By Bella Leonard '21
I would like to start off this list with a slight disclaimer that these are individual song recommendations that I pulled from my artistically crafted playlists. Unless you are feeling very chaotic, I advise y'all to listen to these songs á la carte.
"Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix) (feat. Stevie Nicks)" by Miley Cyrus
When this remix came out I was in the middle of binge watching The Crown season 4, the Diana one, so already "Edge of Seventeen" was stuck in my head. This song is everything I need. It makes me feel so powerful, if you need a reminder that you indeed are a baddie, please, I am begging you, listen to this song.
"Don’t Blame Me" by Taylor Swift
Okay I feel like the only person that cannot just sit down and listen to Taylor Swift. I need a reason to, and I cannot be able to sit through an entire album in one sitting. I am grateful radio stations did not pick up this song or else I would absolutely hate it, but wow the part when she comes in acapella… *chef's kiss*
"Telephone (feat. Beyoncé)" by Lady Gaga
Ah yes, a little throwback. This song is the perfect late 2000s mashup. Two queens whose careers somehow topped this already iconic song.
"Better in Color" by Lizzo
Okay THIS SONG I am PRESSED that the radio completely overlooked this song. The BEAT, the LYRICS, everything about it. I like Lizzo, I genuinely do; this is easily her best song.
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" by ABBA
This song always hits different especially when you're home alone at 12am dancing in your bedroom. There's a Tik Tok dance that goes along with this song that is iconic as well (just saying), but seriously if you want to absolutely jam out, this song will never fail you.
"Vienna" by Billy Joel
Okay, okay, okay, as a student who has poured many of hours into her academics, this song hit a little close to home for me, and I am assuming most upperclassmen. The lyrics resonate to you (if you choose to listen to them) and many of times tears have been shed listening to this song.
"To Be So Lonely" by Harry Styles
The entire Harry Styles Fine Line album is easily my favorite album of all time, and this is coming from a girl who was never really into One Direction, so take that as the highest compliment. This song also hits so hard but DO NOT listen to it driving home from a date or a sleepover, because you will have to pull over to the side of the road and sob. If I could put the entire album on this list, I would. Please, please, please listen to "Fine Line" if you haven't, it really does hit differently.
"Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene" by Hozier
Another song that came out quite a while ago but I just now got into. Hozier is a prophet of music, and I want him to sing/narrate my life. This song's funky beat with his beautiful vocals is truly angelic.
"Next Year" by Sea of Lettuce
An extremely indie band, not going to lie once you've heard one of their songs you have heard all of them, however this song has a nice summery vibe to it if you want some chill music to listen to.
"High Horse" by Kacey Musgraves
I would not consider myself a big country fan, however Kacey Musgraves is the exception. This song makes me want to bust out dancing, another album that is beautifully crafted.
And there is my recommendations! Feel free to listen to them on your own time, but keep in mind that I will undoubtedly be forcing you.