Once upon a time, Tom Hiddleston did a "Song of the Day" on Twitter and introduced all his fans to classics and new bands alike. Then, as he got more famous and more busy, he stopped doing them daily and started doing them about once a week. Now he never suggests songs anymore because he's fancy and in demand, and also because Twitter is probably a scary place for him these days when you consider some of the stuff people tweet his way. (Let's just say that, shocker, not everyone on the Internet is respectful.)
But Hiddleston has really great taste in music, and I'm not just saying that because we happen to be musical soul mates (even though we totally are). So let's go back to a simpler time in 2012 when Hiddleston still had time to be on social media.
The next time you're feeling sad, or angry, or really experiencing any feeling at all, you can turn this official Tom Hiddleston-approved music playlist. It has the added bonus of also letting you see the kind of mood he was in at the time. Everyone knows that your mood and music picks go hand-in-hand.
So, are you also his musical soul mate? It's time to find out!
THE CURE — "FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE"
Hiddleston has recommended this song three times. As he should, because it's an awesome anthem even when it's not Friday.
MC HAMMER — "U CAN'T TOUCH THIS"
With Friday's song taken, Hiddleston recommends this one for Thursday listening. It's sure to get you through the week.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU — "THE MIGHTY RIO GRANDE"
Another one of Hiddles' favorites, he made it the song of the day four times. But you can't say he didn't warn you.
He also recommends the band's other song "Quiet."
EMINEM — "LOSE YOURSELF"
One day it's classical and the next day it's rap. You never know what mood you'll be in, so Hiddleston has covered all the bases.
PEARL JAM — "JUST BREATHE"
Nothing like some Pearl Jam to lift your spirits.
TOM WAITS — "DOWNTOWN TRAIN"
Tom Waits is most certainly the man.
VAN MORRISON — "SWEET THING"
You've gotta love that vocabulary "propulsive and momentous." The National is one of Hiddleston's favorite bands, and he specifically recommended, "Start a War," "Bloodbuzz Ohio," and "Lemonworld."
ANGUS & JULIA STONE — "SANTA MONICA DREAM"
Recommended twice, you've gotta check this one out.
HANS ZIMMER — "YOU'RE SO COOL"
This Song of the Day was inspired by the time his fans trended #HiddlestonsArmy on Twitter. He thought it was, that's right, so cool.
LUIGI LUSINI — "WHO WE ARE" (ORIGINAL MIX)
You know, for all your contemplative electronic needs.
NICKI MINAJ — "STARSHIPS"
Hiddleston made my day when he posted this and then refused to apologize for liking her.
Like with The National, Hiddleston just enjoys this band in general. Throughout the past couple of years he recommended their songs, "Holocene," "I Can't Make You Love Me," and "Minnesota, WI."
AVO PÄR — "SPIEGEL IM SPIEGEL"
Hiddleston aptly suggested this as a "Song of the Night" because it's perfect music to listen to as you drift off.
COLLEGE — "A REAL HERO (FEAT. ELECTRONIC YOUTH)"
Someone must have just seen Drive. Also, thanks for the weather update, Hiddles.
PHOENIX — "LOVE LIKE A SUNSET" (PARTS ONE AND TWO)
Although if you want to get real serious, you can listen to part two first which is the order Hiddleston recommended them in.
THE DETROIT DAYS
For a portion of Summer 2012, Hiddleston was filming Only Lovers Left Alive in Detroit, Michigan and tweeted a series of Detroit-themed songs while he was there. Listen to them all in a row to get the true spirit of his time filming there. Which (judging by the song titles) must have been pretty hot.
THE FLEETWOODS — "COME SOFTLY TO ME"
Hiddleston has one of the most diverse music tastes I've ever seen.
Hiddleston appreciates the old and the new when it comes to this band.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE — "MY GIRLS"
THE WHO — "BABA O'RILEY"
Planning a roadtrip? Hiddleston's got you covered.
Hiddleston was probably the only one who didn't mind getting the new U2 album for free, because he loves this band. In particular he recommends "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (the live version) and "With or Without You" (the Alucard & Sean Tyas remix version).
FREDDIE STEVENSEN — "HEART SHAPED STONE"
One of my personal favorites, and I owe it all to Hiddleston's recommendation.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
Hiddleston loves his quartet music. Check out "Postcard from 1952" and "Last Known Surroundings."
MUMFORD AND SONS
I think cloud-piercing is my new favorite adjective. Get into Hiddleston's Mumford and Sons mood with "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet."
AL GREEN — "LET'S STAY TOGETHER"
Multiple movies have spoiled this song for me as the go-to track for sexy time scenes. Hiddleston is helping reclaim the song and make it more than that.
Hiddles has suggested the beginning, middle, and end of this band by recommending "Intro" then "My Tears Are Becoming a Sea" and finally "Outro." Feel free to finish up by listening to "Outro" twice because that's how many times he made it his Song of the Day. He says it's "for the crying and the dying," so it covers a lot of bases.
For a period in August 2012, Hiddleston was just really in a '70s mood. When you are too, check out "Love Train by The O'Jays, "Best of My Love" by The Emotions, "I Wanna Be Your Lover" by Prince, "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed, and "Family Affair" by Sly and the Family Stone. The latter of which Hiddleston referred to a musical espresso which is right up there with "cloud-piercing" for my new favorite phrase.
DAN ROMER & BENH ZEITLIN
Hiddleston says he's hopelessly addicted to these musicians and recommends "Once There Was a Hushpuppy" and "The Bathtub." I can get behind any song with hushpuppy in the title.
Are you surprised that he likes this band? I'm not because it's all grand string instrument swells and emotional melody. Check out "Untitled #3" and "Rafstraumur" which is also cloud-piercing.
Hiddleston also loves the band's lead singer Jónsi, and suggested a couple of his own tracks, "Go Do" and "Grow Till Tall."
SILICON — "BROOKLYN SOUND"
Hiddleston likes the "smoky beat" of this song.
TALKING HEADS — "ONCE IN A LIFETIME"
This music video is so important.
GEORGE HARRISON — "GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU"
Gotta love this one. As Hiddleston says, "It's a belter."
LISA GERRARD & PATRICK CASSIDY — "ELEGY"
And then the next day he's back to recommending classical music. It's like Hiddleston's brain is on shuffle.
KOOL & THE GANG — "CELEBRATION"
Not a Song of the Day, but I just think it's really great that this was the #1 track on Hiddles birthday. Even the music charts celebrated that he was born.
PUBLIC ENEMY — "HARDER THAN YOU THINK"
And now for some old school rap.
JONQUIL — "PARASOL"
Mellow out to this Hiddleston pick.
Because no playlist is complete without some Queen. Kaboom.
To listen to all his recommendations, check out this Youtube video playlist. You won't be sorry.