A&L Desk Recs: The songs that should be on your playlist

Discover the favorite songs of the Arts & Vie office. Grace Everett | photo editor

By Lily Nussbaum | Arts and Life Intern

Have you ever thought that you’ve listened to the same 20 songs in the last month but don’t know where to find more music? Do not worry. A&L staff are here to help you with a playlist featuring various musical genres. From classic 80s rock to new indie pop, this playlist will launch new musical discoveries.

Erianne Lewis | Arts and Life Editor

“Shut Up My Mother’s Call” door Hotel Ugly

Something about this song makes me never want to skip it. It’s maybe the slight R&B, but also the pop feel of it, mixed with the calmness of the lead singer’s voice. I discovered this song in a random playlist on Spotify a few months ago, and I haven’t stopped listening to it.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

“Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean

First off, I’ll bat for Frank Ocean’s discography anytime. Every time I think I’ve heard every song a million times and I’m about to get sick of it, I discover a new appreciation for a different aspect of the songs. In this case, I hadn’t heard “Sweet Life” in so long that I forgot how much I loved it. It sounds timeless, from the lyrics to the a cappella parts and the jazzy feeling.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

Avery Ballman | Arts and Life Editor

“Me and My Sunshine” door Motel Radio

I love the song “Me & My Sunshine” from Motel Radio because the lead singers’ voices sound so cool, unlike the popular songs we hear today. This song makes me want to roll down my windows and blast my speakers in my car. If you want to feel like the main character, this song is for you.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

“Give Me What I Want” by Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus proves in this song that she belongs to rock ‘n’ roll. She has the most unique voice, and this song has the best rhythm. Miley has come a long way since her golden days with Hannah.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

Emma Weidmann | Arts and Life Editor

“Helmet” by Steve Lacy

This song has been one of my top picks recently because of its mix of funk and pop and how much it reminds me of Stevie Wonder, which my parents raised me on. Steve Lacy is one of the most creative contemporary artists.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

“Babydoll” by Dominic Fike

Dominic Fike has become one of the hottest indie vocals with this 2018 debut album. “Babydoll” is short and sweet at just a minute and a half but packs a rhythmic punch with solid bass guitar and a unique blend of vocals. and rap.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

Ruhi Thapar | Arts and Life Intern

“Never Be Me” by Miley Cyrus

I’ve been obsessed with reformed songs from the Miley era lately, and this is one of the best. “Plastic Hearts” and “Younger Now” are also great albums to check out if you’re looking for new music.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

“I Have a Friend” by Maggie Rogers

It’s one of the many gems of Maggie’s new album. This song reminds me of so many fantastic friends I made at Baylor and makes me super excited for the sweet reunion we are going to have soon.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

Clay Thompson | Arts and Life Intern

“Invisible Touch” by Genesis

“Invisible Touch” is an incredibly funky song. It’s one of my favorite classic songs because even though I’m not a singer or a dancer by any stretch of the imagination, every time this song comes along it makes me want to sing and dance to it. It’s just a cool, feel-good, upbeat song.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

“Almost There” by Anika Noni Rose

This song is perhaps the most famous from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog”. It’s a great song about achieving your dreams with hard work and determination and it’s a great upbeat song to listen to while working or studying.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

Lily Nussbaum | Arts and Life Intern

“Sugar” by Remi Wolf

While the weather may be gloomy this week, this song is practically a guarantee of a mood lift. Do yourself a favor and blast that song with the windows down. Remi Wolf’s music is a funky and explosive take on traditional pop music. In that typical Remi sound style, “Sugar” explores the gratifying happiness resulting from his newfound sobriety.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.

“Kokomo, IN” by Japanese Breakfast

Despite its title, “Jubilee”, the Japanese Breakfast album is filled with some pretty sad songs. “Kokomo, IN” is one such song. In an airy and sweet ballad, Japanese Breakfast explores the sweet loneliness of having a love past while holding a special place for them in your heart through a fictional character. For my Swifties, think “August” but more melancholy.

Listen to it on Spotify.

Listen to it on Apple Music.


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