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By Olivia Walker

For me, music has always been that one thing that can connect everyone. My favorite conversation starters usually sound something like “What are you listening to?” or “who is your favorite band?” and so on. I have been lucky to have fascinating conversations with my co-workers here at The Pollack Group about their favorite music, concerts they have been to or where they were the first time they heard a certain song – each conversation spanning all types of genres and generations.

Last summer we created a Spotify account for the agency and seasonally we rally the troops here at PPMG to contribute songs for themed playlists. Song choice criteria is simple but tricky: It must fit within the theme and the song must include the color red, the signature color of the agency:

  • Song Title
  • Album Title
  • Band Name
  • Album Cover
  • Song Lyrics

At first, I was worried the group would feel restricted by “the red rule” but I have been blown away by my colleague’s song contributions. Similar to the work we do here at PPMG, they didn’t view this requirement as an obstacle but as a way to get a little more creative. These playlists are truly representative of our agency’s DNA and the unique people that come together to create it. 

I’m proud to present The Red Hot Summer Playlist:

Track List:
  1. The Red Poppy – Reinhold Gliere
  2. Scarlet Begonias – Grateful Dead
  3. Little Red Corvette – Prince
  4. Red Eyes – The War on Drugs
  5. The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
  6. Are You Red..Y – The Clash
  7. Red Barchetta – RUSH
  8. Red Red Red – Fiona Apple
  9. Distant Early Warning – RUSH
  10. Red – Catfish and the Bottleman
  11. Desperado – Rihanna
  12. Red Red Wine – UB40
  13. Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
  14. Born in The USA – Bruce Springsteen
  15. Little Red Rooster – The Rolling Stones
  16. Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
  17. Miss Sweeney – Weezer
  18. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  19. Red Light Special – TLC
  20. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
  21. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s
  22. Manhattan – Kings of Leon
  23. I Love L.A. – Randy Newman
  24. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys 
  25. The Healing – Gary Clark Jr.
  26. Emoji of a Wave – John Mayer
  27. Send Them Off! (The Wild Remix) – Bastille, The Wild
  28. Running Out – Matoma
  29. 80’s Mercedes – Maren Morris
  30. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  31. Roxanne – The Police
  32. Russian Roulette – Red Velvet
  33. The Red Violin – John Corigliano
  34. 99 Red Balloons – Nena
  35. Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World
  36. Bad Blood – Bastille
  37. Red and Black – Les Miserable Cast
  38. Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day 
  39. Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured – Arctic Monkeys
  40. No More Tears – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
  41. It’s My Life – Talk Talk
  42. Give Up The Funk –  Parliament
  43. Party Train – The Gap Band
  44. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray
  45. Red Lights – Tiesto
  46. The Red Shoes – Kate Bush
  47. Red Light Spells Danger – Billy Ocean
  48. Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
  49. Ida Red –  Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys
  50. Painted Indian – Minks
  51. Red Rain – The White Stripes
  52. Savoure le Rouge – Indochine
  53. Callin’ Baton Rouge – Brooks Jefferson
  54. Redbone – Childish Gambino
  55. Saw Red – Sublime
  56. Red Dirt Road – Brooks and Dunn
  57. Red Eye – Vance Joy
  58. Without You – Adventure Club
  59. Good Times Roll – GRiZ & Big Gigantic
  60. Red Tide – RUSH
  61. Heatstroke – Calvin Harris