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This week’s playlist: April Fools’ Day

Eric Webb

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 1, 2014

Give us your tired, your pranked, your hoaxed masses, Internet. We promise this is not a fake playlist.

Every April Fools’ Day, news outlets and corporate brands reflexively publish gag articles presumably meant to cheekily engage their audience. And by “cheekily engage,” we mean lie to with Judas-like abandon. Not here at Austin Music Source. Not on our watch.

It’s time to reclaim April 1 for the credulous. We present this week’s playlist: songs about fools. It’s dedicated to the gullible, the non-savvy, and the easily lovestruck. Start with the foolish standard that sets the bar for all others: “Lovefool” by The Cardigans. (Because they were too good to pass up, you’ll also hear two covers over the course of these 38 songs, by singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson and pop-punk band New Found Glory.)

Enjoy the soulful woe of other lovefools like Cee Lo Green, Sam Cooke and Etta James. If you identify more with poor saps prone to sabotaging themselves, you’ll be happy to hear Led Zeppelin’s classic “Fool In the Rain” and “Desperation Made a Fool of Me” by Belle & Sebastian.

There are also odes to suckers for any listening preference, with songs from Tegan and Sara, Angel Haze, The Rolling Stones, George Strait, and many more. Take a break from getting tricked by everyone else out in that cold, duplicitous world today, and commiserate with these famous fools.