My favorite way to study is to head down to the silent levels of the library at my college and blast some tunes with my headphones. That might seem counterintuitive, but it works for me so I’m rolling with it. Now that school’s started, I’m spending a lot of time in the library again, and I thought it would be fun to share my favorite songs of the moment.
Spotify is probably my favorite app for listening to music. You can pick and choose the songs you want to hear, and for some reason, my iPad even lets me pick the exact song I want to hear without having to upgrade to Spotify Premium. I’m not sure why that is exactly, but I’m not complaining.
Here’s what I’m listening to currently:
- Emotion and Let’s Get Lost – Carly Rae Jepsen. I feel like Carly Rae Jepsen is underrated because both of her released albums are amazing – and some of my favorites. Emotion and Let’s Get Lost are two of the best songs off of her newest album, ‘Emotion’. They’re upbeat and catchy, and most importantly they make me forget the awful feeling I get when I’m studying.
- Drag Me Down – One Direction. Call me a fan girl, whatever, I don’t really care. The song is catchy, slightly empowering, and the music video was shot at NASA, so that’s cool in my book. And dare I say, One Direction is better off without Zayn.
- Night Like This – Hilary Duff. The ten-year-old inside of me is dying because of this song. Hilary Duff’s new album is pretty decent for being a sort of comeback album. Bonus, if anyone remembers Big Time Rush, Kendall sings with her on the track. The coming together of two different parts of my childhood is cool and weird at the same time.
- Emergency – Icona Pop. If you want a song to make you forget all inhibitions and dance uncontrollably to, Icona Pop is your ticket. This is their latest single and it. is. life. Plus, Icona Pop is seriously talented – you should definitely see them live if you get the chance.
- Black Magic – Little Mix. In the Little Mix v. Fifth Harmony debate, I definitely prefer Little Mix. There’s just something about them that you can’t help but love. The music video is pretty adorable too, and there’s a hidden Pittsburgh Pirates hat if you look close enough.
- Gorgeous – X Ambassadors. X Ambassadors are one of my favorite new bands. They’re sort of alternative, sort of indie, sort of grungy, sort of pop all mixed into a perfect package. Their popular songs Renegades and Jungle are great, but I think Gorgeous is my favorite off of the entire album.
- Midnight City – M83. I heard this song at Kennywood over the summer but could not figure out the lyrics for the life of me so I could look them up later. This song haunted me for about two months until I finally heard it again – at another amusement park – loud enough to catch the words. It’s got a cool beat, and you should definitely give it a listen.
- Old Money – Lana Del Rey. I like to Listen to Lana Del Rey when I’, super stressed and instead want to feel like I’m in the 1920s about to attend a swanky party. Old Money captures just enough of the old-world glamour to make you say “Gatsby? What Gatsby?”
- Girls – 1975. The 1975 are one of my favorite bands, but they’re kind of in limbo land right now. Are the breaking up? Are they staying together? While you’re waiting for the news, listen to Girls.
- Arabella – Arctic Monkeys. Arabella is my favorite song off of ‘AM’, but if you enjoy alternative music you should just give the whole album a listen. I heard this song for the first time at work after previously never listening to the Arctic Monkeys, and all it took was one listen – I was hooked.
- I Know Places – Taylor Swift. I like to think that every song off of ‘1989’ is about Harry Styles. Mostly because I love Harry Styles (and I might or might not have purchased paper airplane necklaces for my friends and I). But I also love this song because I see hints of the best old Taylor (when she wore poofy dresses and cowboy boots a lot) mixed with the fierce new Taylor that everyone loves. Unfortunately though, new Taylor hates Spotify so you won’t be able to catch this song on there.
- Nina – Ed Sheeran. If there’s one person you should see live before you die, I’m telling you it’s Ed Sheeran. I saw him in May when he came to Pittsburgh on his tour. If you think he’s talented when you listen to ‘X’, he’s even better live. Nina is probably my favorite song off of his most recent album, but the whole thing is golden.
- Vegas Lights – Panic! At the Disco. Panic! At the Disco seems to be ever-dwindling in numbers (with Brendan Urie the lone original member left), but I still adore their music. There was a time in middle school where all I practically listened to was alternative music, so their tunes will always have a special place in my heart. Their newest album certainly isn’t their best (I’m actually quite partial to ‘Vices and Virtues’), but this songs gives me a glimpse again of what it used to be like in the past.
- Bad Girls – MKTO. This song is way to catchy for its own good. I find myself singing this song in the car driving home from school, when I’m cooking dinner, when I’m trying to fall asleep. But it’s worth the listen, I PROMISE.
- Delilah – Florence and the Machine. Florence and the Machine is another one of my all-time favorite groups. Lead Florence Welch has a tremendously powerful voice for someone with a pretty tiny body. What I love most about her music though is her ability to create stories. Her songs are works of lyrical genius.
Check out my entire playlist here!
What are you currently listening to?