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Top ten albums of right now.

  1. More Life by Drake

2. American Teen by Khalid

3. The Never Story by J.I.D


4. LionHeart by Geko

5. Nü Religion: Hyena by THEY.

6. blkswn by Smino

7. FUTURE by Future

8. NAV by NAV

9. SweetSexySavage by Kehlani

10. Process by Sampha

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Top Ten Tuesday

The top ten new releases of right now.

  1.  Green Light by Lorde
  2.  Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
  3. American Teen by Khalid
  4. Slide by Calvin Harris
  5. Coastline by Geoffroy
  6. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
  7. Go Off by Lil Uzi Zert, Quavo, and Travis Scott
  8. Sweet Love by Wizkid
  9. Some Way by NAV ft The Weeknd
  10. Rain by City and Colour


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The Top 10: Thanksgiving…What I am Thankful For

I am thankful for…

10) A roof over my head and a warm house: Homeward Bound-Simon & Garfunkel

9) Drinkable Water: Water-Truence

8) Having the opportunity to travel –To Travel & Trunks-Hey Marsielles

 7) Freedom of Speech-IM FREE THE WHO

6) Having the resources available to do just about anything I want to do –Nothin to hide-Spirit

5) An Education: Were Gonna Be Friends—The White Stripes




1) Being alive and happy –THE HAPPY SONG OTIS REDDING



Happy Belated Thanksgiving yall!

-Robin Daprato (The Top10) 

The Top 10: Songs About Coffee
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The Top 10: Songs About Coffee

In honour of National Coffee Day, The Top 10 on September 29th took on the challenge to find ten songs with Coffee in the title, so here it is. Disclosure: THIS WAS A REALLY HARD CHALLENGE

10) One More Cup of Coffee-Bob Dylan (The Bootleg Series-Live 1975)

9) Black Coffee- Carroll Gibbons & Marjorie Stedeford

8) Zeds Dead-Coffee Break

7) Sarah Vaughan-Black Coffee

6) Black Coffee-Humble Pie

5) Squeeze-Black Coffee in Bed

4) Freedy Johnston-Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

3) Ed Sheeran-Cold Coffee

2) Bob Marley-One Cup of Coffee

1) Frank Sinatra-The Coffee Song




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The Top 10 Week 2: Band Feuds
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The Top 10 Week 2: Band Feuds

Good afternoon everyone,

I am catching up on all my shows so this is quite a dated post from THE SECOND WEEK!!! Anyways, week 2 of The Top 10 we did Top 10 Band/Musician feuds. The reason for such feuds range from fighting over a girl to bands discrediting other musicians musical ability. Attached are links so you guys can read up on these intense band feuds.


So read below for the good, the bad and the ugly feuds between musicians.


10) Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor:

“Dear Miley

I hear you’ve asked “Are we supposed to kiss?”.. when someone asked you would we ‘make up’. No, worry not.. there’s no need for kissing.. But let me state again.. You’re supposed to apologise for the mocking of any person who sought help, publicly or privately, to prevent themselves from committing suicide.
You’re also supposed to apologise for mocking people who are mistakenly or otherwise perceived to be mentally ill. Because what you did is extraordinarily dangerous as it contributes to the silences which allow suicide to flourish and also contributes to the bullying of people perceived mistakenly or otherwise to be mentally ill. That bullying causes suicides. Thats why you’re supposed to apologise. Its really very simple. People die every day because of the type of thing you did.
Its not that hard to say sorry. Doing so will save lives.


9) John Mayer and Taylor Swift

Mayer now tells Rolling Stone that he learned about Swift’s feelings directly from her song. “I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call,” he says. “I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?” When asked about the song’s line, “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?” Mayer says, “I don’t want to go into that.”

Mayer also takes issue with “Dear John” as a musician. “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting,” he says. “I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bullshit.


8) Tegan & Sara and Tyler the Creator

Tegan & Sara’s open letter:

When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry? When will they be treated with the same seriousness as racist and anti-Semitic offenses? While an artist who can barely get a sentence fragment out without using homophobic slurs is celebrated on the cover of every magazine, blog and newspaper, I’m disheartened that any self-respecting human being could stand in support with a message so vile.

As journalists and colleagues defend, excuse and congratulate ‘Tyler, the Creator,’ I find it impossible not to comment. In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid’s sickening rhetoric? Why should I care about this music or its “brilliance” when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible? There is much that upsets me in this world, and this certainly isn’t the first time I’ve drafted an open letter or complaint, but in the past I’ve found an opinion – some like-minded commentary – that let me rest assured that my outrage, my voice, had been accounted for. Not this time.

