It’s December, which means it’s time to reveal this year’s playlist (aka: mix cd). Like every year, this playlist is a year in review.
Woman Up, Wannabe, and This Is Me is a shout-out to all the amazing women in my life. Thank you for being awesome just the way you are.
My friend Sam introduced me to Cowboy Bebop and the intro credits won me over. Sadly, the original Tank! by The Seatbelts isn’t available for digital purchase so I had to buy a CD and rip it. (The version on the Spotify list is a cover.)
At the beginning of the year I got to see Steve Grand in concert down in Puerto Vallarta, so he had to be on the list for sure. Pink and Norah Jones released new albums so they got a lot (and I mean a lot) of airtime. Yes, there are 4 Pink songs on the list this year — she’s just that amazing. And while Michael Buble’s new album was released in 2018, I didn’t discover it until the beginning of 2019.
From Pink’s 90 Days, which tears me up every time I hear it, I discovered Wrabel’s music. If you’re up for an emotional roller coaster about trans acceptance, watch his music video of The Village. Then feel a little better by telling all the conservatives assholes You Need To Calm Down. Finally, pay homage to the leader of the queer mafia himself: Elton John. His biopic Rocketman reminded me that yes, sometimes that’s really why they call it the blues.
And most importantly: I got married this year! Up’s Married Life seemed like the most perfect way to end the set.
- Tank! – The Seatbelts
- Woman Up – Meghan Trainor
- Wannabe – Spice Girls
- (Hey Why) Miss You Sometimes – Pink
- Hustle – Pink
- This Is Me – Keala Settle
- Wintertime – Norah Jones
- Help Me Make It Through The Night – Michael Buble
- You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift
- Walk Me Home – Pink
- 90 Days – Pink & Wrabel
- Stay – Steve Grand
- Walking – Steve Grand
- 11 Blocks – Wrabel
- The Village – Wrabel
- Easy Like Sunday Morning – Lionel Richie
- That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John
- Your Song (instrumental) – Moulin Rouge Soundtrack, disc 2
- Married Life – Up! Soundtrack
You can listen to the songs on Spotify too (except for track 1 where you get a cover of Tank! and track 16 because Lionel Richie isn’t on Spotify). As always, the order of the songs have been carefully curated. You may not be able to listen to them in order with the Spotify free account.