A Gigawatt Jukebox themed playlist
From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control. In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date.
It’s happened to everyone at some point: the experience of lost time. You’ll be doing something routine, when you suddenly snap out of it. Without realizing it, you just spent a few minutes in a trance. Without knowing it, you were almost hypnotized by a song. Every song tells a story, but some have the power to lure you like a Siren from Greek mythology. It may begin with a quiet pulsating rhythm or simple chord repetition, but then it builds.
You are hooked now, flying the magic carpet that genie of a songwriter whisked you away with, climbing higher and higher. At last, the song crescendos into the dramatic climax you have been anticipating. Afterward, you are left thinking, “Well, that just happened!” This playlist is a tribute to the songwriters who captivate us as if we were desperately turning the page of a late-night book we just can’t put down.
1. LETTERS FROM THE SKY – CIVIL TWILIGHT
2. PILGRIM – FINK
3. ATLAS – COLDPLAY
4. ONE LINE – PJ HARVEY
5. WEAPON – MATTHEW GOOD
6. SLEDGEHAMMER – RIHANNA
7. ANGEL – MASSIVE ATTACK
8. MADE OF STONE – MATT CORBY
9. BE HERE NOW – RAY LAMONTAGNE
10. THE DRIVER, PART 2 – TERRY REID
11. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU – U2
With such powerful storytelling in mind, it is no surprise that some of these songs were either written for or featured in films. The Hunger Games franchise features Coldplay’s “Atlas.” “Letters from the Sky” was featured at the end of I am Number Four. Rhianna’s “Sledgehammer” was on the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack, and “The Driver Part 2” was a collaboration of Hans Zimmer and Terry Reid for Days of Thunder. TV series featured some of this list as well. Massive Attack drove the mystery behind Zoe Bartlett’s kidnapping in season 4 of The West Wing, PJ Harvey celebrated Rory and Dean’s first kiss in Gilmore Girls, and Matt Corby was featured on The Blacklist.
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