Cabin Fever Playlist
2:20 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Trade Your Snow Boots For Dance Shoes, And Just Press Play

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 5:06 pm

Deep in the heart of winter, beset by snowstorms and cold weather fit for arctic nicknames, we asked you to share some music to get us warmed up. We wanted all the songs that help you shake off the cold, the music that gets you moving even on gray days and in toe-numbing weather. And oh my, did you ever deliver.

After weeks of work, promises and more than a few shivers of anticipation, our Cabin Fever Playlist is now officially open and ready for business.

More than 800 of you answered our call. Your suggestions were as effective as they were wide-ranging: Cures for the deep-winter doldrums came from funk (of course) — but also R&B, rock, reggae, jazz and a few classic pop numbers that can't stay forgotten long.

Whittling the playlist down to the best of the bunch took some difficult decisions, but in lots of cases, you made the job easy for us. There were some songs on which many of you agreed.

On one track, your message was unmistakable: Katrina and the Waves made the Cabin Fever song par excellence. The group's irrepressible single, "Walking on Sunshine," garnered more than double (!) the votes of the next song on the list.

Dawn Boone of Riverview, Fla., explains why — even better than we can: "It is pure happiness in a single song."

But that wasn't the only track to get plenty of attention. The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," Jackie Wilson's "Higher & Higher" and even Benny Goodman, that classic King of Swing, all clocked in with multiple mentions. Roger Reed, who picked Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing," says of the song: "80 years plus and it still makes my grandkids move like it made my grandma move."

The playlist is certainly packed with a hefty share of classics. Before you agree with Susan Johns Smith, though — who lovingly scolds us for seeming "stuck in the 20th century when it comes to music favorites" — rest assured that you and the rest of our listeners brought us up to date. Macklemore, Michael Franti and Avicii occupy featured spots on this list, as well.

But it makes no matter whether it's old or new, swing or funk, rock or reggae — you all picked a mix to make these cold days warm again. Now, enough from us. To borrow from James Brown and Pharrell: Get up offa that thing, get listening and get happy.

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GET UP OFFA THAT THING")

JAMES BROWN: Aw. Oh. Woo. Say it now.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED is about to get you moving.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GET UP OFFA THAT THING")

BROWN: Yeah. I'm back.

CORNISH: After weeks of promises, teasing and shivering anticipation, the ATC Cabin Fever playlist is now open and ready for business.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GET UP OFFA THAT THING")

BROWN: (Singing) Get up off of that thing and dance 'till you feel better. Get up off of that thing and dance 'till you - say it now. Get up off of that thing.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

There, the godfather of soul is giving us the official motto for the Cabin Fever playlist: Get up off of that thing and dance 'till you feel better. We asked you to share the songs that help you shake off the cold, that get you going and grooving despite gray days and bone-chilling, toe-numbing weather.

CORNISH: You answered our call - about 800 of you - with so many good songs.

BLOCK: Too many good songs...

CORNISH: That we had to make some hard but, we think, danceable choices like this one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BANG THE DRUM ALL DAY")

TODD RUNDGREN: (Singing) I don't want to work. I want to bang on the drum all day.

BLOCK: Todd Rundgren. Yeah, Audie. We're feeling that one definitely.

CORNISH: All right. And this one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE LOCO-MOTION")

LITTLE EVA: (Singing) You got to swing your hips now. Come on, baby.

CORNISH: Oh, yeah. Little Eva, "The Loco-Motion." And then there's this one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN'T HOLD US")

MACKLEMORE: (Rapping) And I'm eating at the beat like you gave a little speed to a great white shark on shark week raw. Tell me go up, gone, deuces, goodbye, I got a world to see. And my girl, she want to see Rome. Caesar will make you a believer.

CORNISH: Macklemore and Lewis with "Can't Hold Us." Listener Susan Johns Smith of Baltimore sent in that pick with a blunt comment. And yes, we kept it in mind while putting this mix together.

BLOCK: That's right, Audie. She writes this: I love you guys, but I'm 63 years old and you all seem stuck in the 20th century when it comes to music favorites. Ow, snap.

CORNISH: Ooh. Boom. Roasted.

BLOCK: Well, if the shoe fits, which is why we're now going to juxtapose Benny Goodman...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

CORNISH: ...with Shakira.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)")

SHAKIRA: (Singing) If you get down, get up, oh, oh. When you get down, get up, eh, eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa. Tsamina mina, eh, eh. Waka Waka, eh, eh.

CORNISH: We know. Sing, sing, sing into "Waka Waka." It's crazy. But hey, it makes us happy.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)")

SHAKIRA: (Singing) Tsamina mina, eh, eh. Waka Waka, eh, eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa.

BLOCK: There are now 80-plus songs on our Cabin Fever playlist...

CORNISH: Culled from your suggestions, ready to help cure the winter blues.

BLOCK: So check them out and dance until you feel better at npr.org.

CORNISH: And we'll have more from the list next week.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA)")

SHAKIRA: (Singing) Tsamina mina. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa. Tsamina mina, eh, eh. Waka Waka, eh, eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa, anawa a, a. Tsamina mina, eh, eh. Waka Waka, eh, eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa. Django, eh, eh. Django, eh, eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa, anawa a, a. Django, eh, eh. Django, eh, eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa, anawa a, a.

BLOCK: You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.