PLAYLIST: 30 prime slices of escapist pop to soundtrack your quarantine party. 6 feet apart, please!
Within my personal friend group, I have gained a bit of a reputation for making playlists. Now, of course, I get to victimize the entire internet with that particular skill. Historically, though, my closest friends have had to bear the weight of my musical list-making.
Last week, one of my friends reached out to me to create a quarantine playlist for her so that she would, as she put it, “Listen to anything other than superhero soundtracks, please, for the love of god”. Although I support listening to superhero soundtracks, I was happy to oblige. There is a non-zero chance that she asked for a playlist just to mercifully give me something to do, but…. that’s a rabbit hole I am not willing to go down.
The thing is, I sort of think the playlist I made for her slaps. It’s 30 songs of modern, escapist pop, ranging from absolute bangers like ‘Tantrum’ by Ashnikko to chill vibes like ‘Too Late’ by Washed Out. In terms of cohesion, it shouldn’t work. On paper, it doesn’t. But in practice, I stand by it. So, I’m sharing it here with the whole world. Because the world needs escapist pop now more than ever, and also because I’m a hopeless narcissist when it comes to my taste in music.
A few songs are specifically quarantine/social isolation themed: ‘claws’ by Charli XCX (who’s quarantine-themed album is out 5/15), ‘I’m Bored’ by Betta Lemme and ‘My House’ by Kitten. But all are great slices of music that run the gamut of modern pop music. I think it’s great. I hope you do too.
So, enjoy this playlist, Social Isolation Disco, below.
Social Isolation Disco TrackList
- Joan of Arc on the Dance Floor – Aly & AJ Non-album single
- Malibu – Kim Petras Non-album single
- Love Again – Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
- La vita nuova – Christine and the Queens feat. Caroline Polachek La vita nuova
- Over Yet – Hayley Williams Petals for Armor
- Super Duper Party People – Allie X Cape God
- Nonbinary – Arca KiCk i
- Gay Street Fighter – Keiynan Lonsdale Non-album single
- Tantrum – Ashnikko Non-album single
- claws – Charli XCX how i’m feeling now
- Damn Daniel – Bree Runway feat. Yung Baby Tate Non-album single
- Shoulda Known Better – Nasty Cherry Non-album single
- If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – The 1975 Notes on a Conditional Form
- I Love Me (Travis Barker Remix) – Demi Lovato Non-album single
- Daydream – The Aces Non-album single
- On the Floor (Initial Talk Remix) – Perfume Genius Non-album single
- No Pude – Lido Pimienta Miss Colombia
- i like the devil – Purity Ring WOMB
- Guilty Conscience – 070 Shake Modus Vivendi
- I’m Bored – Betta Lemme Non-album single
- Sucker for Punishment – Alex Lahey Non-album single
- Ripe – Banoffee feat. CupcakKe Look at us Now, Dad
- Stay Tonight – CHUNG HA Non-album single
- Dare (AM) – Namasenda Non-album single
- Too Late – Washed out Non-album single
- My House – Kitten Non-album single
- Save a Kiss – Jessie Ware Non-album single
- Two Minute Noodles – Aria Wood Non-album single
- Take Yourself Home – Troye Sivan Non-album single
- Chosen Family – Rina Sawayama SAWAYAMA