Top 5ive: Jessica Simpson

After going down the well with my Top 5ive list for the lovely Mandy Moore, I thought it would be fitting to adventure back to Jessica Simpson’s music career. While she goes by Jessica Johnson now and beauty and fashion guru, we all remember how much we loved her on “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” as well as her iconic role of Daisy Duke in the movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Jessica is an underrated pop and country princess. To celebrate her, here are her top 5ive singles.

Classic Jessica Sim

5. “Where Are You” Featuring Nick Lachey

We all remember where we were when we heard that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson announced they were getting a divorce. Behind Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, they were the IT Couple. This song was their first duet. It’s extremely adorable with the vocals being everything on it. The video itself is iconic as it’s literally Nessica, or Jick just be adorable in various romantic locations. It’s a “musical couple goals” video.

4. “I Wanna Love You Forever”

Jessica’s first single, “I Wanna Love You Forever” is probably the strongest single that she released off of her first album “Sweet Kisses.” It really shows off Jessica’s vocals and really set her aside from Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, 2/3 of the Holy Trinity. The video itself is random and weird but seeing Jessica Simpson in a field of sunflower while she hits those high notes is adorable.

3. “These Boots Are Made for Walking”

When you think of Daisy Duke, besides the iconic jean shorts, you think of Jessica Simpson. Her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking” appeared on the soundtrack for her movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The music video is just her in a bar with Willie Nelson while clips from the movie played around it. The song is extremely catchy. It will get stuck in your head. It also came out right after she and Nick ended their marriage. So she sexed up her image with for the role and video. She pretty much became more of a sex symbol.

2. “Irresistible”

“Irresistible” was Jessica’s become a pop sex symbol like her holy trinity members. She was actually the first to really sex up her image. This song came out in April 2001, Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” came out in September 2001, and Christina’s “Dirrty” came out in July 2002. You can thank Jessica for that. The song was extremely well done. It’s honestly one of my personal favorites of hers. “Irresistible” is an underrated bop with a video that slays.

Honorable Mention

“A Public Affair”

Just because “A Public Affair” didn’t make the list, doesn’t mean that we should honor this song because it was ahead of its time. It came off of her fifth album of the same name, the song was different than what we had gotten previously from her. It was more synthpop instead of just Pop with a little flare to it. The video had a rather all-star cast with Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Maria Menounos, Andy Dick, and Ryan Seacrest. It’s just her and her friends having a fun time while dreaming of having an affair with a guy that looks like her ex-husband. “A Public Affair” got a bad wrap when it was first released. #JusticeforAPublicAffair.

1. “With You”

This song is probably Jessica’s best single and it’s for obvious reasons. It’s an anthem for being so in love that with someone that they don’t care if you are dress extremely nice, put on a lot/any makeup, etc. It’s an anthem for letting someone just fall in love with you and how you make yourself to look like. The video itself just shows Jessica living her life and being sexy doing things around her house. There’s even an iconic scene of her seductively eating wings. This video sums up why we all love Jessica Simpson/Johnson.

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Top 5ive: Mandy Moore

I saw this article on BreatheHeavy about Mandy Moore’s song “In My Pocket” is a bop that deserves more love. I totally agree with this as it’s probably one of my favorite singles of hers. This got me thinking, which is usually a bad thing, and I thought it was time to relive her underrated music career. While most know her for her talented acting chops, many don’t know that she promised to be forever ours and that she’ll love us always through her music. So here’s her top 5ive singles. You’re Welcome.


Love always, Mandy

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5. “Candy”

You can’t have a Mandy Moore appreciation list without the song that started it all. Sure, it’s not a good as the other songs on the list. But “Candy” is just a good old fashion 90s pop songs. It’s catchy and will get into your head. This was probably one of my favorite songs growing up that wasn’t Holy Trinity (Britney, Christina, Jessica). Watching the video now, it’s just a wonderful time capsule of what the late 90s looked like. I’m still patiently for uncomfortable plastic furniture and my BMW Beetle.

4. “Walk Me Home”

While it wasn’t as successful as the first single, “Walk Me Home” is that slow kind of bop that just makes you sway. It reminisces of “2 Becomes 1” from the Spice Girls but just the more innocence sister of it. Just literally just about wanting a boy to walk you home because you have a crush on him. The video is also adorable as it’s Mandy singing on top of a movie theatre as she looks on at the movie premiere. There’s also a hunky movie star there who she may or may not have a thing for. There’s daydreams of her having a “romantic” fun date like experience with him.

