I was tagged by my friend Olivia over at Books and Big Ideas to do the Shuffle the Music Tag, which has rules as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
- Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
- Mention the songs as well as the artists.
- Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!
Just like Olivia did, I’m going to be doing 20 songs because I love myself some tunes. Also, I’ll be pulling these songs from six different Spotify playlists. See, I organize my music in Spotify by year I first got into them, so I’ll be pulling the first 5 songs from my 2018 playlist, and then 3 from the next five playlists going back all the way to 2013. There’s sure to be some real relics in here, haha.
Without further ado! Let’s get to the music.
1. Congratulations – MGMT
Oh, this one is a pretty new favorite, so I don’t have a lot of sentiment about this particular song. I do love MGMT, though, and have for years. I think I first heard this song on Spotify’s Discover Weekly? It’s got a very chill, laid back vibe that I don’t know I’ve ever heard from this band before.
2. Rose-Colored Boy – Paramore
Paramore is a band I’ve loved since I was pretty small. I feel like Hayley Williams has grown up with me. Back when I was in middle school, she was making the angsty stuff I could easily apply to my ships and fandoms, and now she’s making music about her anxiety and growing up and figuring yourself out, which is also incredibly relevant to who I am now.
As for this song in particular, I can’t say I relate to the specific situation Williams is singing about, but I can relate to the struggle to embrace your emotions, even the negative ones. Also, it’s just a bop. And the music video is hilarious.
3. Masks – The Brook and the Bluff
This song was introduced to me in WIUX Music Committee. I don’t remember if someone was assigned to review this song or if they just brought it in because they liked it, but either way I was enchanted by the acoustic sound and the vocalist’s rich and deep performance. I would love to look into this band a little more in the future.
4. Catallena – Orange Caramel
Ah of course, time to talk about my K-Pop fave… again. I don’t know if I have anything new to say here that I didn’t already say back there. This song is devillishly catchy, the dance number is so adorable, and I love the slightly melodramatic vocal performance and kind of cheesy vintage vibe the music has. I always feel like I’m a borderline fan of K-Pop. I really admire the bright, colorful fashion style and very polished dance moves and pop sound they have going on.
(Also, the lyrics are kinda gay and I can get behind that.)
5. Progression of a Chia Pet – SLUMBERJACK
This was a song that Spotify’s Discover Weekly recommended to me, if I am remembering correctly. It’s a beautiful, dark-sounding song with an understated vibe I really enjoy. It’s prime for angsting, with these gorgeously emotional vocal crescendos sprinkled throughout.
6. Boundary Loves – Thumpers
Another Spotify Discover Weekly gem, this song has such a fun energy to it. I put this song on a lot while walking to class first semester, because it’s got a nice walking beat and is just overall a very pleasant listen. Also, this is my first time watching the music video, but it’s tiny food preparation! I love tiny food videos! I’m very easily amused.
7. I Dare You – The xx
There was a pretty prime part of 2017 where this song was high quality angst material for me. I don’t particularly like to go into personal tangents on this blog, so I’ll just say it started getting popular on the radio at a good time for my angsty teenage self and leave it at that.
The xx has been making great stuff for… gosh, so long. They’re very atmospheric, and it seems like every time they make new stuff I’m always down for it. I highly recommend their entire discography if you’re looking for music to close your eyes and sink into.
8. Destroyer – Saint Motel
It’s funny that this song should appear on my shuffle list for this list only a week after I praised Saint Motel in my summer songs post. Everything I said about Saint Motel back then applies here – those jazzy, horn-centric instrumentals and a really great sense of humor injected into the lyrics. I know I laughed at the chorus the first time I heard it on the radio. “I don’t break hearts / No that’s not me / I don’t break hearts / I DESTROY THEM.” Hilarious. Love this band.
9. Elemental – Willow Beats
Once upon a time, there used to be this beautiful, amazing website I frequented called 8tracks. It advertised itself as a radio website of a different breed – allowing its users to make their own custom “radio stations” (basically, playlists) for others to tune into and listen to. I loved this website, and made tons of playlists about all sorts of things, mostly fandoms. I discovered heaps of new music through listening to other people’s playlists about fandoms and pairings I enjoyed.
This song was one of those discoveries. I don’t exactly remember what playlist it was on or for what fandom, but I loved the ebb and flow of the music, and the magical, foresty, witch-like vibes.
What happened to 8tracks, you might ask? Oh, it still exists. But I refuse to link it or use it anymore, because now you have to pay for a subscription if you want to listen to more than a few hours of music a week. Ugh. Capitalism.
10. Acapella – Karmin
Occasionally I like to indulge myself in what I might call garbage pop. I would say this song embodies a lot of what’s trashy in modern pop music – namely, a white artist using black people and AAVE as set pieces. And yet… and yet… this song is catchy. And I think the concept is hilarious. And I love the biting delivery of the lyrics.
So yeah, garbage pop.
