What's on your favorite mixed tape/CD?

I just made a new mixed tape last weekend for my daily commute and am pleasantly surprised at how well I like it. I’m a car-singer from way back but I really dislike the radio. So, I periodically make mixed tapes for the car (no CD player). Here is the line-up of my most recent.

Side 1:
(Don’t go back to) Rockville by R.E.M.
Somday some morning sometime by Billy Bragg and Wilco
True faith by New Order
I don’t want to grow up by Tom Waits
Another drinkin’ song by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Baker street by Gerry Rafferty
Friend of the Devil by the Grateful Dead
Thank God, I’m a country boy by John Denver
New York City by They Might Be Giants
The ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen
Gloria by U2
Well, allright by Buddy Holly

Side 2:
Guitar town by Steve Earle
Goodnight Saigon by Billy Joel
Standing still by Jewel
Shame on you by the Indigo Girls
Solitary man by Neil Diamond
Mrs. Potter’s lullaby by Counting Crows
Windfall by Son Volt
Redemption song by Ziggy Marley and the Chieftans
John O’Reilly by Charlie Robison
Sara smile by Hall and Oates
Father and son by Cat Stevens

So my questions are, what is on your favorite mixed tape? Did you make it yourself? And if you did, do you have rules on what can go on it? For example, when I make a tape I only allow one song per artist and I’m pretty sure that I have included one They Might Be Giants song on every compilation I have ever made.

This is probably the best one i’ve made in the past 2 months:

**Covenant ** - Bullet
**Interpol **- Obstacle 1
**The Faint **- Call Call
Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday
Cursive - A Red So Deep
**Sparta **- Cut Your Ribbon
**Specials **- Rat Race
**Death In June **- Europa: The Gates of Heaven
**MESH **- Firefly
Dropkick Murphys - Barroom Hero
**Ivory Frequency **- today
**Joy Division **- Transmission
**London After Midnight **- Shatter
**ministry **- just one fix
**Murder City Devils **- I Drink The Wine
**Needle Sharing **- Clicks per second
The Faint- victim convenience
New Order- Here to Stay

My favorite is a slow, mellow, and at times sad cd that I made for myself on October 6, 2001. I wrote the date on it, or else I’d have no idea.

  1. Delerium Heaven’s Earth
  2. Massive Attack Dissolved Girl
  3. Anything Box The Ravine
  4. VNV Nation Left Behind
  5. Tori Amos Famous Blue Raincoat
  6. Black Tape for a Blue Girl Your One Wish
  7. Recoil Missing Piece
  8. BT Satellite
  9. Delerium Inner Sanctum
  10. Anything Box Down
  11. Color Theory For Good
  12. The Cure Letter to Elise
  13. Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  14. Black Tape for a Blue Girl Dulcinea
  15. VNV Nation PTF2012

I haven’t made myself a cd for a while, but I played this one to death a couple of summers ago…

  1. Kent- If You Were Here
  2. Cat Power- Cross Bones Style
  3. Oleander- Are You There?
  4. Lucinda Williams- Can’t Let Go
  5. God Lives Under Water- Mouth
  6. Beth Orton- Stolen Car
  7. Offspring - Amazed
  8. PJ Harvey- C’mon Billy
  9. Phantom Planet- So I Fall Again
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers- I Could Have Lied
  11. Zebra Head- Get Back
  12. Catatonia - Mulder and Scully
  13. Foo Fighters- Bakerstreet
  14. Lisa Loeb- Do You Sleep?
  15. Long Pigs - On and On
  16. Slipknot- Wait and Bleed
  17. Cold - No One
  18. Taproot- I

I just made a mix CD of 187 MP3’s. Bands include the Clarks, Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Cure, Peter Gabriel, Beck, and assorted others.

my latest, entitled incendiary over (yes, i know it’s not gramatically correct, but i was watching ‘almost famous’:

pj harvey - rid of me
seafood - cloaking
liars - mr you’re on fire mr
the hives - hate to say i told you so
jimmy eat world - bleed american
lars fredriksen + the bastards - to have and to have not
h block 101 - group dynamics
chemical brothers - block rockin beats
28 days - do our part
fugazi - lockdown
rival schools - used for glue
the vines - get free
outkast - b.o.b.
black rebel motorcycle club - whatever happened to my rock n’ roll (punk song)
at the drive-in - mannequin republic
and you will know us by the trail of dead - homage
eminem - till i collapse
shihad - the general electric
the living end - roll on
the prodigy - smack my bitch up
rage against the machine - bulls on parade

(it’s very loud and very intense)

My mix CD to end all mix CDs is the Original Linday Mix (My name is really Lindsay, but my friend Margaret burned it for me and misspelled my name. Now all my mixes have to be Linday and not Lindsay)

