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Playlist suggestions wanted

Spurred on by a brief shower thought, i鈥檝e tried my hand at making a playlist 鈥渇or the bad days鈥: songs (mostly rock) with big, soaring crescendos that feel like an out-of-body experience. Your 鈥淏itter Sweet Symphonies鈥, your 鈥濰opp铆pollas鈥, your 鈥溾楬eroes鈥-es鈥 鈥 the songs that make you have faith in humanity, and make you not want to jump out of a thirtieth-storey window so badly.

I鈥檝e been asking around for suggestions on the usual (Discord) channels, and have got some cracking songs in return 鈥 so, do any of you want to try your hands at it? I鈥檇 love to hear your ideas. :-)

Here鈥檚 the current set of songs on the playlist, to give you an idea of the general 鈥渧ibes鈥 鈥 exceptional examples are highlighted in bold.

  • The 1975, 鈥淚 Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)鈥
  • Bleachers, 鈥淩ollercoaster鈥
  • Arcade Fire, 鈥淢y Body Is a Cage鈥 (thx, Pike)
  • David Bowie, 鈥溾楬eroes鈥欌
  • Kate Bush, 鈥淐loudbusting鈥
  • Coldplay, 鈥淰iva La Vida鈥
  • Daft Punk, 鈥淕iorgio by Moroder鈥
  • Elbow, 鈥淥ne Day Like This鈥
  • Sam Fender, 鈥淭he Dying Light鈥
  • Fun; 鈥淪ome Nights鈥
  • Keane, 鈥淪omewhere Only We Know鈥
  • LCD Soundsystem, 鈥淒ance Yrself Clean鈥
  • The Naked and Famous, 鈥淗igher鈥
  • Oasis, 鈥淒on鈥檛 Look Back in Anger鈥
  • Oasis, 鈥淐hampagne Supernova鈥
  • Radiohead, 鈥淎ll I Need鈥
  • Radiohead, 鈥淰ideotape鈥 (live at Bonnaroo)
  • Porter Robinson, 鈥淯nfold鈥
  • Sigur R贸s, 鈥濰opp铆polla鈥
  • Snow Patrol, 鈥淐hasing Cars鈥
  • Suede, 鈥淟ife is Golden鈥 (thx, Pike)
  • Tame Impala, 鈥淟et It Happen鈥
  • The Verve, 鈥淏itter Sweet Symphony鈥
  • The War on Drugs, 鈥淚 Don鈥檛 Live Here Anymore鈥
  • The White Stripes, 鈥淪even Nation Army鈥
  • The Who, 鈥淏aba O鈥橰iley鈥


  1. kitty says鈥

    Cardiacs - The Everso Closely Guarded Line

    i have listened to... a maybe unhealthy amount of Cardiacs. but this song in particular has two crescendo parts which are in a whole league of their own holy shit

  2. Xanthe says鈥

    To pre毛mpt the inevitable: I mulled over adding 鈥淎 Day in the Life鈥, but decided against it, as the only kind of out-of-body experience its climax reminded me of was a bad <span class="all-sc">DMT</span> trip.

  3. Pike M says鈥

    My Body Is a Cage by Arcade Fire. There's a video on YT that someone did where the song is set to scenes from Once Upon The Time in the West, crescendo timing at a great point.

    Life is Golden by Suede although it doesn't have a crescendo as such, it lifts and breaks at multiple points.

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