Playlist: Walking To Target Like A Mother-Effing Champ

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At least once a week for the last four years or so, I’ve thrown on my backpack and hiked a mile and a half to Target, a distance where asking a friend for a ride seems like a waste and a bus is more trouble than it’s worth. It’s not a bad walk, to be honest, especially since at this point, I know exactly what kind of music to listen to: You have to start out strong with something you can really jam to, but eventually it’s best to switch to walking-down-the-street-in-your-own-happy-music-video music. That being said I am super open to suggestions re: your best walking to the store jams, but for now, here is my ever-changing playlist for my Target pilgrimages.

Walking To Target Like A Mother-Fucking Champ

Latino & Proud (“Broad City” theme) – DJ Raff
Tous les mêmes – Stromae
Mash Up For What – DJ Earworm
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink
Crazy In Love – Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Me Against the Music – Britney Spears & Madonna
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe & Erykah Badu
Primadonna – Marina & the Diamonds
Proof – Paramore
She’s The One – Shonen Knife
It Won’t Be Long – Evan Rachel Wood
Gonna Get Over You – Sara Bareilles
Something That I Want – Grace Potter
You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
Riptide – Vance Joy
With Your Two Hands – The Wind And The Wave
Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Playlist: Walking To Target Like A Mother-Effing Champ from Autostraddle on 8tracks Radio.


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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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20 Comments

  1. This sounds similar to my “I am going running even though I know that thirty seconds into the run I will remember I hate running and want to die” playlist, which is basically these three songs on a loop:

    1. Dance Apocalyptic – Janelle Monae
    2. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
    3. Chandelier – Sia

  2. I hadn’t heard of Stromae before this playlist… Love this track! I feel like I need to find music for a French music playlist, though all I have is this one and “les disques de mon pere” so far.

  3. Ah, I remember when I used to walk everywhere and then i got my license/car

    Sigur Rós – Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur – This song gives me so much life.

    Oh and anything by Crystal Castles.

  4. The other week my van was in the garage (I believe in the US you would say “the shop”) having its brakes checked, so for the first time in an age I walked and as per laziness I hit shuffle.
    Tunes that rocked for me were Ultima Luna by Lucio Dalla, obscure 80s Italian pop rock my mum used to play all the time, and Pork and Beans by weezer which helped on the hills. Of course there was the odd Herb Alpert moment which seemed trippy.
    It was interesting to find that it’s not all indie/elctro/pop lesbians or 80s hair metal in my library.

  5. Grace I mother-effing love your playlists!
    Didn’t know Janelle Monae had done a track with Erykah Badu….ooooh!!!! Off for a listen.
    *5 mins later* OMG so awesome. That video!!

    “they be like ‘ooh, let them eat cake'” :D

  6. Is there a playlist for a Target shopping experience when you desperately need to focus only on the 3 items on your list and not let your eyes wander to anything else in the store? Because I need that.

  7. I LOVE THIS but sorry, it looks like the sound file for Q.U.E.E.N. is actually more like Q.U…. (in that it’s just the first 30 seconds or so) (either that or it is just such a good song it seemed to go by so quickly) (also fistbump for fellow I’ll-just-fucking-walk-to-it-ers!)

    • Womp womp. Sorry, I should’ve double checked the playlist. Replacing full length songs with a sample is an 8tracks quirk that I don’t quite understand, but it happens every once in a while with select songs, I’ve noticed. I’ll take care of it!

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