Think about it: if a song title riffs on the theme of grooviness – as a noun, verb or adjective – it is almost certain to be an affirming, cheerful tune and lyric. So as most friends of this blog are entering the dark, depressing days of winter I thought they might need some groovy, sunny cheer...
This mix covers several genres – pop, soul, funk, indie. Much of the material here is old, though there are two recently released songs: Rio En Medio's great a cappella cover of Earth, Wind & Fires' Let's Groove, and Swedish indie-pop outfit Billie The Vision & the Dancers fine opener of their latest album. One song features twice: the Young Rascals' carefree Groovin' and Aretha Franklin's quite different cover.
Ask me which songs I dig the most, and I'd have to decide between those by Gene Chandler, P.P. Arnold, Alan Price and the Mamas and the Papas. Or the Equals. Or Mr Bloe (best pop instrumental ever?). Or... oh, listen to it and find your own favourites.
1. Mr.Bloe - Groovin' With Mr Bloe
2. Young Rascals - Groovin'
3. The Equals - Soul Groovin'
4. The 5th Dimension - Working On A Groovy Thing
5. Letta Mbulu - What's Wrong With Groovin'
6. Bobby Wells - Let's Copp A Groove
7. Archie Bell & The Drells - Let's Groove
8. Gene Chandler - Groovy Situation
9. Simon & Garfunkel - The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (live)
10. PP Arnold - (If You Think You're) Groovy
11. The Mamas and the Papas - Somebody Groovy
12. Alan Price - Groovy Times
13. Average White Band - Groovin' The Night Away
14. Heatwave - Groove Line
15. Harvey Mason - Groovin' You
16. Rodney Franklin - The Groove
17. Lou Rawls - Groovy People
18. Aretha Franklin - Groovin'
19. The Mindbenders - Groovy Kind Of Love
20. Rio En Medio - Let's Groove
21. Billie The Vision And The Dancers - Groovy
22. Ace Frehley - New York Groove
23. The Smithereens - Groovy Tuesday
24. Ciccone Youth - Into The Groove
25. Raquel Welch - I'm Ready To Groove
DOWNLOAD LINK HERE
If you liked the Billie The Vision & the Dancers song, you can download the whole album (and previous albums) on their website, and set your own price, or none ("If you want to download our songs there are two ways to do it. Either you can afford to pay us, or, if you are just as poor as we are, you can download it for free. We appreciate both choices!" Aren't they just lovely people?).