The school year has come to a close! Well, Little Dude has a whole whopping 2 hours on his final day today – I know they have to have a specific number of hours for the school year, but you’d think they’d give up one or two hours from ‘Teacher Inservice’ days to eliminate that last 2-hour day. Of course I’m sure it’ll just be Party Central, so maybe there’s a method to their madness.

Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week is a freebie week – grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you?

Let’s start with a song that was just released on May 17, 2018 to celebrate this group’s 25th anniversary. Just to be clear, it’s an original track and not a cover of the famed Elton John-Kiki Dee duet of the same title. They were quoted as saying:

“The minute we heard this song we knew it was special. I geeked out over the piano and synths. When that groove drops on the second verse, COME ON. Great verse, hook and melodies. Just makes you wanna listen over and over again.”

The song sounds like if you were to mash up The Weeknd with The Bee Gees. It’s reminiscent of old-school Backstreet Boys, like Millennium days, with a more modern twist. Without further ado, here are the Backstreet Boys with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”:

Next up is a fresh new song by this group, written by the lead vocalist of this song. One of the producers was quoted as saying:

“I dare you to sit still when this song comes on… it’s impossible. I don’t even dance, but something comes over me when this thing kicks.”

The group opened the 2018 CMT Music Awards on June 6, 2018 by performing the summer-ready jam live for the first time. It was released the same day to radio and digital platforms.

Get ready to dance (and look forward to summer) with Little Big Town‘s “Summer Fever”:

Next up is a song from this artists recent album – the album tells the chronological story of this artist’s recovery from a bad break-up before getting engaged to fellow country singer Morgan Evans. The singer has said she found it easier to write those “super dark” lyrics earlier in the record than the love songs that close the album. In fact, she’s so bad at the soppy stuff that she came up with this pastiche of saccharine 1950s doo-wop hits.

I hate Shakespeare and Gosling and cakes with white frosting / Two names in a heart-shaped tattoo / I think cupid is stupid and violets are purple not blue

The artist was quoted as saying:

“Do I really hate Ryan Gosling? Lord no! He’s a beautiful man! But I love that song. It talks about that heart and head battle. I don’t want to be a clichéd person in love; but I kind of am turning into that.”

The track mirrored her own romance with Morgan Evans. She said:

“‘[This song]’ is the, ‘Woo, wow! You’re here. I didn’t expect to meet you now, and is this gonna happen? I think this is gonna happen and I hate this but I think I love this!'”

Give a listen to the talented Kelsea Ballerini with “I Hate Love Songs”:

When this group first hit the charts in 2012 they were tagged as a good time duo. This was based on their lyrical content being centered on such bro-country clichés as bikini clad girls, cruising in a chevy and the virtues of a tailgate party. By 2015 both artists had gotten married and this song finds the duo focusing on the personal growth they have found in settling down with their soulmates.

It’s like one, two, three, just as easy as can be / Just the way you look at me, you make me smile / Ain’t no need to complicate it / We both know that’s overrated / We’ve been there, it’s safe to say it ain’t our style

The one-time country Nickleback duo now get their kicks from the simple pleasures of uncomplicated love.

Give a listen to Florida Georgia Line with “Simple”:

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday – see you on the dance floor! 

Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:   PhotobucketI have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Michelle’s Musings and Merriment is helping out with hostess duties! And our newest addition to our Conductor repertoire is also our Conductor of the Month – our very own Alana from Ramblin’ with AM!

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!


  1. Stacy,

    I always wondered why the school system did the half-day thingy at the end of the year but 2-hours? That’s just ridiculous! Oh well…like you said it’s gonna be party central so I know the kids won’t mind that but I know the teachers can’t wait for the day to be over. 🙂 Your song selections put me in a summertime frame of mind. We have the weather to match my mindset, too. Oh, good heavens it’s already too hot for me! There I go complaining. I just wished spring temperatures would stay a little longer than they did is all. It seems like we jump from winter to summer. lol Enough boo-hoo-hooing, it’s time to party! Thanks for sharing the dance floor with me, dear friend. Have a good week and great summer with the family!

  2. I kind of stopped keeping up with Country lately but some of those were good. You know how things go in phases so I am sure I’ll come back around to that genre at some point.

  3. I thought for sure the Backstreet Boys song was going to be a cover of Elton John’s song. It was a pleasant surprise. A friend recently introduced me to the I Hate Love Songs. Great music here!

  4. Of the four of these, I liked the song by Kelsea Ballerini the best, followed by Little Big Town. Just liked ’em, no special reason.

  5. dunno why but I thought Don’t Go Breaking My Heart would be a cover of the old Elton John song. It’s all good though. Have a great week.

  6. Personally I thought that Back Street Boys tune was a remake of “Don’t go breakin’ my Heart” by Elton John & kiki dee… hahaha Your last tune is a newbie for me… & Lovin’ “Little Big Town” of course! YOU’VE ROCKED THE HOUSE GIRLFRIEND! Thanks for savin’ me a dance… I was busy all day, with doctor appointments & the silly dentist too! I broke a tooth last weekend at a wedding I went too! Bummer!!! WHEW! Anyway, I made it to everyone and I’m off to bed! YAWNNNNNNN!!!! BIG HUGS!

  7. Hi Stacy,
    Great stuff here! I’m not familiar with most of it but I am likin’ it all!
    Loving the Florida Georgia Line song. Also really digging “Summer Fever” by Little Big Town. I miss having summer fever. I haven’t had it in ages. Decades! I used to love Summers — back when I lived up North, in New York State, where when that first nice day hits, you drop everything your doing, skip school, skip work and drag out a lawn lounger, slap on some suntan lotion and lay out to get some tan action happening. Oh how I long for those days. Now, living in Texas where I HATE WITH A PASSION the heat of summer, instead of getting summer fever, I get the summer blues big time. I don’t know why I live here. I’m so better suited for a colder climate. Going back home to Niagara Falls/Buffalo, or venturing out to the Pacific Northwest and settling down in Portland or Seattle is more my dream these days. I guess I’ll have to wait until I retire from my business though. Leaving now would be starting all over and I’m too damn old to be doing that! And so I suffer through the oppressive heat of Texas summers, waiting impatiently for football season to start because at least then I know cooler weather will be headed my way…

    Have a great week and a great start to your summer with your little dude home now. Fun times ahead…

    Michele at Angels Bark

  8. Some fun songs to end the week – Backstreet Boys (I grew to love them because they were popular when my son was “that age”) and Simple were my favorites – and you introduced me to a new artist, too even if she hates love songs (so many flowers in that video!) Hope you had a great week.

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