Gather ’round children and hearken unto our first ever PIVOT PLAYLIST.
Here’s how it’s going to be: every so often we’ll pick a theme and ask each Pivoteer (which is like a Mouseketeer, only…you know…Pivot) to pick three songs based on that theme. Bad selections will be immediately rejected, the offending Pivoteer will be openly ridiculed, then politely asked to pick a replacement song. Once we have a list together that’s ready for public consumption, we’ll share it with you fine people.
This inaugural edition’s theme is—wait for it—SUMMER JAMZ FOR SUMMER. Nothing goes together quite like music and other things and since summer qualifies as another thing, it only makes sense that it should have its own soundtrack. And you can tell it’s serious because “JAMZ” is spelled with a “Z”. So without further ado, put your eyes. Then put your ears.
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“Would That Not Be Nice” by Divine Fits
I had a dream that was set to this song once. An asteroid exploded in the earth’s atmosphere and looked like fireworks. It was pretty good. Oh, and it was summer in the dream.
“Tell ’em” by Sleigh Bells
This is the loudest song ever. Even when you play it quietly. Party time.
“Heavy Mood” by Tilly and the Wall
It’ll get in your bones, so get your bones ready.
“The Passenger” by Iggy Pop
It’s never too early for Iggy Pop.
“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
Do I even need to explain this one? Come on.
“Safe and Sound” by Capitol Cities
This has been one of my favorite songs to listen to while traveling this summer. The vibe is a good balance of calm and upbeat.
“Mountain Dew” by The Stanley Brothers
The first “burned” CD I ever received was from my grandpa. It was a collection of his favorite bluegrass bands which included music by The Stanley Brothers. Fifteen-plus years later, they’re still a favorite of mine.
“Joshua” by Dolly Parton
“Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey
Also one of my wife’s favorites, you can’t go wrong with some Lana Del Rey.
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc
Nothing says summer quite like techno with bluegrass undertones, right?
“Wildest Moments” by Jessie Ware
For the slow-motion montage of your steamy but ill-fated summer romance.
“So Good at Being in Trouble” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
For sipping poolside umbrella drinks and wearing white linen suits like you mean it.
“Youth” by Daughter
For riding on the back wheel of your blindfolded best friend’s bike after dark.
“I Belong in Your Arms” by Chairlift
For tank tops, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, shave ice stands, and selfie faces.
“Always Forever” by Donna Lewis
For driving fast with the windows down in your mom’s minivan the entire first summer after you get your license. True story.
“Reckoner” by Radiohead
“Doin’ Time” by Sublime
One of my favorite summer songs.
“Royals” by Lorde
Catchy lyrics, her voice is hot.
“Flute Loop” by Beastie Boys
Great rapping, great fluting.
“Two Princes” by Spin Doctors
I heard this song for the first time at a church camp as a young boy. It was my first favorite song, and I still love it. In fact, it was the only song I demanded the DJ play at my wedding. It always reminds me of being at summer camp.
“Up in the Air” by 30 Seconds to Mars
I heard this song on the radio this morning, kinda liked it.
“Bloodbuzz Ohio” by The National
Just an awesome song and I have tickets to their concert this weekend, so I threw it in.
“Where It’s At” by Beck
This song came out in 1996. I was 15. Lots of emotions, okay. Let’s leave it at that.
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
Baseball is summer in my book, and this is baseball’s anthem.
“Nutbush City Limits” by Ike and Tina Turner
Two words: Tina. Turner.
“Rock Creek Park” by The Blackbyrds
This song feels like summer in the city.
“Brass Monkey” by The Beastie Boys
Reminds me of my first few weeks at Notre Dame; dorm parties, no AC, and dancing my butt off.
“These Boots were Made for Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra
Makes me feel like a 1960s feminist crusader.
“Bonnie & Clyde” by Serge Gainsbourg
Featured on Mad Men this past season. It’s strange, French, and I like it.
“Am I Forgiven” by Rumer
Sarah played this in the office on Tuesday, and I haven’t stopped listening to it. Rumer sounds like Karen Carpenter and makes me feel like I’m living in a Golden Girls marathon. I consider both of these to be good things.
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
I hate myself for loving this song so much, but what are you gonna do? It’s catchy, it’s jaunty, and it makes me feel like wearing Ruby Woo red lipstick.
“Grown Woman” by Beyonce
It’s no secret Beyonce makes music for people to dance to. She’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but as someone who has trouble NOT dancing, her music is the soundtrack to some of my best dance floor moments. When Beyonce comes on, I don’t just move, I perform. EDITOR’S NOTE: This song is too awesome for Spotify.
“Send Me Down” by Haim
These three sisters have voices, really play their instruments, and the bass line of this song travels all the way down my spine and back up again. Can’t stop jamming to it.
“The One That Got Away” by The Civil Wars
This one is hard for me. I’m a big fan of The Civil Wars and their recent citing of “irreconcilable differences” leading to an indefinite hiatus has me all balled up inside. Thank goodness they recorded one more album before the fallout. Not that it’s enough. Joy and John Paul, cut the crap and get the band back together before I’m forced to write fan fiction about you.