1. “Fuego” by Alvaro Soler

If you’re into upbeat Spanish music, Alvaro Soler is for you. One of his newest hits, “Fuego” just recently earned a spot on our playlist, and it should be on yours too.

2. “Dear Winter” by AJR

We are huge fans of AJR. They have a quirky and fun style that is unique. “Dear Winter“ is about the lead singer’s future daughter, who he wants to name Winter. It’s a little emotional, so give it a listen if you need a good cry.

3. “Walk Me Home” by P!nk

The deep boom of the bass in this song will keep you focused as you study for finals. As the song continues to build, it becomes increasingly more powerful.

4. “Be Alright” by Dean Lewis

If you’re going through a tough breakup, this song is perfect. The intricate plucking of the guitar is calming but also dissonant, reminding you of a bittersweet relationship.

5. “Shallow (A Star Is Born)” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

If you haven’t heard this yet, you’re living under a rock. The combination of Cooper’s and Lady Gaga’s vocals in this inspirational jam is incredible. This is a great song to sing at the top of your lungs to relieve some stress. Definitely not speaking from personal experience, though.

6. “Last Hurrah” by Bebe Rexha

This is it folks. The last week of the school year is here. Some might even say it’s the last hurrah... This is a great song to get you pumped up to write that research paper you’ve been procrastinating all semester.

7. “Puebla” by Alvaro Soler

In this song, Soler talks about a beautiful village in which the entire population is dancing together. Once the key changes, you’ll jump up and dance, probably knocking over your hot chocolate at the library. Again, not speaking from personal experience...

. “Down in the Fire” by A.A. Bondy

A.A. Bondy is at his best with this song from his “Believers” album. The alternative folk tune is deeply moving in an understated way, with the emotion of the song coming through despite its relaxed feel.

9. “The Start of Something” by Voxtrot

This indie pop song is guaranteed to put a smile on your face; the fast-paced and upbeat guitar and almost hummed lyrics combine for four minutes and 32 seconds of feel good music.

10. “Sisyphus” by Andrew Bird

While the entire album “My Finest Work Yet,” should be on your must-listen list, the opening track sets the tone. This song, named after the king of Ephyra who was forced to roll a boulder up a hill repeatedly as punishment, contra- dicts the sorrowful tale with whistling and catchy drum beats, demonstrating Bird’s characteristic allure.

11. “Girl at Home” by Taylor Swift

For many, Taylor Swift’s newest release (“Me!”) was a big disappointment. For fans trying to remember why they love her, revisit this track from her 2012 “Red Deluxe“ Album. This song is perfectly charming, capturing the best of Swift’s mix of pop and country before she went full-on popstar.

12.“Paris in the Rain” by Lauv

Up-and-coming pop artist Ari Staprans Leff, known by his stage name Lauv, produces tunes that feel new. This song is part of his “i met you when i was 18” album, and the layered vocals and use of harmonies create an atmosphere that draws you in and won’t let you leave until you’ve heard the album’s whole story.

13. “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish

Although the tone of this song is a little creepy, it’s definitely a bop. Fun fact: Eilish uses the sound of a dentist’s drill in the background. 

Contact Alena Maiolo and Lauren Hutton at amaiolo@colgate.edu and at lhutton@colgate.edu

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