1–Collective Soul–December
3–Dave Navarro–Rexall
4–Gorillaz–Clint Eastwood
5–Lifehouse–Sick Cycle Carousel
6–Nickleback–How You Remind Me
7–Oleander–Are You There?
8–7 Mary 3–Water’s Edge
9–Stabbing Westward–Save Yourself
10–Stabbing Westward–So Far Away

And almost as good as the Original Linday Mix is Linday Mix Version 2.0

1–Collective Soul–Heavy
2–From Zero–The Other Side
4–Kenna–hell bent
5–Live–Simple Creed
7–Nina Gordon–Tonight and the Rest of My Life
10–Pantera–Cemetery Gates
12–Res–Golden Boys
13–Sevendust–Angel’s Son
15–Tricky–Evolution Revolution Love

My favorite was a tape I made while I was trying (unsuccessfully) to quit smoking. I took samples from the cheesy “Pathways to Change” promotional tape that came with the nicotine patch (it had Bob and Janet, two ex-smokers, helping each other resolve to stay smoke-free) and mixed them with songs that I’m always getting obsessively stuck in my head.

I can’t remember everything that was on it (so that part worked, at least), but the tracks I can remember:

Yaz- Situation
Indigo Girls- Secure Yourself
Deep Purple- Smoke on the Water
Tom Waits- Jockey Full of Bourbon
Suzanne Vega- Tom’s Diner
Aaron Copland/Leonard Bernstein- Rodeo: Hoedown (the Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner commercial music)
Tom Tom Club- Genius of Love
The Ohio Players- Love Rollercoaster
The Breeders- Cannonball
Palm Fabric Orchestra- Angelika Suspended
Hot Butter- Popcorn
Perrey & Kingsley- Baroque Hoedown (Disney’s Main St. Electrical Parade)
R.E.M.- Strange
Lawsuit- Anything
Naked Eyes- Always Something There to Remind Me

Note that if I tried the same thing today, it would definitely include “Where’s Your Head At?” by Basement Jaxx. Insidious.

Well, I don’t have rules, i just put the songs that i’m really into at the time, for example, this would be mine (if I follow the rules of a 1 hour tape, 30mins each side):

Side A:
Pink Floyd - Dogs
Dream Theater - Change Of Seasons

Side B:
Queen - I Want To Break Free (Live Wimbledon '86)
U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name (Live Rattle And Hum DVD)
John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess - Furia Taurina
Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Live Pulse CD1)

I usually have 1 side of studio album songs, and another side of live recordings

Based on 20 track, one song per band. - In order

The effect should be start loud and grab the attention. Then bring it down to medium pace, before slowing it down, then gradually build it up to a climax at the end. - (Based loosly on High Fidelity)

  1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin
  2. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
  3. Around the World - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  4. Everlong - Foo Fighters
  5. Someday - The Strokes
  6. Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
  7. Round Here - Counting Crows
  8. Not My Kinda Scene - Powderfinger
  9. For the Movies - Buckcherry
  10. House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
  11. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
  12. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
  13. Hey Jude - The Beatles
  14. Santeria - Sublime
  15. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
  16. Guitar - Cake
  17. Riverboat Song - Ocean Colour Scene
  18. Turning Japanese - No Use For A Name
  19. Freedom - Rage Against The Machine
  20. 1969 - The Vines

Hey HalberMensch242, would you do me a big favor and email me? Mine’s listed in my profile… yours is not. Thanks in advance.

Re the OP. I rarely make mix tapes for myself (I almost always end up with the same songs), but here’s one I made for myself a few years back that I still like to hear sometimes. Don’t judge me too harshly, there’s one or two ‘guilty pleasure’ songs and at least one inside joke (with myself) song on it:

Side A:
Neil Young - The Loner
Radiohead - Anyone can play guitar
Counting Crows - I Wish I Was a Girl
Cake - Guitar
Alkaline Trio - Cringe
eels - Hospital Food
Soul Coughing - So Far I Have Not Found the Science
The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
Weezer - The World Has Turned And Left Me Here
Korea Girl - B-Side
Pavement - Zurich Is Stained
Bradley Nowell - Eye of Fatima
The Chinkees - Big World

