You know how it goes. You’ve had a long week, rife with classes and work and other responsibilities, but all you want to do is crack a beer and get some sun. Luckily, your good buddy Karl is here to give you the new edition of Porch Jams, all handpicked from the annals of music to perfectly complement your porch brew experience.
Fan Favorites are picked from the top comment of the previous edition.
My favorite is based on whichever suggested track I dig the most.
Be sure to leave your own suggestions in the comments for a chance to be
featured on next week’s list. Let’s crank some tunes.
Fan Favorite: Friends In Low Places, Garth Brooks
Suggested by Constantines_Cross. A country music favorite, this song works as well for the porch as it does for the blackout. Sing along if you’re not a commie. As I’ve previously mentioned, Garth isn’t big on putting his stuff online, so don’t expect a miracle on the Spotify list.
Karl’s Favorite: Peace of Mind, Boston
Suggested by Andy Bernard. Boston has always stood out to me for their hot basslines and their sick album art (guitar shaped spaceships are F). Be sure to air guitar when Tom Scholz starts telling you to take a look ahead.
1. Straight to Hell, Drivin N Cryin
Most people tell me this is a sad song, but I think it’s one of the best to croon along with while ass deep in a lawn chair. Best when accompanied with a plethora of sin (not too much though).
2. Whole Lotta Love, Zeppelin
The Zeppelin II vs IV debate is a lasting part of rock and roll fandom. Whole Lotta Love, off II, stands strong as a key reason for this. A perfect song for some killer hip gyrations while standing on a table.
3. Hurricane, Bob Dylan
The ballad of Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter, a stellar boxer who was falsely convicted of murder. I was torn between this version and the folksier four minute take, so give that one a listen if you have a chance.
4. Katmandu, Bob Seger
We all love the USA, but sometimes you just want to go out and see something new. Bob Seger pretty much sums up the wanderlust in this song that’s accompanied by some smooth piano and hot trumpet. We love you, Bob.
5. Wasted, Gucci Mane ft. Plies
This is THE song of 2010. That opening “Rockstar lifestyle might don’t make it shit” is worth a Grammy on its own. I hope Gucci stays (100 emoji) when he gets out of the joint. Side note, what the fuck happened to Plies?
6. Heartland, George Strait
Nobody’s more qualified to sing about the Heartland than Mr. Strait. I managed to get a copy of 50 Number Ones and even though it’s scratched to shit I still crank it up at least once a week. Highly recommend purchasing it.
7. Up Around the Bend, CCR
Better known as “the song in every football movie set in the South”. The perfect combination of motivational and hardcore. Also a great listen before and during IM softball.
8. Slow Ride, Foghat
In addition to making you recall “Dazed and Confused”, this song is incredibly chill. If you’re more about the 8 minute version then knock yourself out, but if it’s drinking you’re doing then keep it short and sweet.
9. American Woman, The Guess Who
I bet the first people who heard this song were asking “that’s it?” when the intro ended, then these Canucks rocked their faces off and helped usher in a decade of blow and great hair. I bet the 70’s ruled.
10. I Gotta Get Drunk, George Jones (ft. Willie Nelson)
The Possum, while more renowned for his songs about loves lost and life lived, had a real fun side to him as well. This song, about blowing your money at the bar and making too many friends you’ll never see again, is about as relatable as they come.
11. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
Easily the most poignant and painful protest song about Vietnam, the lyrics might bring a tear to your eye. It’s also been covered by a number of artists, but nobody sings it like Springfield.
12. Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams
It’s a well-known fact that Bryan Adams was nine in the summer of 1969, and that this song is about a sexual position. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s an American classic and an ideal porch jam. Fun fact, it’s also big in Nepal, whose primary city is Kathmandu. “Whoa, Karl. Quit blowing my mind dude.”
13. Who Do You Love, George Thorogood
Another song about being a badass. If you live in a dingy sort of house, be sure to pose Joe Dirt style when the honeys walk by. They’ll have to call FEMA due to the flooding in their panties.
14. Tennessee River, Alabama
Any person with ties to a landmark can relate to this tune. Between the steel guitar and the lyrical genius of Randy Owen, this song will get you settled down before it puts you on your feet with some scorching hot fiddle.
15. One Time 4 Your Mind, Nas (ft. Large Professor)
Off The Illmatic. Nas is arguably the finest Chicago Drill rapper in the game. Let him and LP slip into your ears and blow your mind.
Again, be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments section for a chance to be featured on next week’s list. As always, don’t drink and drive.
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