Oh, I love a mix tape. Don’t you? I think I still have one frommy high school boyfriend filled with Material Issue, The Smithereens and The Cult. Ahhhh….
The first rule about a mix tape is that there’s always an occasion for a mix tape. It’s a personal soundtrack featuring your own theme songs. When I got laid off, all I could think of were tunes that reflected my existence. When I was shocked, then pissed, there was 80’s alternative angst. When melancholy, there was Fergie. And on the climb up, some certifiable cheese worthy of any chick flick. I sang every song at the top of my lungs, sometimes in my car on the way back from a networking event or in my apartment after a bottle of “I feel sorry for myself” vino.
Now that warm, festive weather is upon us, I want to debut my Miss Pink Slip Mix Tape. I hope you enjoy it and download a few of these tunes for your own enjoyment! You’ll go through the requisite roller coaster of emotions and, hopefully, end up in a happy place. After all, isn’t that the end goal of all mix tapes?
1. State of Shock The Jacksons
2. Kiss Off Violent Femmes
3. Somebody’s Crying Chris Isaak
4. Big Cry Sara Evans
5. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues Elton John
6. You’ve Got a Friend Carole King
7. Big Girls Don’t Cry Fergie
8. You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones
9. Birth, School. Work, Death The Godfathers
10. Under Pressure David Bowie (w/ Queen)
11. Tomorrow Aileen Quinn (“Annie”)
12. Respect Aretha Franklin
13. Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benetar
14. Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi
15. Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler
16. New Attitude Patti LaBelle
17. I’m Every Woman Chaka Kahn
18. She Works Hard for the Money Donna Summer
19. 9 to 5 Dolly Parton
20. I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
21. You Really Got Me Van Halen
22. Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
23. I Have Confidence Julie Andrews (Maria, “The Sound of Music”)
24. 25 Miles Edwin Starr
25. Happy Girl Martina McBride
26. Good Vibrations Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
27. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
28. Superman R.E.M.
29. Time for Me To Fly REO Speedwagon
Have I forgotten one of your favorites?