If our lives were a movie and if that movie had a soundtrack, and if you were, for some reason, watching that movie, the music would start to get really interesting around three o’clock on a Friday afternoon. The beat would play faster, the bass would drop harder. The airwaves would be electric with expectation.
Here, we present to you the official Friday afternoon playlist that will help you greet the weekend the right way. It’s scientifically engineered by our team here at Pivot to get you pumped (side effects include high fives and dancing). But don’t feel like this playlist is limited to just your afternoon. After all, it’s always three o’clock somewhere.
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“Festival” by Sigur Ros
This song is the perfect metaphor for a long work week. The first four-and-a-half minutes are all slow, kind of plodding. Enjoyable, but man. Just make with the Festival already. At 4:26, the bass kicks in and drives the whole song into a celebratory frenzy—imagine kids blowing through the school doors on the last day of school. HUZZAH THE WEEKEND!
“We Came to Dance” by Gaslight Anthem
This song is particularly poignant after that week where you feel like you and your team kicked all the asses and took all the names. It starts out with the line, “We came to sing out a chorus, reinvent the good times and bring it all back home again,” and in the final hook, the singer rails out, “The kids flash like lightning to the very best dancers around. We learned from the very best dancers around. Come take my hand, cause mama, we came to dance,” which might as well be Pivot’s motto.
“Waiting for the 7:18” by Bloc Party
You just need to listen to this song. If you don’t feel your heart leap at the hook, “Let’s drive to Brighton on the weekend,” then you need to check your pulse. There’s a good chance you are no longer of the living.
“Keep on the Sunny Side” by The Carter Family
Just a good reminder to keep on keepin’ on the sunny side.
“Islands In the Stream” by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
There’s no better song when you’re getting ready to sail away.
“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac
The weekend possibilities are infinite.
“White Unicorn” by Wolfmother
If this song rocked any harder, we’d all be dead. The three second drum solo at 4:08 is all I need in my life.
“Once in a Lifetime” by The Talking Heads
Many have tried to talk during a song and make it work. This is the only time it has actually worked. The opposite of this song would be “Rockabye” by Shawn Mullins. It is an abomination.
“I’m Shakin'” by Jack White
A 60’s garage-rock sound with girl group backup vocals, a cartoon gangster’s pronunciation of the word “nervous,” and that specific weirdness only Jack White can bring to a song. I rest my case.
“Ready for the Floor” by Hot Chip
This song is great for dancing and risk taking.
“Relax” by G. Love and the Special Sauce
In college I used to put this song on repeat while walking home from class on Fridays. It would unwind me from a busy week and get me pumped for a fun weekend.
“Saturday Night’s Alright” by Elton John
This song is clearly about Saturday, but it sounds just as good on Friday. Elton John always reminds me of my dad. When my mom was at work on the weekends he used to put records on ridiculously loud, hold my brother and I on either hip, and dance like crazy.
“Friday’s Child” by Nancy Sinatra
Sing it, Nancy. Sing us those three o’clock blues. Put a little weary in our worlds, and sing us all on home.
“Friday On My Mind” by The Easybeats
A peppy beat and some Aussie attitude. That’s my solution to just about any workweek challenge.
“Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure
The official kickoff anthem for every weekend since 1992. Well, untilthis happened in 2011.
“Never Gonna Give You Up” by The Black Keys
I have a deliciously unhealthy obsession with the actor Idris Elba. In the BBC television series, “Luther” he plays the title character, and indeed, the object of my ardent affection. As I completed the final episode of what may be the series finale, this song came on over the credits. Luther is nothing if not the lean in his hurried over-confident walk, and at the end of a productive work day, I leave with a similar stride. This song provides the soundtrack to that badass exit. In my head.
“We’re Almost There” by Michael Jackson
This song is an aching request to a lover to remember where we’re going, remember why we’re here. Sometimes, I get to the end of a day overwhelmed. I have to remember who I am, why I was hired, and what I’ve done before. I push through self-doubt and remind myself that I’m almost there, moments away from another job well done. This song swells up in my chest, lights just enough fire to do it again and again.
“Incessant Noise” by Bells Atlas
This singer’s voice gently runs up, around, and through you. The layering in the song is subtle and lovely. It provides the perfect lilting background to the end of your day. Fast enough to maintain your flow, light enough to propel you toward an end-of-day glass of wine.