May 2020

Oye. Almost 8 weeks?! Stay-at-home restrictions are still in place for at least another month so if you do leave your bubble, stay 6 feet apart and don’t be dumb – wear a mask. That’s really all I have to say on that. Now to the music:

Here’s what you’ll hear in this month’s playlist:

  • I’m Ready – Sam Smith & Demi Lovato
  • Freedom – Kygo & Zak Abel
  • Do Si Do – Diplo & Blanco Brown
  • Broke Boy (Club Mix) – Malia Civetz
  • somebody loves you – Jeremy Zucker
  • I Got You – Bazzi
  • you broke me first – Tate McRae
  • Sunday Best – Surfaces
  • I’ll Wait – Kygo & Sasha Sloan
  • Say So – Doja Cat
  • Champagne Night – Lady Antebellum
  • Hold You Tonight – Gryffin & Chris Lane
  • The Sound – The 1975
  • Sad Tonight – Chelsea Cutler
  • Life in the City – The Lumineers
  • Down By the River – Koosen, Green Bull & FETS
  • Love Song – Duke Dumont
  • Missing U – Robyn
  • Best Part (feat. H.E.R) – Daniel Caesar
  • Check Your Phone – Cheap Cuts
  • Get Ready – Pitbull
  • Lie Machine – Sole Sole
  • Boys Like You – Kids At Midnight
  • I Know Alone – HAIM
  • We Are Warriors – Avril Lavigne
  • Off the Grid (feat. Khalid) – Aline Baraz
  • Monsters – Midnight Kids [did the people of Midnight Kids talk to the people of Kids At Midnight to discuss band names?!]
  • Straight to You – Stephanie Poetri
  • ilomilo – Billie Eilish
  • Cotton Candy Skies – I See Colors, GLNNA
  • Last Time – Midnight Kids
  • Peligrosa (Mimosas) – Matoma, LATENIGHTJIGGY

As always, you can find this playlist and all others on Spotify and Apple Music by searching “baconama.” On Spotify, this month’s playlist is titled “Against The Grain_May 2020.” Apple Music users can find it titled “May 2020.” 

 

 

April 2020

This has been a hard three weeks for all of us and even harder weeks are to come. We all should be working from home by now, with the exception of essential workers (thanks, Mom & Stacy!). Working remotely can be a challenging adjustment for many people who weren’t used to it before, and we’re all just trying to figure out if we really CAN take that WebEx meeting from our couch while wearing PJ bottoms and a button down. It’s weird. 

One piece of advice that I have for you right now is to mix up where you work every day. Some days call for sitting in your comfy La-Z-Boy by the window, while others require sitting at your desk staring at an Excel file for 8 hours. If you’re anything like me, no day is the same. The one thing that DOES remain the same is my background music. April’s playlist is the perfect mix of upbeat and chill tunes to get you in the mood for whatever day you have in store.

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Wildflower – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Believe (feat. Justin Timberlake) – Meek Mill
  • Maniac – Conan Gray
  • Forever Yours (Avicii Tribute) – Kygo, Avicii, & Sandro Cavazza
  • Kings & Queens – Ava Max
  • Never Seen the Rain – Tones And I
  • How To Be Lonely – Rita Ora
  • Forever – FLETCHER
  • Modern Loneliness – Lauv
  • Break My Heart – Dua Lipa
  • Better Days – OneRepublic
  • Last Time I Say Sorry – Kane Brown & John Legend (unexpected collab, but I’m cool with it)
  • Aftertaste (feat. Morgan St. Jean) – Loud Luxury
  • Like It Is – Kygo, Zara Larsson, & Tyga
  • I Love You’s – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Break Up Song – Little Mix
  • julia – Jeremy Zucker
  • Good Example – R3HAB & Andy Grammer
  • OK, All Right – David Archuleta (I smell a comeback!)
  • Hold Me Close (feat. Ella Henderson) – Sam Feldt
  • This City (Acoustic) – Sam Fischer
  • Upside Down – KANDY
  • California (feat. Fairground Saints) – Molly Parton
  • You should be sad (Tiesto Remix) – Halsey & Tiesto
  • Think About You (feat. Valerie Broussard) [Galantis Remix] – Kygo
  • Rojo – J Balvin
  • Better Day (feat. Aloe Blacc) – Young Bombs
  • One Touch – Jess Glynne & Jax Jones
  • Mistakes – Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith
  • Harder – Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha
  • Built to Last (feat. RORY) – Feki, RORY
  • Better Apart (feat. Dresage) – Jai Wolf, Dresage

