“I just remember I always loved music. It doesn’t matter if it’s heavy metal or dance hall or whatever it is. I just always loved melodies so much.” So says Søren Hansen, guitar and keyboard player for the (mostly) Danish rock band New Politics, which burst onto the scene last year with “Harlem,” a catchy foot stomper that climbed all the way to no. 4 on the US alt-rock charts. Not bad for two guys from Copenhagen (Hansen and frontman David Boyd) and one from Brooklyn (drummer Louis Vecchio).

These days they’re on a monster US tour with Fall Out Boy and Paramour, but we caught up with them at Bud Light Hotel Dallas (not to be confused with the upcoming, awesome-sounding Whatever, USA). Just three young stars enjoying life, so we asked them for their favorite songs. Figured it’d be a good playlist for summer—and we dare say it’s got something for everyone!

You can see what they love below, but first a couple quick tips about making the most of music at a summer soiree. 1. If you want to be a great dancer like Boyd (seriously, check out their videos), keep it simple: “Fake it until you make it,” he says. “Just smile while you do it and enjoy it.” 2. Along the same lines, if a lady catches your eye, take Vecchio’s advice and come in with confidence. “One of my first managers said to me, ‘If you don’t feel like a rock star, and you don’t think you look like a rock star, then you’re never going to be a rock star.’ ” With that in mind, enjoy the selections, and see what the fellas have to say about them below…


“Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol
“My dad was listening to Billy Idol when I was five years old. He was a fisherman, so he was throwing the nets, and he would always listen to Billy Idol. And I’d be walking around, so I grew up with that.” —Hansen

“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
“I hear that song every day in my head. It plays by itself, and it just puts me in a good mood, and then a good video, too.”—Vecchio

“Rock the Casbah” by The Clash
“It’s one of those songs that would really get me going, like a party where you can’t go wrong. [I also like] ‘Guns of Brixton’ and ‘I Fought the Law.’ And how about the lyrics for ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ ” —Boyd

“All That She Wants” by Ace of Base
“A song that made me want to be a musician? This is totally embarrassing. I remember when I was little, I had this cassette tape, and you would put it in a Walkman, and when you had listened to whatever’s on one side, you had to take the tape out, flip it over and fast forward to rewind, then put it back. And I had songs I had recorded with noise and shit from the radio, and there was Ace of Base with “All That She Wants.’ ” —Hansen

“Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
“I have a really embarrassing story [too]. When I saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I had no idea it was the Beatles. I just remember I was like, what is that song? I just thought it was Matthew Broderick singing. But oh my God, the Beatles were… it’s insane. Talk about a band that were open to whatever kind of music… revolutionary in the most simplistic way.” —Boyd

Editor’s note: Beatles’ version not on Spotify, so we went with The Beatles Revival Band rendition. Oh, and here’s the Ferris Bueller Scene…

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
“OK, that’s got to be added on there. It’s just as simple as it is. It’s just presence.”—Vecchio

“Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
“You just want to break something in a cool way.” —Boyd

“Killing in the Name” by Rage Against The Machine
“When I heard that, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I totally freaked out. I just remember getting that album, and then all my friends, that’s all we would listen to, and we were head banging. Everybody had dreadlocks and long hair, and we were very young. In Denmark, you would kind of start partying and drinking when you were like 13, so I just remember beach parties and Rage Against the Machine.” —Hansen

“Kickstart My Heart” by Mötley Crüe
“I remember being really little and listening and watching the video, and setting up pillows in front of my TV and playing along to the video. My dad is a drummer too, so I always had drums in my house, but I think that was one of the songs where I just saw flames and then tight spandex and big hair, and thought, that’s what I want to do.” —Vecchio

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
“I mean, you can’t help but move.” —Boyd