Picture this: You’re stressed, maybe a little blue, a little mad, then you put on that one song that transports you to your happy place. You’re vibing, singing along and your mood went from bad to good, you’re feeling better.
Around campus there are students constantly listening to music with headphones in. Whether it’s to fill the silence or set the mood, here are popular music choices for students on campus.
“You Learn” – Alanis Morissette
Emme Houser, a senior sociology major from Holladay, said: “I chose this song because it is a reminder to be bold and to do things, and if they turn out bad you learned something from it.”
In the song, Morissette sings, “you live, you learn, you cry, you learn, you lose, you learn,” which fits the theme of what college is for students, a time to be bold and explore.
“Fall” – Eminem
Jaren Clarke, a senior recreational sports management major from Littleton, Colorado, chose this song because of how it represents society.
Clarke said, “I like this song because of the beat and how the music describes how society is.”
The first half of the song represents Eminem’s drug addiction and rise to fame, and the second half is a diss track to the music industry.
“Cool Down” – James Reid
This 80’s synth pop song is what motivates Nia Malone, a junior criminal justice major from Oceanside, California.
Malone said: “It’s my motivation song because it makes me feel good about my day and that hopefully it makes my day better.”
With its 80’s influenced back beat, this song is all about having fun and letting go.
“Fire” – Eley
Fire is an R&B track with jazz elements worked into the song. It’s fun, sweet and has a soulful ring to it that helps bring the song to life. Nahjae Malone, a junior sociology major from Oceanside, California chose this as the song that motivates her.
Malone said, “It feels like I am empowered in some way when it comes to being in a relationship, like that person is the fire to my soul.”
This song weaves the music and lyrics in a way that it makes you “feel” the lyrics and paints a picture of being in a relationship.
Let this list be the jumping off point to shake up and expand your playlists. Take it slow and give each a listen. Even if it’s not your favorite genre, everyone needs a good song that they can “bop” to every now and again.