13 Songs for Perpetual Mondays

Beat the spring semester slump with this killer playlist.
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Here we are: post-midterms, post (or pre) break, pre-finals. A season of perpetual Mondays until summer’s gates swing wide open, promising sleep, freedom, internships, part-time jobs, and LIVE MUSIC.

As the spring semester trudges forward (and my anxiety ever grows), I resort to binge-watching Pixar movies and turning up the music.

Have you, too, been afflicted by the do-nothing blues? Need yet another playlist to send you crashing into the weekend? Check out this weird mishmash of tunes I’ve been listening to. Hopefully they’ll brighten your mood – or maybe make you cry. When it comes to music, both emotions are positive…

#1: Young Blood, Noah Kahan

This song has been on my playlist for those chilly, lazy mornings when I just wanna roll out of bed and grab a flannel. You feel? 

#2: Asleep, The Smiths

Full disclosure: I just watched "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" for the first time and am IN LOVE. Charlie's song = best sad music ever. 

#3: Dirty Laundry, All Time Low

As a super angst-y kid in high school (and, let's be real, even now), "Somewhere in Neverland" and "Dear Maria Count Me In" looped my favorite pop-punk playlist. While this is a slightly different sound, it brings back memories. Also, bonus, it's great studying music! 

#4: If You Wanna, The Vaccines

THE VACCINES. IF YOU WANNA. A quintessential Monday song. 

#5: Help, Papa Roach

If you're curious, "Scars" is also another good one from Papa Roach. I have a gut feeling "Help," however, will be my siren song for surviving finals. 

#6: Rock Show, Halestorm

Strong vocals, a badass female rocker, and a great album. What more do you want from life? For those mornings when only Doc Martens and / or anything leather will do. 

#7: Ribcage, Andy Black

Aforementioned high-school-me loved(s) Black Veil Brides, so it was only natural that I fell in love with Andy's latest solo venture, Andy Black. "We Don't Have to Dance" has more of a hit-single vibe, but "Ribcage" is just so sweetly sentimental. 

#8: Mr. Doctor Man, Palaye Royale

The first time I heard about Palaye Royale, they described themselves as an "art-rock-fashion" band. I wasn't quite sure how to feel about that, but took a chance on the record, and LOVED IT. Lots of little nods to blues and '70s rock. 

#9: Edge of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks

School of Rock. School of Rock. Stevie Nicks. Stevie Nicks. Need I say more?  

#10: Heroes, David Bowie

Shoutout to the hero who inspired the artist in all of us.  

#11: 21st Century Digital Boy, Bad Religion

I laugh every time I hear this song, so I thought it would be good to include for a Monday playlist. It's scarily accurate for today. Overall, just a solid song. 

#12: Who You Selling For, The Pretty Reckless

Every time I turn around The Pretty Reckless's lineup changes, but I love every new record, so I can't complain. While I was never a Gossip Girl / Taylor Momsen superfan, and thus can't weigh in on the debate about her personal evolution, I think her voice is incredible and makes you FEEL SOMETHING. (i.e., the most important thing about music.) 

#13: What a Shame, Shinedown

Disclaimer: I was torn between including a song from The Sound of Madness or Threat to Survival. Also"Second Chance" is my road trip jam, but the vocals on "What a Shame" are awe-inspiring and I love.  

Check out the Spotify version of the playlist below! 

Readers, sound off: what are YOUR favorite songs to listen to when you’re in a funk? Do you have a favorite genre? Artist? Even better: what’s your favorite “music memory?” 

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