Whiskey & Bananas Presents: “Elevated Tracks,” A Playlist by OKRP’s Summer Interns

Upbeat selections from the next generation of advertising, featuring Chromeo, Adele, Bob Marley, Atmosphere & more

Listen to “Elevated Tracks” on Spotify


This month, we decided to amp up our playlist with recommendations from a slightly younger crowd. Asking our ten interns for their favorite songs of all time, of the month, or of the moment, we’ve compiled a pretty diverse list of tracks meant to fit any mood — and guaranteed to get your head bopping. So pop a squat, throw in your new-age Apple Earpods™, and snag a chance to listen to what the future of advertising sounds like.

Also, learn more about each intern with the bios they developed during their time here this summer!

OKRP Interns, class of 2017

8teen — Khalid
This song — and Khalid in general — knows how to transport you to having no responsibilities, to driving through your hometown with your friends and all the windows down, music blasting. To wondering what love was like, or worrying about coming home to a parent’s punishment. Take Khalid’s alternative R&B genius for a spin, you won’t regret it.
 — Anna Alonso

Waiting in Vain — Bob Marley
“Waiting in Vain” catches the classic Bob Marley vibe that so many other reggae artists try to repeat. Bob glides over the classic reggae beat and riffs, singing as he waits in vain for some love.
 — Jake Lesnik

Momma’s Boy — Chromeo
A quirky pop classic about a momma’s boy who is in search for the ideal woman. The upbeat melody of the song contrasts well with the dark comedic lyrics to weave an interesting tale about the search for love.
 — Tristian Montgomery

Adieu — Tchami
This song in general for me will absolutely never get old, I can listen to it five times in a row. It has that melodic chill vibe that hits home for me, but also gets you moving when the drop comes around. I know if you are into EDM, this is a trademark song for what it is all about. Let it work on you and you’ll begin to respect it. 
 — Creighton Hudak

iT — Christine and the Queens
With a beat that will cause every vein in your body to dance, “iT” by Christine and the Queens should be your go-to track whenever you need a moment to sway around the kitchen or take a cruise under the city lights. Regardless of your gender, I guarantee that after playing this track you’ll be screaming, “I’m a man now” at the top of your lungs.
 — Zur Thibodeaux

Flowers in Your Hair — The Lumineers
“Flowers in Your Hair” is super short, but jam-packed with meaningful lyrics. This song talks about getting older and paints a great picture. “Flowers in Your Hair” is super laid-back and easy to listen to for almost every occasion.
 — Lauren Mitchell

River Lea — Adele
I remember being at DTW airport (Detroit) in December of 2015, waiting for my flight home, listening to “25” on repeat. I appreciated Adele’s ability to generate a feeling of “love lost” in me even though I haven’t necessarily lost a love. The album, as is expected of Adele, weaves a narrative of regret and rebirth. “River Lea” is where the former starts to transition into the latter. It is all about Adele coming to terms with her bad habits, the fact that they are difficult to challenge, and apologizing for the impact they may have had on her partner. The river is a representation of the habits that ruined her relationship. It has made her who she is, but has also carried her down a path she can’t continue on, emphasized in a part of the chorus, saying “I can’t go back to the river.” She is leaving behind the person she was so that she can move on to the next phase of her life.
 — Guy Madjar

Why Georgia — John Mayer
Mayer’s lyrics, “quarter-life crisis” and “of a still verdictless life” indicate a feeling of being lost — however, when paired with a pop melody and soft falsetto, the listener gets a warm, hopeful vibe that makes this an easy listen. This one brings me to summer road trips with mom and miles and miles of karaoke.
 — Grace Paul

Sunshine — Atmosphere
This is a feel good hip-hop song with understandable lyrics, and warm sounds to match. I choose this song so listeners can be exposed to hip-hop that tells a story while still providing a festive vibe.
 — John McCormick

All the Pretty Girls — Kaleo
Kaleo is an up-and-coming group from Iceland with an “indie pop,” Bon Iver essence. I love listening to “All the Pretty Girls” when I want to unwind because of its tranquil and sincere sound. On my 18-hour car ride home from Miami of Ohio to Colorado, I listened to it probably 100+ times. It simply never gets old.
 — Natalie Cofield