Mixtape: Soaring Anthem Pop/Rock/Whatevs

This is a category utterly of my own devising, and it could also be called “Songs To Sing In Your Car At Top Volume.” Does this mean they are YOUR favorite songs to sing at top volume? Nope. Does this mean that it covers every possible genre you might want to squish into anthemic or soaring? Mos def not. My completely arbitrary boundaries for this genre, besides the car-driving part, are the following:

  • Big big sounds. Either made via having pretty much all the instruments you could muster or by multitracking your guitars like one million times.
  • Big big vocals. Not buried in the mix. Ascending over the roar of the instruments.
  • Nothing from the Stones, the Who, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, etc. Not because they don’t deserve to be in here, but because they’re all such innovators of sound that I would need a Stones playlist, a Who playlist, and so on. If I had to pick just a couple that would go on here from those, I’d choose “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys and “Baba O’Riley” by the Who.
  • Lyrics that are either uplifting (like Elbow’s “Open Arms”) or meaningless but fun to sing the high parts on (like Spacehog’s “In the Meantime.”)

Elbow is the whole reason I started this playlist, because I realized I was playing “Open Arms” every day on my drive to work, and I thought it best to make an actual playlist rather than pawing through Spotify while driving, which I’m told the authorities frown upon.

So, have at it. 35 songs. Lots you’ll know. Some you might not. Hopefully some you’ll like and perhaps want to yell-sing next time you’re in the car.


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