Friday, February 26, 2016

Top 6 Relatable Playlists

A playlist is a list of recorded songs that can be set to play on a music device and will repeat when it is over in order to keep the music flowing. Playlists are essential especially if you’re like me and have over 11 days’ worth of music on your iTunes. Music stimulates just as many parts of our brains as drugs do. With that being said, the type of music you’re listening to can really affect mood.  I can’t risk setting my iPod to shuffle and then be trying to get ready to party and have Adele’s “Someone Like You” come on and have me start thinking about my ex, therefore ruining the vibe.  Conversely, I don’t want to be in crying mode and have LMFAO’s “Shots” start playing. That is why I made this list of extremely relatable playlists with a few song suggestions in case you’re ever in crisis and can’t decide what songs to play in your particular scenario. While they aren’t full-blown, the songs in each category should be enough to give you ideas:

1. Party – If you find yourself in a setting with a bunch of peers from different friend groups and there is a beer pong table set up, always stick to the throwback jams like “Holiday Inn” by Chingy or “Grillz” by Nelly.  If you have Pandora, put on “Hip Hop Road Trip” but if not, here a few songs that are essential:

-  “Work (Remix)” - A$AP Ferg

- “IDFWU” – Big Sean

- “Stay the Night” – Zedd feat. Hayley Williams

- “Party Up” - DMX

2. Walking to class – Strolling the breezeway  of any school is a pretty difficult task with all of the commotion going on between classes, if you want to just ease through and relax with the few minutes you have, listen to these:

- “Shuffle” – Bombay Bicycle Club

- “What Makes a Man” – City & Colour

- “I will possess your heart – Death cab for cutie

- “This Too Shall Pass” – OK GO

3. Mad at someone – As much as you may want to release your anger or frustration, don’t let violence be the answer. Just know music speaks when words or actions can’t and these artists feel your pain:

- “True Friends” – Bring Me the Horizon

- “Thermacare” – Chiodos

- “You be Tails, I’ll be Sonic” – A Day to Remember

- “Swords and Pens” – The Story so Far

4. Beach/Pool – We can’t all live in a tropical paradise where there is a island-themed municipal band playing while you relax, so just put these songs on the speakers and let them take you away:

- “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin

- “Get Up Stand Up” – Bob Marley

- “Lay Me Down” – The Dirty Heads

- “What I got” – Sublime 

5. Sad - Related to “mad at someone”; it’s about focusing emotion on being sad and empathizing with yourself to create a sort of catharsis. Any Adele or soft core Taylor Swift will probably do as well as:

- “How to Save a Life” – The Fray

- “Hurt” – Johnny Cash

- “Dust in the Wind” – Kansas

- “Slow it Down” – The Lumineers 

6. Focusing – As mentioned last week, the Mozart effect is when listening to classical music helps you study and concentrate so these gentle tracks should have that slight effect as well:

- “Threshold” – Turnover

- “Moon” – Chon

- “We Move Lightly” – Dustin O’Halloran

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