Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Three Best Songs With Which To End A Mix Tape

On Monday night, I went to Union Hall in Brooklyn to see the Onion AV Club staff read from their new book, Inventory. Among the presenters were Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, Josh Modell, Amelie Gilette, Sean O'Neal, and Andy Battaglia, and they were all funny and cool and riffy. You can see how much they love music, movies, books, and television and the way those things connect to form what we call "pop culture."

Inventory, as you may have guessed, is a book of pop-culture lists, such as "16 films featuring manic pixie dream girls" "10 great songs nearly ruined by saxaphone." All of this talk of making lists has inspired me to make one of my own: the best songs with which to end a mix tape. The list is a work in progress, but these, I think, are the top three:

1) "If You Want Me To Stay," by Sly and the Family Stone
2) "Let Her Dance," by the Bobby Fuller Four
3) "Mr. November," by The National

What are your favorites mix tape songs, and which ones end it on a high note?

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