If any of the bands whose records are held in similar esteem as Goblin had lyrics littered with rape fantasies and slurs, would they be labeled hate mongers? I realize I could ask that question of DOZENS of other artists, but is Tyler exempt because people are afraid of the backlash? The inevitable claim that detractors are being racist, or the brush-off that not “getting it” would indicate that you’re “old” (or a faggot)? Because, the more I think about it, the more I think people don’t actually want to go up against this particular bully because he’s popular. Who sticks up for women and gay people now? It seems entirely uncool to do so in the indie rock world, and I’ll argue that point with ANYONE.

No genre is without its controversial and offensive characters- I’m not naive. I’ve asked myself a thousand times why this is pushing me over the edge. Maybe it’s the access to him (his grotesque twitter, etc). Maybe it’s because I’m a human being, both a girl and a lesbian. Maybe it’s because my mom has spent her whole adult life working with teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault. Maybe it’s because in this case I don’t think race or class actually has anything to do with his hateful message but has EVERYTHING to do with why everyone refuses to admonish him for that message.

It is not without great hesitation and hand wringing that I enter into the discourse about Tyler, the media who glorifies and excuses misogyny and homophobia, and the community of artists that doesn’t seem remotely bothered by it. I can only hope that someone reading this might be inspired to speak out. At the very least, I will know that my voice is on record.

Tyler’s response…

@FuckTyler Responds To Tegan And Sara
7) Brand New and Taking Back Sunday

(This link gives the whole breakdown)


6) Arcade Fire and The Flaming Lips

“However it seems that Wayne Coyne was less than happy with the tour. In aninterview with Rolling Stone the singer claimed that Arcade Fire are “pricks, so fuck ’em.” The lengthy rant saw Coyne lay into the group, who he claimed behaved badly on the tour.

Arcade Fire were obviously shocked. Responding with a level headed statement frontman Win Butler claimed that the two groups barely crossed paths on the tour due to scheduling difficulties. However he did say “I hope I was less of a ‘prick’ than telling Rolling Stone that a bunch of people I don’t know at all are really assholes.”

5) Courtney Love and Dave Grohl

Love and Grohl’s bad blood dates back to the late Nineties, when they formed a partnership with bassist Krist Novoselic to manage Nirvana’s business dealings. Love filed a lawsuit to dissolve the company, Nirvana LLC, in June 2001, and ultimately held up the release of the box set With the Lights Out until 2004. By the end of the year,Grohl and Novoselic sued Love with the hopes of kicking her out of the partnership, calling her “irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.” This led Love to release the statement, “Kurt Cobain was Nirvana.”

Love sold a significant amount of Cobain’s publishing in 2006, promising at the time that any licensing of Nirvana’s music would be “tasteful.” Three years later, Cobain’s likeness became a playable character in Guitar Hero 5, with Grohl and Novoselic saying at the time that Cobain “deserves better.”

In 2011, Love wrote several scurrilous missives on her social media networks about Grohl and, during a concert, accused him of living off her husband’s legacy.

4) Blur and Oasis

The infamous Oasis/Blur feud started just as much a play in the British press as an actual battle between bands, but it certainly made for entertaining tabloid fodder. At the center was their inherent contrasting backgrounds, not a minor topic in class-obsessed Britain. Blur were middle-class suburban London art-school kids, while Oasis were hard-drinking, blue-collar Manchester blokes who picked fights. Things took a nasty turn in ’96, when Noel Gallagher was quoted as saying that he wished Blur’s Damon Albarn and Alex James would “catch AIDS and die.”

Noel shocked the rock world again (or the part that still gave a damn) last year when he announced that he and Albarn had made nice over a couple beers.


3) Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

The King Of Pop paid a reported $47.5million for between 160 and 260 Beatles classics, including Yesterday and Let It Be.

However, the 1976 US Copyright Act means Sir Paul will now be able the claim back the titles once more in five years, according to The Sun.

A source told the paper: ‘Paul’s been fuming for decades. It’s as much personal as business. Now he’ll get back what’s rightfully his.’

The Act means songs written prior to 1978 turn into the property of the songwriter after 56 years.

Payday: Sir Paul will be able to receive royalties from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road albums

Sir Paul and Michael, who recorded several songs together in the ’80s, including The Girl Is Mine, famously fell out over the purchase.