As always, you can find this playlist and all others on Spotify and Apple Music by searching “baconama.” On Spotify, this month’s playlist is titled “Against The Grain_April 2020.” Apple Music users can find it titled “April 2020.” 

Enjoy and please stay home and safe. Cheers! 

March 2020

Happy March, friends! Chicago is finally seeing sunshine after months of gloom and grey skies. Temperatures are creeping above 45, which means midwesterners have already opened their windows and have swapped their parkas for jeans and a tee shirt. It’s inevitable that we’ll still have one more snow storm and cold snap, but for now, we’re embracing the sun and “warmth.” 

To get you in the Spring spirit, I’ve prepared a 2 hour+ playlist just for you. Here’s what you’ll hear:

  • ON (feat. Sia) – BTS
  • Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  • Sail Into the Sun – Gentlemen Hall
  • No Cars Go – Arcade Fire
  • Feel Me – Selena Gomez
  • Great Unknown – X Ambassadors
  • Intentions (feat. Quavo) – Justin Bieber
  • No Judgement – Niall Horan
  • Know Your Worth – Khalid & Disclosure
  • To Die For – Sam Smith
  • No Time To Die – Billie Eilish
  • Heartless (feat. Morgan Wallen) – Diplo & Julia Michaels
  • Oh My God – Alec Benjamin
  • Forever (feat. Post Malone) – Justin Bieber
  • No Shame – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Birthday – Anne-Marie
  • Demons – Alec Benjamin
  • Mean It (feat. Wrabel) – Cash Cash
  • Therapy – Duke Dumont
  • Never Felt a Love Like This – Galantis & Hook N Sling
  • Better Off Without You (feat. Shift K3Y) – Becky Hill
  • Born To Love (feat. SHELLS) – Meduza
  • Moon Rider (feat. Wrabel) – Jai Wolf
  • Older – Shallou & Daya
  • Say My Name (feat. Zyra) – ODESZA
  • Lucky Me (feat. Great Good Fine Ok) – The Knocks
  • Nostalgic – ARIZONA
  • Keep It Simple (feat. Wilder Woods) – Matoma, Petey, Wilder Woods
  • The Reason Why – JP Cooper, Stefflon Don, Banx & Ranx
  • When We Were Young – Lost Kings, Norma Jean Martine
  • Younger – Jonas
  • Old Me – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • All Night (feat. Ally Brooke) – Afrojack
  • The Other Side – SZA & Justin Timberlake
  • Nights Like This – Loud Luxury & CID
  • Anywhere – Rita Ora
  • Follow You – Cheat Codes
  • Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant) – ODESZA

As always, head over to Spotify or Apple Music and search for “baconama.” This month’s playlist is called “Against The Grain_March 2020.” Apple Music fans, you’ll find this playlist under “March 2020.” Enjoy! 

February 2020

Is it just me or did January feel like it was 17 weeks long? It was tough, but we’ve finally made it to February, people! 29 days to jam out to this month’s playlist!

