Before that, the high-octane, azz-centric dance music has been a cultural force for decades, its rhythms and key players launching the empire of Cash Money Records and dotting hit records by Lil Wayne and Juvenile. Bounce ambassador Big Freedia has had six seasons of a Fuse reality show, and the word twerk — a dance that originated with bounce — is now in the dictionary. Here are 20 essential songs from the regional sensation that has the whole world shaking. Possibly the first and best answer record in a genre full of them. This gender-flipped response to the O. Still, the record was released by Profile, the label that put out the Showboys years earlier.
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Few cities have the kind of rich musical heritage that New Orleans does, its unique blend of Southern and creole culture producing sounds unlike those just one state over. From jazz to blues, soul to zydeco, New Orleans is one of a kind, and these 15 songs deserve a spot on any playlist of Big Easy essentials. But it became a standard of New Orleans jazz in the s, once Louis Armstrong put his own signature spin on it.
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John Turner Layton Jr. The oddly comical description of the failed British invasion was written by Jimmy Driftwood and made a novelty hit by Johnny Horton in The Ed Sullivan Show production is a just plain weird. Love the whistling in the original , but I picked this lively Harry Connick Jr. A hit penned by Bobby Charles and recorded by Fats Domino in which the rhythm of the song brilliantly matches an imaginary moseying cadence. Gary U. True, the folk song written by Steve Goodman and recorded by Arlo Guthrie is actually about a train, but the poignant lyrics have achieved a poetic relationship with our city, wouldn't you agree? Maybe a touch too lachrymose, but I still dig it. Here's a link.