Here we are. Four months into quarantine and so much has happened. We’ve been witness to one of the biggest civil rights movements to date. We have seen celebrity breakups and tragic paparazzi photos (Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello…I’m looking at you.) But, we have also learned a lot about each other. Through the power of social media, especially Tik Tok, it’s as if we are going through this pandemic as a community consisting of Gen Z and millennials.
Music has definitely been an outlet for most people these days. With the rise of Tik Tok, lots of undiscovered artists are being…well, discovered. With summer in full swing, I took it upon myself to share some music I’ve enjoyed since March. When it comes to making a playlist, I find myself trying to justify each song and why they belong there. This time, I’ll group a few songs together to save you some time. You’re welcome.
Songs I’ve Stolen From Tik Tok
Frank Ocean is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I urge you to check out all of his music if you haven’t already. Now, let me blow your mind. When I found out that Djo was actually a stage name for Joe Keery, I basically ran to Apple Music to listen and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. — tighten this up (shorten) if you can
Chateau (Feel Alright) -Djo
Peach Trees -Ax and the Hatchetman
In My Room -Frank Ocean
Lost- Frank Ocean
Songs To Get You Moving During Quarantine
Quarantine has forced most of us to slow down and, as a result, sit down. I’ve seen so many tips and routines on social media for working out– but a killer workout playlist is an obvious must. Here are a few of my favorite songs to workout to while contemplating what type of bread I’ll bake later:
E.T. -Katy Perry ft. Kanye West
Savage Remix -Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyonce
After Party -Don Toliver
Tokyo Drifting -Glass Animals & Denzel Curry
Songs From Some of My Favorite Black Artists
Sober -Childish Gambino (one of my favorite beat drops literally ever)
Anything from Kid Cudi!
Blinding My Vision -K. Roosevelt
Time Machine -Willow Smith
American Boyfriend -Kevin Abstract
Shea Butter Baby -Ari Lennox & J. Cole
Ex -Kiana Ledé
Songs For The Vibes
I firmly believe everyone needs a vibe playlist. Yeah, you can call me basic but when you think about it, every person’s vibe playlist is different. So here’s my challenge for you: start making your vibe playlist that fits your unique taste and personality. Once quarantine is over and we are able to see our friends, share your playlist with them. It’s a fun way to discover new music and get to know your friends a little better.
suburban wonderland -BETWEEN FRIENDS
All of their music is top notch. No skips.
A Kiss -The Driver Era
Fun fact: Ross Lynch is half of the duo that is The Driver Era. I’ll let that sink in.
Games -Lennon Stella
Her voice was 100% sent from God.
Moral of the Story -Ashe ft Niall Horan
That 1D stan forever part of me will support Niall no matter what but this song? A banger. A sad one, but a banger nonetheless.
Beige -Yoke Lore
Mind Games -Verzache
Your Love (Deja Vu) -Glass Animals
newly released! So good that it’s criminal!
Songs From a Few of My All-Time Favorite Artists
If I had to choose a few artists that I go to when I feel like all odds are against me, Harry Styles and Mac Miller are at the top of the list. These are some songs that remind me there will be better days, best listened to at the highest of volume:
Best Day Ever -Mac Miller
Fine Line -Harry Styles
I’m Full -Wallows
Thanks for sticking with me. Let us know if you take a listen!
There’s no denying that 2020 has been off to a really rough start. People across the world have been struggling through one of the worst pandemics in decades. Being trapped at home can be grueling and unproductive. Luckily for us, there are multitudes of fierce female artists that lift us up with their heart, their soul, their art. Even though I’m a journalist, this playlist is very subjective to what I like/think other people would like. Sorry about it.
Motivation (Normani)- It’s basically the namesake, of course I had to include it.
A-YO (Lady Gaga)- One of Gaga’s more underrated songs, it will definitely make you want to get up and smoke a Marlboro (which you should NOT do, it’s bad for your lungs).
Dead Weight (PVRIS)- If you haven’t heard of PVRIS, you’re missing out on the sheer talent of Lynn Gunn. Female-fronted rock bands need more love and this upbeat jam will make you fall for them.