  • The Road – Faouzia
  • Anyone – Demi Lovato
  • Tusa – Karol G & Nicki Minaj
  • UCLA (feat. 24hrs) – RL Grime
  • What A Man Gotta Do – Jonas Brothers
  • Make You Feel My Love – JJ Heller
  • Wait (Chromeo Remix) – Maroon 5 [Also added this one to my Work Out playlist for those on Apple Music…]
  • Wherever You Are – Kodaline
  • When Boys Cry – Kiesza
  • In Your Eyes (feat. Alida) – Robin Schulz
  • Rare – Selena Gomez
  • I Lived – Ketreyah
  • You should be sad – Halsey
  • Ring – Selena Gomez
  • July – Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges [Have had this one on repeat recently]
  • This City – Sam Fischer
  • Flames – R3HAB, Zayn, & Jungleboi
  • Stay – Gracie Abrams [Anyone else think Stacey Abrams? Too much politics for me? Okay..]
  • Get Me (feat. Kehlani) – Justin Bieber
  • Little of Your Love (BloodPop Remix) – HAIM & BloodPop
  • Only The Young – Taylor Swift [Have you watched the Miss Americana documentary on Netflix yet? Highly recommend: 11/10]
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • Sometimes – H.E.R
  • 11 Minutes (feat. Travis Barker) – Yungblud & Halsey
  • Dynamite – China Anne McClain [I realize this is a Disney pop cover of Taio
  • I’m On Fire – Chromatics
  • Tonight – Kesha

Head over to Spotify or Apple Music, search “baconama.” Spotify’s playlists are titled “Against the Grain_February 2020” and Apple Music’s are just “February 2020.”

When do you usually jam out to your playlists? While cleaning? At your desk? Have it on while you’re whipping up dinner? I want to know! Comment below with how you listen to these playlists 🙂 

January 2020

It never fails that every January, I struggle with writing the new year on my work. From writing the new date in the top right corner of my homework in high school to saving any new Excel documents for work, it’s inevitable that I put the previous year for at least the first week of the new year. Anyone else? 

Anyway… this month’s playlist has a lot of high intensity, high BPM, dance jams that are just ready to help you push through your new workout routine that you’ll hopefully maintain past February 15th. I’m not sure if I just gravitate toward these upbeat songs or if artists tend to release these hits around this time of year knowing that we’ll need an awesome workout playlist?

Here’s what’s on this month’s list:

  • Chills – Why Don’t We
  • Yummy – Justin Bieber
  • Where I’m Going (feat. Ronak) – Miles Away
  • Don’t Start Now (Kungs Remix) – Dua Lipa
  • Fades Away (feat. MishCatt) [Tribute Concert Version] – Avicii
  • Kiss Somebody (with Seeb) – Julie Bergan
  • Flames (feat. Jungleboi) – R3HAB & Zayn
  • Push My Luck – The Chainsmokers
  • No Good – Ally Brooke
  • everything i wanted – Billie Eilish
  • On Somebody – Ava Max
  • Hold On (feat. Michel Zitron) – Martin Garrix & Matisse & Sadko
  • Never Alone (feat. VCATION) [Angelo Huth Remix] – Felix Jaehn & MESTO
  • Magnetic – MONSTA X & Sebastian Yatra
  • Alone, Pt. II – Alan Walker & Ava Max
  • The Git Up (feat. Ciara) [Remix] – Blanco Brown [Okay, hear me out. It’s good. That’s it.]
  • Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi
  • Never Be The Same (feat. Rosie Darling) – Tritonal
  • The Power (Leftwing : Kody Remix) – Duke Dumont & Zak Abel
  • We Got Love (feat. Ella Henderson) – Sigala
  • Breathe – James Arthur
  • Falling – Harry Styles
  • Post Malone (feat. RANI) [Gattuso Remix] – Sam Feldt
  • Glitter – Benee
  • All Me (feat. Keyshia Cole) – Kehlani
  • Wide Open – FRENSHIP
  • On My Way (Rain or Shine Remix) – Tobtok
  • Swing Swing – ayokay

As always, you can find January’s playlist by searching “baconama” on Spotify and Apple Music. Don’t forget about the “Best of 2019” playlist, as well! 

December 2019

Well, folks. It’s here. The last monthly playlist of the year (and DECADE?!?!?!).

I’m going to let that one sit in for a sec.

