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.
Simon and Garfunkel, “Bleecker Street”
This Simon and Garunkel song used in season four episode “The Suitcase” — the one where Peggy comes to terms with Don during the Clay-Liston fight. It’s not easy being the girl in the boy’s club, especially when you realize it’s the only place you want to be.
George Jones, “Cup Of Loneliness”
At the end of season two, the man who’d made himself over as Don Draper walked into the Pacific Ocean. A baptism? Yet another rebirth?
Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
Every party needs a twist song. Every party — “Mad Men” or not — needs some Chubby Checker.
Mayer Hawthorne, “The Walk”
In sound and theme, this song from 2011 would fit right in on the stereos of several “Mad Men” characters. And as it so often is at SCDP, the language here is NSFW, even in 2012.
Don Cherry, “Band Of Gold”
This song is a starting point for “Mad Men.” A chart-topper in 1955, Don and Betty Draper might have danced to it, before Don stepped into the coatroom with the cigarette girl.
Amy Winehouse, “You Know I’m No Good”
As they promised to show us what it was like to live, work and play in 1960 New York, AMC chose a more modern theme for its very first trailer.
Jan and Dean, “Sidewalk Surfing”
Another fun party song, no matter the theme, and part of another Draper road trip to California.
The Pentagons, “To Be Loved”
Season three unearthed this doo-wop gem. Thematically, it’s what everyone on this show wants – and then tries very hard to screw up.
Etta James, “Trust In Me”
A song that not only reminds us who we’ve lost in 2012, but echoes the themes of a series where even some of your favorite people are usually not very trustworthy.
Sonny and Cher, “I Got You, Babe”
When we left Don Draper in season four, he’d surprised us all by proposing to his French bombshell of a secretary, Megan, and this song was playing.
–Mary Dixon & Zack Nechvatal, CBS Radio Chicago; Jillian Mapes, CBS Local