Essential Grooves for Your Philly Livin’ & Lovin’ Soul

Oh, Philly, Philly. 

Just how many ways do we truly love this great, historic City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love

From the astounding sense of community all around (we sort of rock, you guys), to the endless supply of restaurants, craft cocktails and of course, tons of local beers for the bros..

…..from the colorful nightlife scene  (did anyone actually get into hot-spot Tradesman’s last weekend? That line, though.. ), to the wide array of local and legendary entertainment venues that delightfully house anyone and everyone from all walks of life, it’s all here in this beaming city. 

By the way, how frickin’ excited is everyone for Creed 2 in a few weeks and for The Met to open next month?? Yes. 

Oh, and we just can’t forget leave out…..Wawa and cheesesteaks and Tastykakes.…ohhhhhh…..yes.

And when it comes to this Philly’s sportsmanship mannerisms, well, you can debate all what you want about the Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, but he ain’t going anywhere, folks.

To our beloved Philadelphia Eagles, oh, our dear, sweet Birds…what can we say? While this current season has been quite…interesting, it was just a short nine months ago that we were all on Broad Street celebrating the historic fact that we finally fucking got that championship title and bling. 

Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to dissecting everything that Philly has to offer.

Hell, we’ve even gotten used to the endless construction and mind numbing jackhammering that seems to pop up at 9 pm, Monday-Thursdays, that makes you just want to……

……..cherish another piece of the glorious place that 1.6 million people call…home. 

But alas, the glue that holds this all (it’s a lot, but we love it!) together are indeed the grooves provided by Philly’s chart-topping music stars. 

And with a list that includes legendary music catalogs from Boyz 11 Men, McFadden & Whitebread, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman (sigh…) Diplo, The Trammps, The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hall & Oates(!!) and oh, yes, Mr. Will Smith, well, you’ll just want to dive in to truly pheel it all right this very second. 

Because you know what say…ain’t no party like a City of Brotherly Love par-tay, and when you’ve got these classic grooves to compliment our truly one-of-a-kind style, there truly is no stopping any of us now. 

So, here we go. 

Boyz 11 Men/”Motownphilly”  Because this hometown music gem truly needs no explanation…..and because you’ve also mastered the iconic Stephanie Tanner choreo from that oh, so special episode of Full House…you know. 

Bruce Springsteen/”Streets of Philadelphia” This may be hard to believe, but it’s been twenty-five (!!!!!) years since Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington gave us gold in the Oscar winning film, Philadelphia. The still excellent (and relevant) film inspired The Boss to write this most chilling and somber, in which no matter how hard you try….you’ll be reaching for that Kleenex upon every listen. 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Summertime”   Because it’s never, ever too early to be thinkin’ about that dear, sweet “summa, summa, summatime.” Ever. 

Hall & Oates/”Maneater”If we were to spill about the amount of love that Philly has for this insanely legendary music duo, we would be here all damn day. So, for now, we’ll just crank up this classic groove, along with everything else they’ve put out for the rest of our Wawa Shortie lovin’ lives. 

Jill Scott/”A Long Walk”   Whether with friends or by your damn self, there’s nothing like a lovely, Philly-owned stroll. And much Sisterly love to the wonderful Ms. Scott for giving us a beauty of a jam that clarifies that delightful phact. Now, walk and play also, “Golden.” 

Patti Labelle/”New Attitude”   Another Philly music legend that clearly needs no introduction as this unstoppable diva will be serving it all up long after we’re gone….and we’re not just talking about her famous sweet potato pies here. Go on, Ms. Patti, go on. 

Chubby Checker/”The Twist”  Let’s do it….you know you want to. 

Will Smith/”Gettin Jiggy Wit it.”   Because in this one-of-a-kind Philly music life…it’s essential to get jiggy as much as possible. Thank you, Mr.Smith. 

Pink/”Get the Party Started”  Although she may reign from Doylestown, there’s no denying that Ms. Alicia Moore–aka…the fabulous, Pink, has that Philly swagger down to a legendary slay. 

Phyllis Hyman/”Living All Alone” Dear, sweet Ms. Hyman…may you forever rest in peace and may you always destroy our existences with that voice….oh, that voice…listen. 

Teddy Pendergrass/”Love T.K.O.”   No talking here, just lots and lots of sweet love makin’ to this classic bedroom fire..and anything and everything Mr. Pendergrass served while he was here blessing us with his astounding local music presence. 

