Today’s post comes from my friend Katelin, who is currently surviving the unrelenting heat wave in NYC, (there is hope the heat has finally broken here in Chicago)! She’s got a summer internship doing something Law & Order-y and a long commute. She mentioned that the only thing that gets her through is her iPod, I requested a playlist. So here it is, specifically tailored for NYC/Chicago commuters (full credit – all the clever captions are hers):
1. Here It Goes Again–O.K. Go
yayyyyy Monday commute…. let’s go….
2. Don’t Stand So Close to Me– the Police
3. Bitch Of Living– Spring Awakening Cast
See: having to transfer from one crowded subway car to another
4. Wait a Minute– Pussycat Dolls
Please, it will take longer for the el to get there than that…
5. Feel So Close–Calvin Harris
I feel so close to you right now…literally. I wish we were farther apart…
6. Pretty Girls- Iyaz
Shout out to those jumping on the train at Southport/West 72nd–despite the heat, your makeup isn’t shinny and your hair isn’t frizzy and clearly we are all a little envious of your chipper attitude at 7:45 AM.
7. Shake It Out, Shake It Out- Florence + the Machine
You’ve been underground awhile and oh look it must be raining now. Clearly this calls for you to shake the rain off your umbrella not on the platform but INSIDE the train.
8. Harder to Breathe– Maroon Five
See: Heat Wave 2012 commuting NYC, Chicago
9. Showdown–Black Eyed Peas
When you have those women/teenagers who are having an argument on the train and while you look really really interested in your book, you’re really taking mental bets on who’s winning.
10. The Middle– Jimmy Eat World
WHAT!?! We’re only halfway through this commute?!?!
11. Body Language– Jesse McCartney
What’s going on with your eyebrows? Is your face naturally frowny? Dude, you do know subway grinding is a legit crime in NYC, right?
12. I’ve Got Friends in Low Places– Garth Brooks
Oh no. the woman next to you is standing up and weird creepy old guy is eyeing her seat. please please please don’t sit by me… hipster man who finds commuting “so last year” (hairflip), sit down first!!!!!!!
We’re delayed. and you’re late. YEAHHHHHHHHHHH.
14. Everybody Talks–Neon Trees
Everybody talks, everybody talks to much…why isn’t this this silent Paris metro?
15. Call Me Maybe– Carly Rae Jepsen
Slip your number to the cute suited guy heading towards Wall Street/West Loop you’ve been exchanging looks with for the last five stops, or not? that is the question…
16. You Won’t Feel a Thing– The Script
After fifteen bag bashings and toe-stepping-ons your body is immune to pain.
17. How Will I Know?–Whitney Houston
This train is crowded. It’s not like you’re going to know if you’ve actually successfully navigated yourself to your work stop, between the bad sound system and lack of readable signs.
18. So Good- B.o.B.
Relief cascades upon you as you exit the station…
19. Have a Nice Day– Bon Jovi
SUCCESS! You made it. Now Coffee.
20. Takin’ Care of Business-Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Happy Monday everybody, and thanks Katelin!!!