Best of ToPiCaL PaRaDiSe 2023

Maile Carballo / KUTX

Another year, another crazy batch of ToPiCaL PaRaDiSe playlists. Reminisce with us a little through this years best topics and save some of the playlists for later while you’re at it. Here’s to all of the past episodes we’ve made and the new ones to come!

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10. Songs with Unintelligible Lyrics

It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

9. Influential Musical Artists

Call him Black Francis, Frank Black or Charles, the Boston-born Pixies frontman/guitarist/singer-songwriter turned 58 on April 6th. Many have called him and the band “influential indie icons”, Kurt Cobain included. Here are songs celebrating influential musicians like him.

8. Texas Independence Day

“You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas” – Davy Crockett

7. Break Up Songs

Celebrating Greg Kihn’s 74th birthday and his biggest hit, “The Breakup Song” from 1981. They don’t write ’em like that anymore…

6. Songs with Sudden Breaks

Athens, Georgia-born singer, songwriter, bongo & tambourine player, and founding member of the B-52’s, Cindy Wilson, is turned 66 this year. Let’s celebrate the originator of the famous “tin roof rusted” line in their song “Love Shack”.

5. Songs About Lips

This topic sprang up during a casual conversation at a Happy Hour and well, it ended up being a hit!

4. Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Celebrating the Mexican military’s beating both the crazy odds and the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.

3. Rainy Day Songs

Everyone just needs to have one of these playlists.

2. Female Firsts

January 12, 1944 – Cynthia Robinson was born in Sacramento. She was a founding member and vocalist of Sly and the Family Stone— the first major American rock group to have a racially integrated, male and female lineup— and was one of the first female trumpeters in a major American band, and the first such player inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1. Remembering John Aielli, One Year Gone

July 31, 2022 – The day Austin, the world and KUTX became a less interesting place because it was the day we lost John Aielli at the age of 76. He remains forever in our hearts and in our smiles when we think of him.

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