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: Throwback Nostalgia of 90s



On this edition of Top 5ive, We are going to throwback and talking about the top 5ive songs that bring you back to an early time. To start of what will probably be a trend, I’ll be starting with the 90s because why not. I’ve also tried not to go to “standards.” So don’t expect NSYNC, Britney, BSB, etc. to pop up on the list. This is the people who are the forgot ones along the way.  So let’s remember our fallen comrades of the 90s.

5. “Bailamos” by Enrique Iglesias

If you remember when Enrique was still a thing, then you remember “Bailamos.” It’s Enrique with the mole that will have eventually leave him, just like any hopes of having a huge pop career. Listening and dancing to it made you feel exotic because it’s in Spanglish, which is now a real language. It also created the formula for most male Spanish pop stars crossing over to English-show them with attractive women who are very much throwing their panties at them. A formula that Enrique still uses but with more skin. He’s usually shirtless and having sex with them. Yeah, Enrique is really trying still for America’s love.

4. “Candy” by Mandy Moore

Before she was a successful actress, Mandy was an awkwardly dancing teen dancing. She was one of the many chosen to emulate the success of her fellow teen stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. There’s Jessica Simpson roo but I really don’t count her. This video literally screams “I’m what 90’s girls do in their free time.” There’s a Volkswagen Beetle, dancing in a skate park, and a portable CD player that matched her long shiny skirt. It even has that weird tint in the video that screams late 90s.

3. “Mambo No.5” by Lou Bega

The 90s were full of one hits wonders, and Lou Bega is one of them. Everyone spent countless trying to remembering all the names in the song. We all sang the song to any of the girls that was listed, which there was a lot. Pretty much the song was about Lou and his countless number of women. The hit also spawned a horrible Disney version that makes me cringe just thinking about it.

2. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

Who doesn’t remember this song? It was what started the Spanish crossover trend. He also gave the trend of male Spanish singers having women just throw their panties at them. It’s really ironic now if you think about it. The video was just one wide party that we all wanted to be apart of. It’s also a song about sex that didn’t throw people into a hissy.

1. “Two Princes” by Spin Doctors

This song is literally all the teen movies in the 90s. It’s the quintessential song of the 90s that instantly remind you of that time. In the 90s, teen movies weren’t all pop music but songs like this. It was a great time and amazing time to be a teen. Besides sitting on inflatable furniture that looked comfortable but wasn’t, it was a great time. All had the best soundtrack with great music.

[Note:Before you all ring my neck, it’s impossible to have all the greats in here. The 90s were a great time.]

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Top 5ive: Soundtrack to your Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s day is tomorrow. It’s the one time a year that there will be an increase sales in flowers, wine/alcohol, and condoms. Just like there will be an increase in infant clothing in nine months. In order to set the mood, you need the perfect music.

Because of all the baby making that will or won’t be,happening, tomorrow. I figured that I would be you personal DJ. This will give you more time to plan. This Top 5ive will be unlike other Top 5ive. It’s going to be set up to follow you from the start of your date and the whole way up to the end 😉  I also can’t promise that this will be just 5 song

I Wanna Be With You by Mandy Moore

This is for you are really excited for your romantic outing. You literally can’t think of anything else. Literally all your co-workers want to kill you because you aren’t getting your work done and you are just making them work more.

Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

It’s time to actually get ready for your date. At this point, you are probably very nervous and can’t wait to finally see your love again. You’ve been texting all day and it’s almost. This song is to help you get those butterflies the whole way up until you meet you date.

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

It’s time for your date. It’s literally the most romantic thing ever and you are speechless. You were speechless from the time you locked eyes on them.  Then time will stand still as you go on your date. It’s like heaven. Not real heaven because that will be sad and ruin the date.

Crazy in Love by Beyoncé

Towards the end of your date, you are going to want to jump each others bones. Because of this, I give you the 50 Shades of Grey version of “Crazy in Love.” The building up towards the end of the song is perfect to the tension you are feeling.

Breathe On Me by Britney Spears

Literally, the sexiest song that Britney has put out. This is for the part of the night where the amount of love you have can’t control anymore. You just need to go back to one of your places and rip  each others clothes off.

S&M by Rihanna

You probably have seen the new 50 Shades movie at some point in the last week. If you have, then you’re welcome for this song. Honestly, it’s a travesty that they haven’t put this on either one of the soundtracks.


……this is for after…..the cuddling and pillow talk. The song title pretty much makes this one self-explanatory.

Where You Are by Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey

It’s almost time to part ways and you just don’t want to. You just want to be with them forever. But you have to work in the morning, and you both feel guilty if you were to take a “sick day.”

My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

It’s time you to part ways like the Titanic (too soon?). You will have only the memories of your night and you will cherish them forever. It will be like Rose saying goodbye to Jack but less tragic because neither one of you died. Best. Valentine’s Day. Ever.

Bonus Track: Side to Side by Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj

You’ve been there all night. You’ve been there all day. Now you be walking side to side….good for you 😉

You’re welcome for the fun time you will be having with this awesome playlist. Below this is the playlist on Spotify if you decided to take it with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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