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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Women are suckers for a well thought-out playlist. Whether you’re looking for some background music to play while we’re at your place, trying to DJ your making-her-dinner date or just cruising in your car, there are some sure fire winners you should add into rotation.

These thoughtful little ditties are part soul-baring, part love-professing, but all couched entirely in girl-loving goodness. This is the beginning of an ongoing feature, kicked off by my own favorites, but open to suggestions from my fellow females. Hit it, maestro.

  • “Shelter” – Ray LaMontagne
  • “I Was Made For You” – Rivers Cuomo
  • “Twenty Years” – Augustana
  • “First Day Of My Life” – Bright Eyes
  • “The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind” – Griffin House
  • “You Make It Real” – James Morrison
  • “Arms of a Woman” – Amos Lee
  • “Angel” – Jack Johnson
  • “Won’t Back Down” – Mat Kearney
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – Stereophonics
  • “Say Yes” – Elliott Smith
  • “Love Will Come Through” – Travis
  • “Question” – Old 97s
  • “Happy Ever After In Your Eyes” – Ben Harper
  • “Can’get You Off My Mind” – Lenny Kravitz
     And if that still isn’t enough to win her over:

  • “Longing To Belong” – Eddie Vedder
  • “Lovely Tonight” – Joshua Radin (or anything by him, really)
  • “The Trapeze Swinger” – Iron & Wine
  • “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” – Death Cab For Cutie (cue up anything from Transatlanticism and you’re golden)
  • “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” – Even though it’s a Dylan song, something about the Brett Dennen and Ted Lennon version is just…sweeter. Almost makes you forget it’s actually about breaking up. No matter, still woos.
  • “No One’s Gonna Love You” – Band Of Horses
  • “First In Line” – Matthew Mayfield
  • “Atlas Hands” – Benjamin Francis Leftwich

And the granddaddy of all swoon-worthy tunes, “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. If you play that song for her and she doesn’t melt, check her pulse. Or you could just go the conventional route and throw on an entire Radiohead album, that ought to do the trick.

Of course a lot of these songs may make anyone without ovaries gag, but they’re not for you – they’re for you to win us over. Never underestimate the power of music to put us in the mood, men. Hey, it worked for John Cusack, right?iWINGMAN

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