It seems that nine out of ten New Yorkers now walk around the city listening to music on their iPod Nanos, iPod Touches, or iPod Classics. Wondering what everyone is listening to? If you’ve just purchased an iPod, or want to update your music selections, what should you download on your device?
Musical taste, of course, differs from person to person, but sticking to just one genre can be boring and unimaginative. Mix it up! Here are some new, some old, some classic, and some cutting edge songs every iPod should have.
“Banshee Beat” by Animal Collective
Genre: Alternative Rock
“Banshee Beat” is one of Animal Collective’s most popular tracks. It is a slow, soft song with dreamy lyrics and sounds that evoke nostalgic yet uplifting feelings within the listener.
“No Quarter” by Led Zeppelin
Album: Houses of the Holy
Genre: Classic Rock
Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” is a hauntingly beautiful song. This classic is known and loved by young and old fans of the band.
“Tonto (Four Tet Remix)” by Battles
Four Tet’s remix of “Tonto” is an upbeat tune that one can simply sit around with friends and listen to during a calm, quiet night at home or dance to during a party.
“Sun Lips” by Black Moth Super Rainbow
Album: Dandelion Gum
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Black Moth Super Rainbow, a distinctive name that suits the band’s unique sound, brings back psychedelic songs from the 60s and 70s with their track “Dandelion Gum.” A younger audience can appreciate Black Moth Super Rainbow’s outlandish stage-presence and experimental music while an older audience can admire the band’s return to classic rock roots.
“Star Guitar” by The Chemical Brothers
Album: Brotherhood [Disc 1]
This highly popular Chemical Brothers song is good for dancing to or putting on during a long drive in a car. The music video for “Star Guitar” is worth watching due to it’s beauty and simplicity.
“Daddy Cool” by Boney M
Album: Take the Heat Off Me
This disco classic appeals to nearly everyone. It makes a good dance song as well as a track people can reminisce about. Unfortunately not many people know how to dance to disco anymore!
“Mezzanine” by Massive Attack
Genre: Alternative Rock
Used for the opening sequence of the popular television show “House,” Massive Attack’s “Mezzanine” is known by many people. The song’s percussions incorporate contrast to the track by adding a small amount of darkness to an otherwise light and airy song.
“One Love” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
A Reggae classic, “One Love” can be appreciated by everyone, even those who do not consider themselves fans of this particular genre of music. This timeless song is a cheery and inspiring classic of Bob Marley’s.
“I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Album: I Put a Spell on You
This song, originally a drunken fluke, turned into an instant hit nearly overnight. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ outrageous stage persona as well as his deep, throaty, gravely voice are valued by fans of all ages.
“La Vie Boheme” by RENT (the musical)
Album: RENT Soundtrack
Genre: Broadway Musical
An insanely popular Broadway show, RENT’s songs fit the musical perfectly but work equally well on their own. The track is about living a bohemian lifestyle, as an artist struggling to make it in the world by both disregarding the value of money and pursuing happiness through simplicity and positive relationships with others. People who can relate to the song appreciate its acknowledgment of an uncomplicated lifestyle while people who do not relate can enjoy the track’s beautiful sound.
“Planet Caravan” by Black Sabbath
Genre: Hard Rock
“Planet Caravan”, unlike the rest of Black Sabbath’s loud and wild songs, is on the quieter, softer side of hard rock. It is loved by Sabbath’s lifelong fans and enjoyed by those looking for good, old-fashioned rock and roll.