Being in a daze is an idea with largely negative connotations. It implies a loss of control and a sense of being unmoored, not exactly ideal activities for a random Saturday. When that feeling is translated into music, however, it can be an almost cathartic experience. Dazed songs provide a couple-hundred-second escape from the enforced orderliness of daily life into a realm that’s more chaotic, and because of this, possibly more authentic.

Below is a playlist with a selection of some of my favorite dazed songs, running the gambit from mysterious, to playful, to rageful, to melancholy, often all at once. Put on some mood lighting and enjoy the ride.