I’m writing on important business: with the entirely work-appropriate objective to assemble the greatest makeout playlist of all time. This living, breathing organism will live under my employer’s name on Man Repeller’s Spotify account, for all to enjoy in the merry middleground between seduction and s*x. Because March can be dull and making out is underrated, I present for your consideration a modest proposal: that making out can be the activity of the month. Here’s hoping you get really good at it!
I can offer a few jumping-off-points from my measly private playlist entitled “romance,” to get your gears turning:
- “Didn’t I” by Darondo (a timeless and mood-lifting song ripe for any occasion but recently deemed by my musical friend, in an entirely platonic setting, to be “baby-making music”)
- I’d posit that Devendra Banhart is the reigning champion when it comes to sheer volume of makeout songs in an oeuvre (I can verify, in the name of guinea pig journalism, that “Lucky,” “Mi Negrita,” “Saturday Night,” “Brindo,” and “Souvenirs” amount to 17.3 perfect minutes of French kissing bliss). Feel free to challenge me on that.
- “Hey Moon” by John Maus
- “I Want A House” by Mr Twin Sister
- “Apocalypse” by Cigarettes after Sex
- “No Woman” by Whitney
- “Make Out In My Car” (on the nose, I know) by Moses Sumney and Sufjan Stevens, followed by Sufjan’s pining “To Be Alone With You”
- “I’ll Come Too” by James Blake
- The “Rebellion (Lies)” cover by Benjamin Francis Leftwich (a subdued bop from Haley Nahman’s “@halemur” playlist)
And if you have any suggestions for the title of this wholesome mixtape (Tonsil Hockey Disc Jockey?), lay ‘em on me.
Photos via Everett Collection.