No doubt Sir Paul, who has a reported £680 million fortune already, will be looking forward to receiving royalties and licensing money for tracks he wrote in the ’60s and 1970.

Years ago, he complained at having to pay Michael royalties every time he wanted to perform a Beatles song: ‘The annoying thing is I have to pay to play some of my own songs. Each time I want to sing Hey Jude I have to pay.’

While it is unknown how much the back catalogue would be worth nowadays, in 2005, Sony paid Michael $95million for 50 per cent of the rights.


2) TuPac and Notorious BIG


1) Lynyrd Skynard vs Neil Young

By all accounts, the famous lyrical war of words between Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd was more like a spirited debate between respectful friends than an actual feud.

Young’s songs ‘Alabama’ and ‘Southern Man’ took aim at the South’s checkered race relations past, with references to slave ownership and cross burning. Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant seemingly felt Young was painting too many good people with the same old, bad brush, and responded with the now famous “don’t need him around anyhow” line in 1974′s ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ However, both repeatedly declared their respect for the other, and Young even played ‘Alabama’ in concert at least once.




The Top 10 Songs For Those Long Distance Relationships
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The Top 10 Songs For Those Long Distance Relationships

Hello Everybody!

My name is Robin Daprato and I am the host of the 3 year running radio show on Radio Laurier The Top 10. Last night at 8 was the first show of The Top 10’s third and final season.

So, the beginning of the school year, for many is filled with a whole host of mixed feelings. Excitement to be back, fear of failing and sadness for parting close friends, family and, for some, S.O.’s. For last night’s show I decided to focus on the painful reality many couples go through during this time of year when you and your boyfriend/girlfriend are separated because you decided to go to different schools, not go to school or whatever other reason it may be that is keeping the two of you lovebirds apart. I didn’t want to take the cynical route, because I don’t think it is something to be cynical about. I think if you want it bad enough YOU CAN DO IT. That’s my theory/ experience and I am sticking to it ;). So for my playlist, I decided to include songs that bring up fears, excitement and realities of embarking on the journey of a long distance relationship. 


10) Going Away to College-Blink 182 (Enema of the State) 

  • What could be more appropriate than the pop-punk ballads of young love, coming of age, and those other teen angst themes that make up a large portion of Blink 182’s work? Nothing. And that is why Blink 182 makes our #10 spot on the list because this song is a) LITERALLY the reality that many high school sweethearts are about to experience b) LITERALLY the theme of lasts nights show. So thank you Blink for always having an appropriate song that shows the trials and tribulations of young love.

9) Scared-Tragically Hip (Day for Night) 

  • Okay, okay I know. This song isn’t REALLY about long distance relationships at all. I mean, it’s even debatable if it is about love/romance. But hear me out, although this song eludes to moments in history such as the Russian Revolution and is arguably a political criticism about power, I think it works in another way. I think this song can reflect a fear in many facets of life, such as-ahem-the fear of a long distance relationship. And that is why TH makes my #9. I think more than anything, there is a fear factor about embarking in a long distance relationship. The fear of breaking up, cheating, boredom, loneliness and a whole host of other fears. I love this song because although it is a beautiful ballad, the words encompass a reality much darker than which is fear.  So because fear is perhaps the most common theme in a long distance relationship, I felt this song was appropriate to a tee.

8) Call it Off-Tegan & Sara (The Con) 

  • So, playing off of the theme of #9, our #8 song is perhaps the greatest fear of all and that is “calling it off.” For couples, that is the biggest fear in my (haha) expert opinion. You don’t want something amazing to end, however, for some the distance is too hard and that is their best option. So Tegan and Sara make the number eight spot as this song shows the complications of saying goodbye and breaking it off with someone you love. This song shows that despite the amount of love you have for that person the obstacles that go along with it are far too intense.

7) I Remember-Damien Rice (O)

  • So what is the other biggest fear of LDR? CHEATING! Cheating, is something nobody wants to ever experience. Especially in a LDR because you truly have no idea who that person is with. It is much easier to lie and cheat when you are separated by an ocean and that is why cheating in an LDR is such a huge fear because it is something that seems so easy to get away with. The other fear attached with cheating is the fear that that person doesn’t feel like they mean anything to that person anymore. So our #7 song is I Remember by Damien Rice as it shows the two lovers perspective (the cheated and the cheater).  What is so awesome about this song is that it sounds initially like a pure love song; the girlfriend remembering all the good times with her boyfriend (similar to the reminicing that happens when in a LDR). However, then you find out the boyfriend cheated on her, making the song so much harder to listen to because of the contrast between the two voices. When I listen to this song I think of two people who are in love but whatever it may be they are feeling seperated. There is the girl whose voice is soft and sultry and the guy whose voice is hard and raw. To me this song encompasses one of the biggest fears of long distance relationships where the memories are so distant that the lover forgets and finds a new lover. I simplify the song too much so I will stop here.

