Maybe it’s because I’ve been traveling a bit lately (and still not done), or maybe I just feel the need to unload some tracks on all of you. Either way, the dramatic swing between time spent behaving badly and the quiet lull of airport downtime has caused an interesting playlist to emerge. So, in honor of the long weekend, here’s a list of solid songs I’ve had in heavy rotation, for your President’s Day enjoyment. If you listen closely enough you can almost chart the course of my weekend’s antics.


And just to ensure you that this is Wingman relevant, you can play this on long drives with your girl sitting shotgun. She will most likely approve…at least I think so.

“Keep You Right” – Blind Pilot

“Cough Syrup” – Young the Giant

“Into The Fire” – Thirteen Senses

“If You Run” – Boxer Rebellion

“No Surprises” – Radiohead

“Love Interruption” – Jack White

“Bright Lights” – Gary Clark, Jr.

“The OtherSide” – The Roots

“Little Black Submarines” – The Black Keys

“Bad Girls” – M.I.A.

“Can’t Let Go” – Lucinda Williams

“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys

“Under Cover of Darkness” – The Strokes

“We Are Young” – Fun. feat. Janelle Monae

“For You and Your Denial (acoustic version)” – Yellowcard

“Whatever (Folk Song in C)” – Elliott Smith

“The Colored Night” – Blind Pilot

“Check the Rhime” – A Tribe Called Quest

“Hey Jude” – The Beatles

“New York” – Blind Pilot

“Bring It On Home To Me” – Sam Cooke

And there you have it: my entirely schizophrenic playlist as of late. Do with it what you will, but it has served me well thus far. I hope it does the same for you.iWINGMAN



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Oh come on, you didn’t think I’d pass up an opportunity to make a festive, holiday-themed version of my last play list, did you? I realize that these songs are pretty Christmas-specific, but sorry Sandler, the Hanukkah Song may be funny but it isn’t exactly swoon-worthy. Try these tunes in front of a crackling fireplace, and you may just get more than what was on your list this year.

  • “Welcome Home” – My Morning Jacket (from their iTunes session)
  • “Merry Christmas” – Bryan Adams
  • “In the Morning” – Jack Johnson
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Death Cab For Cutie, or Springsteen’s version if you prefer it, and similarly…
  • “Please Come Home For Christmas” – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  • Michael Buble’s entire holiday album, but specifically “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”
  • “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” – Weezer
  • The Killers’ entire Christmas EP, but specifically “Don’t Shoot Me Santa,” “Cowboys Christmas Ball” and “Happy Birthday Guadalupe”
  • “Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24″ – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • “Christmas in Hollis” – Run DMC (um, or maybe that one’s just this girl’s favorite…)
Then if you’re in the mood for a little throw back holiday music, perhaps you should try these on for size:

  • “Let It Snow” – Dean Martin
  • “Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley
  • “Someday at Christmas” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – of all the versions out there, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s is the best, no question
  • “The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole
  • “Run Rudolph Run” – Chuck Berry
  • “Christmas for Cowboys” – John Denver
  • “Jingle Bells” – Frank Sinatra

If you must know the holiday song that every single girl loves, I have to admit that sadly it’s Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” That said, even though she may bop around to this chick crowd pleaser, she’ll also question your sexuality if it’s on your iPod.

Everyone has their own favorites, but these are a few from the female vault. Just as long as you don’t bust out any Hanson “Snowed In” album tracks or Bieber-related Mistletoe tunes, you should be fine. Keep warm boys, cuddle up with the one you love, and may Santa bring you someone special this year.iWINGMAN

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