up rocking record in many years,” and it’s the best debut for the toothy troubadour since 1994’s Wildflowers, the album with “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “You Wreck Me,” which sold 161,000.
3) Boston rockers Godsmack just landed No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with their new album: 1000hp. Out this week, the music video for the single “1000hp” is a gloriously high-octane rocker featuring retro concert footage and vehicles blowing up and going really fast. Watch here:


4) In the funniest “rock-lives” news, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler stole L.A. concertgoers’ cellphones last week while singing a cover of “Been Caught Stealing.” The band has been covering various classic rock anthems, including Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle,” on tour. If you’re a Guns N’ Roses fan, you’ll also be glad to hear that Axl Rose says the band has two, new full albums ready to roll, a sequel to Chinese Democracy and a remix. Release dates are still to come.
Watch Arcade Fire steal fans’ cellphones while performing “Been Caught Stealing” and “Welcome to the Jungle” below …

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