Help Me Pick My Summer Music

We’ve had a couple of days in the 70s. Warm weather is on the way.

This is our motorcycle that I keep talking about.  It isn’t pink, and it isn’t pretty right now. It’s presently torn apart in my mother’s garage. ImageThe seats are off, the covers are off, and I listen patiently as Rich tells me about nuts and bolts and pulleys and something about the alternator, but I daydream about blogging or chocolate while nodding my head and pretending to listen, so I really don’t know what he’s doing.

But I do know it’s almost time to hit the open road, and it’s definitely time to update my mp3 player.

I like to listen to loud music on the bike. Not just volume loud, but upbeat and make me happy loud. No heavy metal though, because I’m not going to bang my head on Rich’s back. I like music that makes me feel good with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair.

So today I’m asking for song recommendations to add to my mp3 player for the upcoming year. To give you a better idea of what I like, here are some of the songs on my player right now:

American Boy by Estelle
Blackout by Breathe Carolina
Club Can’t Handle Me by Flo Rida
Dangerous by Kardinal Offishall
Daylight by Kelly Rowland
DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love by Usher
Dynamite by Taio Cruz
Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
Give It To Me by Timbaland
Hey Baby by Pitbull
How We Do by Rita Ora
Memories by David Guetta
Rocketeer by Far East Movement
Secrets by One Republic
Shake That by Eminem
Shattered by O.A.R.
So Good by B.o.B.
Uprising by Muse
Wild Ones by Flo Rida

As you can see, it’s been a while since I’ve updated my pink mp3 player. (I also have a black mp3 player. It’s full of softer sounds from Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Frank Sinatra, James Last, Bob Dylan, Sting, Harry Connick, Jr.,  etc., but none of that works on the motorcycle.)

Now it’s your turn. What do you think would fit in with the songs I already have? Feel free to link to a YouTube video, so I can see/hear your recommendation(s).


72 thoughts on “Help Me Pick My Summer Music

  1. Dog Days Are Over by Florence & the Machine
    I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
    Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John
    Raise Your Glass by Pink
    Me and Julio down by the School Yard by Paul Simon
    I Gotta Feeling by the Black-Eyed Peas

    Just some suggestions. 🙂

    • All good music, Juliann! I have music by some of these artists on my player. I like Young Folks, but I wouldn’t be able to hear it on the bike. Even with my player turned up all the way, the road noise would drown it out. I like Pink and can’t believe I don’t have anything from her. I’ll fix that. 🙂

    • Hook, I probably wouldn’t know any music if Rich and I didn’t at least listen to current hits when we play Nintendo. When I wrote my last book, I was listening to 50s-60’s oldies. I usually listen to internet music – – Today’s Hits. At least it keeps me from falling too far behind.

  2. Now I’m going to have to look up some rockin’ music for you! It’s been forever since I updated my ipod. I’m going to have to get to it and send some ideas your way. 🙂

  3. Maddie – What a great idea! Here ya go lady~! Have a great weekend.
    Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That
    Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – We Speak No Americano
    Love Today – MIKA
    Know How – Young MC
    Pot Kettle Black – Tilly and The Wall

    • Thank you, Honie! Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – what a hoot! I got sucked into their press release where they were recalling that tune because it was no longer fresh. Too funny. 🙂 All good choices, I really like Pot Kettle Black for the bike. Thanks!

  4. I love your playlist, Ms Maddie! I might as well add ’em to my workout playlist! Speaking of workout, I listen to most upbeat tracks by Rihanna, and my ultimate picker-upper is Where Have You Been?!

  5. my tastes are a bit different . . . I don’t have a lot to contribute.

    . . . well, maybe one . . .
    Kavinsky – Nightcall

    It’s more car than motorbike, but . . . how about this one from my youth . . .
    Against the Wind – Bob Seger

    or even this:

    Roll Me Away – Bob Seger

    but perhaps this is more in step with the times . . .

    Detroit Mix FPV

    Although that does not feel like motorcycle music; just music I like.

    OK, here’s my suggestion . . .

    Wild Theme Cover-Mark Knopfler Local Hero Original Acoustic Version

    . . . I can just feel the wind rushing through where my hair used to be!!

