FMD: Shake It Off

2016, you've been a jerk. So for our last Friday Music Day of the year, we're kicking you out and sending the message that we're better off without you. To that end, I'm looking for the best "Shake It Off" songs: songs that help one cast off the old, the bad, the funk, and create a new, fresh, hopeful outlook.

There's an obvious choice here, as suggested by the title. And I do love me that song, but it just seems trivial once you get to the "my ex-man brought his new girlfriend" bit. So I'm going to make two other suggestions. Though neither is particularly "shake-y" they both work an effective reset.

First, the classic... "Take a sad song and make it better."

Second, a newer pick that might be a bit all-encompassing, but it builds so nicely:

Drop your suggestions and random lists if you're felling it.

7 thoughts on “FMD: Shake It Off”

  1. On the face of it, Ghost from In The Aeroplane Over The Sea doesn't fit the "Skake it Off" vibe but it works for me.

    1. At first, I was on board with it working, but by the end of the song ... less so. It's probably pretty similar to my choices, just that it's tuned to your particular scale.

  2. Lost of Will Oldham fits the bill for me, but I don't see them immediately translating...
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "Master and Everyone": You do what you want / And I will do what I want / I'm now free – master and everyone / Servant of all and servant to none
    Palace Brothers "You Will Miss Me When I Burn": Will you miss me when I burn / And will you close the others' eyes ? / It would be such a favor / If you would blind them / When you have no one / No one can hurt you
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "Death to Everyone": Life is long, and it's tremendous / And we're glad that you're here with us / And since we know an end will come / It makes our living fun
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "You Want that Picture": Then I went outdoors and I stood very still in the night / And I looked at the sky / And knew someday I'd die / And then everything would be all right

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