3. “Cry”

Ballads were always something that we loved from Manders, as you could tell by this list. This song was from her movie “A Walk to Remember” and from her third album “Mandy Moore.” It was more mature and a little less poppy. The music video was pretty one and kind of made think that you were on an acid trip at parts. This song was definitely worth the listen to if you haven’t listened to it. It’s not on the level of some of her other movie songs, but it’s still a great song.

2. “In My Pocket”

This song is pretty much the most underrated bop of her entire career. I didn’t know about this song until recently. If “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Dirrty” could have a perky younger sister, then this would be it. Everything about this is literally everything. It has this middle eastern feel to it really adds to the song. You just can’t help but smile when you hear the song and just bust a move. Again, this is her most underrated bop in the history of mankind.

1. “I Wanna Be With You”

This is probably Mandy Moore’s most memorable single. It came from the album of the same movie, “I Wanna Be With You.” It just a lovely and beautiful song that made Mandy really stand out over the Holy Trinity. And the music video is just beautifully done. The video is themed around the movie “Center Stage,” as the song was featured on the soundtrack. From the way the scenes were directed to the lighting, it’s the perfect embodiment of how video were shot and used in the 1990s.

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Top 5ive: Lindsay Lohan Singles

I don’t know about you but I have been straight up LIVING for Lindsay Lohan’s newest TV venture called “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” I’m all for boss LiLo. She literally takes no prisons in the show and who can blame her. It’s her name, and her brand. I would be doing that same thing. In honor of this, I thought it would be fitting to countdown her biggest singles.

Of course I want my own show LiLo.

“Bossy”

While this wasn’t an official single, it was slated to be the newest single off of her never-released third album. This song is a sleeper bop. It’s not as catchy as her previous song but it was still something that you can jam out to because it has a dance beat. It was released in 2008, it didn’t get the attention it deserves until MTV pulled it out of its life of obscurity. It’s now theme song for “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.” That’s because she’s now a boss bitch. It’s about time that “Bossy” gets into that limelight.

“Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)”

Honestly, This is my favorite song that she has done just because it’s just so raw and emotional. It came off of her second album “A Little More Personal (Raw)” and it was her ode to daddy issues. It was an open letter to her father, Michael, and was just her way to express her feeling. The raspy vocals with the rock feel of the song are so good. Lindsay even directed the video, which was just even better because it was raw, emotional, and just disturbing. I recommend watching the video if you haven’t already.

“Over”

This is a deep cut song off of her first album “Speak.” Sure, it was a single but it was just an underrated single. It’s a pop-rock ballad that has opens with a slow and steady beat before kicking into high gear for a power ballad. The video itself tells the story of the so well. Forbidden love, emotional baggage, and the stereotypical early 2000s garage band singling in the song. I remember thinking that this was scandalous at the time due to the scenes in the camper. sigh. If that camper could talk.

“Rumors”

Lindsay’s first single is probably her most famous and the most relatable until “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father).” It’s a forgot gem unless you stan Lindsay or was around during this time. The song is all about her relationship with the paparazzi and how everyone was trying to start rumors about her. It was the literal precursor to Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed.” I honestly forgot how much of a banger this song was until I turned it up and got down to it. Like, it’s everything.

Honorable Mention

“Drama Girl (That Girl)”

While we can all agree that the movie, “Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen,” was a dumpster fire train wreck of crap. The song from the song is actually a bop. It’s probably the best part of the entire movie. The song was the final song in the movie was the big final number the movie’s musical portion. The video itself is your standard promotional music video for a movie. It has Lindsay performing in an audition while clips from the movie play in the background. Not iconic to make the list official but something that shouldn’t be totally overlooked

“Ultimate”

While this isn’t an official single and apart of her solo discography, this is probably her best known and loved song. It from her hit 2003 movie “Freaky Friday,” a remake of a Disney movie that came out in 1976. It’s our first glance at the fact that Lindsay had some pipes on her. Before this, she was there but lost in the crowd of her peers. This movie and song are what really pushed Lindsay Lohan into stardom. Without, we wouldn’t be blessed with her talents like we are today.

I highly recommend checking out Lindsay Lohan’s albums because they aren’t all that bad. In fact, I wish we will get more music from her. I need more Lindsay’s music. Also, I need more of that iconic dance that she was doing at her club.

