Sunday Spotify Sixteen Squared: 4/10/16 (Part I)


So, I had this genius idea.  I wanted to do sixteen of my Sunday Spotify Sixteen playlist in one day.  Each playlist would encompass one year of the 21st century, ranging from 2001 to the unfinished year of 2016.  And for the record, the year 2000 is still part of the 20th century.  But, I digress.

Why am I doing this?  Well, other than the fact that I’m completely nuts, I wanted to get your brains thinking about the best music to come out of Texas this century.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, I’d like to do a Top 500 Countdown of Texas songs of the 21st century.  Yes, it’s a somewhat ambitious project.  Okay, it’s an insane idea, but I think it could be fun.  I may regret saying that later; we’ll see.

In the meantime, take a listen to these sixteen playlists.  The original goal was to name every artist on every playlist be unique.  I was not able to pull that off, but there are surprisingly few repeats here.  It’s also worth noting that these playlists help display the many shades of the Texas musical rainbow.  The songs range from obscure to mainstream, from heavy to sweet, with acts from Dallas to El Paso and everywhere in between (and many in between neither city).

As you listen, ponder which acts and songs you’d like to see in my countdown.  Then take some time to communicate with The Ghost.  Let me know your opinion.  This list will be a combination of both my opinions as well as yours.  The songs will be judged on everything from popularity to quality to how influential the track was.  But enough about this.  Want to reflect on the 21st century?  Well let’s start with…


  1. “Castanets”, Alejandro Escovedo
  2. “On the Sagtikos”, centro-matic
  3. “Gravitate”, Chomsky
  4. “I’m Okay”, Clumsy
  5. “Bodies”, Drowning Pool
  6. “Gonna Be a Rockstar”, Happiness Factor
  7. “Falling from Cloud 9”, Lift to Experience
  8. “Dragon Lady”, Lucy Loves Schroeder
  9. “Call Me”, N’Dambi
  10. “King of All the World”, Old 97’s
  11. “Whatever Whatever”, Riverboat Gamblers
  12. “Alcohol Drip”, Sorta
  13. “Hello”, Sugarbomb
  14. “Hell Below/Stars Above”, Toadies
  15. “Make It Thru”, Todd Deatherage
  16. “We Love Pepsi”, Vibrolux


  1. “Alright”, Baboon
  2. “Lollipop”, Corn Mo
  3. “Four Steps”, Doosu
  4. “30 Day Hump”, Evamore
  5. “Hypocrite”, Jibe
  6. “Another Try at Something New”, Macavity
  7. “Let It Go”, Mur
  8. “Don’t Know Why”, Norah Jones
  9. “Out Come the Knives”, The Paper Chase
  10. “Jambalaya”, Red Animal War
  11. “Galaxy 500”, Reverend Horton Heat
  12. “Come Around”, Rhett Miller
  13. “Sweetness, That’s Your Cue”, Slobberbone
  14. “I’m Everything Without You”, Slowride
  15. “Rock and Roll Days”, Sparrows
  16. “Cut Your Ribbon”, Sparta


  1. “Emily Mazurinsky”, The Adventures of Jet
  2. “Going Back Song”, The Baptist Generals
  3. “Razorblade”, Blue October
  4. “The Crooner Rides Again”, Budapest One
  5. “Judgment Day Blues”, Carolyn Wonderland
  6. “The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower”, The Deathray Davies
  7. “Goin’ South”, Dixie Witch
  8. “Love of My Life (Worldwide)”, Erykah Badu
  9. “Catatonic Film Star”, Jetscreamer
  10. “Miss Independent”, Kelly Clarkson
  11. “Milo”, Matt the Electrician
  12. “It Ends With a Fall”, Okkervil River
  13. “Skies So Blue”, The Rocket Summer
  14. “Boys Lie Girls Steal”, Slow Roosevelt
  15. “Dear Claudia”, SouthFM
  16. “Beetle Orange”, Spoonfed Tribe