Savage (Megan Thee Stallion)- You might recognize this from memes but it’s actually an incredible song that will make you feel like the baddest b*tch around…like most of Megan’s music does.
So What (P!nk)- A throwback that remains iconic plus “I’m alright, I’m just fine” is how we all wish we felt right now.
Tempo (Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott)- Anything by Lizzo is a “bop,” as the kids say, and adding Missy just makes it that much better.
Good Thing (Kehlani & Zedd)- Kehlani is my favorite artist and Zedd is one of my favorite DJs and together they made a song that will remind you that you are all you need.
KARMA (Raja Kumari)- I ADORE Raja and the raw power she sings with makes me want to take down the patriarchy with my fists.
What I Need (Kehlani & Hayley Kiyoko)- Two queer icons making you wanna shake it around your room.
Like a Girl (Lizzo)- “Only X’s that I care about are all up in my chromosomes”: no one will ever top this line.
Waterloo (Cher)- If you love ABBA and “Mamma Mia 2” and Cher, it’s a match made in Heaven.
Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner)– It’s the song I danced to when I found out I got accepted into my first internship. Tina is always there for you.
Ain’t It Fun (Paramore)- Even in a pandemic, be like Hayley Williams and “don’t go cryin’ to your mama.”
Bad Reputation (Joan Jett)- You’re gonna need a leather jacket for this.
Diva (Beyonce)- Remember that you are the “female version of a hustler.”
The Schuyler Sisters (Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones)- “WHEN I MEET THOMAS JEFFERSON, IMMA TELL HIM TO INCLUDE WOMEN IN THE SEQUEL! WERK!” Thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (Selena)– The Queen of Tejano always makes you twirl.
U + Ur Hand (P!nk)- A sick burn to ward off any f*ckbois trying to slip into your quarantined DMs.
I’m Alive (Céline Dion)– Friendly Canadian reminder to take a deep breath and remember that you’re alive .
Pimpin (Megan Thee Stallion)– One of my favorite tracks from Megan’s 2019 album “Fever”; “Bitch I’m a pimp, where is my cane / Hoe get too close and get slapped with the rain” = poetry
El Anillo (Jennifer Lopez)– I can’t listen to this in a casual setting because it always makes me wanna drop it.
Consideration (Rihanna & SZA)– Two INCREDIBLE women teaching the children how to be independent.
Django Jane (Janelle Monáe)– My jaw hit the floor when I first heard this song and I remain floored two years later.
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)- It’s pretty self-explanatory, no?
Run the World (Girls) (Beyoncé)- WE RUN THIS MOTHA! (Especially motivating if you’re from Houston.)
Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks)– Stevie Nicks was chosen to play the White Witch in “American Horror Story” for a reason; she’ll charm you out of your funk.
Sway with Me (Saweetie & GALXARA)– The “Birds of Prey” soundtrack was filled with amazing tracks but this one will make you sway.
QUE NO SALGA LA LUNA (Rosalía)- Rosalía is a powerhouse of talent and this song sweeps you away with her unbelievable vocals.
Kill of the Night (Gin Wigmore)– Brings a whole new definition to “slaying.”
I Love Me (Demi Lovato)– Demi’s latest single is the ultimate self-love anthem.
Underdog (Alicia Keys)– A perfect tune for those who are especially struggling through this unprecedented time.
MONOPOLY (Ariana Grande & Victoria Monét)- This best friend duo prompts you to embrace yourself and own it.
Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees)– A classic rock hit from a strong woman.
Shake It Out (Florence + The Machine)– “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” If Florence Welch said it, it must be true.
Fast In My Car (Paramore)- Makes you wanna (safely) drive fast in your car…but do NOT get out and walk around unless you have to.
Applause (Lady Gaga)- An underrated throwback that’s always fun to make up a dance to.
Arise (Flyleaf)- Flyleaf is an amazing female-fronted rock band and this song from my favorite album is the ultimate uplifting melody.
