It’s been a while since I’ve made a playlist. Actually, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything at all. So let’s skip the pleasantries and get straight to the music (before I lose my train of thought).
I’m very pleased with my new creation if you couldn’t tell by all the balloons and confetti. Making a playlist is all about selection and arrangement. But it sure helps when you’re handed the type of cutting edge mainstream content that’s featured on this one. All the songs seem to belong together (not surprising given they came out around the same time) yet each is unique enough to keep the listener off balance. And yes, I made it though an entire playlist without an emo song with only one emo song!
Brace yourself for this one.
“The Moment Before Lift Off”
1. Lights – Ellie Goulding
The next best thing to come out of Britain this year besides the Olympics, and also necessary for seeing in the dark.
2. Too Close – Alex Clare
This song needs its space.
3. Midnight City – M83
Cinderella’s least favorite town.
4. Warrior – Kimbra
There is a reason Kimbra is on this list twice. I like her voice. Her songs are distinctly new age, yet oddly familiar. She’s from New Zealand. Did I mention I like her voice?
5. Runaways – The Killers
Because really, aren’t we all just runaways?
6. So Good – B.o.B.
Lean back with your favorite drink and enjoy this sugar daddy anthem.
7. Drunk On Love – Rhianna
Rhianna’s blood-love level: 0.16%. Chris Brown: stone cold sober.
8. Video – Morgan Page
If you think the song is good, you should see the . . .
9. Some Nights – fun.
If you find a martyr in your bed, you better put that in the song you’re writing.
10. Stay Away – Secondhand Serenade
See Song #2. Also a shout out to the person who introduced me to this band. You know who you are!
11. Crushcrushcrush – Paramore
Finally, a song for garbage collectors.
12. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
You’ve heard this song. Chances are you like this song. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be on this site.
13. Turn Me On – David Guetta feat. Nikki Minaj
Co-written by Song #1.
14. Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) – Flight Facilities
Whoever remixed this song (the Adventure Club DJ?) deserves 99% of the credit for its inclusion on this list. Have you heard the original? Awful.
15. Take You There – Sean Kingston
Actually, I’m going to have to pass on that vacation, Sean. Feel free to send me some pictures.
16. We Are Young – fun. feat. Janelle Monae
Designated drivers . . . they’re all so young.