Playlist: Pretending Not To Be Sick

This is a picture of my bed, aka a place I am not.

Today, I am sick. I am a disgusting, coughing, sneezing, swollen, vomiting, disease-ridden mess, but I am a hot mess who has final exams to take and a job to work, so here we are. I am learning a lot from this experience, although the most obvious lessons have been “you can get carded for cough syrup” and “make sure you bought the non-drowsy kind if you’re going to take it right before an exam.” Ain’t life a kick in the pants.

That being said, aside from running into every person I’ve ever met in my entire life including The Hottest Barista In The Known Universe, I think I’m doing an ok job at being a real person. I am choosing to attribute this success to listening to upbeat music and regular doses of good old fashioned dextromethorphan. Just pardon me as I drip snot on all of your history notes, I guess.

This started out as a themed playlist, but it turned into a this-is-what-I-feel-like-listening-to-right-now playlist. You can’t get mad at me for it because I’m sick and because I actually like how it turned out.

Fuck you, bronchitis. I have shit to do.

I’m Totally Not Sick, What Are You Even Talking About [on 8tracks]

Fever – Peggy Lee
Cuddle Fuddle – Passion Pit
That’s What’s Up – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The Only Place – Best Coast
So Insane – Discovery
Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
Valerie – Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson
Cat & Mouse – Nikki & Rich
Falling Without Knowing – Tilly & The Wall
Time To Pretend – MGMT
Sprawl of Glass (Arcade Fire vs. Blondie) – The Hood Internet
Better Already – Northern State
Good Day – Jukebox the Ghost
Stay Awake – Julia Nunes
It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful – Slow Club
Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare – Matt & Kim
Why Even Try (RAC Remix) – Theophilus London ft. Sara Quin
Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) – Christina Aguilera
Colors – April Smith and the Great Picture Show
Go Outside – Cults
Floating Vibes – Surfer Blood
Pursuit of Happiness – Lissie
Carry On – Fun.
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction


Oh my g-d, I can’t believe I forgot to put The Cure on this playlist. Oh well. What else did I leave off? What other upbeat songs should I be listening to? Tell me in the comments, kittens.

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Grace Ellis has been writing and making hack-job graphics for Autostraddle since 2011 and is a co-creator and co-writer of the comic book series Lumberjanes. She is mostly an intern in name only. (Mostly.) She lives in Columbus, Ohio because why anything. Also, she wants to write the Black Widow movie and feels like if she just keeps telling people, eventually she will be allowed to do it. She has a Twitter and a Tumblr, both of which are pretty above average.

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  1. You are a saving grace (rimshot) i’m sick too which is why I’m excusing myself for that terrible joke.

  2. Thank you all for participating in my pity party. I am hugging you with my brain.

  3. Intern Grace, if you’re interested there’s a super awesome xylitol nasal spray I got at Whole Foods. One of my voice teachers recommended it to me, and singers basically double as pharmacists, so. It’s called Xlear. It makes my nose feel happy.

  4. Why would you put One Direction on this playlist. WHY. But I would add Float On by Modest Mouse, This Too Shall Pass by OK Go, and F**k You by Cee-Lo Green to this playlist.

      • I am a teenager. I live in the country of their origin. I go to school with teenage girls. I have seen rather more of their hair than I would like.

  5. Better Already – Northern State << haha Im seeing your theme-ing. FEEL BETTER, HAVE A KIT KAT

  6. OMG you have Christina Aguilera’s Come on over! Haha! I love that song albeit too girly but WTH right? LOL
    The post its in your room are nice. Valerie’s a nice song. You have a cool playlist all in all. And oh, good luck on your exams :)

  7. Yay, pity parties. Yay, you’re not dead. Also, I really like this playlist. It’s summer, which means Best Coast and Surfer Blood are applicable in all situations.

  8. I’ve been in the same place as you… for the last two weeks. I’ve also been listening to this nonstop since 8am this morning, Thanks Grace! Feel Better!

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