    BTW . . . you could, while waiting for the bike, watch both Local Hero and Joe Versus the Volcano.

    Oh, oh . . . the perfect motorcycle song!!! This one . . .

    Heading Down Ute Pass

    • Hey, Emilio! I think you like the song, True Faith, and it’s a good suggestion. 😉 Very 80s. Rich and I listen to 80’s music all the time. We like all music. If I didn’t know better, I would have guessed Nowhere Fast to be a Meatloaf song – except the lead singer is a girl.

      I’ve seen Joe vs the Volcano, but thanks for the recommendation on Local Hero. That looks good!

      • I only like one New Order song (that I know of – I might not heard them all), and that is it (in my youtube playlist).

        Nowhere Fast is not sung by that girl (who is, BTW, a young Diane Lane in her first major role). It’s actually an ensemble group called Fire, Inc. who did a number of the tracks for that and other movies.

        Local Hero was responsible for me looking at life a different way . . . a way I still hold. Not that the movie overtly presents an actual philosophy, but it made me think about things and realize a few things (so did Joe versus the Volcano).

        Here is one more I meant to add to the list . . . (get past the intro for the actual song).

        But, and I must stress I don’t ride a motorcycle, if I were to imagine myself going down the road, winged insects smacking me in the face, I would want to hear the following . . . (480p suggested)

        . . . ah . . . to once again ride my trusty Suburban!

        • (A Maddie edit here. I edited your first comment. If I delete it, the thread will fall apart. So, I simply put the songs in, and they can be seen here. A little editing here, too. No one will no what in the world happened. :-))

          Nowhere Fast and The Heavy were shared correctly, but the last one is supposed to be this one:

          • I think we’re all good now, Emilio. 🙂 Your last three are softer songs, and for some reason, they really drown out on the motorcycle with the wind and road noise. I remember your drive down Ute Pass when you posted it on your blog. I really like that. The one song from your list that I will definitely be putting on my player – Clocks from Coldplay. Perfect!

  6. Diana Ross ~ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
    And then plz throw in some country! Miranda Lambert ~ You Can’t Go Home Again
    Trisha Yearwood ~ The Dreaming Fields
    Garth Brooks ~Wolves
    Tony Bennett ~ The Good Life
    Glenn Miller ~ String of Pearls
    I could go on forever!!!! Have fun, girl! Hope all is well! ♥

    • Oh, Paula! I love all this music you listed. I listen to it at home, but there’s something about the motorcycle, and I want to listen to loud music with a heavier beat. I’ve tried all types of music on the bike, but it’s this louder, raucous music that suits running wild down the highway behind my man who is too sexy for his shirt!! 😉

      Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Miranda Lambert would all be great on the bike.

    • You go right ahead, Dianne. I do admit to downloading “clean” versions when I buy some of these artists. It can be jarring to be enjoying the Amish countryside when suddenly a slew of F-words pop into my ears. 😉

      • I love your list, Maddie (and totally agree with the language thing). I’m a big fan of David Gray but most of his music is on the quiet side and sometimes I need something a little more ‘rock’ and inspiring when I’m sanding or working feverishly in the RUC. 😉

  7. 2 of my all time favourite roady songs are
    King of the Road by Roger Miller
    Hit the road Jack by Ray Charles
    They have to be sung along with as loud as you can and with the window down. But of course you won’t have any windows to open just the wind in your hair… 🙂

  8. Ooh, interesting question! I wish I had lots more time to give this some proper thought!

    What about ‘My Sharona’ because that’s a classic and nice for this context, I think. Cheap Trick’s ‘Want you to Want Me’. Stuff by Pink, she can be pretty kick ass, lots of good stuff on the ‘Funhouse’ album. Barenaked Ladies are good as well, fun and with great lyrics, usually a good laugh.

    Not sure if any of these would appeal.

    If it was me, I’d also enjoy some Queens of the Stone Age, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down, Fun Lovin’ Criminals… but they might not be up your street.

