1. Best Coast – The Only Place
The strident sunniness and one-track-mind lyrics of Bethany Cosentino can be overbearing at times, but they’re a surprisingly welcome pick-me-up when recovering from one too many cervezas (trust me).
2. Gorillaz – Last Living Souls
2D from Gorillaz, with his droopy eyes, perpetually messy hair, and the crooning voice of Damon Albarn, is practically the hangover mascot. This short jam about surviving the apocalypse should strike a chord after the craziness that was your weekend.
3. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Jason Pierce of Spiritualized has been through some fucked up shit – taking a lot of drugs, pneumonia, chemotherapy. Take comfort in the fact that somewhere right now, someone probably has a much worse hangover than you do.
4. Outkast – So Fresh, So Clean
Showering is an integral step to the recovery process, and this is the ultimate showering anthem. (Yes, I realize it’s not actually about showers.)
5. Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love
Just go back to sleep.
6. My Bloody Valentine – To Here Knows When
A song that sounds as woozy as you feel.
7. The Velvet Underground – Candy Says
You could actually just play the entire self-titled Velvet Underground album to soundtrack your recuperation. Their soothing, druggy rock has a hungover haze so palpable you could reach out and touch it… if that didn’t mean getting out of bed.
8. Massive Attack – Black Milk
Massive Attack’s production coupled with vocals from Elizabeth Fraser (of Cocteau Twins fame) is the aural equivalent of taking a dip in an icy-cool swimming pool.
9. Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
The tempo for every song on this record clocks in at 69 beats per minute – the perfect speed for groggy Sundays, turns out.
10. Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
Turn to Lindsey Buckingham when a hard dose of bitter, in-your-face positivity is the only thing keeping you from giving up entirely. “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow…”
11. Junior Murvin – Police And Thieves
The subject matter of cops and guns isn’t exactly easy-going, but if these humid grooves from the late Junior Murvin don’t bring you positive vibes, nothing will.
12. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
Definitely for moping.
13. David Bowie – “Heroes”
The triumphant anthem from Bowie and Brian Eno could inspire you to seize the day (if Robert Fripp’s incessant guitar tone doesn’t drive you batty first).
14. Fever Ray – Keep The Streets Empty For Me
Back to bed/moping.
15. Girls – Alex
This wandering love song is persistent and upbeat without being overbearing, which, in conjunction with Gatorade, could really turn your day around.
16. Taio Cruz – Hangover
Despite its namesake, this bombastic amalgamation of destroyed club sounds is actually the last thing I would ever want to hear while hungover. And you probably don’t want to be taking advice from Mr. Cruz when he’s singing, “I can drink until I throw up / And I don’t ever ever want to grow up / I wanna keep it going, keep keep, keep it going, going, going, going…”