Friday Playlist: Hanging Out With Alice (in Wonderland)

Ten dreamy and whimsical songs.

Have you ever fallen down a rabbit hole and ended up in a fantasy land filled with mad tea parties, an evil queen, and a cat who grins just a tad too much? No? Well, you’re about to now with Alice.

Here are 10 dreamy and whimsical songs to help you explore Wonderland.

Illustration by Minna


  • stefx March 9th, 2012 11:09 PM

    I can’t believe White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane isn’t here…

    • Hazel March 9th, 2012 11:19 PM

      Yeah, that’s a good song, but I didn’t really want to include literal “Alice in Wonderland” themed songs on the playlist. :)

    • nabilaLP March 9th, 2012 11:21 PM

      YEAH that’s what i was thinking! but great mix either way :)

  • y-3 March 9th, 2012 11:19 PM


  • psychedelicmango March 9th, 2012 11:29 PM

    omgomgomg how does this hazel person know about stereolab? they’re the best band ever besides beach house right? i don’t even.. eeeeppp!!!

    • Hazel March 10th, 2012 10:21 AM

      their album “Dots and Loops” is the best!

      • psychedelicmango March 12th, 2012 4:49 PM

        sound dust is my fave

    • Tyknos93 March 10th, 2012 2:54 PM

      I said aloud “STEREOLAB!?” They are the coolest band no one knows of. My friend said they sound like elevator music on acid.

      • psychedelicmango March 12th, 2012 4:48 PM

        my mom said they sounded like caribbean music… i don’t know how she got that

  • Abby March 9th, 2012 11:31 PM

    I think Rabbit Heart by Florence and the Machine should be on here… It’s so dreamy and amazing. Especially the video (although I guess you don’t care about the video while making a playlist ha)… And I also think you guys should do a background with a shot of the opening of that video, where Florence has the glittery fabric in front of her face… it just seems so… ROOKIE.

    • March 10th, 2012 8:07 AM

      I completlly agree. I love Florence and that song/video is one of her best!!!! :)

  • End Orphan March 9th, 2012 11:35 PM

    Strawberry Alarm Clock! So glad to see them here. They were the first thing I thought of when I saw “psychedelia” in the “Attention, good people.” box. Thanks!

  • maggiemadge March 9th, 2012 11:38 PM

    Nice picks! I am so happy that Hazel added Neon Indian to the mix. They are one of my favorite bands and they even more amazing live!

  • psychedelicmango March 9th, 2012 11:39 PM

    hazel, thank you for turning me on to strawberry alarm clock

    • End Orphan March 9th, 2012 11:54 PM

      Aren’t they remarkable?

  • KinuKinu March 9th, 2012 11:44 PM

    Very Cool.I always love the playlists!! WONDERFUL.

  • Starboardd March 9th, 2012 11:53 PM

    YES I’ve been waiting for Animal Collective to show up on one of these! Definitely one of my favorite bands of all time.

  • Yellie March 9th, 2012 11:56 PM

    “Of longing and otherness” by Hannah fury always makes me think of when Alice wakes up…

  • Toria Crux March 10th, 2012 12:01 AM

    Trippy songs. O.o

  • cj575 March 10th, 2012 12:05 AM

    awesome playlist, I looove Alice in wonderland! Alice by Pogo is also good:

    oh and Alice by Lisa Mitchell:

    but they are more obvious ones! I love the playlist though!!

  • canadaaustin March 10th, 2012 12:13 AM

    i’m so glad gardenhead is on here… by far my favorite nmh song.

  • Anna F. March 10th, 2012 12:56 AM

    Totally falling asleep to this tonight. Trippy dreams, here I come…

  • TessAnnesley March 10th, 2012 1:03 AM

    I was expecting Alice by Cocteau Twins… but KILLA playlist anyway!

    • Yellie March 10th, 2012 2:46 AM

      Ya, I thought of that too! :)

    • psychedelicmango March 12th, 2012 4:51 PM

      gotta love cocteau twins like cherry-coloured funk or frou frou foxes in midsummer fires

    • starcollector March 12th, 2012 8:16 PM

      COCTEAU TWINS YES. A lot of their stuff would fit with this playlist, I think.

  • chantal March 10th, 2012 1:03 AM

    Yay, Neon Indian! I might be seeing them this month :D

  • mayaautumn March 10th, 2012 2:43 AM

    YAYAY! Caribou!!!! -they are sooo good:D so glad they were mentioned

  • thunderbolts March 10th, 2012 2:58 AM

    where did you get the illustrations? its epic *_*

  • Miarele March 10th, 2012 3:00 AM

    AMAZING! I love Alice with all my heart, along with every depiction or reinterpretation of her. I even kinda like the Tim Burton live-action one (the wardrobe is amazing, okay)

    hmmm how about “My Love” by The Bird and the Bee? It has no direct reference but somehow it reminds me of Alice. Must be the whimsical voice and the part about falling :)

  • saltwater March 10th, 2012 6:07 AM

    oh, this mix is lovely and perf.

