My YouTube Mix, Part 2

Last year, I wrote a short piece about the ‘My Mix’ feature on YouTube, and which songs the Mighty Algorithm had decided belonged on mine. I figured hey, it’s been awhile since I did that; I should do it again! Without further ado, here are the top five songs that YouTube decided to toss into My Mix.

Stupid – Brendan Maclean

I used to listen to Welcome to Night Vale (and have been meaning to catch up, actually) and I always loved the Weather segments. This one always stuck out to me as fun and catchy, so it worked its way back into my music rotation recently. It’s silly, but relatable, and you kind of have to love that music video, right? I don’t have a lot to say about this one; it’s just fun. “If you weren’t so stupid, I could have loved you” is an all-time great in terms of opening lyrics.

Paper Planes – M.I.A.

I feel like this was in every movie trailer for a few years when I was in high school/college. It’s super catchy, even if I think the lyrics are terrible. Is there a lazier song lyric out there than, “Pirates, skulls and bones/Sticks and stones and weed and bongs”? And look, if you’re a big fan of the song, don’t take my criticisms personally–lots of great songs have bad lyrics! Look at “Rocketman”: “Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids/In fact, it’s cold as Hell/And there’s no one there to raise them if you did.” What? Garbage. I didn’t even want to raise my kids on Mars, song! Don’t give me shit about it being cold and empty there; you’re the one that brought it up! Great song, though. Same deal here.

#1 Hit on Country Radio – Nick Lutsko

Alright, here we go. Now we’re getting to the good shit. It’s only right that this takes the third slot here, considering my last list had “Party Rangers” in spot three; both tracks are works of mad genius. Nick Lutsko has become a mainstay in my music catalogue over the last year. If you’re not familiar, please, listen to this song! Listen to it right now. Don’t listen to anything else first, and don’t look up Nick Lutsko. Listen to just this song, right here, right now.

Okay, did you listen? Pretty catchy, right? But what was all that stuff about men in the basement and Mel? That, my friend, is that sweet Lutsko Lore. Go. Listen to the rest of Lutsko’s oeuvre, and come back to theorize with me about the prophecy, the true identity of Big Pizza, and more.

Not About You – Jonathan Coulton

I’m a fan of Jonathan Coulton and listen to a lot of his music, but I’m kind of surprised this is the one that YouTube decided should get pride of place on My Mix. That said, it’s a great song! Similar to “Stupid,” it just feels fun and relatable and, like, just the right level of petty. Full transparency: I’ve never been dumped (I pretty much got it right on my first try, relationship-wise), but I can totally see myself being the mopey dude in this song if I had been. Not as, you know, stalker-y, though.

Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

I like to listen to music while I cook, and generally, I usually like that music to be catchy and upbeat. Something about cooking a good meal while listening to that kind of music (what kids might call a “bop”) always puts me in a good mood, regardless of the day before it. Tracks like “Come On Eileen” are perfect cooking music for me. Also on that list: Queen’s “Mr. Fahrenheit,” Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,” and Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” In fact, “Werewolves of London” actually shows up later on the Mix. Hey, YouTube? In the future, maybe pop that one on up to the top of the list. Because it’s the absolute best. “I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s/And his hair was perfect” is the exact inverse of that bullshit “Rocketman” line I complained about earlier. It’s the apex of human lyricism; no song has yet topped the perfection, the poignancy, of that line.

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