Lily Allen's Anti-Trump Playlist Is Perfection

by Mary Grace Garis

It's hard to tune out the frustrating reality of an upcoming Donald Trump administration, but if you need any help, your favorite Brit-pop singer has you covered. On Friday, Lily Allen posted an anti-Trump playlist to Twitter, and you can bet that it is 24 tracks of pure catharsis. Brilliantly titled "He's Got The Whole World, In His Tiny Hands," the tracklist is chock-full of appropriate songs that sum up our storm cloud of negativity today — and hopefully, allow us to channel it in a healthier way than banging our head against a desk and screaming.

So, what exactly made the cut? The Clash's "Straight To Hell" shows up in the mix, and addresses all the injustices toward immigrants that seems to be the cornerstone of Trump's four-year plan (wall-building et al.). Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang" makes the cut, which at first lyrically seems out of place beyond the obvious references to shooting. Then again, this also seems like a good nod to the singer who recently tweeted about Trump's usage of her father's song "My Way" as his first dance with Melania Trump (which, of course starts with, "And now the end is near"). Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" gently soundtracks our regret (what more could we have done?) and quiet terror as we drive off into the uncertain future. And naturally, R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" — which unsurprisingly has been covered along the Brooklyn music circuit like wildfire — makes an appropriate appearance. Because, duh.

Most of all, though, it's lovely to hear Allen's own voice all over the playlist. Tracks like "The Fear" off 2009's It's Not Me, It's You definitely put a mellifluous balm over our own anxieties. Repurposed for this playlist, the song mixing satire in the verses (basically reading like a Trump rally speech) with genuine despair and confusion in the chorus: "I don't know what's right and what's real anymore, I don't know how I'm meant to feel anymore." It's joined by three of her other (occasionally profanity-laden) songs, which is sort of wonderful, given the context of our times. More than ever, it's important for women to be brash and outspoken, and who's better at that than Allen?

There will be plenty of ways for us to be outspoken in the next four years, but if right now you just need something to drown out the din of Trump stomping all over our country, lose yourself in Allen's playlist above.