    This sounds like a LOT of fun! 🙂

    • I had the album (yes the album – played it with a needle) from The Knack. I loved My Sharona. 🙂

      Ha! I didn’t realize One Week was by the Barenaked Ladies. Most of the artists you mentioned are up my street on the motorcycle. I like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and who doesn’t love Freddie Mercury? I didn’t know Fun Lovin’ Criminals but got a kick out of Scooby Snacks. Thanks, Kate!

  9. Wow, you’ve got quite a list building here.
    Here’s 3 I can’t get enough of lately:
    Vintage Trouble – Blues Hand Me Down
    Caro Emerald – Back It Up
    and Gossip – Standing In The Way of Control
    (Just be careful you don’t start blowing past speed limits while listening.)

  10. Themed:
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

    Booker T – Behind The Mule

    DJ Champion – Keep on Ridin’

    Spiderbait – Ghost Riders in the Sky

    Teddybears Sthlm;Mad Cobra – Cobrastyle

    • Yahooey! You are firing on all cylinders today. I was a little nervous when looking up your songs, but I like all of them! Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – great sound. Booker T. and Neil Young – perfect! Ghost Riders in the Sky made me laugh. My mother had the original on a 78rpm record, and we made her play it over and over and over again when we were kids. Mad Cobra won’t play here, but I found it on another site, and I like it, too. I think all of these interspersed between my other songs will work! Thank you for taking the time to add to my list! 🙂

      • My pleasure. Thanks to your post, I have been listening to upbeat music for the last couple hours. I now have to slow it down if I want to sleep tonight. 🙂

    • I would still be stuck in the 80’s if if hadn’t been for having our son here at home until last year. Although Rich and I enjoy listening to what’s popular now when we sit down to play some Nintendo.

    • No need to pry you out, Mary. 🙂 I really did listen to 50’s and 60’s music when I wrote my last book. I love Bob Dylan, and I have an Art Garfunkel tune on my “softer” mp3 player that I listen to every night. My mother was always playing records when we were growing up, and she played all types of music. I don’t think there is anything really that I don’t like – although some of it is in moderation and cleaned up. 😉

    • Whenever you see a hit to your blog, followed by a click on “Be Good,” that is me. I’ve been by your blog more than a few times to play the song. I even had Rich come over to my computer to listen to it. 🙂 However, I did buy it a few minutes ago, and it is now on my mp3 player with the softer songs. I would never be able to hear Gregory on the bike.

      Thanks for the suggestions. I’m familiar with The Cure but had never heard of Depeche Mode. I listened to a few songs, and I like this one:

  11. Alright, you’ve got the Queen of Music in attendance (didn’t know I wasn’t only the Diplomat of Antarctica did you?). So I’m going to spoon feed you everything I’m currently obsessed with.

    Lana Del Rey – Born to Die (Paradise Edition) <– the album with extras
    I think you'd love her because she is poppy, dancey and has this beautiful classic voice.

    "Off to the Races" – Lana Del Rey

    "Million Dollar Man" – Lana Del Rey

    Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
    Lykke Li – Youth Novel
    Both amazing albums.

    "Get Some" – Lykke Li

    "Dance Dance Dance" – Lykke Li

    "If I Had A Heart" – Fever Ray

    Looooove that it's the theme to the new show 'Vikings.' I've always loved this song beyond words.

    "Freedom" – Anthony Hamilton + Elayna Boynton

    OBSESSED with this song. It can stay on repeat. I love Elayna's beautifully smokey voice. I can't wait for her whole album to come out.

    "Heaven" – Depeche Mode

    "Now's the Only Time I Know" – Fever Ray

    "Get the Girl Back" – Hanson

    "Up In the Air" – 30 Seconds to Mars

    More suggestions if you want 🙂

    • Kris! Thank you for taking the time to add these. There are definitely some songs here I would put on my mp3 player. I still have Up In the Air playing – that’s perfect. I love Lana Del Rey’s voice, and Freedom is really good. I’ll have to listen to each one in its entirety when I’m ready to buy, but I like your list!!

      • No problem ❤ did it during a break in the awful job application haul. I'm very picky when it comes to music + like to think my taste is good, tho my mum says I listen to some really weird stuff. She might be referring to my goth roots music. I love the new Depeche Mode album. Huge fan of The Cure 🙂

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