1. “Conversation 16” by The National
An amazing song off an amazing album, High Violet. There’s really nothing bad I can say about it. Cohesive.
2. “Gettysburg” by Ratatat
While all of their Classics album is great, this song really stands out to me. The beat just feels right.
3. “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys
This song is a great mix of strong guitar with an electric edge. Cool and catchy.
4. “Postcards from Italy” by Beirut
Great instrumentals all around. You don’t tend to hear trumpets and ukuleles in much music these days, so this has a pretty different sound.
5. “Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi cover)” by Barbara
At first, this song doesn’t seem like much. But after a full listen, you really grow to appreciate it. A nice folk cover of Cudi’s song.
6. “Strictly Game” by Harlem Shakes
Upbeat, fun and bright. You’ll be sick of dressing like a human when you’re feeling like a leopard, too.
7. “Bottoms Up” by Kiki Palmer
The audio equivalent of a car wreck. I really wish that I could turn it off, but I just can’t help but listen.
8. “Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest
Yes, you can.
9. “I Want a Love I Can See” by The Temptations
It’s the kind of song your parents probably played when you were a kid. Motown like this has such a feel-good vibe.
10. “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G.
Disregard females, acquire currency. Thank you, Biggie.
11. “Miles Ahead” by Miles Davis
More trumpet. Surprisingly good study music – makes it feel like you’re in a cafe.
12. “Pretty Boy Swag” by Soulja Boy Tell ’em
Soulja Boy’s breathy vocals and way with words really add something to the song … Comedic value? Maybe.
13. “Yr City’s a Sucker” by LCD Soundsystem
Great beat, great lyrics, great sound.