 

Okay, now that you’ve fully come to terms with the fact that we are about to enter another decade (WHAAAAAAA?!), it’s time to see what’s on the December playlist. It’s a shorter one this month because if you’re like me, you most likely have NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays” + John Legend’s “What Christmas Means to Me” on repeat already and don’t have that much time for normal jams. Also, you’re probably busy watching every A Christmas Prince or Vanessa Hudgens Christmas installment on Netflix, so obviously can’t simultaneously listen to music and pay attention. It’s also hard to hear regular music over the sound of you munching on Christmas cookies. I’m just making it easier on you guys, really.

Here’s what you’d hear on December’s playlist:

  • Kissing Other People – Lennon Stella (Reminder that this is the girl from Nashville tv show with Hayden P.)
  • All This Time – Deorro
  • Luna – Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Up All Night – Khalid (He can do no wrong)
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
  • Live Before I Die – Naughty Boy & Mike Posner
  • Mean It – Lauv & LANY
  • Gonna Get Funky – GRiZ
  • Feels Like – Midsplit, Proto & Chin Chilla
  • Say Hi – Codeko & Austin Mahone
  • Used to Love – Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis
  • Now I’m In It – HAIM
  • Say It Again – AJ Mitchell
  • Crash Into Me – Steve Aoki & Darren Criss (Had this one on repeat for a bit yesterday. Before reverting back to holiday music – I’m not a monster.)
  • One Foot – Walk The Moon
  • Fades Away (feat. MishCatt) [Tribute Concert Version] – Avicii
  • Put A Little Love On Me – Niall Horan (Once again, the OneD guys released new music on the same day. Do their agents talk? Is this planned? Would love to know.)
  • Family (with Kygo) – The Chainsmokers & Kygo
  • Adore You – Harry Styles

 

Alright, that’s it. Just over an hour of music for ya. As always, head over to Spotify or Apple Music, search “baconama.” Spotify’s playlists are titled “Against the Grain_December 2019” and Apple Music’s are just “December 2019.” Hope you enjoy and happy holidays, everyone!

November 2019

Well folks, fall is officially here and I have the inevitable post-flu shot cold that comes with the season. ‘Tis the time to stock up on apple cider and gluten-free donuts (shout out to the true MVP, Yates Cider Mill) and break out the flannel button downs and fuzzy vests. 

While you’re at it, why don’t you pop over to Apple Music or Spotify, check out the most recent ATG playlist and jam away? Perhaps while you carve pumpkins or sip your Captains and cider by the fireplace? Maybe even while you’re digging into turkey & gluten-free stuffing? Just a thought… Here’s what you’d hear if you did:

  • Spicy (feat. Charli XCX) – Herve Pagez & Diplo [90s chicks rejoice!]
  • Love U – Monsta X
  • RITMO (Bad Boys for Life) – The Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin [another 90s throwback]
  • Baila Conmigo – Jennifer Lopez
  • Hurt People – Gryffin & Aloe Blacc
  • Baggage – Gryffin, Gorgon City & AlunaGeorge
  • Nice to Meet Ya – Niall Horan
  • Lights Up – Harry Styles [Interesting timing that Niall and Harry (& Liam but whatev) would release new songs in the same week…]
  • Lose You to Love Me – Selena Gomez [No doubt this is about JB and I’m here for it]
  • Make It Right (feat. Lauv) – BTS
  • Problems – A R I Z O N A
  • Look At Her Now – Selena Gomez
  • I’ll Be There – Walk Off The Earth
  • Lose Control – Meduza, Becky Hill, Goodboys
  • 10,000 Hours (w/ Justin Bieber) – Dan + Shay
  • Sims – Lauv
  • Lie – Lukas Graham
  • Make You Mine – Public
  • Bruises (Live) – Lewis Capaldi
  • Need Your Love – Gryffin, Seven Lions & Noah Kahan
  • Trigger – Major Lazer & Khalid [More on the chill side for Major Lazer, which I don’t hate]
  • Faith (feat. Mr. Probz) – Galantis & Dolly Parton [Yes, you read that right]
  • Turn It Up – Hootie & The Blowfish [Yes, you read that one correctly too… what a strange world 2019 is]
  • Raising Hell (feat. Big Freedia) – Kesha
  • You Don’t Even Know Me – Faouzia [Someone get this chick on a track with Sia & Florence & The Machine ASAP]
  • Body Back (feat. Maia Wright) – Gryffin
  • Survivor – 2WEI
  • Mirror – Samantha Smith
  • Orphans – Coldplay
  • Blind Leading the Blind – Mumford & Sons

