Pokemon Go Playlist: 12 Songs for Tracking Your Favorite Monsters

Patrick Crowley

Faster than Beyoncé could say “Lemonade,” Pokémon Go has taken over the world (well, the United States, Australia and New Zealand so far -- the rollout in other countries has been delayed). It’s only been out a week, but that adventuresome background soundtrack has already become grating.

While the cartoon’s theme song has seen a spike on streaming services, rather than playing that TV theme on repeat, we suggest linking these pop songs to your favorite monsters. Who knows: maybe these tunes will have the same magic effect as incense in attracting digital creatures.

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1. Charizard

“Just Like Fire” by P!nk

The chorus of P!nk’s anthem was practically written for the fiery fan favorite: “Just like magic, I’ll be flying free // I’mma disappear when they come for me // I kick that ceiling, what you gonna say? // No one can be just like me anyway.”

2. Pikachu

“Electric Feel” by MGMT

While MGMT meant something wildly different when they sang about “making electricity,” the lyrics are fun and relatable for Nintendo’s most famous rodent.

3. Meowth

“Gold” by Kiiara

This feline Pokémon got a bad rap being associated with Team Rocket on the cartoon series. Its adorable obsession with shiny coins makes Kiiara’s debut single a perfect theme.

4. Arbok

“Toxic” by Britney Spears 

This cobra monster has toxic moves when in combat, so Spears’ smash suits it perfectly. And who knows: maybe it’s a cousin to the python Spears wore during her iconic VMAs “I’m A Slave 4 U” performance?

5. Zubat

“Leave (Get Out)” by JoJo

For those who have played Pokémon Go for more than an hour, you’ve likely encountered several Dodous and Zubats. What makes the later worse? It’s twisty flight pattern makes it difficult to catch -- and the returns are shallow. Even if you catch enough of them to evolve, who wants to show off their mouth-breather Golbat at the gym? Next!

6. Jynx

“Kiss It Better” by Rihanna

Much like the hip-hop bad girl, this female-only species is known for communicating in rhythmic dance moves. It’s most powerful move: Lovely Kiss, which puts its opponents to sleep.

7. Eevee

“When I Grow Up” by Pussycat Dolls

One of the most exciting creatures in the Pokémon Go world is Eevee, as it can evolve into three wildly different creatures: the aquatic Vaporeon, the fire-breathing Flareon, or the electrifying Jolteon.

8. Arcanine

“Roar” by Katy Perry

Known for its tiger stripes and magnificent bark, this fire-breathing fan favorite is a champion, and you’re definitely going to hear it roar.

9. Jigglypuff

“Lullaby” by Niykee Heaton

“Let me sing you a lullaby / promise I won't stay the night / I just want to make you feel something” croons Hot 100 Fest performer Heaton. That something she’s referring to? It’s obviously embarrassment, and you’ll feel it when this big-eyed fairy-type beats your full-grown Blastoise by singing it to sleep.

10. Snorlax

“The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars

If Snorlax had his way, he would chill on the couch in his snuggie all day, too.

11. Geodude

“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus

Not only can this rock-like Pokémon have the same effect as a wrecking ball, but we could totally imagine Miss Cyrus taking one for a spin in her birthday suit. Why isn’t this a meme yet?

12. Mewtwo

“This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

If you downloaded Pokémon Go, chances are one of your ultimate goals is to spot a Mewtwo. No one has yet to spot the legendary character, save a few suspect Twitter accounts. Chances are that game creator Niantic Labs is saving Mewtwo for regional events, as hinted with the Times Square scene in the game’s trailer.