  • talia anais March 10th, 2012 6:44 AM

    Gardenhead! Yes! Thank you!

  • Jessica Vixenelle March 10th, 2012 9:43 AM

    Props to whoever created this playlist for not adding “Electric Feel” by MGMT– the amount of Alice-related playlists on 8tracks that have made “Electric Feel” the first song is enough to make you rip your hair out.

    This music is fantastic, and the ones I’ve never heard are amazing and now adding to my iTunes!

  • Louise March 10th, 2012 11:27 AM

    Stereolab <3

  • Destiny-Hope March 10th, 2012 2:04 PM

    There’s another song I love about Alice in wonderland, Alice by Noir Désir (a french band).

    I love all the songs of this band (this is the best band ever).

  • Gretchyn March 10th, 2012 2:11 PM

    I love how Animal Collective is so versatile it makes a place in a lot of Rookie’s playlists. Every time I comment on these AC is all I talk about sorry. THIS WHOLE PLAYLIST IS GOOD

  • MaggietheCat March 10th, 2012 2:28 PM

    Every playlist should end with Neutral Milk Hotel. No, really.

  • Susann March 10th, 2012 3:26 PM

    Great playlist! I’m currently reading the book!

  • kendallakwia March 10th, 2012 3:31 PM

    ROOKIE IS NOW MY FAVORITE THING EVER WITH THE ADDITION OF NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, especially a song off On Avery Island. I feel like Pree Sisters Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye could also have been added :)

  • preachypreach March 10th, 2012 6:27 PM

    awwww yay caribou

  • Eleanor March 10th, 2012 6:37 PM

    broadcast/animal collective/stereolab/neon indian/caribou?!!!! this is so good!!! and then the rest of it that i hadn’t heard of before… basically thank you for introducing me! rookie playlists keep getting better n better!!!

  • ness March 10th, 2012 6:39 PM

    Am i the only one who thinks that Ratatat should be on there?

  • ivoire March 11th, 2012 1:08 AM

    woops accidentally typed in (because i’m obsessed with ya). i’m gonna be deprived of rookie for the weekend

  • Minna March 11th, 2012 1:09 AM

    Yay Hazel! This is great. Really enjoyed listening!

  • fishintheC March 11th, 2012 1:46 AM

    Kenya Dig It. That’s like one of my favorite songs of all time time. So happy to see that on here…you have truly eclectic tastes my friend

  • sneakybacon March 11th, 2012 6:21 AM

    love to you or tomorrow never knows by the beatles!

  • Starboardd March 11th, 2012 1:31 PM

    Also I had NO IDEA anyone else had ever heard Melody Day by Caribou! I’ve got the Andorra LP and it is pure gold.

  • sttefaaa March 11th, 2012 3:42 PM

    Well here`s what I`ll be listening to for a while :D

  • plainjane March 11th, 2012 5:47 PM

    my complete and total favorite book! awesome playlist :)

  • insteadofanelephant March 11th, 2012 7:46 PM

    mm mm mm great playlist. love turn into something, perfect for this list.

    instead of an elephant

  • gogobionicgirl March 12th, 2012 2:10 AM

    Looking Glass Alice by The Bunch

  • lyrarose March 12th, 2012 2:19 AM

    “As the World Falls Down” and “Underground” from Labyrinth!

  • KIA March 12th, 2012 10:15 AM

    really sounds of mushroom journey if you know what i mean …Catch it?hahah

  • Jenn March 13th, 2012 12:43 PM

    My over-tired, barely chugging along caffeinated self just laughed for the most ridiculously long time at what I thought said RookieVag instead of RookieMag next to the playlist name.
    Yes, I’m actually a 12-year-old boy.

  • superkat March 14th, 2012 7:43 PM

    best playlist yet. at the moment i am totally into this particular sound. thanks to rookie, i have a bunch of new songs to add to my ipod.
    but i absolutely adore Neon Indian, if only they could play at a venue in which it is all ages, sucks when you are under 19 but you absolutely would kill to go see them live .. ugghh

  • FunkyMonkey May 13th, 2012 4:32 PM

    Great Playlist :)

  • femaleteenager May 17th, 2012 4:35 PM

    perfect for lying down on summer nights