You guys can find this playlist (and all others!) by searching “baconama” on SpotifyI updated my photo so I’m easier to find. If you see a face with gold jacks-like earrings, you’re in the right spot. This month’s playlist is titled “Against The Grain_November 2019“. For my Apple Music followers (hi mom, Stephen, & Stacy!), search “baconama” and you’ll find the “November 2019” playlist. 

September and October 2019

After taking a month away from ATGchi to get hitched and travel to Greece (stay tuned for some pretty sweet itineraries), I’m back and have a special treat for you! Since I didn’t make a playlist for September (except an awesome 6.5+ hour playlist of your dreams called “Wedding Day Beats” that can be found on my Spotify profile), I’m giving you a DOUBLE playlist! That’s right – two months’ worth of tunes for your eardrums.

I’m currently jamming to this playlist as I’m staring out the window at the gloomiest of gloomy days and can honestly say that these tunes are getting me through. Check out the perfect blend of mmst-mmst and mmm below:

  • All The Time – Zara Larsson
  • Keep You Mine – NOTD & Shy Martin
  • Kill The Lights (w/ Nile Rodgers) [Audien Remix] – Alex Newell, Jess Glynne & DJ Cassidy
  • Love On Me – Galantis & Hook N Sling
  • Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
  • Right Back (feat. A Boogie wit da Hoodie) – Khalid
  • All Around the World (feat. Bryn Christopher) – Matoma
  • What Am I – Why Don’t We
  • RAIN – Ben Platt
  • Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Taylor Swift [Anyone else say the Half-Blood Prince? Just me? Cool.]
  • Paper Rings – Taylor Swift [We cut our wedding cake to this song!]
  • London Boy – Taylor Swift
  • Daylight – Taylor Swift
  • Rollercoaster – Jonas Brothers
  • Slow Dance (feat. Ava Max) – AJ Mitchell
  • The Git Up – Blanco Brown [The most addicting song ever]
  • Dance Monkey – Tones and I
  • Thing For You – David Guetta & Martin Solveig
  • Back & Forth – MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill
  • Walking On a Dream – Empire of the Sun [Flashbacks to MSU tailgates, anyone?]
  • Proud – Marshmello
  • Don’t Give Up On Me – Andy Grammer
  • if we never met – JOHN.k
  • Torn – Ava Max
  • Motivation – Normani [a JAM]
  • In Your Arms – Illenium & X Ambassadors
  • Dreams (feat. Dakota & T-Pain) – Alex Ross [Reminds me of a song that’d play in A&F circa 2007]
  • Call If You Need Me – Galantis
  • Peanut Butter Jelly – Galantis
  • I’m Not Alright – Loud Luxury & Bryce Vine [Slowly getting okay with this country & dance hybrid thing]
  • Wish You Well – Sigala & Becky Hill
  • Champion (feat. Tia Ray) – Jason Derulo
  • We Were Young (feat. JP Cooper) – Petit Biscuit & DROELOE
  • Look Away – Stephen Puth
  • Sax – Fleur East [If you’re in a bad mood, listen to this.]
  • Wanted – OneRepublic
  • Let It Be Me – Steve Aoki & Backstreet Boys [Backstreet’s back, alright?!]
  • OMG – Gryffin & Carly Rae Jepsen [Carly is having a MOMENT and I’m 100% here for it]
  • Lonely – Diplo & Jonas Brothers
  • Good Thing – Zedd & Kehlani
  • Heartless (feat. Morgan Wallen) – Diplo
  • Imperfections – Celine Dion [Celine!!!!!!!!]
  • Slide Away – Miley Cyrus
  • I Wish – Hayley Kiyoko
  • Love Me Less (feat. Kim Petras) – MAX & Kim Petras
  • Legends – Now United
  • Feelings – Lauv
  • Could Have Been You – Jake Miller
  • Holy Water – Galantis [Galantis can do no wrong, IMO]
  • Me Quedare Contigo (feat. Lenier & El Micha) – Pitbull & Ne-Yo
  • The Power – Duke Dumont & Zak Abel
  • This Is Real – Jax Jones & Ella Henderson [Great combo!]
  • Somebody To Love – OneRepublic
  • Lady – Blake Rose
  • Young And In Love – Ingrid Michaelson
  • Carry Me Away – John Mayer
  • Circles – Post Malone
  • Rooting For You – Alessia Cara
  • Shotgun – George Ezra

