May 2014
Josie Bungert

I got that summertime, summertime playlist

Every summer, I make a new playlist. Which I then classily burn onto a CD so that I can bring it in whatever car of my family’s I end up in. Yeah, we have old cars, so none of those fancy iPod hook up things.

As routine, this is the first big thing I did this week (and when you’re unemployed, this feels like a heck of an accomplishment). Here’s how I go about putting the list together.

I often listen to weird, unknown music that passengers in my car frequently give me the stink eye about before promptly changing the song. But when it comes to the perfect summer playlist, usually the repetitive songs on the radio are just right. The poppy, good-beat-lame-lyrics are usually enough for the late night, 70-degree drives with the windows down all summer long. Picking songs people know is key so that the carride, no matter who it is with, is enjoyable for all, not just you. But I can’t usually do with 20 tracks of semi-crappy pop, so there’s usually other stuff I like, too. So, I strive to make my list a combination of songs everyone knows and songs you can jam to even if you don’t know them.

That being said, I don’t always pick new music for my mix. If there’s a songs I am feelin’ that summer, I’ll add it to the list. Though usually the radio provides enough in a year’s time to fill a decent playlist with.

Also, I usually make it a rule to not have more than one song by the same artist, so that the entire thing is different all the way through. You don’t want your passenger bored to tears because they have already listened to three songs by the same artist (especially if its an artist they already don’t like). This isn’t an anthem to an artist, it’s an anthem to SUMMER.

Finally, I like to take a feather out of Barney Stinson’s cap: “People often think a good mix should rise AND fall. But people are wrong. It should be all rise baby!” Summer playlists NEED to be ALL rise. It is summer, after all, and if you’re going to jam, you can’t have a sad song disrupting it all. Also, the order, even though it is all rise, is super important. The placement has to be deliberate.

So without further ado, the perfect summer 2014 playlist:

  1. Timber by Kesha feat. Pit Bull
  2. The Man by Aloe Blacc
  3. Burn by Ellie Goulding
  4. Sing by Ed Sheeran
  5. Pompeii by Bastille
  6. Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
  7. L.A. Story by Sammy Adams feat. Mike Posner
  8. Back Home by Andy Grammar
  9. She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer
  10. A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
  11. Dark Horse by Katy Perry
  12. Love Runs Out by One Republic
  13. Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo
  14. Happily by One Direction
  15. Break the Walls by Fitz and The Tantrums
  16. Fancy by Iggy Azalea (oops, breaking my one song per artist rule, only sorta though)
  17. Be Okay by Oh Honey
  18. Turn Down for What by Lil Jon

Is there any you think I should include before I burn this onto a CD? Tweet at me, @jlbungert