Friday Playlist: Homeward Bound

Compiled by our staff.

Twenty-five wildly disparate songs about homes, cities, towns, and other locations, both literal and figurative. And the (literal) holidays.

Illustration by Minna


  • maggiemadge December 23rd, 2011 11:19 PM

    Yay! Arcade Fire is on this playlist! They are simply amazing. Rookie you are totally awesome!

  • Ruby B. December 23rd, 2011 11:25 PM

    I LOVE Adam Sandler’s The Hanukkah Song!

  • norienoire December 24th, 2011 12:40 AM

    Any playlist that involves Arcade Fire is a great playlist in my book. All of their albums have helped me though one thing or another and they always have a home in my heart. I don’t even care how corny that sounds, they’ll always represent some sort of comfort for me.

  • cherrycola27 December 24th, 2011 12:47 AM

    Care of Cell 44 is such a sadly happy song.

  • missblack December 24th, 2011 1:05 AM

    Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay is totally my jam. Makes me feel all groovy and like an old black man feeling the sun in my bones.
    And, of course, it makes me feel like my spot in life is a pretty good place.


  • Chloe Elizabeth December 24th, 2011 1:14 AM

    Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is my favorite song in the world. (: It makes my heart all happy and warm inside.

  • sedgwick December 24th, 2011 1:24 AM

    Sloop John B is mine and my sister’s holiday ANTHEM. We know all the words, because when we went to Germany last Christmas holidays, all we had to listen to was a Best of the Beach Boys album. Our other favourite is ‘Cotton Fields’ which is also kind of do with homesickness, but in a very country way.

  • Adrienne December 24th, 2011 1:41 AM

    Omg love this playlist! I absolutely adore Arcade Fire (the harp adds such a magical touch to Wake Up) and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! Have you ever seen the cover by the little girl and her father?
    So so cute!

    • rubyhobbit December 27th, 2011 9:02 PM

      I saw them at the Ellen Degeneres show a while ago!

  • Marguerite December 24th, 2011 7:35 AM

    hey that funny that this is called HOmeward Bound cuz my big sis just came home today. Now i am happy :)

  • Afonso December 24th, 2011 10:26 AM

    IT’S – ARCADE – FIRE – ON – ROOKIE! I ran hysterically around my house, yelling that. Great playlist!

  • niftybagel December 24th, 2011 12:58 PM

    AHH! as soon as i saw this title, i knew simon and garfunkel would be on here!!! they are fantastic. and the rest of the playlist is wonderful too! :D

  • MissKnowItAll December 24th, 2011 1:11 PM

    The Hannukah Song is hilarious!

  • Dylan December 24th, 2011 1:58 PM

    We’re awesome

  • willowmod December 24th, 2011 9:37 PM

    I love this playlist! especially the zombies and simon and garfunkel- homeward bound is especially fantastic. also, this song seems like it would fit.

  • salma December 24th, 2011 11:28 PM

    Love this playlist, so goood! ;-)

  • rubyhobbit December 27th, 2011 9:01 PM

    I like the fact that I have most of these songs om my ipod, love it!

  • koolkat December 28th, 2011 7:36 AM

    i love this picture minna!

  • Juli January 13th, 2012 11:30 PM

    A lot of these are old favourites of mine, especially the older stuff. But, by far, my favourite song on this list is Home by Eddy Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. What a great tune!