Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
After more than two decades of making music, Sum 41 is still rocking, closing out 2019 with a North American Tour in support of their latest LP, Order In Decline. The rock group will play eight more shows before the end of the year, and will kick off 2020 with shows in Japan before heading to Europe in February.
Amid Sum 41’s busy schedule, the band’s frontman Deryck Whibley found time to put together a playlist for Takeover Tuesday, which he dedicates to the rock stars before him. The 10-song playlist features hits and deep cuts from iconic groups like The Beatles and Aerosmith, as well as legendary solo acts such as Billy Joel and Rod Stewart.
While all of the songs mean something to Whibley, he calls out one David Bowie track in particular, the 1983 Billboard Hot 100-topper “Let’s Dance.” “From a production standpoint, it has the one of the greatest mixes I’ve ever heard,” he says.
Along with the playlist, Whibley shared how he discovered these classic tunes and what they mean to him. Check it all out below, and get your tickets to see Sum 41 live here.
Iggy Pop, “The Passenger”: This was the song that introduced me to Iggy. I didn’t know much about him other than I loved this song instantly. As I dug deeper, I started to discover other artists that he had influenced which led me to bands like the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones.
The Beatles, “Day in the Life”: I was very young when I discovered this song. I was about six or seven listening to my parents’ vinyl and put Sgt. Pepper’s on because of the cool looking cover. This song stuck out to me because of John Lennon’s haunting vocal performance. No matter how many times I’ve heard it since, I still get those same chills when I listen to it today.
Aerosmith, “Amazing”: I was in the 8th grade and bought the Get a Grip album. I had always known and liked this song since it came out but for some reason never really paid much attention to the meaning of the lyrics. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s and got sober did I realize how powerful these lyrics are about kicking those bad habits.
The Doors, “Love Me Two Times”: In high school, I pretty much only liked punk rock and some metal. But for some reason, The Doors “broke through” to me. I have no idea what it is about them, but I’ve always been fascinated by everything about this band.
Killing Joke, “Eighties”: I only discovered this song and this band because of association with Nirvana. The main riff of “Come As You Are” is obviously very similar to the one in this song. When I finally went and found this song, I actually fell more in love with “Eighties” than “Come As You Are.”
David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”: If you listen to this song with headphones, it’s a completely different experience than on speakers. To me it’s like scuba diving for your ears. It opens a whole new universe with all these panning delays and sounds coming in and out from different directions. It’s fascinating to think what this song would sound like without all of those effects going on.
Rod Stewart, “Young Turks”: This song reminds me of my Mum. She is a huge Rod Stewart fan and was constantly playing his music my entire childhood. This song happens to be one of my personal favorites.
Oasis, “Wonderwall”: This is another song that was able to break through to me at a time when I thought I only liked fast aggressive music. I think it really had to do with Liam Gallagher’s voice. He almost has a Johnny Rotten thing going on. It’s a balled of a song but also has a ton of attitude thanks to Liam’s voice.
Billy Joel, “The Stanger”: I didn’t really get into Billy Joel until I was a bit older. His writing is a little more sophisticated and this song in particular sticks out to me lyrically. It’s a pop song, but it’s dark and makes you kind of think about yourself a little bit.
Stevie Wonder, “Part Time Lover”: This was my introduction to Stevie. It was a big song in the ’80s when I was young, and it always stuck out to me. I don’t think I quite grasped the song back when I was five or six, but I remember it and as an adult have come to love Stevie’s music.