By Jake Rivera
If you got stranded on a desert island and had just five songs that you could listen to for the rest of your days, which five songs would you choose? These are my personal choices that I would rock out to on the beach, waiting to be rescued.
- “MERMAID” – Train – California 37, 2012
Maybe, just maybe, if you play this song loud enough, out of the deep blue sea will appear a companion for you during your island captivity. From the band behind “Drops Of Jupiter” and “Hey Soul Sister”, this admittedly unusual pop-rock song never got the love it deserved on the charts, but it’s still a gem of a song. The song’s claim to fame is that it was performed at the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show in 2013.
- “LUCKY” – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., 2009
There are plenty of island themes both within this song’s lyrics as well as within the accompanying music video, which sees Caillat singing her parts while walking along the shoreline. Released in company with the more well-known (and equally tropical) “I’m Yours”, this Grammy-winning acoustic guitar-driven pop number is the perfect desert-island duo for relaxing on the beach with your true love.
- “SOS” – Rihanna – A Girl Like Me, 2006
Number-one pop song in the world status? Check. A resurrection of the 80s classic, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell? Check. Perfect song to help you build your call for help? Triple-check! The upbeat instrumentation and somewhat fitting lyrics should provide all the energy you need to ensure your rescue.
- “MARGARITAVILLE” – Jimmy Buffett – Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes, 1977
Is there really a more tropical-sounding song to play in a tropical landscape than this? Though the lyrical content feels more suited for a resort island rather than a desert one. As you sit alone in the sands, you can listen to this song and try to imagine yourself in a better place as the catchy tune plays on.
- “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE” – The Police – Reggatta De Blanc, 1979
As with “SOS”, this is a perfect song to help you focus on writing your call for help, albeit with a more specific method. I first heard the song at the age of 6, while watching the movie “Rugrats Go Wild” (which saw the titular characters in a similar predicament), but obviously I have grown to look beyond that at the song’s real message. This may not have been one of The Police’s bigger hits, but to me it will always be one of their classics. Even the band members themselves have talked about how they took a guitar riff that was based around another tune and reworked it to create what has become one of their favorite songs to perform. If you ask me, Sting would want you to put this on your castaway playlist.