Some days you need to be reminded that inside of you lives a rebellious badass that’s tatted up, in a motorcycle gang (what’s up, Jax Teller?), and only wears combat boots. Or some days you just need a killer playlist to make you strut with your head held high. Whatever day it may be, grab your leather jacket and wayfarers, and bump this percussion and guitar riff-heavy playlist to feel like the ultimate badass:
2. Jungle by X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons. If that drum-clap pattern doesn’t make you feel tough, nothing will.
3. Sweet Talk by Kito, Reija Lee. Currently signed to Mad Decent, the producer/singer duo originally from Perth, Australia delivers a perfect badass song with their blend of bass and vocals. Aside from being featured in Victoria’s Secret 2013 Spring/Summer commercial, “Sweet Talk” was also sampled in Trinidad James’ single, “Females Welcomed.”
4. Elephant by Tame Impala. Perfect for: the groovy badass. Maintaining a classic rock guitar riff throughout the song, Tame Impala gives their take on “badass” by mixing it up with rhythmic retro/futuristic shifts in sound.
5. Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys. Picture this: you and your squad
walking strutting in one of those typical formations — preferably in slow motion.
6. Black Skinhead by Kanye West. Can this be played every time I’m about to walk in a room to get people absolutely pumped for my arrival?!
7. Believe by The Bravery. *Cue an exploding building in the background as you walk in slow motion.*
8. Bad Girls by M.I.A. THIS ONE’S FOR ALL THE BAD BITCHES. “My chain hits my chest/ When I’m banging on the dashboard” — I don’t wear a chain and I don’t bang on the dashboard (that’s rude and annoying), but I identify so much with this song.
9. 99 Problems by Hugo. Speaking of bitches, here’s a catchy cover of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” — the banjo and tambourine combo makes me want to duel someone Western style and trade in the combat boots for some tough cowboy boots.
10. Wicked Ones by Dorothy. What makes this song so badass is its wicked heartbeat and raspy vocals. “This night ain’t for the faint of heart, ‘cause the faint of heart gon’ fall apart,” sings Dorothy, obviously prepping you for whatever badass activity you’re up to.