MTV News' #MusicMonday: Crystal Bowersox Grooves To Michael Franti And Spearhead

Really, you should be listening to music every day, but thanks to Twitter, Monday has become the best day of the week to discover new songs, show some love to the tune currently dominating your iPod playlist and quietly judge the listening habits of your closest friends. Yes, it's #MusicMonday, one of Twitter's most enduring trending topics. Hence "MTV News' #MusicMonday," a weekly look at the songs your favorite stars are currently crushing on.

This week, "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox endorses another dreadlocked star.

Though Crystal Bowersox doesn't have the most traditional voice in the universe, it certainly is unique, and her approach to "American Idol" (where she finished just shy of winner Lee DeWyze) was unlike any other contestant in the history of the show. When Bowersox stopped by MTV News headquarters in New York City last week, it was easy to see why the nation fell in love with her and continued to vote for her. She has a natural charisma and a friendly, wise vibe about her. Perhaps more than any other "Idol" also-ran since Chris Daughtry, Bowersox has that unnameable quality that makes her a natural star.

As her song selections on "Idol" proved, she also has wonderfully eclectic taste in music. Lately, there is a particular artist who has really been turning her on. "I've been listening to some Michael Franti and Spearhead," she told MTV News. "It doesn't matter what track. [You should] listen to any of his stuff."

It's no wonder Bowersox digs Franti, who combines hip-hop, reggae, R&B, jazz and African music into a fusion of worldly pop that supports his politically minded and socially-aware lyrics. His latest album with his backing band Spearhead, All Rebel Rockers, was his most successful yet, peaking at #37 on the Billboard album chart. Bowersox says you should listen to everything, but the hit "Say Hey (I Love You)" is an excellent place to start.


What's your #MusicMonday jam? Let us know in the comments!