It’s the summer and I like 1990s/2000s dance pop-type music. Help me convince my friends.

Well, okay, so not all of the music I like is somber, after all.

01. Richard X - “Being Nobody” (X-Factor, Vol. 1)
02. Amerie - “1 Thing” (Touch)
03. Sugababes - “Freak Like Me” (Angels With Dirty Faces)
04. Sissy Wish - “DWTS” (Beauties Never Die)
05. Annie - “Chewing Gum” (Anniemal)
06. Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground” (Sound of the Underground)
07. Robyn - “Who’s That Girl?” (Robyn)
08. Kleerup - “Until We Bleed (feat. Lykke Li)” (Kleerup)
09. Soulwax - “Krack” (Nite Versions)
10. Justin Timberlake - “FutureSex/LoveSound” (FutureSex/LoveSounds)
11. Junior Senior - “Move Your Feet” (D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop the Beat)

I cheated on my boyfriend with his best friend, who is also my best friend’s ex. I feel terrible, but it was hot. Songs to revel in my simultaneous misery, regret, and guilty pleasure. Forreal: Songs About Cheating.

So, it turns out that most of the songs I know about cheating are doo-wop-type songs. and usually they’re from the perspective of the person who got cheated on. But who cares? Getcha some more steamy cheatin’ sex:

01. Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans - “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?” (Back To Mono)
02. The Beatles - “You Can’t Do That” (A Hard Day’s Night)
03. The Crystals - “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)” (Back to Mono)
04. Bobby Bland - “How Does A Cheatin’ Woman Feel” (Two Steps from the Blues)
05. Dolly Parton - “Jolene” (Jolene)
06. Millie Jackson - “It’s All Over But the Shouting” (Caught Up)
07. Barbara Mason - “Sad Sad Girl” (Yes, I’m Ready)
08. Little Brother - “Cheatin’” (The Minstrel Show)
09. Marine Girls - “Don’t Come Back” (Lazy Ways)
10. Girls - “Heartbreaker” (Broken Dreams Club [EP])
11. Love Is All - “Make Out Fall Out Make Up” (Nine Times That Same Song)
12. Unnatural Helpers - “She Was Your Girlfriend” (Cracked Love & Other Drugs)
13. Reatards - “You Fucked Up My Dreams” (Teenage Hate)
14. Richard Hell & The Vovoids - “Betrayal Takes Two” (Blank Generation)
15.Life Without Buildings - “The Leanover” (Any Other City)
16. Ryan Adams - “Come Pick Me Up” (Heartbreaker)
17. Destroyer - “Loves of a Gnostic” (City of Daughters)
18. Dirty Beaches - “True Blue” (Badlands)

I am so lonely. I’m surrounded by people that supposedly care about me but feel sucked into an isolated, black hole of misery.

01. Mütiilation - “Travels to Sadness, Hate & Depression” (Remains Of A Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul)
02. Bèlkètre - “Night of Sadness” (March to the Black Holocaust)
03. Xasthur - “The Prison of Mirrors” (Subliminal Genocide)
04. Aäkon Këetreh - “Untitled 6” (Dans la Forêt…)
05. Wyrd Visions - “Freezing Moon” (Half-Eaten Guitar)
06. Of - “Human Absence” (The Awful Cloud)
07. Erik K. Skodvin - “Vanished” (Flare)
08. Darkspace - “2.10” (Darkspace II)
09. Colin Stetson - “The End of Your Suffering” (Those Who Didn’t Run)
10. Deathprod - “Cloudchamber” (Morals & Dogma)

Losing my virginity

01. Bette Middler - “The Rose”
02. Celine Dion - “My Heart Will Go On”
03. Sinead O’Connor - “Nothing Compares 2 U”
04. Foreigner - “I Want To Know What Love Is”
05. Rod Stewart - “Tonight’s The Night”
06. Marvin Gaye - “Let’s Get It On”
07. Merzbow - “Rainbow Electronics”

My girlfriend’s in rehab for a year, my best friend is moving to Memphis, and my car broke down: Songs To Remind Myself Life’s Not Total Shit.

01. Elliott Smith - “Say Yes” (Either/Or)
02. Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones - “Life is Better” (The Renaissance)
03. The Five Stairsteps - “Ooh Child” (Crooklyn: Vol. 1)
04. Jimi Hendrix - “Bold as Love” (Axis: Bold as Love)
05. Modest Mouse - “Float On” (Good News for People Who Love Bad News)
06. Amos Lee - “Sweet Pea” (Supply and Demand)
07. Chaka Khan and Rufus - “Tell Me Something Good” (Pure Funk)
08. Big Star - “Thirteen” (#1 Record)
09. Paul Simon - “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” (Paul Simon)
10. Paul McCartney - “That Would Be Something’ (McCartney)
11. Marvin Gaye - “Pride and Joy” (That Stubborn Kinda Fellow)
12. Stevie Wonder - “As” (Songs in the Key of Life)

New Orleans Is Giving Me the Blues

Side A “Walkin’”:

01. Fats Domino - “Walking to New Orleans” (This Is…1960)
02. Billy Holiday - “Gloomy Sunday” (Best of Eternal Billie)
03. Miles Davis - “Round Midnight” (‘Round About Midnight)
04. Tom McDermott, Lucia Micarelli - “New Orleans Blues” (Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season One)
05. Rancid - “New Orleans Acoustic” (Let the Dominoes Fall)
06. Rebirth Brass Band - “I Feel Like Funkin’ It Up” (Welcome to New Orleans)

Side B “Gabbin’”:

01. Big Maybelle - “Gabbin’ Blues (Don’t Run My Business)” (The Complete Okeh Sessions 1951 - 1955)
02. Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis - “Good Mornin’ Judge” (Good Mornin’ Judge)
03. R.L. Burnside - “It’s Bad You Know” (Come On In)
04. Chris Whitley - “Twelve Thousand Miles” (Dislocation Blues)
05. Honeyboy Edwards - “I Was In New Orleans Last Night” (Roamin’ and Ramblin’)
06. Over The Rhine - “Jesus in New Orleans” (Ohio)

You’re my Australian Lova, and I miss you

01. Rowland S. Howard - “Dead Radio” (Teenage Snuff Film)
02. Paul Kelly - “Before Too Long” (Gossip)
03. The Sleepy Jackson - “Good Dancers” (Lovers)
04. The Triffids - “Bury Me Deep in Love” (Calenture)
05. Nick Cave - “Straight to You” (Henry’s Dream)
06. The Go-Betweens - “Dive for your Memory” (16 Lover’s Lane)
07. Dirty Three - “Sue’s Last Ride” (Horse Stories)
08. The Drones - “Cold & Sober” (Havilah)
09. iOTA - “Come Back for Me” (Beauty Queen of the Sea)
10. Crowded House - “Don’t Dream it’s Over” (Crowded House)
11. Oren Ambarchi - “Salt” (Audience of One)
12. Tom Waits - “Tom Traubert’s Blues [Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen]” (Small Change)

Great songs on good albums that I may have missed

You can’t really put Down (The Jesus Lizard) in the same category of “good” as Love and Curses (Reigning Sound) or Foolish (Superchunk), but these are all standout tracks that completely shit all over their album’s siblings.

01. The Jesus Lizard - “Thumbscrews” (Down)
02. Xinlisupreme - “Murder License” (Murder License)
03. A Place To Bury Strangers - “Don’t Think Lover” (A Place to Bury Strangers)
04. U.S. Maple - “Open A Rose” (Acre Thrills)
05. The Warmers - “Poked It With A Stick” (The Warmers)
06. Silkworm - “Insomnia” (It’ll Be Cool)
07. Lost Sounds - “Bombs Over M.O.M.” (Lost Sounds)
08. Reigning Sound - “Broken Things” (Love and Curses)
09. Superchunk - “Like A Fool” (Foolish)
10. The Sandwitches - “Summer of Love” (Mrs. Jone’s Cookies)
11. Xiu Xiu - “Buzz Saw” (The Air Force)

I’m starting my new life in the big city. I need songs that will give it profound meaning.

01. Bob Dylan - “Hard Times in New York Town” (The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964)
02. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - “I Don’t Want To Go Home” (Havin’ A Party With Southside Johnny)
03. Alexander - “We’re All On This Ship Together” (Global Blending)
04. Mark Keali’li Ho’omalu/Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus - “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” (Lilo and Stitch Original Soundtrack)
05. Electric Light Orchestra - “Calling America” (Balance of Power)
06. Bobby Darin - “Dream Lover” (Bobby Darin Best Of)
07. Francoise Hardy - “Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles” (Tous les garcons et les filles)
08. The Rolling Stones - “Dancing In The Light” (Exile on Main Street)
09. Old Crow Medicine Show - “Cocaine Habit” (Big Iron World)
10. Lou Monte - “Lazy Mary” (Lou Monte Sing for You)
11. Dean Martin - “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” (At The Movies)
12. The Kinks - “Strangers” (Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One)
13. Funkadelic - “Can You Get To That” (Maggot Brain)
14. Van Morrison - “Glad Tidings” (Moondance)

My Girlfriend Is Out of Town for the Summer

I’m not sure if you’re sad about this or elated.

Side A - Sad:
01. Smashing Pumpkins - “Tonight, Tonight” (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
02. The Only Ones - “The Whole of the Law” (The Only Ones)
03. The Beach Boys - “All I Wanna Do” (Sunflower)
04. The Kills - “Last Day of Magic” (Midnight Boom)
05. Animal Collective - “Bluish” (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
06. The xx - “Basic Space” (xx)

Side B - Elated:
01. Mean Jeans - “Born on a Saturday Night” (Are You Serious?)
02. Sleigh Bells - “Riot Rhythm” (Treats)
03. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Date With the Night” (Fever To Tell)
04. The Sonics - “Skinny Minnie” (Boom)
05. Black Lips - “Bad Kids” (Good Bad Not Evil)
06. Mean Jeans - “Don’t Stop Partying” (On Mars)


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