Father, Son and House of Wendy
Photoshop wizardry by Al O'Neill
Let’s play along with this meme, left to right: Wendy’s musical taste 2001 (year of the first mix), Wendy’s musical taste 2021, Wendy’s musical taste 2041.
As always, it’s not necessarily the “best” music of the year, just some songs I loved listening to. The selection is “eclectic” (or, in other words, a hot mess). Hope you find something in here you like.
Here it is on Spotify:
All Too Well (10 Minute Version), Taylor Swift
If you weren’t expecting me to put a 10-minute Taylor Swift re-recorded to include more lyrics about Jake Gyllenhaal dumped her, you hardly know me at all.
White Dress, Lana Del Rey
Not the most obvious Lana song to include but she had a good year of two albums and this track stuck with me for whatever reason.
Like I Used To, Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen
Two great tastes that go great together.
Shit Show, Peter McPoland
Could be the theme song for these past two years, eh?
Silk Chiffon, MUNA with Phoebe Bridgers
An ode to a gay kiss, in a slightly more subtle approach than Katy Perry.
Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache, HAIM
I met a HAIM this year (Alana) and she was awesome and super chilled. A goddess also on screen (in Licorice Pizza).
Therefore I Am, Billie Eilish
I’m still processing Billie’s Vogue makeover, but no doubt she’s a talent.
Addicted, Jorja Smith
She’s been writing songs since she was 11. I feel old.
Tonight Tonight, Celeste
All that talent AND she has amazing hair.
Hopeful, Curtis Harding
A bit of positivity from Atlanta’s new soul scene.
Find My Way, Paul McCartney featuring Beck
Macca’s still got it!
Down, St. Vincent
Annie Clark’s still got it, too!
Jackie, Yves Tumor
Discovered him in 2020 and still grooving along in 2021.
Radio, Sylvan Esso
A song from 2017 rediscovered in the film Ali & Ava. North Carolina’s own!
Pond House, Saint Etienne
I love that Saint Etienne are still kicking. Summery and cool.
Panic Attack, Pussy Riot
Ripped from the headlines, I realized I’d never actually heard their music.
Oh!, The Linda Lindas
Go on, girl punks (all under 18).
Chaise Longue, Wet Leg
The most Marmite hipster pop song of the year. So hard to get out of your head.
I Need Some of That, Weezer
I have listened to this song 100 times at least. Fun, stupid, ‘90s throwback.
Stars are Blind, Paris Hilton
I, too, am disappointed in myself. A bit of an underrated pop delight, brought back into my head by the film Promising Young Woman.
Oh My God, Adele
Post-divorce Adele that you can almost dance to.
Toast with the Butter, Blu DeTiger
I mean, just so stupid but catchy. And we need more sexy songs about bad carbs.
Rumors, Lizzo featuring Cardi B
We need more new Lizzo but this will do for now.
Best Friend, Saweetie featuring Doja Cat
To all the “real bad bitches” in my life.
Hot Summer, Prince
It’s written in the WendyMix bylaws that any old Prince unearthed from the vaults has to be included
Wait, there’s more! WendyMIx 2021 Deep Cuts (a second playlist)
In There, Liz Phair
Show Up, Samia
I Lied, Lord Huron with Allison Ponthier
19, Chloe Lilac
Fire, The Vaccines
These Drugs, Baby Queen
Spirit Power and Soul, Johnny Marr
Vesturbaejar Beach, BSI
Weird Carolina, Camp Trash
Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home), Elle King & Miranda Lambert
How Far Can It Go?, Hailey Whitters with Trisha Yearwood
Change, Pale Waves
Young Forever, Vistas
We Are Between, Modest Mouse
Stop Making This Hurt, Bleachers
Introvert, Little Simz
Whoa, Cautious Clay
Get Closer, Twin Shadow
Keep Moving, Jungle
MORE JOY!, Duran Duran with CHAI
Wake Me Up, Foals
Bubblin, Anderson .Paak
Déjà vu, Olivia Rodrigo
We’re Good, Dua Lipa
New Shapes, Charlie XCX with Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek