We’re gonna mix things up a little this week instead of doing our usual iPod shuffle. My friend Lindsay got me thinking about an interesting question – which songs make good cell phone ringers? Selecting a song that doesn’t make you sound like a total lame-o every time your phone rings is harder than it sounds. You want it to say something about you, but not TOO MUCH. You want it to be a cool song, but not TOO COOL. Silly, but not TOO SILLY. You have to like it enough to hear it over and over again. And no matter what, never EVER be the guy with the Maroon 5 ringer.
Here are five that I came up with (all chosen from the options available to me through my cellphone service):
"Hard Fo’ a Pimp" by DJay – This is probably the greatest ringtone in the history of the form. I have it as my ringtone and you should too. No, wait.
"Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye – Classic, timeless, and just a little sleazy. Everything a ringtone should be.
"Hate It or Love It" by The Game – Use this catchy tune in leiu of being the bajillionth person to have "In Da Club".
"Loser" by Beck – This is a very meta choice in that the song is about a being a loser and having this song for your ringtone is a little loser-ish, thereby fulfilling the song’s own message as it’s playing. Wrap your brain around THAT.
"Surround Me" by Scott Stapp – Having this as your ringtone shows people that you’re tough and not afraid to fight.