Reminder that you can find this playlist, and all others, by searching “baconama” on Spotify. This month’s playlist is titled “Against The Grain_Sept and Oct 2019“. For my Apple Music followers, search “baconama” and you’ll find the “September 2019” and “October 2019” playlists ready to go!

 

August 2019

It’s time for the clichéd question: “HoW iS iT aLrEaDy AuGuSt?!” I’ve asked it. You’ve asked it. Heck, you probably used it as an icebreaker this morning when you found yourself alone at the coffee machine with Karen from accounting (Sorry to all the Karens out there, but it just fits, you know?)

In my mind, we still have plenty of summer left. Maybe it’s the realist in me *cough global-warming-is-real-and-imminent-and-we-need-to-do-something-now cough*, but I know we’ll still be able to go to the North Ave beach way into September – I’m not stressing about Chiberian temperatures just yet. Plenty of summer left means plenty of time to enjoy some #summertimechi tunes, so here you go!

  • Chasing Colours (Plastic Plates Remix) – All the Lights
  • Don’t Let Them – Young Bombs
  • I Love You Always Forever – Betty Who [Such a good cover of the Donna Lewis bop]
  • Get What You Give – Felix Cartal
  • Cruise – Clément Leroux
  • Post Malone (feat. RANI) – Sam Feldt
  • Takeaway (feat. Lennon Stella) – The Chainsmokers & Illenium [Yes, this is the girl from the TV show, Nashville!]
  • Lying (feat. Lil Tjay) – PRETTYMUCH
  • MOOD 4 EVA (feat. Oumou Sangaré) – Beyonce, Jay-Z & Childish Gambino
  • The Archer – Taylor Swift
  • Moments Passed – Dermot Kennedy
  • How Do You Sleep? – Sam Smith [Loving the new and proud Sam!]
  • Chasing Fire – Lauv [so catchy]
  • Riva (Restart the Game) (feat. Broken Back) [Radio Edit] – Klingande
  • Jubel – Klingande
  • Perm – Bruno Mars [throwback!]
  • Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
  • Say My Name – Destiny’s Child [Can you tell I was into throwbacks at the time?]
  • Better Luck Next Time – Kelsea Ballerini [From the show Songland]
  • BLOW – Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars [LOVING Ed’s newest album!!]
  • Cross Me (feat. Chance the Rapper) – Ed Sheeran
  • I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber (Have requested this song several times at the past couple of weddings/events we’ve been at)
  • Great One – Jessie Reyez
  • Karaoke (feat. Lizzo) – Big Freedia [LIZZOOO!]
  • Electricity (feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson) – Silk City, Dua Lipa
  • OCEAN AWAY – Jake Miller
  • We Were Young (feat. JP Cooper) – Petit Biscuit & DROELOE
  • Champion (feat. Tia Ray) – Jason Derulo
  • Wish You Well – Sigala & Becky Hill [Haven’t heard a Sigala song I haven’t loved]
  • I’m Not Alright – Loud Luxury & Bryce Vine

 

Alrighty, that’s it folks! Another playlist made just for YOU! Reminder that you can find this playlist, and all others, by searching “baconama” on Spotify. This month’s playlist is titled “Against The Grain_August 2019“. For my Apple Music followers (shout out to my brother and SIL), search “baconama” and you’ll find the “August 2019” playlist ready to go!