The first 10 songs that play when I hit shuffle

October 15th  |  


This experiment—seeing which 10 songs would come up first when I hit shuffle—shows off my taste in music. It’s a totally random mix, and that’s how I’d describe what I like to listen to.

“Venus vs. Mars”Jay Z

“It’s Always You”Frank Sinatra 

“Sidestep”Robin Thicke

“I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”Jay Z

“Paradise”Big Sean

“Fine Again”Anthony Hamilton

“Hello”T.I. feat. CeeLo Green

“Cry Me a River”Michael Bublé

“Blood on the Leaves”Kanye West

“Soul Kitchen”The Doors

I listen to music all the time—in my car, sitting outside, relaxing at home, while I’m on the road. I don’t really have specific music or a particular playlist I listen to before games to get pumped up. I just like to hear good, familiar music so I can focus and zone out a bit.

I grew up on old soul music, Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross and the like. My dad had a record collection and would often listen to jazz. Then I got into early rap, more hip hop and R&B.

My musical horizons really broadened when I met Adrienne. Music is an incredible way to get to know someone, their upbringing and what they like. We came from different backgrounds—she grew up in Indiana in the country, while I was from a more urban area in Dallas. When we were dating, we started to share music.

We both knew the hits, but we’d send each other songs and it turned me onto a huge world of new types of music. She exposed me to more rock and roll, ’90s soft rock, folk music and a lot of different female artists like Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Nelly Furtado and Ingrid Michaelson.

I wouldn’t have some of the songs I have except that Adrienne shared them with me. Like on my shuffle playlist above, I probably wouldn’t have Michael Bublé or The Doors. But Adrienne likes them. Her dad listened to ’60s and ’70s rock, bands like The Doors, when she was young.

Because of this experience, I’ve come to love sharing music with other people. You never know what you’ll like. There’s just so much out there. And because of my eclectic taste, I’m usually surprised by what comes up on shuffle—everything from hip hop from the ’90s and 2000s to Johnny Cash, from Coldplay to The Black Keys, all kinds of stuff.

I hope you’ll check out some of the songs from my random mix here. You never know, maybe you’ll find something new that you really enjoy. And if you have any cool songs you think I’d like, let me know and I’ll have to give them a listen.

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