The Roots/Erykah Badu/”You Got Me”  This classic anthem from ’99, though….f@#king priceless. Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to some of these Philly grooves…this is indeed one of them. 

Marian Hill/”Got it”  See, there’s this thing about this sax-y local music duo…as they conceived got a standout sound that’s truly in a Philly music class of its very own…listen up and get down. 

 The Trammps/”Disco Inferno”  “Burn, baby, burn.” No further statements…because we’re ALL on the floor when it comes to turning up this local disco fire. 

Eve/Alicia Keys/”Gangsta Lovin” Go on, Ms. E-V-E. And thank you for bringing A. Keys with you on this head bobbin’ Philly flavored banger to rock us one more time upon every Irv Gotti produced bounce. 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Parents Just Don’t Understand”   They really don’t, brah. 

McFadden & Whitehead/’Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now”  What does Philly and the groove of this rhythm have in common? They’re both certainly unstoppable. Let’s dance. 

For much, much more with these artists and a buffet of other certified Philly music royalty including G. Love & Special Sauce, Diplo, Meek Mill, The Stylistics, Melody Gardot, Cassidy, Delfonics, Jim Croce, Charlie Biddle, Music Soulchild, The Dead Milkmen, and many, many more,  dive into this Philly, Philly certified playlist below…..

…..and may you forever get lost in all and every walk of local and legendary music life. 

Here’s a few more….

Diplo/Dua Lipa/Silk City/”Electricity” 

Boyz 11 Men/”On Bended Knee”

Jim Croce/”Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” 

Patti LaBelle/”If You Asked Me To” 

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Philly Groove of the Day/Patti LaBelle/”New Attitude”

If there’s any diva whose magnetic career has showcased fierce displays of Philly music truth over the years, it’s certainly the long-lasting music legacy of Ms. Patti LaBelle. From her soaring start in the City of Brotherly Love to owning her spot as the front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (later known as Labelle) into a wildly successful solo career, the living local music legend has rightfully owned her top spot in Philly’s rich music history. Even today, Ms. Patti still captivates our local music hearts with her powerful presence, those undeniable eardrum destroying vocal wails, her oh, so delicious sweet potato pies, and of course, her always ready to serve hit single, “New Attitude” always gets the diva job done. 

An aerobics class ready synth-ed up ride of a tune, “New Attitude” was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 Eddie Murphy box office smash, Beverly Hills Cop, and would not just become  a diva anthem for the ages, but the fiery track would also become LaBelle’s first major solo smash on the Billboard Hot 100 (it peaked at # 17), a feat in which the soulful songstress hadn’t accomplished following the break-up of Labelle seven years prior. 

And while we could spill local music tea all day on the song’s accompanying video, those of us who’ve reveled in it time-and-time again know that there are truly no words to describe it…just watch and celebrate your “New Attitude” right now.

Ms. Patti is ready and waiting for you. 

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Philly Groove of the Day/Joan Jett/”I Hate Myself for Loving You”

A Philly entertainment legend who clearly needs no introduction, Ms. Joan Jett and her merry band of Blackhearts have been representing the City of Brotherly Love music scene for nearly four (!) decades now. One of the most influential divas in rock history, the amplified stylings of Ms. Jett can easily be compared to the talents of rock legends Lou Reed, Bill Withers and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who in fact joined the legendary rock goddess on today’s feisty Philly groove, the ’88 Billboard smash, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” 

Served to radio as the lead single from the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts album Up Your Alley, the rockin’ number leather jacketed its way up to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jett’s third single to reach the Top 10. The angst-y sonnet also became her first top ten hit since “Crimson and Clover” all the way back in ’82, which was preceded by the rock queen’s biggest hit, “I Love Rock and Roll,” which owned the #1 spot earlier that year for seven consecutive weeks.

Let’s not also forget that it was just about a year ago when Joan Jett was rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where her induction speech was given by the one-and-only Ms. Miley Cyrus (who loves Philly, too!), in which the “Wrecking Ball” swinger said….well, you just have to watch it all again. All of these fine tuned memories are all the more reason we just can’t wait for when Jett and her Blackhearts take the stage alongside Heart at the BB & T Pavillion this summer. If these music moments tell us anything, it’s that going to be one hell of a Philly show. 

Rock on. 


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