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. The 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).
I think I’ll start with the new song from Muse – Madness.
Your playlist is in severe need of some ‘theme song from original TMNT TV show’ action!
You are the most helpful monkey on the planet, Monk!
It is such an underrated song and a real pick me up! 😉
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. 🙂
I don’t know who any of those people are.
I’m so old….
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 – 977music.com – Today’s Hits. At least it keeps me from falling too far behind.
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. 🙂
You do that, dear. 😉
Either ‘Lonely Boy’ or ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ by the Black Keys. You’ll get your moves on with those…
Yes! The homegrown boys. 🙂 I’m leaning toward Lonely Boy.
Ha! That guy is fabulous! I often wonder why we find it so fun to watch people dance–whether it’s good or bad dancing; we don’t seem to care. Human beings are funny.
I know! I actually love to watch that guy.
Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique
Bugs Bunny, is that you? Because you look like Tim Dittmer, but your music is Bugs Bunny.
Tim, do you listen to classical music at home? I used to at times, but never think about it these days. This hyper phase I’m in lends itself to hyper music.
I majored in music in another life, but am more prone to rock these days. 😉
I am certainly not surprised to learn you majored in music. 🙂
Ok, this one is a definite. Light Em Up! Fall Out Boy
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!
Just about anything from the Whip It soundtrack will get you moving. Two more and then I’m done. I promise 🙂
Crown of Age – The Ettes
Boys Wanna Be Her – Peaches
Crown of Age would probably have me falling off the bike. That’s a good one for the house-cleaning playlist. 😉 Boys Wanna Be Her is perfect!
Anything by the Ramones, it doesn’t matter which one either 😀
Crikey, Wildcat, that’s some pretty head-bangin’ music right there. I think the Ramones are better suited to my clean-the-house playlist. I’d be jumpin’ around on the back of the bike and cause a wreck! 🙂
It will keep you awake on the pillion seat 😀
LOL! That it will. 🙂
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?!
Oh, I love this song. It is definitely going on my player! Hubby is in love with Rhianna and sings back-up for her. I like her new song, too, but it’s too soft for on the bike.
You mean Stay? I love that, too! I have that track on repeat at work. Hahaha! Anyway, I might suggest more when I get m hands on my playlist. Most of my songs, though, are from the 90s. Y’know, I’m a 90s baby! 🙂
Yes, Stay, and yes, you are! 90s recommendations are good. 🙂
I’ll reply again to this thread with my suggestions, soon! 🙂
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!
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.
Oh yes….Kerosene…perfect! Be safe, friend ♥
I need to update my ipod as well Maddie, so I’m going to cheat and use your list 😉
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. 😉
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… 🙂
Pauline, my mother loved Roger Miller and we grew up with all of his music. She probably played Ray Charles as well, because I know all of his music, too. King of the Road is definitely a loud sing-a-long! 🙂
Thanks for the video it brought back lots of memories. He’s a sexy looking guy isn’t he?
Yes he is. 😉 He sure epitomizes “clean-cut.”
Great description, yes “clean-cut” says it all…
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!
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.)
Hmm…didn’t embed the Caro video. Still a great tune though.
Oooh, I love the Caro Emerald tune! Let me try it.
You know me well enough by now to know that I wasn’t familiar with any of these artists. 😉 Great picks!
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’m so out of the mainstream. I don’t know any of these songs!
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.
Smon and Garfunkle, Peter, :Paula nd Mary, Bob Dylan, Odetta, I’m stuck in the pre electric sixties and you can’t pry me out.
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. 😉
I have Uprising on mine too. 😀 Download “Be Good”! 😉 heheh
& Some Depeche Mode. & The Cure. 😛
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:
That’s true, he is a bit mellow & jazzy – more for a Sunday afternoon. I’m reading you via mobile device right now & sadly when I go to click on the video to view it – it keeps crashing. I’ll have to re-read on my laptop in the morning. Darn contraptions!
Either way, I’m sure you chose a goodie.
Also, search a song by Ladytron called “Ghosts”. Great riding music. (Car, bike, whatever.) 😀
Finally got to view this on my laptop. This is a goodie. One of my favs is one of their older ones. (“Enjoy the Silence”)
I just listened to Enjoy the Silence. That is a great tune!
I had to wait for an advertisement to play first. It was for the song, At Fenway, by Brain Evans. What a great crooner voice he has. I’ll have to look up more by him. 😉
So dreamy. 😀
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 🙂
Alvin & The Chipmunks singing Born To Be Wild… or is that too obvious? : P
Downloading now! 🙂