Listling Without Commentary: Playlists You Asked Us To Make

Whenever we publish a playlist on Autostraddle we invite everyone to submit their playlist requests to the team. Most requests are fairly standard (working out, studying, breaking up, etc), but then sometimes you weirdos ask for the cutest, funniest, most specific or most random things. I LOVE IT.


Playlists You Asked Us To Make

1. a ‘covering up the sound of sex’ playlist

2. a bad news relationship partner playlist

3. a playlist that captures big, first-love feelings for your best friend

4. a playlist for when she won’t say yes and she won’t say no, so you have to be the one to say no

5. a playlist about bikes

6. a playlist about sparrows

7. a playlist to be hungover to

8. a playlist so my brain doesn’t melt in the library

9. a sexytime playlist that says ‘I listen to cool stuff that makes you want to kiss me’

10. a playlist for doing art

11. a ‘I better clean this apartment before my roommate kills me’ playlist

12. a playlist for nights when it’s just you and you’re not getting any

13. a playlist about being really into this girl, but not ready for ‘i love you, i want you forever’ songs

14. a playlist for getting pumped on rugby game days

15. a playlist for ‘I didn’t know you for long, but now I’m kind of in love with you. Thing is, you graduated and left the country. You never knew how much I liked you’

16. a playlist for when you meet someone who seems so right for you that you feel like karma’s about to punch you in the face

17. a playlist for being in love with a girl who’s most likely straight. I can only listen to so may Jenny Owen Youngs’ songs.

18. an ‘Autostraddle loves Shakira’ playlist

19. a playlist that isn’t about Shakira


Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit me up on Formspring and someone of the team might make it for you.



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    I think every mix CD my gf has made for me has been aiming (and succeeding at) #9. Also #13. I made her a mix CD for Valentine’s Day (after 2 months of dating) and it was DEFINITELY all about #13. Plus random songs that made me think of her… including songs from the 1960s, the 1930s, musicals, and one Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

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    #1 and #7 would be brilliant!

    I feel like I could compile a good #5 playlist
    Freezepop – Bike Thief
    Flobots – Handlebars
    Pink Floyd – Bike
    Kraftwerk – Tour de France

    ..okay it’s a short playlist, but it’s totally possible! There has to be more bike songs out there.

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    I v. nearly once requested a playlist of “music-you-hope-your-lover-doesn’t-listen-to-in-case-you-break-up-horribly-and-can-no-longer-listen-to-said-music-without-thinking-of-them-and-your-acky-breaky-heart,” but then I thought nahhhhh too wordy

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    Stronger – Kanye West
    The Pretender – Foo Fighters
    BOOM – P.O.D
    Remember the name – Fort Minor
    Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
    Drop the world – Little Wayne ft. Eminem
    Attack – 30 seconds from Mars
    Raise a little hell – Trooper (gloriously old school)
    Monster – The Automatic
    Bodies – Drowning Pool
    You’re going down – Sick Puppies
    Killing in the name – Rage against the Machine
    Bulls on parade – Rage against the Machine
    Right here, right now – Fatboy Slim

    Hit ’em low, ladies!

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    My #1 suggestions:

    Teardrop – Massive Attack
    The Suburbs – Mr. Little Jeans
    Settle Down (Brenmar remix) – Kimbra
    Crystalised (The Neon Lights remix) – The xx
    Cowboys (live) – Portishead [or this whole live album, really]

    Alternatively, my ex and I used to blast Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.”

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        We stole the concept from The Awl. They did “listicle without commentary” which is what we called it here at first, but then in October 2010 I was crashing with my friends Taylor and Kelsey and for some reason their disdain for the word “listicle” kept coming up and so I challenged Taylor to come up with an alternative and I think the two of us together came up with listing and then it was so. It happened in the kitchen, I remember it well

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    Knowing that #15 happened to someone else too makes me feel so much better. Also any playlists for that wud be uber depressing. I’m picturing adam sandler in 50 firsts dates sailing on his boat to antarctica listening to the song that girl loved. I beleieve “son of a bitch” is what he called the maker of that cd haha

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    Made an ad hoc short version of 9 (with a little bit of 13?) the other night. Forgive some of the tacky choices sorry everyone.

    françoise hardy – le temps de l’amour
    the black keys – howlin’ for you
    nick waterhouse – indian love call
    gary clark jr. – bright lights
    the jimi hendrix experience – red house
    otis redding – these arms of mine

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