Observation Deck's 17th Mixtape Contest has come to a close. Songs were heard. Playlists were put on loop. A winner has been picked.

As this week's judge, I've got to pick ImaginaryFriend. His collection of songs is both an education of music and an exhilarating journey. I got hooked with David Bowie's Stay, which beautifully transitioned into a Cold Cut remix (basically the founder of the modern remix) and then out of nowhere yet feeling completely right, the B-52's! This mixtape just makes me want to get up and cheer! The theme of Beautiful Euphoria was captured perfectly. Also, I think it's time I start getting into The Waterboys.

So, congrats ImaginaryFriend! Let UkuleleDan (the host of these wonderful contests) know in the comments below what you'd like the next theme to be.

The Winning Playlist:

Floating On Air and Happy As Hell

  1. LMC vs. U2 - Take Me To The Clouds Above 2:49
  2. U2 - Gloria 4:12
  3. David Bowie - Stay 6:17
  4. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (cold Cut Remix) 7:10
  5. the B-52s - Planet Claire 4:34
  6. Rosetta Stone - Adrenaline 3:42
  7. Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant 5:26
  8. Messiah - Temple Of Dreams 3:51
  9. KC & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight 3:12
  10. The Smiths - This Charming Man 2:46
  11. REO Speedwagon - Roll With The Changes 5:34
  12. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues 4:27
  13. Led Zeppelin - Brom-Yr-Aur Stomp 4:19