I’ve thought about this guest list all year. When I would hear a new song I’d think to myself – is this guest list worthy? My criteria are simple: each of the songs on this list has gotten stuck in my head at some point this year, resulting in me playing them obsessively on repeat. I tend to focus on the lyrics of songs, and the more clever or unusual the lyrics the more likely the song is to pique my interest. Also, I can’t pass up a good dance tune.
(1) Phoebe Ryan - "Mine"
I discovered this song in early 2015 and it has traveled with me throughout the year. I added it to my snowboarding playlist in March when my husband Jared and I went out to Park City, UT. It was a go-to on my “Not Quite Dance Songs” playlist. I sang it in the shower and on my rides to work -- and I still like it. So, it gets the top slot.
(2) Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - "Sunday Candy"
Aaron posted a music video of this song on Facebook at the beginning of the summer and I was instantly hooked. It became a project song for me, meaning I played each verse over and over in the car until I could sing along with every lyric. I still get frustrated if I mess up a line, which forces me to start the song over so I can get it right. How can you not like this song? It’s about the guy’s grandma! Also, the line “You smell like light, gas, water, electricity, rent, “ is gold.
(3) Deluka - "Black Magic"
I’m not sure this is actually my third favorite song of the year, but it fits in nicely in the flow of the playlist. It’s sassy and has a good beat.
(4) DNCE - "Cake by the Ocean"
I have no idea what this song means but it is my latest binge-listen.
(5) Sjowgren - "Seventeen"
This is a sneaky addictive song. I think I heard it ten times before it really sunk in how cool and catchy it is. This song gave me all of its love and all that I need. (Ha! It’s a lyric…you’ll see).
(6) Priory - "Weekend"
I feel like songs that have the word “weekend” in them start a leg up from other songs. I hope this becomes your latest Friday afternoon, heading home after a long week anthem.
(7) Pell - "Queso"
It’s a catchy dance song with some substance to the lyrics; my cup of tea. Favorite line: “At least you’re not a cigarette, that’s what I tell myself; Addicted to, your confidence…”
(8) Jon Bellion - "All Time Low"
“I was the knight in shining armor in your movie;
Put your lips on mine and love the after taste;
Now, I am a ghost, I call your name, you look right through me;
You’re the reason I’m alone and masturbate.”
I like this song because it’s funny.
(9) Selena Gomez - "Good for You"
Oh Selena Gomez, this is not your first time on my guest list. I don’t care that you are dressing a little more skanky these days. I think you are adorable and I like so many of your happy, poppy songs.
(10) Lola Marsh - "You’re Mine"
A dreamy, Sunday morning song.
(11) Kat Dahlia - "I Think I’m in Love"
I rebelled against this song at first but found myself humming it around the house. Eventually it won me over with its quirkiness.
(12) Shakey Graves and Esme Patterson - "Dearly Departed"
I’ve been kinda into ghosts this year. My reality TV show guilty pleasure these days is The Haunting of … where they take the subjects of Celebrity Ghost Stories to the place of the haunting with Kim Russo, a psychic medium, to find answers about their paranormal experiences. This song is an extension of that… Listen at your own risk.
(13) Little Mix - "Hair"
Feel free to dance around the house to this one. I’m totally with you in spirit.
(14) Icona Pop - "Emergency"
I think my love for “I Love It!” has influenced this pick. Nonetheless, it stands on its own as a solid dance party song.
(15) Josh Ritter - "Getting Ready to Get Down"
I don’t have a true country song on my list this year. Here’s the closest you’ll get from me country fans.
(16) Marian Hill - "One Time"
My favorite radio station is playing this song with reckless abandon right now. I’m a convert.
(17) Lunchmoney Lewis - "Bills"
Try not to smile while listening to this song. Impossible!
(18) Demi Lovato - "Stars"
We really don’t need the light, cuz’ we’re stars tonight.
(19) Lord Huron - "Fool For Love"
I really hate the musical intro of this song. I would regularly skip it on my playlist until I realized that if I just made it through the first few boring, generic seconds I would be rewarded with a great toe-tapping song.
(20) FLETCHER - "War Paint"
Although I am confused by the combination of the tribal beat/chanting, lyrics about castles, and the album image of a girl in a poncho, it’s an enjoyable little tune.
(21) Halsey - "New Americana"
I like this song despite Aaron’s critique that it is just a list of random things.
(22) Travie McCoy and Sia - "Golden"
Jared is a Celtics fan and when Rajon Rondo was at his prime on that team, I had a celebrity crush on him. However, whenever he would talk on camera, a little bit of the crush diminished. So, I pretended Rondo’s voice sounded more like Travie McCoy’s voice and all was solved. Now, Rondo has moved to MY basketball team, the Sacramento Kings AND Travie McCoy has a new song with Sia all in the same year – coincidence???
(23) The Wind and The Wave - "Ignition Remix"
It’s been the year of Ignition remixes – but this one’s my favorite.
(24) Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - "S.O.B."
I’m pregnant and haven’t had a drink since August 1st. The chorus, “Son of a bitch, give me a drink!” resonates.