What Do You Do When It Seems Like The World Is Ending? I Listen To This One Weird Playlist

Some people exercise. Some people get drunk. I listen to music.
Publish date:
April 22, 2013
music, end times

I deal with stress in a lot of unhealthy ways -- overeating, isolating, having meaningless sex. The healthiest way I think I cope is by listening to my Top 25 Most Played on iTunes -- which is an all-over-the-place mix of angry poppy music that makes me want to set shit on fire, dance, scream, cry, laugh and dance some more.

I also think that a person's Top 25 Most Played reveals many fascinating insights -- the same way someone's Top 5 movies do.

What are your Top 25 Most Played? Here's my list.

1. Bright Eyes -- "Take it Easy (Love Nothing)"

2. Jay-Z -- "On to the Next One"

3. Karen O -- "Immigrant Song"

4. Girl Talk -- "Feed The Animals "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)"

5. Britney Spears feat. KeSha & Nicki Minaj -- "Till The World Ends"

6. Bobby Conn -- "Never Gonna Get Ahead"

7. The Mountain Goats -- "This Year"

8. Surfer Blood -- Twin Peaks

9. Heavenly -- "Nous Ne Sommes Pas Des Anges"

10. Lou Reed -- "This Magic Moment"

11. Miike Snow -- "The Rabbit"

12. Neutral Milk Hotel -- "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"

13. TV on the Radio -- "DLZ"

14. Metric -- "Twilight Galaxy"

15. Of Montreal -- "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games"

16. Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello -- "I Want You"

17. Xiu Xiu -- "I Luv The Valley Oh"

18. Robyn -- "Call Your Girlfriend"

19. The Virgins -- "Fernando Pando"

20. Kleenex Girl Wonder -- "Thelema & Louise"

21. Bikini Kill -- "Rebel Girl"

22. PJ Harvey -- "Rid of Me"

23. The Supremes -- "The Happening"

24. Brandi Carlile -- "Have You Ever"

25. Mahalia Jackson -- "The Treasure of Love"

Do you have a playlist like this that soothes you in whatever weird way you get soothed?

Can you share it? (Would love your Top 25 Most Played -- but whatever playlist is your favorite is great.)

What the hell are you doing right now to calm your nerves? Can you give me any tips? I feel like everyone is on extra (it feels like the world is ending) edge.


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