Playlist: Bunk Bed Listening Party

I have mixed feelings about bunk beds. “Oh that’s so interesting, tell me more!” you say. Okay, sure. I hate sleeping in bunk beds and refuse to do so; I’ll happily take a hard floor over any kind of bunk situation, no matter how fancy it is or how many people assure me that I won’t go crashing down to the ground.

Despite not being down with a bunk bed’s intended purpose, I’m thankful that they exist because there are just so many other activities that bunks are totally perfect for. Examples include: hanging out, having feelings, making out, reading, writing, thinking, sketching, studying, eating popcorn, playing card games, and listening to music. Above all else, listening to music. There’s just something about that shaky wooden frame and stupid vinyl mattress that makes a bunk bed the ideal place to put on headphones and peace out for a while.

So there was this moment at the recent A-Camp when I found myself completely overwhelmed, and my #1 feeling was, ‘I just wanna go find [camper] Katie and see if she wants to hang out in a bunk bed and listen to some Holly Miranda’. See, Katie had a bunk bed, similar taste in music and a calming presence, all of which felt essential to the level of chill-outedness that I wanted to achieve.

In an anticlimactic ending to this tale, I wasn’t able to find Katie. However we did make a rain-check and, because the next A-Camp is eight long months away, we put together this playlist for a virtual bunk bed listening session. You should join us.

Music for Bunk Beds


Corner – Allie Moss
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Audience – Cold War Kids
Down – Something Corporate
Purple Sneakers – You Am I
One Crowded Hour – Augie March
No One’s Gonna Love You – Band Of Horses
Don’t Fight It – The Panics
Out Of Gas – Modest Mouse
Fall Asleep – Steel Train
They Bring Me To You – Joshua Radin
Birds of Summer – A Fine Frenzy
The Same Tattoos – Fences
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
Sleep on Fire – Holly Miranda

Bunk Bed Listening Party from Autostraddle on 8tracks Radio.

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  1. Excellent Crystal! So many great songs on this one.

    I like bunk beds, but I only will sleep on the bottom. lol. My brother and I shared a room when we were little and that’s how we slept for five or six years and this really brings back memories. :)

  2. Bunk beds are scarey! I used to roll out of bed a lot when I was little, so the top was not a safe choice. And I was afraid that the top would callapse on the bottom leaving me to be trapped and suffocate (that’s right, suffocate, not be squished)! I clearly have rational fears. lol

    but this is a fantastic playlist, perfect for how relaxed I’m feeling today.

  3. On my sisters last day intown, I had her and six of our friends with us assemble my red metal bunkbed.
    Since then I’ve been blessed with the opportunitty to stash many unfolded laundry piles up above my sleeping quarters.
    A pack rats dream

  4. I have so many positive feelings about this playlist (Allie Moss and Avett Brothers and Joshua Radin all in one thingamabob, what?), but I have even more positive feelings about bunk beds!

    Here are some of them:
    Sleepovers and summer camp and blanket forts where your brothers definitely couldn’t bother you if you tucked the blanket under the bottom mattress.

    I wish it was ok for an almost-grown-up-person to have bunk beds in her almost-grown-up-house.

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