Gaslighter (Dixie Chicks)- The Dixie Chicks are iconic and their latest release will spurn your ex in the best way possible.
Pose (Rihanna)- Will make you want to slow-motion walk away from an explosion with sunglasses on.
Mother’s Daughter (Miley Cyrus)- “Don’t f*ck with my freedom,” Miley says. Well, someone, or rather something, did f*ck with our freedom but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing it out anyway.
Work Bitch (Britney Spears)- You better work, b*tch, even in isolation.
Last Friday Night (Katy Perry)- Unfortunately, none of us went to a party last Friday night so we’ll live that fantasy through Katy.
Woman (Kesha)- say it with me: “I’M A MOTHERF*CKIN WOMAN!”
Rumour Has It (Adele)- An old burn song from the good ole days.
Waka Waka (Shakira)- It might make you think of the World Cup, but it will still make you dance.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston)- Isolation takes this song to a whole other meaning.
Think (Aretha)- “FREEDOM! OH FREEEEDOM!” We’ll have the freedom to go out again, one day.
Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, P!nk)- A truly formidable woman squad to keep you on your toes.
Man! I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain)- Let’s go, girls, let’s get out of this negative mindset.
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)- Sorry, Valerie, you can’t come on over but the song is still wonderful.
The Sweet Escape (Gwen Stefani)- A sweet escape from reality.
Hella Good (No Doubt)- If you’re not familiar with No Doubt, I have no doubt this is a great introduction.
Supalonely (BENEE)- Project your lonely feelings through a fun, catchy beat.
Boss Bitch (Doja Cat)- I love Doja and this song just goes to show how incredible she is.
Don’t Rain on my Parade (Barbara Streisand)- Caution: you’ve reached the show tunes section. But this Broadway classic is very fitting, whether you’re directing at your own thoughts or the constant negative news.
Six (Six)- Just to clarify: both the musical and the song are called “Six.” Anyway, the musical is fantastic and this song reminds women to stick together, even in the face of King Henry VIII.
Woman Like Me (Little Mix & Nicki Minaj)- Little Mix made a big bop with this one.
I Do (Cardi B, SZA)- A definite confidence booster, featuring two stunning women.
Normal Girl (SZA)- Even though SZA wants it, it’s okay to not be a normal girl right now.
All Me (Kehlani, Keyshia Cole)- It took FOREVER for Kehlani to drop this single but it was well worth the wait.
Amor Prohibido (Selena)- Our forbidden love is going outside but listening to Selena sing is a close second.
Hot Girl Summer (Megan Thee Stallion & Nicki Minaj)- The prospect of summer is still up in the air but we can still be Hot™ all by ourselves.
Level Up (Ciara)- Fun isolation activity: learning the dance to this music video
Con Altura (Rosalía)- This song’s reggaeton mixed with modern flamenco and Middle Eastern beats are sure to make you move.
Seven Wonders (Fleetwood Mac)- Surely living through a pandemic is one of the seven wonders Stevie was referring to.
I Like It Heavy (Halestorm)- Another astounding female-fronted band, Halestorm is one of my favorite bands. This is my favorite song because the sheer confidence she sings with manifests in me and hopefully it will do the same for you.
World Away (Tonight Alive)- “I know I will survive this, I’ll be the strongest person I know.” <3
Heartbeat Song (Kelly Clarkson)- Jonathan Van Ness constantly claims he’s a Kelly Clarkson song for a reason: they’re always uplifting, full of passion and sound beautiful.
Bubblegum Bitch (MARINA)- One of the best song titles I’ve ever seen and it’s endlessly catchy.
Confident (Demi Lovato)- There’s nothing wrong with being confident; in fact, I’d say it’s encouraged right now.
Love Myself (Hailee Steinfeld)- Be like Hailee; love yourself.
I’m a Mess (Bebe Rexha)- We might be a mess but at least we can sing about it.
Barracuda (Heart)- This will probably always remind me of that scene from “Shrek 3” but it is first and foremost a rock classic.
