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Music That Rocks: In with the New

Whatever jam you’re vibing to right now, make everyone else vibe to it too. We promise this wasn’t intentionally Kanye West-themed…


“Headlights” – Eminem ft. Nate Ruess
“Even though the Grammys are already over, I still want to make sure everyone remember the real G.O.A.T., who’s won the most best rap albums: Eminem. Infamous for his hatred towards women, this time Slim Shady is actually expressing his sincere apology to his mom and trying to make amends. Just like his other songs, Eminem spits out words with a strong beat and good rhymes. With Nate Ruess’s soothing voice singing the hook, this song provides a sad sentiment and a positive vibe of family love at the same time. This is definitely one of my favorites on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.”  -Siqi Wang ‘19

“Everglow” – Coldplay
“I’m gonna start this off by saying that the only reason I’m choosing this song is to have the excuse to complain about something else. The new Coldplay album sucks. It’s just horrible. This is the only track that’s somewhat redeemable, and of course it isn’t even featured during the Super Bowl halftime show. ‘Everglow’ is the only opportunity for me to get my fix of the Coldplay sound that was actually enjoyable to listen to. I’m bitter, it’s midterm season, but at least there’s still good music out there.” -Caroline Lewis ‘18

“Oxford Comma” – Vampire Weekend

“Sick of fake people? Done caring about everything? Want a song that makes multiple Lil Jon references? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the indie-pop song for you. This head-bobbing, foot-tapping, and smirk-inducing ditty is guaranteed to cheer you up on even the Monday-est of Mondays and will be stuck in your head all week long. (But I’m sorry, Ezra Koenig, I’ll always give a f*** about Oxford commas.)” -Lucy Palmer ‘19

“The New Workout Plan” – Kanye West
“All right, so the jury is still out on if The Life of Pablo is ‘the album of THE LIFE’ as Kanye claimed it would be, but I think we’ve reached a general consensus, as a human race, that The College Dropout is one of the best albums since the turn of the century. ‘The New Workout Plan’  is one of my favorite songs from the 2004 Yeezy classic; it always manages to put me in a great mood. I’m a tad skeptical of the effectiveness of the plan, but Ye does include testimonials that try to prove how this song will teach ladies how to pull ‘at least a dude with a car.'” -Curtis Bullock ‘19

“Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West
“Sorry Kanye, I didn’t download Tidal to listen to The Life of Pablo. However, I did listen to the live performance of ‘Ultralight Beam’ with Chance the Rapper and Kelly Price. Excuse me if I start to sound like a music critic, but ‘Ultralight Beam’ brought back elements of Kanye that we really haven’t seen for a while. With a mixture of Chance’s killer performance and Kelly Price’s crazy vocals, I’m definitely amped up for when I get to hear the rest of the album.” -Kelvin Lin ‘19

“Get Lost” – Breakbot

“I still have not heard the new album by Breakbot, but I have been spending my time grooving to this song in the meantime. While it may not exactly shout ‘original’ to everyone, including me, Breakbot brings his own spin to the electronic genre three years after his debut. The synths, drums, and bass really bring this song some energy while guest singer Irfane’s vocals shimmer and shine on this track. A good listen for anyone just looking to dance.” –Stephen Porritt ‘18

“Waves” – Kanye West ft. Chris Brown
“Another Kanye West song review on Music That Rocks isn’t what this blog post needs, but in the case of ‘Waves,’ it’s what the reader deserves. For his new album, Yeezy said in interviews and on Twitter that he wanted to make ‘music that feels good,’ and although I don’t think he entirely accomplished this endeavor on The Life of Pablo, ‘Waves’ is the pinnacle of the the album’s success in this regard. Brilliantly composed by Chance the Rapper, ‘Waves’ uses blissfully enveloping choir vocals and a melodic bass line that revolve around a typically excellent vocal performance by Chris Brown. If you only listen to one song from Kanye’s new LP, this has to be it.” -Stephen Gorson ‘18

“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
“I went to the movies this weekend, and one of the trailers was for ‘Hardcore Henry,’ an action movie from a first-person point of view. The trailer features this song, and ever since it’s been stuck in my head. Queen is a band I don’t often listen to, but every time I hear their music I think to myself, ‘Man, I have to listen to them more often.’ It’s a great pump-up song with a catchy beat, and is a classic throwback to get back to the rock and roll music of old.” -Matthew Nolan ‘18

“Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)” – alt-J

“At the risk of sounding like a full-on basic, I give full credit to my Fitlates instructor’s playlists for this find. I love ‘Left Hand Free’ and something about the flow of this remix gets it stuck in my head every time. The ‘shoot me down bang bang’ hook is the catchiest thing I’ve heard in awhile.” -Melissa Warten ’16

“Drive” – Halsey

“I went on a major Halsey binge for a few months, but forgot all about it until the iPhone gods graced me with this song on random. Starting off unique, the song continues to captivate and enthrall. I’ve officially restarted my Halsey binge, and I could not be happier. This song is good for any mood, but seriously makes me homesick…for my car.” – Jake Maestas ’16


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