6) Always Something There To Remind Me-Naked Eyes 

  • So this next song is something that is less of a fear and more so a sad reality, that when somebody is not with you anymore, everything begins to remind you of them. Every coffee shop, bookstore, street reminds you of those times you spent with that person and what can be more heart wrenching then that? However, this is not always a sad thing. It can actually be quite a beautiful thing as it means you haven’t forgotten the amazing times and bond you have with that person. Yes, okay, as Veronica Mars would say,  I sound like a marshmallow.

5) Colors-Amos Lee (Amos Lee)

  • Okay, so this next song, is more directly about what many people experience when their S.O. leaves which is that when apart from that person, your life begins to become kind of meaningless; colour is lost. I think Amos says it better than I ever could:

Cuz when you’re gone,
all the colours fade.
When you’re gone,

no new years day parade.
You’re gone,
colours seem to fade.

What you do is keep things exciting

4) Dancing With Myself-Billy Idol

  • FUN FACT: Idol plays “Dancing with Myself” at most of his concerts, always introducing the song as having been originally written and recorded by Generation X. Since its release, the song has become something of a sports anthem.
  • Okay, so in an interview, Billy Idol said he wrote this song about his experience in Japan where all the girls at the clubs were dancing by themselves, however this song has so much more meaning that that. Before you say it, yes there is the obvious Freudian interpretation that I will not delve into because I think you are all competent enough to read between the lines. However, I am not devaluing this Freudian perspective because it is also quite suitably a reality for people in LDR’s. However, where I was going with picking this song is much less explicit. I was listening to this song the other day, and I was thinking about how the things you take for granted when with your S.O. are lost when in a long distance relationship such as having a dance partner. What to me, is even harder, is when you are, somehow stuck with all your couple friends and it hits you so hard that you truly are “dancing with yourself” as Billy said and that can be one of the hardest things.

3) A Thousand Miles-Vanessa Carlton (Be Not Nobody)

  • Yes sappy, but how can I not include this song? It sure does romanticize LDR’s plus it makes you see how exciting it is when you can finally see that person PLUS it is a classic early 2000s tune that I just had to include. I don’t need an explanation, the title says it all. Thanks Vanessa for making LDRs into a positive experience.

2) So Far Away-Carole King (Tapestry) 

“So Far Away” is a song written by Carole King and appeared on her 1971 album Tapestry. The recording features James Taylor onacoustic guitar. In the 1995 album Tapestry Revisited, it was covered by Rod Stewart.

The lyrics express longing for a lover who is far away.[1] But Allmusic critic Bill Janovitz notes that while the lyrics start by focusing on the physical distance between the lovers, the lyrics use that as a jumping off point to explore emotional distance between lovers as well.[2] Rolling Stone Magazine stated King’s “warm, earnest singing” on the song brought out the song’s sadness.[3]

  • Yes, I stole that from Wikipedia. However, I didn’t know that so I don’t even feel bad ;). Plus, to be honest I am running late for class. This song is perhaps one of the most legendary songs about being separated from your S.O. It’s a beautiful song from an amazing cd. The symbolism, allusions and imagery alone is enough to have it land in our number 2 spot. Listen to the lyrics and you will get it.

1) Midnight Train to Georgia-Gladys Knight and the Pips

“And I’ll be with him

On that midnight train to Georgia

I’d rather live in his world

Than live without him in mine.”

  • Our #1 song of last night nails the most important message when embarking on this journey and that is why Gladys Knight and the Pips makes our number one spot. Yes, this song is not blatantly about long distance (but rarely are the songs I chose ever lol) but the message can certainly apply to it. The Line “I’d rather live in his world/Than live without him in mine” says it all. If you can’t imagine your life without them then you will be able to conquer just about anything, including being in an LDR.


Sorry for the cheese….but sometimes, a little bit of cheese and wine is what you need to get through the tough times in life.


Thanks for reading and tune in next week for another (less soft) show.




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