Side B
Radiohead - Exit Music (for a film)
Pavement - Stop Breathing
Piebald - Small Town Outside of Boston
Gomez - Rosalita
Neil Young - Don’t Cry
Ben Harper - Ashes
Neil Young - Old Man
Guster - Demons
Bradley Nowell - Saw Red
Cake - Sheep Go To Heaven
Semisonic - This Will Be My Year
Neil Young and Pearl Jam - What Happened Yesterday
The last mix CD I made was also one of my best. But it wasn’t for me. Here it is though.
1 Archers of Loaf - You and Me
2 The Dismemberment Plan - The Face of the Earth
3 Braid - Please Drive Faster
4 Modest Mouse - Custom Concern
5 Dealership - My Box
6 Bright Eyes - A Perfect Sonnet
7 Cursive - Mothership Mothership Do You Read Me
8 Desaparecidos - What’s New For Fall
9 Alkaline Trio - Cringe
10 This Busy Monster - What She Said
11 The Impossibles - Invisible
12 Recover - Match Like Memory
13 Thursday - This Side of Brightness
14 Piebald - Small Town Outside of Boston
15 The Dismemberment Plan - Following Through
16 Mates of State - A Duel Will Settle This
17 The Impossibles - Connecticut
18 Ozma - Los Angeles
19 Pinback - Rousseau
20 Azure Ray - Sleep

For a complete music geek like myself, this is an amazingly cool question. I made this one about two years ago, give or take, and it’s still the best.
Side A

  1. Nothing, actually. The MP3 didn’t record for some reason.
  2. “Crazy” - Afghan Whigs
  3. “Don’t Need a Reason” - Beth Orton
  4. “Wonderful Love” - Creeper Lagoon
  5. “66” - Afghan Whigs
  6. “Easy Tonight” - Five For Fighting
  7. “Last Stop: This Town” - eels
  8. “Thunderstorm” - Matthew Sweet

Side B

  1. “Don’t Panic” - Coldplay
  2. “Bohemian Like You” - Dandy Warhols
  3. “Wish” - Wild Strawberries
  4. “You’d Better Get Yourself Together, Baby” - The Gigolo Aunts
  5. “Prophecy” - Remy Zero
  6. “Elevation” - U2
  7. “Flower” - eels
  8. “Champagne High” - Sister Hazel
  9. “I’ll Be Back” - Agents of Good Roots

Even though it’s a burned CD, I still get all nostalgic and weepy over mix tapes so I tend to divide them into two sides. Two of my favorite songs are on here - the Afghan Whigs’ “Crazy” and Agents of Good Roots’ “I’ll Be Back” - so I still love it despite some of the more recognizable and (now) overplayed tracks.

White Lightning, your mix CD rocks. How could you have parted with that?

The one I just made is awesome:

Badass Orchestral Mix

  1. The March of Farquaad (Shrek score)
  2. Farscape extended opening theme (Farscape soundtrack)
  3. A Wedding Interrupted (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack)
  4. Hymn to Red October (Hunt for Red October soundtrack)
  5. Deep Space Nine orchestral theme (from a collection of SF TV themes)
  6. Night Flight (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack)
  7. Dragon / Fiona Awakens (Shrek score)
  8. Diablo Wetgrass remix (a remix of the Tristram theme from the Diablo series)
  9. Escape from the Dragon (Shrek score)
  10. Mars, Bringer of War (Holst’s Planets)
  11. Cinematic Suite (Warcraft 3 soundtrack)
  12. Kaneda (Akira soundtrack)
  13. Duel of the Fates (Phantom Menace soundtrack)
  14. X-men Opening theme (from the TV show)
  15. Ancients (Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction soundtrack)
  16. Fifth Element theme (5th elem. soundtrack)

Also favorite is my Smut mix, which I don’t feel like typing all the coding for:

  1. F*ck Her Gently (Tenacious D)
  2. Easily Amused (Starcraft remix)
  3. Sex and Candy (Marcy Playground)
  4. Adidas remix (Korn)
  5. Icicle (Tori Amos)
  6. Laid (James)
  7. P*ssy (Lords of Acid)
  8. Penis song (Monty Python)
  9. Bad Touch (Bloodhound Gang)
  10. Bi (Living Colour)
  11. Leather (Tori Amos)
  12. Closer (Nine Inch Nails)
  13. Detachable Penis (King Missile)
  14. Nookie (Limp Bizkit)
  15. Like Lovers (Texas)
  16. Not a Virgin (Poe)
  17. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver (Primus)
  18. F*ck a Dog (Blink 182)

For some strange reasons, all my friends want copies of that second mix …

My Audio Christmas Card in 2000 went like this:

The Apples in Stereo–Go
Barenaked Ladies–Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank (live)
Bruce Springsteen–Thunder Road (live)
Asylum Street Spankers–St. Louis Blues
Ana Egge–Fairest Of Them All
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones–Bigfoot
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones–Stomping Grounds
Dar Williams–The Babysitter’s Here
Radiohead–Paranoid Android
Phish–The Mango Song
The Reverend–The Devil’s Chasin’ Me
The Beatles–A Day In the Life

I’m also up to Volume 3 in my Schizophrenia series. #1 was made specially for a friend of mine who was having a rough time, and I don’t have the track list, but #2 went like this:

Beck–Mixed Bizness
Government Mule–Temporary Saint
Bob Dylan–I Shall Be Free
Radiohead–The National Anthem
Public Enemy–Louder than a Bomb
Suzanne Vega–Stockings
Ani Difranco–The Slant/The Diner (live)
U2–Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car
Barenaked Ladies–What a Good Boy (live)
Phish–Guyute (live)
Tori Amos–Famous Blue Raincoat

Schizo 3 recently came out, featuring cover art by Jack Chick!

Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins–Live in Japan
The White Stripes–Hotel Yorba
Amy Ray–Lucystoners
They Might Be Giants–She’s an Angel (live)
Oysterhead–Oz is Ever Floating
Oysterhead–Shadow of a Man
Cowboy Junkies–Misguided Angel
Wammo–Doing Time on Aisle 13
Hayseed Dixie–Back in Black
Robbie Fulks–She Took a Lot of Pills (and Died)
Johnny Cash–The Wall
Asylum Street Spankers–Winning War Drugs
Ryan Adams–Sylvia Plath

My 2002 Christmas Card is coming soon!

Dr. J

So, no one’s mentioned “Make Me a Mixtape” by the Promise Ring yet? heheheheh.

“Make me a mixtape, dont leave out husker du, put something on that the cars did in 1982, etc.”

the definitive mix tape song. I myself have included it on a mix tape, titled, oddly enough, “Make me a mix tape”

Side one:
Pizzicato Five Airplane '97, Baby Love Child
Sugar Cubes Mama
NOFX The Decline
Beck Debra
Julie Doiron Dance Music
Nomiya Maki Hard Luck Woman
Man or Astroman Pathways to the Infinite

Side two:
Cornelius Cannabis
Stereolab OLV26
Fear of Pop Avery M. Powers Memorial Beltway
Ben Folds Five Satan is my Master
NOFX Bob, My Vagina
Misfits Last Caress
Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam
Beta Band Goin’ Round the Bend
Garmarna Gamen I Vulture
Kid Loco vs. St. Etienne Love Me Sweet
Pizzicato Five Airplane

everything you could possibly need in a mix tape is right there…

Two I made…

Friday On My Mind

Dyslexic Heart - Paul Westerberg
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Jane’s Getting Serious - Jon Astley
F.N.T - Semisonic
Friday On My Mind - Easybeats
Tonight - Michael Carpenter
She’s A Girl And I’m A Man - Lloyd Cole
Kiss Me On The Bus - The Replacements
Sodajerk - Buffalo Tom
Into Your Arms - The Lemonheads
Someday Someway - Marshall Crenshaw
Your Pleasure’s Mine - SuperDeluxe
Your Blue Door - The Honeydogs
Attitude - The Replacements
Book Of Poems - Old 97’s
Let’s Kill Saturday Night - Robbie Fulks
Friday I’m In Love (Strangelove Mix) - The Cure

New Reindeer In Town

Shouldn’t Have Given Him a Gun For Christmas - Wall Of Voodoo
Hooray For Santa Claus - Sloppy Seconds
Father Christmas - The Kinks
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
Merry Christmas - Face To Face
Super Sunny Christmas - Redd Kross
It’s Always Christmas At My House - The Huntingtons
It’s About That Time - The Idea
The Christmas Twist - Syd Straw
Mary Christmas - Redd Cross
Christmas Vacation - The Descendents
Lonely Christmas - Sloppy Seconds
Three Wise Men - Lime Spiders
Christmas Is Going To The Dogs - Eels
xmas - Buzz Of Delight
Mary X-Mess - Sun 60
Christmas Is Coming - The Payolas
Stepping Into Christmas - The Wedding Present
Santa’s Beard - They Might Be Giants
Underneath The Christmas Tree - Bill Lloyd
Christmas Time - Chris Stamey Gruop
Christmas - The Posies
Christmas Eve - Teenage Fanclub

And one I received in a holiday trade…


Paper Star - Neilson Hubbard
What You Do To Me - Teenage Fanclub
Slackjawed - The Connells
Brand New Baby - Semisonic
No Matter What - Badfinger
Girlfriend - Matthew Sweet
Alex Chilton - The Replacements
Raining Butterflies - Liquor Giants
In The Street - Big Star
Flavor Of The Month - The Posies
Tokarev - The Subteens
Believe What You’re Saying - Sugar
Holiday - The Get Up Kids
Allison’s Starting To Happen - The Lemonheads
Don’t Ask - The Lovehandles
Sodajerk - Buffalo Tom
C’mon C’mon - Gigolo Aunts
Stain Yer Blood - Paul Westerberg
My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
Surrender - Cheap Trick
A Girl Like You - The Smithereens
Freak Of The Week - Marvelous 3
Sucked Out - Superdrag
Outta Sight Outta Mind - Wilco
Shallow End - Superchunk