Epic Playlist

Last year, for my friend Eden’s birthday, she requested that all her friends make her CDs in lieu of throwing parties, buying dinners, giving gift cards or scarves, etc. Since I love music and making fabulous playlists, I was very excited about this idea. In fact, in the future, if ever you want to give me a CD (for any occasion whatsoever), please do. This is quite possibly my love language.

So I made a playlist for Eden that ended up requiring THREE CDs to burn, but oh my was it ever worth it. And since then, I’ve added to it, making it into a 4-disc, 72-song, epic and fabulous playlist. I have mentioned it to Amaris many times, and she always asks for the list. I always say, “Yes of course you can have the list,” and then I always forget to type it up for her. But the time has come.

Y’all, this is a random, random assortment of music that pleases me so much, I think I may never need to get married. Here we go…

  1. Throw Down – The Whistlestop
  2. Meet Me by the Water – Rachael Yamagata
  3. LoveGame – Lady Gaga
  4. Bye Bye Bye – *NSYNC
  5. Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
  6. So Much Better – from Legally Blonde the Musical
  7. Africa – Toto
  8. F*** You – Lily Allen
  9. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? – The Beatles
  10. Forget You – Cee Lo Green
  11. Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin
  12. One More Road – Roman Candle
  13. Hometown Glory – Adele
  14. Against All Odds – Phil Collins
  15. Gravity – Sara Bareilles
  16. Fantastic Mr. Fox (aka Petey’s Song) – Jarvis Cocker
  17. Bust a Move – Young MC
  18. I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
  19. Ora Basta – Giorgia
  20. Faithfully – Journey
  21. Born – Over the Rhine
  22. Float On – Modest Mouse
  23. When You Are Not Enough – Thad Cockrell/Matt Stevens
  24. Fango – Jovanotti
  25. Leave – Glen Hansard
  26. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  27. Sympathique – Pink Martini
  28. By Thy Mercy – High Street Hymns
  29. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  30. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp – Led Zeppelin
  31. I’ll Cover You (Reprise) – from RENT
  32. All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
  33. Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond
  34. Jump (for My Love) – Pointer Sisters
  35. You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds
  36. Live Again – Better Than Ezra
  37. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
  38. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
  39. Papers in Order – The Old Ceremony
  40. Staralfur – Sigur Ros
  41. Jesus and Gravity – Dolly Parton
  42. Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
  43. Elenore – The Turtles
  44. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues – Elton John
  45. Nice and Slow – Usher
  46. Vito’s Ordination Song (acoustic) – Sufjan Stevens
  47. Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder
  48. Andar Conmigo – Julieta Venegas
  49. I Can’t Even Recall – Roman Candle
  50. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  51. Under Streetlights – Brooke Annibale
  52. Shelter – Ray LaMontagne
  53. Reason Why – Rachael Yamagata
  54. Soldier Girl – The Polyphonic Spree
  55. Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  56. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  57. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
  58. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  59. Someone Like You – Adele
  60. Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
  61. Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon
  62. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
  63. Kyrie – Mr. Mister
  64. I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
  65. Somebody Told Me – The Killers
  66. The Chain – Ingrid Michaelson
  67. Judy in Disguise – John Fred & His Playboy Band
  68. Just Dance – Lady Gaga
  69. Forca – Nelly Furtado
  70. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  71. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z/Alicia Keys
  72. Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Yes, I realize there is a hymn right next to a Nirvana song. I also realize that there are at least three Lady Gaga songs on the list. What can I say? I want to be too cool to like her, but I think she’s ridiculously talented, and I just can’t help myself. And I realize that not everyone likes songs they can’t understand. If you want to copy my playlist, but take out the foreign language songs, feel free, but I will not be held responsible for the outcome. This list is perfect, I tell you. PERFECT! Good for parties and cleaning and reading the Interweb and organizing the boxes of crap in your front room. It picks you up right when you need it and brings you back down just at the right moments. It fluctuates between empirically good music and absolute guilty pleasure songs. It has many genres spanning many decades, and because there are so many songs, you can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it because by the time you start it over, it’s been almost five hours since you heard the first song, so you don’t even realize you’re back to the beginning! Once again, PERFECT!

Author: beth

I'm told that I'm cleverly stupid, and that's why people are friends with me. And here I thought it was because I was so dang cute...

2 thoughts on “Epic Playlist”

  1. Very nice. Nothing at all wrong with being an eclecticist. I am a bit of a mix tape lover myself, to the extent that a past roomate compared me to Rob in “High Fidelity.” The fact that I do take such joy in these things is why I was curious to see your list, so thanks for sharing it.

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