We were waiting so long for “Mad Men” to return, some of us were beginning to feel like poor old Miss Blankenship sitting at her desk for time eternal. Thank heavens the retro tales of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce returned with a vengeance on Sunday (March 25). It’s enough to make you want to squeeze into a little sheath dress (or skinny suit), tease (or Brylcreem) your hair, and throw a party — a retro soiree with canapes and cocktails. You mix the Manhattans, we’ll supply the swinging playlist.
We’ve got songs used in “Mad Men,” as well as a few modern tunes that evoke the right mood. Just steer clear of the impromptu renditions of “Zou Bisou Bisou,” OK? Don’s not a fan.
The Rolling Stones, “Satisfaction”
This song was used to great effect in “The Summer Man” episode last season. Don Draper was the man on the TV telling us how white our shirts could be, and the guy realizing he wasn’t getting any satisfaction.
Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”
Another signifier of the revolution that was a-brewing during the era, which soon enough, won’t simply be relegated to Peggy’s new friends in the Greenwich Village.
The Beatles, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”
Young Sally Draper has been breaking our hearts for four seasons, as she surveys the grown-up shenanigans around her. Nothing was more delightful, or poignant, when 1965’s Dad of the Year, Don Draper, finally secured Beatles tickets for his little girl.
Fitz and the Tantrums, “Moneygrabber”
A 2010 swinging soul revival song that would fit right in at the Christmas party at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce.
The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road”
And here we are in Season four again, with a 1965 song that gets the party jumping.