As a preface to this post, for those of you who have not heard the news, The White Stripes broke up back in February.

This hiatus – permanent or not – left many fans, myself included, quite saddened by the loss of such a fantastic band.

In fact, I didn’t listen to them for many months after the news came out. Call it mourning if you will.

Time heals most wounds though, and, in the past week, I find myself once again ensnared by the howl of Jack White’s voice and plastic guitars – not to mention the primal beats resonating form Meg White’s drums.

So, for those of you who have never fully delved into their catalog of albums, I present a short playlist of my personal favorites (presented in chronological order):

The White Stripes:

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

When I Hear My Name

De Stijl:

Hello Operator

I’m Bound to Pack It Up

Your Southern Can Is Mine

White Blood Cells:

Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground

Hotel Yorba

Little Room

We’re Going to Be Friends


Black Math

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

I Want to Be The Boy Who Warms Your Mother’s Heart

Ball and Biscuit

The Air Near My Fingers

Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine

Get Behind Me Satan:

My Doorbell

Little Ghost

White Moon

Passive Manipulation

Take, Take, Take

I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)

Icky Thump:

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues

Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn

Little Cream Soda

I’m Slowly Turning Into You

Effect And Cause

Baby Brother


That should provide an adequate start to anyone looking to explore and learn of the genius that is The White Stripes. Note that I intentionally left off some excellent songs just for the sake of picking my absolute favorites and not listing an entire album (as could be the case for their last three albums). If you enjoy this selection, do yourself a favor and dive into these albums in full.

So get out there to Rhapsody, Grooveshark, iTunes, or your preferred music provider of choice and open your ears to a band that will revitalize your musical soul.