Friday Playlist: Watch Me Jumpstart

For when it’s time to GET THINGS DONE.

In high school and in life, sometimes you gotta quit slumping around like your bird just died, reach deep, and RUN THIS TOWN while BUSTING CLOUDS. Or, you know, just clean your room like your parents have been begging you to, and do your homework so you don’t grow up not knowing who the Habsburgs are. Here are 18 songs that help me get hyped up for when it’s time to GET THINGS DONE. Like the great poetess of our time Beyoncé says, a little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody.

Illustration by Minna


  • KinuKinu May 4th, 2012 11:04 PM

    swagga like us……… WHOA

  • nilesandfrank May 4th, 2012 11:33 PM

    Eh, not my favourite playlist to date…

  • lilmissfudge May 4th, 2012 11:38 PM

    This is such a cool playlist! Thanks a lot :) can you make a self empowering or like a self esteem playlist? And a workout one?

  • Tyknos93 May 5th, 2012 12:29 AM

    Oh wow Fela Kuti! I saw the musical based on his life, in Atlanta. I’m obsessed now.

  • Julianne May 5th, 2012 12:54 AM

    Never heard of Loose Joints, but they kind of remind me of the Go! Team? A little? In a way?

    Speaking of the Go! Team, they should be on here! They’re a great “power” band. They make me feel like I am in my own Rocky movie. I would also add some Girl Talk to any “power” playlist.

    Anyway, thanks for this, it helped me muster up the momentum to write a paper that I have to finish tonight. :)

    • reckless-serenade May 6th, 2012 12:38 PM

      i agree, the go! team should definitely be here :)

  • Hanne With An E May 5th, 2012 1:35 AM

    Beyonce Beyonce Beyonce, oh how I love thee…

  • tellyawhat May 5th, 2012 3:34 AM

    I was listening to Cloudbusting last night and describing to someone the amazing narrative power of the video in which Kate Bush stars as a nine year old boy and Donald Sutherland as her father and they create rain storms. It is so powerful and MOVING.

  • Susann May 5th, 2012 3:45 AM

    Great theme for the playlist! Everybody is going to need it some time :)

  • orangejuice May 5th, 2012 5:50 AM

    This is awesome and comes right on time! Have to hand in my B.A. thesis on monday :) thanks a lot, Rookie!

  • bellaumbrella May 5th, 2012 6:39 AM

    love this playlist! Loose Joints is such a strong starter – I only found out about them because James Murphy (ex-LCD Soundsystem and music messiah) said that ‘Is It All Over My Face?’ was one of the 10 songs that changed his life (… and Loose Joints has Arthur Russell in it which just compounds the coolness, to be honest. And then follow ups with Curtis Mayfield, Saint Etienne and Fleetwood Mac? brrrrrriiiilliant!

  • lucsto May 5th, 2012 6:58 AM

    SAT’s today?
    AP’s all next week
    this playlist will be very useful.

  • Devan May 5th, 2012 10:59 AM

    Just in time for AP testing!

  • unefillecommetoi May 5th, 2012 1:00 PM

    FELA KUTI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Abby May 5th, 2012 4:31 PM

    I thought this was going to help me with my homework…. instead, it led to me looking up just about every song that every one of these bands/singers have ever recorded. All of them. -.-

  • tartarsauce May 5th, 2012 4:53 PM

    With finals next week, this couldn’t have come at a better time <3

  • Ben May 5th, 2012 9:10 PM

    For one of the playlists next month you should use the song Everyone Comes Here by hello stranger. I’m certain it’s about L.A! It’s so awesome too! I love it! Anyways, this might be a helpful playlist because I’m terrible at getting stuf done! Also I just bought The Willy Wonk and the chocolate factory soundtrack! Sorry for being so random…

  • bethleeroth May 6th, 2012 11:45 AM

    Fleetwood Mac is the best band ever. The end.

  • reckless-serenade May 6th, 2012 12:39 PM

    i’m glad tinariwen have been recognised here, they’re incredible

  • Milala May 6th, 2012 1:31 PM

    This is amazing!

  • idabwells May 6th, 2012 1:42 PM

    Writing my research paper and listening to this! I’m feeling way more motivated!!!

  • insteadofanelephant May 6th, 2012 9:21 PM

    why did i not see this hours ago when it was time for homework and getting smart?! dammit.

    instead of an elephant

  • Nikilodeon June 29th, 2012 2:50 AM

    you guys should have put “if you wanna” by the vaccines here! love it though :)