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?”