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Top 5ive Iconic Theme songs from The WB

I have developed an addiction to the teen dramas of the late 90s and early 00s. Hulu is currently feeding my addicting and is my drug dealer. And no, this isn’t a sponsor deal. Through, I am totally down for one if Hulu would like to make it one. I’ll even take a Netflix sponsor deal too as they also have a good amount of classic teen shows. I thought it was only fitting that we take a moment to remember the channel that gave us such good memories in the 90s. The WB. It premiered on January 11th in 1995. In the late 90s early 2000s, The WB had literally all the best shows. They also had the most iconic theme songs as well.

In honor of what was a staple to many teens, it’s time to reminisce about their top 5ive iconic theme songs. So these are all song that was raised to their iconic status by the fact their television were everything.

“Save Me” by Remy Zero from “Smallville”

Before there was “Arrow,” The WB had the show “Smallville.” The show followed the origin story of Clark Kent, better known as Superman. It ran for 10 seasons and this show was pretty much everything. I missed it during its original run (I was 10 when it premiered). But the show opening is so iconic that we are still talking about it. Hearing “SOMEBODY SAAAVVVEEE MMEEEE” on your tv just brings back the feels. I need somebody to save me every time I hear it. The video that played was just so cool. Especially towards the end of the series. The explosions at the actor slowly come front and their name appears is everything.

“I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw from “One Tree Hill”

Remember the hunk that was Chad Michael Murray, or CMM? If you don’t, he was Zac Efron before while Zac Efron was on “Summerland.” Well, he was on a little show called “One Tree Hill.” It about two half-brothers and their life on a hill with only one tree. It was pretty much like Dawson’s Creek. For seasons one through four and season eight, they used “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw as the opening. The way they used the song to was just everything. It starts off nice and slow and building up to kicking into the beat and really setting the tone for what to expect. The song is more iconic than the actual opening video. It’s just kind of blah compared to other iconic openings.

“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole from “Dawson’s Creek”

While if you watch the show on Hulu, this song isn’t in the opening but rather just a more awkward song. The opening for “Dawson’s Creek” is probably the most iconic both audio and video. You have a playful song just casually playing in the background while the cast is just chilling there having fun at the creek in Massachusetts. Apparently, it doesn’t snow there or it only does it in small burst. Anyways “I Don’t Want to Wait” still doesn’t fit with the opening but yet it fits with the overall theme of the show. You can’t help but think of James Van Der Beek paddling his little boat up a creek that you can easily walk around or through. Either way, this was the format for all teen drama openings.

“How soon is now?” by Love Spit Love from “Charmed”

“How soon is now?” was pretty much a staple of many 90’s shows and movie. It was most famously featured in the witchcraft movie “The Craft” before it became the anthem for the Aaron Spelling show “Charmed.” Following three powerful witch sisters, “Charmed” had the same feeling that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” had as it was this kickass show where they found demons and other supernatural themes villains. While the song is no longer there when you binge in the show on Netflix, this theme song is iconic. Even the opening video playing under it had a super cool effect and it just gave off such nice vibe.

Honorable Mention

“‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Theme” by Nerf Herder from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

While this isn’t an actual song, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is the single most iconic show that the WB gave the world. It would be a tragedy not to mention this show. They took the 1992 movie that wasn’t very good and turned into a teenage masterpiece. The theme for the series just made everything click. While I prefer the newer version of the theme from Season 3 to season 7, it’s still such an iconic theme and opening. The hero shot at the end always makes me smile.

“Where You Lead” by Carole King and Louise Goffin from “Gilmore Girls”

Whether you actually watched this show or not, everyone knows the theme song from “Gilmore Girls.” It just has one of those theme songs that while it gets a tad bit annoying, it’s just an iconic because it perfectly matched the theme and the overall feel of the show. It was a show about small-town life and dealing with what comes up in your life. It’s honestly a show that I didn’t get or find funny until I got older. It’s a funnier version of “Seinfeld.” I’ll end it there before I ruffle too many feathers.

All the shows mentioned above are available on either Netflix and Hulu (hit me up if you are looking to hook up me with a brand deal). I recommend watching all of them because it’s really interesting to see how teen shows have progressed from then and now. Until then, I’ll go back to wishing I was a teen in the late 90s.

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