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Let’s suppose you’ve read every column I’ve written, internalized, cried, apologized, and changed your style-ish ways. You’ve kicked the flats habit, kept the sweatpants where they belong, and learned to layer appropriately. What now?
You owe it to yourself to parade that Kyle-approved self across this campus. You deserve to feel what I feel everyday. What better way to strut your stuff than a playlist of some of the best runway-ready beats to walk with a purpose?
These tunes will put a little extra swivel in your hips and kick in your step. Remember: head up, chest out, because every day is a fashion show.
From the opening lyrics, “You want me, you love me, you hate me, I don’t care,” no song has been better crafted for runway than this. After watching their music video, girls, you won’t complain about those sensible three inch heels again.
Robyn, Call Your Girlfriend (Kaskade Radio Edit)
Robyn has poised herself as the classiest “other woman” with this remixed cut from her monster of an album, “Body Talk.” Not since ABBA has Sweden sounded so good. A shining example of pop-synth perfection guaranteed to give even granola Sally an extra stride in her Birkenstocks.
Adele, Set Fire To The Rain (Moto Blanco Radio Edit)
She let us hold her hand while she belted her way through a bitter breakup, gifting us one of the best albums in recent years. The track harks the days when the dance divas of the world were equal parts groove and vocal talent. Lacing a dance beat to an Adele song seems to go against nature, yet only proves that when it comes to this powerhouse, she can do no wrong.
Marina + The Diamonds, I Am Not A Robot (The Shoes Remix)
With a whimsical introduction, the song builds effortlessly to the booming bass drop and never lets go. What it lacks in lyrics it makes up for in its thunderous beat. Put this track on at any party and within seconds, there will be two boys parting the crowd in a fierce and ferocious walk-off.
When it comes to music, there are three types of tappers: the toe tapper, the heel tapper, and the body tapper, or as I call them, the dancers.“Kickstarts” will incite full-fledged body tapping. It’s three minutes of pure irreverence. I dare you not to be infected by its joyous chorus.
David Guetta, Titanium (Ft. Sia)
Love him or hate him, the most radio-friendly DJ offers listeners this delicious audible hater blocker cut from his latest release. His smartest move was enlisting the vocals of Australian singer Sia, whose sultry sweet tone holds its own against the booming beat.
I’m never one to advocate following the crowd, but if this track were leading the march over a cliff I would follow. Yes, it’s because as the chorus boasts, “Everybody’s doing it.” It’s a sticky, sweaty, sexy party banger that throws inhibitions—and morals—to the wayside.
Havana Brown, We Run The Night
Forget the girls who run the world, I only care about who runs the night. The formula is nothing novel, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it? With a few shots of tequila, this will start sounding like new wave Mozart. For my obligatory PSA, drink and runway walk responsibly—we have lost too many heels to this silent killer.
Nicole Scherzinger, Wet
You know her as the only Pussycat Doll worth knowing. A rip from her yet-to-be-released debut solo album, “Wet” is a sassy, brassy, and unapologetically sexy track that will get those clothes off as quickly as they went on. Enjoy them while they last.
Kimberly Cole, Smack You
Speaking of Pussycat Dolls, “Smack You” is arguably the best Pussycat Dolls song the dolls never sang. A brazenly forward attack on a “catty bitch,” “Smack You” goes for the jugular and never lets go. But really, who doesn’t like an innocent cat fight? With family friendly lines like, “Get up, oh wait—let me take my heels off between your hips,” it’s a great tune to add to the holiday caroling roster.
There you have it, a track-by-track breakdown for your listening enjoyment. In light of the coming holiday season, here is a link to download the playlist in full (plus a few that just missed the cut)—my gift to you. All I ask for in return is for you to throw away everything in your closet.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kyle Warner at Kyle.R.Warner@colorado.edu.