Move Your Body (Sia)- Remember to move your body!(-:
If you’re anything like me, you can’t live without music. Whether it’s a 10 minute walk or a 6 hour drive, I always have something playing in my ears. Here are a few songs students from UT like to jam to while road tripping:
1. On the road again by Willie Nelson
This classic was suggested by Emily Hines, a freshman environmental science major, who would enjoy this song when she was little on road trips with her family. It was a family tradition to start off their trips with some Willie Nelson.
Favorite line from song: “Goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things that I may never see again”
2. Grandma’s Feather Bed by John Denver
This folk/country song was recommended by Emma Scalfano, freshman HDO major, because it reminded her of road trips with her family where her dad would drive and play this song.
Favorite line from the song: “We didn’t get much sleep but we had a lot of fun, On Grandmas feather bed”
3. Love shack by the B-52’s
Taking it back to the late 80s, this song was suggested by Sarah Handley, a freshman corporate communication studies major, who knows all the lyrics which is pretty impressive.
Favorite line from the song: “Everybody’s moving, everybody’s grooving, baby, Funky little shack, funky little shack”
4. The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
This iconic song was recommended by Cate Walker, a freshman business major, who feels as though The Chain gives off endless energy and really pumps you up. Perfect for a road trip!
Favorite part of the song: “And if you don’t love me now, You will never love me again, I can still hear you sayin’, You would never break the chain”
5. Mr. Brightside by The Killers
A bop known all around the nation, Emily Mining, a freshman psychology major, likes this song for a road trip because “it’s a song that anyone can easily get excited to and sing together.”
Favorite line from the song: “Destiny is calling me, open up my eager eyes, ’Cause I’m Mr. Brightside”
The next couple of songs are a few that are my personal favorites and I couldn’t live without them.
6. Doses and Mimosas by Cherub
This song takes me back to the summer with my friends when we made the best memories, acting like fools and being carefree. I hope this inspires you to do the same this spring break!!
Most known line: “Doses and mimosas, Champagne and cocaine, Help to get me through”
7. Tongue Tied by Grouplove
Just like Doses and Mimosas, this song has so many good memories TIED to it. Grouplove definitely does a great job in creating such a fun and happy song. I recommend listening to this with your windows down!
My favorite line: “Take me to your best friend’s house, I loved you then and I love you now, oh yeah”
8. Weekend (feat. Miguel) by Mac Miller
First off, R.I.P to the greatest. This song has such a good vibe and reminds whoever is listening that everything will be good by the weekend. Considering spring break is just a prolonged weekend, everything will be good (p.s. this song should ALWAYS be on the party playlist)
Most known line: “But I’ll be good by the weekend, I’ll be good by the weekend, Everything good by the weekend, Everything’ll be good by the weekend”
9. Whoa (mind in awe) by XXTENTACION
To be honest, this song is kind of trippy and the subtle beat drop at 1:00 makes you feel some type of way. Definitely a song that can instantly put you in a good mood.
Favorite line from the song: “whooooOoooOOaaaAAaaaA”
10. Let’s Go by Khalid
Just like the title says, let’s go on a road trip and leave our problems at home. This song is like an instruction manual on how to live life for a little bit without any worries. The background music is pretty cool, too.
Favorite line from the song: “Leave your sorrow on the table, pick up your worries and throw them out the window, you don’t gotta let your friends know, There’s so much trouble to get into”
11. All We Got by Chance the Rapper (feat. Kanye West & Chicago Children’s Choir)
The trumpets used in the beginning of the song and throughout is one of the reasons why I love it so much. I also like how the choir is incorporated into the song. There’s so much going on that it just makes you want to get up and dance…but be careful and drive safe.
Favorite line from the song: “Man my daughter couldn’t have a better mother, If she ever find another, he better love her, Man I swear my life is perfect, I could merch it”
That’s all for the playlist but…
For all my girlies who love to sing at the top of their lungs about love, we have Speechless by Dan + Shay as the honorable mention.
For all my boys who like to get in their feels during a drive but still like to act hard, we have Limos (feat Teyana Taylor) by Vince Staples. Try singing that one at the top of your lungs.