What's making us happy: What to listen to this weekend
This week, BTS dropped by the White House, a 13-year old speller got a second chance, and a young royal was all of us.
Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour Crew was paying attention to — and what you should listen to this weekend to kick off Pride month.
"About Damn Time," by Lizzo
Everything about Lizzo's new song "About Damn Time" just makes me smile – from the opening baseline to the way she says "it's bad b**** o'clock" and "it's thick thirty". There's one particular section that's become a trending dance on TikTok, so I hear it all the time and it's stuck in my head constantly:
In a minute I'ma need a sentimental
Man or woman to pump me up
Feeling fussy, walkin' in my Balenci-ussy's
Tryna bring out the fabulous
It's good that no one can see me, because I'm not a dancer, and the fact that the song is getting me to dance is remarkable. Lizzo has a tutorial that's really fun and she will teach you, but she'll also be kind of mean about it. –Mallory Yu
"Last Last" by Burna Boy
I'm a big fan of Burna Boy, and "Last Last," which he just released, is the perfect summer song for me. He performed at the Billboard Music Awards recently, and I can't wait for his new album, called Love, Damini. –Bilal Qureshi
"Devastatingly Mediocre," by Deanna Petcoff
It's a great time to be dating and out in the world, which means it's an even better time to break up with your bummer boyfriend – and I have an anthem for you. The song is "Devastatingly Mediocre," by Deanna Petcoff.
In it, she talks about being in love with a man who's devastatingly mediocre, and this is the anthem you need to be singing along to with your friends in your car, once you've left that devastatingly mediocre partner and are experiencing the full freedom of a fun, flirty summer vibe. –Margaret Willison
Las Culturistas, The 300 songs of the Great Global Songbook
The podcast Las Culturistas recently issued a series of three episodes called The 300 Songs of the Great Global Songbook, where they simply name and rank the best songs of all time. Counting down from 300, it takes them over five hours to do it, and it is pure chaos energy.
The temerity on display here, the gall, the blithe disregard for logic and song quality, the fact that Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" is ranked 297 – it is wildly unpredictable, to say the very least, and they are just pure chaos agents. It's a great listen. –Glen Weldon
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