  1. “The Rules”, Ben Kweller
  2. “I’m Good Now”, Bob Schneider
  3. “1985”, Bowling for Soup
  4. “Serious”, [DARYL]
  5. “Teenage Dope Fiend”, Flickerstick
  6. “Lower 48”, The Gourds
  7. “Badass”, Kacy Crowley
  8. “Steady as She Goes”, Li’l Cap’n Travis
  9. “Goodbye”, Little Grizzly
  10. “Balloon Maker”, Midlake
  11. “The End’s Not Near”, The New Year
  12. “Impossible”, Pleasant Grove
  13. “Last Second”, Record Hop
  14. “1978”, Salim Nourallah
  15. “Get Used to Disappointment”, Sara Radle
  16. “Nowhere Again”, Secret Machines


  1. “Gospel”, Charlie Sexton
  2. “Goodbye Daily Sadness”, Cruiserweight
  3. “Plan to Stay Awake”, The Deathray Davies
  4. “I Wasn’t Prepared”, Eisley
  5. “Borderline”, Eliza Gilkyson
  6. “The Vice and Virtue Ministry”, The Happy Bullets
  7. “Lost + Found”, The Hourly Radio
  8. “Childish Things”, James McMurtry
  9. “Still Tippin'”, Mike Jones
  10. “Comets”, Pilotdrift
  11. “That Girl”, Radiant
  12. “Better on Fire”, Shanghai 5
  13. “Charred Resentment the Same”, South San Gabriel
  14. “Drinker’s Disposition”, Spitfire Tumbleweeds
  15. “I Turn My Camera On”, Spoon
  16. “The Start of Something”, Voxtrot


  1. “Tender”, Black Tie Dynasty
  2. “Honky-Tonk If Yer Horny”, Boys Named Sue
  3. “Everybody Is Easy”, Burden Brothers
  4. “Not Ready to Make Nice”, Dixie Chicks
  5. “Truth Lies Low”, The Drams
  6. “Lies”, Fishing for Comets
  7. “Sad Sad City”, Ghostland Observatory
  8. “Emma”, The House Harkonnen
  9. “According to Plan”, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
  10. “Green”, Kissinger
  11. “Fix My Brain”, The Marked Men
  12. “Beautiful Thing”, Patrice Pike
  13. “Natalie”, Sidekick Mafia
  14. “Social Reject”, Spector 45
  15. “Hey Mister”, Suzanna Choffel
  16. “Vegas”, Two Tons of Steel


  1. “Solvents”, The Demigs
  2. “Slow Southern Home”, Doug Burr
  3. “Welcome, Ghosts”, Explosions in the Sky
  4. “Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes”, Fair to Midland
  5. “Minus Two”, Fishboy
  6. “Their Cell”, Girl in a Coma
  7. “Mindreader”, Lovie
  8. “Black Light”, Macon Greyson
  9. “Truck”, The Octopus Project
  10. “Running Away”, The Polyphonic Spree
  11. “Slide Shows”, Rose County Fair
  12. “Hang On”, Salim Nourallah
  13. “Summer of ’98”, The Secret Handshake
  14. “What’s to Come”, The Slack
  15. “Intelligent Design”, Snarky Puppy
  16. “Let’s Talk About It”, White Denim


  1. “Always a Friend”, Alejandro Escovedo
  2. “Typically I Don’t Mind”, THe BAcksliders
  3. “Doves”, The Black Angels
  4. “Black Market Value”, The Cut*off
  5. “The Sparrow Spooked the Crow”, Dove Hunter
  6. “The Frustrated Cowboy”, El Gato
  7. “Every Time I Get Close to You”, Eleven Hundred Springs
  8. “Swissex Lover”, Fight Bite
  9. “Bury Them Deep”, Ghoultown
  10. “This Is Something I Might Miss”, I Love Math
  11. “Mock Origami”, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea
  12. “Lost Coastlines”, Okkervil River
  13. “Supernatural”, Rahim Quazi
  14. “Hey!”, Stumptone
  15. “Duelist”, True Widow
  16. “Cheap Wine”, What Made Milwaukee Famous

I wanted to post all sixteen playlists today.  I also wanted to post the Sunday Spotify Sixteen playlists before midnight on Sunday.  As time won’t allow me to do both, consider this Part I, with Part II coming tomorrow.

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