11. Genghis Khan – Miike Snow
GOD. WHAT A CLASSIC.
I’m so freaking glad this song came up on my shuffle because I think it probably defined 2016 for me. Everything about this song is iconic. Not only is it an absolute bop, immediately understandable and so catchy, with that weird yet appealing Miike Snow falsetto vocals and slightly theatrical instrumentals…. but the MUSIC VIDEO. If you do nothing else today, watch the music video for this video. It’s James Bond but gay. A touching tale of love in spite of years of rivalry… with characters you’ll only know for three minutes but you’ll love forever. Plus, the dancing!!!
12. The World was Wide Enough – Hamilton
As you’ll probably come to understand from two songs that came up in my 2015 shuffle, this year marked the year I got really into Hamilton. And got all of my friends into it. You can read about that here if you’re curious.
This song in particular is the part that had me in near hysterics when I saw it live. There’s just so much symbolic meaning packed into the music of this show, and I love how all the music stops as Hamilton delivers his final monologue to the audience. It’s this fantastic culmination of a deep and fascinatingly flawed character. It’s the part where he goes “Eliza!” that usually gets me. It’s maybe not one of the bops of this musical, per se, but truly something to celebrate.
13. Welcome Home, Son – Radical Face
I feel like this song has probably appeared in a good chunk of indie-styled films. And you know what? There’s a very good reason for that. The music seems to push forward, but not in a very aggressive way. I think it’s the handclap sound of the beat and the repetitive guitar chords. Plus, the chorus slides into this beautifully atmospheric mode. All in all I can totally imagine a busted car full of teens on the cusp of adulthood roadtripping and learning about themselves to this song.
14. The Schuyler Sisters – Hamilton
Hey look! More Hamilton. I think this song is probably the most accessible song in the entire musical. If someone asked me to show them one song from this musical that sort of summarized what the entire musical is like, this would be my pick. Historical lessons folded surprisingly well into a hip-hop/rap structure. Plus, the incredible performances of Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and Jasmine Cephas Jones as the Schuyler Sisters themselves…
I gotta love the rap version of “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” It almost kinda makes me feel patriotic. A little. Kinda.
15. Time (We All Fall Down) – Elizabeth & the Catapult
I honestly don’t remember this song very well, so I’m thinking it’s probably a song I heard once on Spotify Discover Weekly or on 8tracks, added to my playlist, and promptly forgot about. It’s a nice song, the lead vocalist does a pleasant performance, but I’m not sure if it’s something I would return to much. Obviously I haven’t returned to it much, just judging by the fact I barely remember it.
16. Piledriver Waltz – Arctic Monkeys
As its name might imply, this song is a delightful little psychedelic rock waltz with the vague yet beautiful lyrical stylings of one Alex Turner. I love Arctic Monkeys, and I always will, even as many have shamed them for their most recent album. There’s such a regal, atmospheric quality to this song, which is sort of what this band does best right next to their more well-known pop rock jam sound.
There’s also a little bit of nostalgia captured in this song. Maybe that’s just the fact I’ve been a fan of this band for so long now, but I think i’ts present even on your first listen.
17. The World Has Its Shine (But I Would Drop it on a Dime) – Cobra Starship
Anyone remember Cobra Starship? As far as I know they dropped a few hits and then promptly disappeared into the void. But they were good while they lasted, both with their radio hits and their lesser known songs, like this one.
I think this song is just pure and adorable. It’s got a good grove, sure, and a nice little guitar part, but the lyrics are just the standout of this song. The sentiment is just so sweet.
18. Don’t Swallow the Cap – The National
I don’t remember if it was this or “Exile Vilify” that introduced me to The National, but I feel gratitude for both songs for forming the primer for this incredible band. This song pushes forward despite its more negative or perhaps tragic tone. I really enjoy that – it communicates the emotion without letting it drag. It’s something this band is really good at doing – conveying dark or depressing moods without making the music itself dark or depressing.
There’s a lot of just… layers of sound in this song that make it a unique experience to listen to even five full years after I first heard it.
19. Giants – Bear Hands
I cannot make heads or tails of what this song is about. But you know what? It’s a great song. I love the guitar work in the chorus, how it kind of rolls and repeats? (There’s probably terminology for this, but I’m not a guitar player.) And even if the lyrics don’t make complete sense, they’re delivered with a lot of character and fun.
I would have called Bear Hands a one-hit wonder, except they recently came out with a new song and it’s pretty good. This one is still my favorite though.
20. Ways to Go – Grouplove
Grouplove is always killing it, no matter what they’re doing. This probably isn’t my favorite song of theirs (that honor would go to “Tongue Tied,” for sure) but it’s still a solid, fun jam from them that I definitely enjoy.
And that’s it! I know you’re supposed to tag people… but I don’t know many other bloggers. So, if you see this and wanna do it, count that as if I had tagged you!
Hope you enjoyed anyway!