1. Dragonette – Live In This City
When it feels like your job, your city, and your general existence is eating you alive, this is the type of song that somehow lets you take back control. Great afternoon recharge.
2. Jon Bellion – The Wonder Years
This man has made it into quite of these sort of posts that I’ve done. Safe to say I’m a rather large fan. Most people just aspire. This guy is like the marketing slogan for Droid.
3. The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
This was MTV’s very first music video. It’s also a vintage “man, I haven’t heard this in sooo long” playlist change-up. Every solid playlist needs one.
4. pomDeter (Carly Rae Jepson vs. Nine Inch Nails) – Call Me A-Hole
This mashup took the internet by storm one morning earlier this year. Revisiting the glory, it is oddly uplifting.
5. Matisse ft. Akon – Better Than Her
For some reason, this Akon jam never made it as big as some of his others. ‘Tis a personal favorite, and a great way to pretend like it’s Friday eve and you’re about to have one of “those nights.”
6. Cass Elliot – Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Any LOST fan will be able to recall this song rather fondly. It’s pretty good when it’s not in LOST, too.
7. Kap Slap (Hardrock Sofa & Squire X Carly Rae Jepson & Owl City X Nicki Minaj) – Starships Stay Good
Kap Slap, a collegiate party-minded mashup king and producer, really cemented himself as a minor-yet-giant deal with mixes like the one above.
8. Weezer – (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
This was the song that the movie studio people decided to pair with the Jay Baruchel vehicle, “She’s Out Of My League.” Back in my zesty college days, this was a cute but meaningful deal-sealer.
9. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
Recent hit from mega DJ Armin Van Buuren, pop-friendly enough to to scare away the non EDM rave fanatics. Best of both worlds.
10. Savage Garden – I Want You
This article/playlist was actually just an excuse to tell other people I enjoy associating with this song.
11. MGMT – Time To Pretend
Actually depressing if you look at the message a certain way. So, don’t.
12. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On, Eileen
Will there ever be a band name as good as Dexy’s Midnight Runners? Will there every be a song more universally hailed by binge drinking college freshman than Come On Eileen? Both, highly doubtful.
13. Sander van Doorn & Adrian Lux – Eagles
A wondrous song, that, in my clearly qualified music critic opinion, deserves a bit more “mainstream” cred.
14. Vitamin String Quartet (Yellowcard) – Ocean avenue
I enjoy this.