The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is not just about gluttony and football (though it is mostly about that). For many, it’s the official opening of the Christmas shopping season. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving has become known as “Black Friday” because of the crowds, traffic and stress caused by the huge sales that retailers roll out at the beginning of the shopping season. In recent years, the Monday after Thanksgiving has been designated as “Cyber Monday,” where online retailers introduce their best deals for the season and often offer deals on shipping (the logic being that everybody has gone back to work but is still thinking about Christmas shopping in front of their computers at the office).
While you’re clicking around looking for the best sales from your favorite online stores (as well as online-only sales from traditional brick-and-mortar outlets), you’re going to need a little bit of music to simulate the shopping experience. One of the benefits of doing your shopping online is that you don’t have to put up with the terrible Christmas music pumped deep into your skull while you pick through sale tables. With that in mind, MTV Newsroom presents the official 2009 Cyber Monday video playlist, featuring commerce-friendly hits like 50 Cent’s “Window Shopper,” Birdman’s “Money to Blow” and N.A.S.A.’s “Gifted.” There are also cheeky nods to online shopping like the Smiths’ “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” Hard-Fi’s “Cash Machine” and Mary J. Blige’s “It’s a Wrap.” And just in case you really want to feel like you’re elbowing other shoppers at Macy’s, we’ve even included one requisite awful Christmas song (in this case, it’s Kenny G’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”). So break out your list, have your credit card information ready and get your Cyber Monday started with De La Soul’s “Shopping Bags (She Got From You).”