20 Alt-Rock Songs For Your 2016 Election Playlist

20 Alt-Rock Songs For Your 2016 Election Playlist

These catchy tunes perfectly sum up the election so far.

As election day creeps closer and closer, we all need a break from the constant drama of domestic politics. At least, I know I do. However, in keeping with the seasonal theme of politics, I've put together an election time playlist that goes perfectly with your whole "I wish I lived in Canada right now" vibe. So sit back, relax, and let the sweet sounds of alt-rock drown out the deepening sense of panic in your soul. Enjoy!

1. "It's the End of the World as We Know It" by R.E.M.

Ah, yes, it's the quintessential addition to any doomsday playlist. This catchy '80s tune will surely distract you from the eminent disaster we're speeding toward, at least for a little while.

2. "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant

Sure enough, these candidates just won't stop, no matter how much we may want them to. Neither age, nor medical diagnoses can keep these two down. This could be due to the rigorous campaign schedule, or it could be that any hint of rest will surely be interpreted as weakness. Either way, Hillary and Donald are in it for the long haul. Sadly.

3. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" by The Smiths

If you've been following along with the wonderful world of American politics, then you'll have no doubts as to whom this is referring to. Donald Trump is seemingly incapable of censoring his speech, which has lead to numerous public scandals. The most notable one being the recent "Hot Mic" bus incident, where Mr. Trump described how he would sexually assault women. Believe me, this old rock tune is much easier to listen to than a misogynistic, hate-filled rant.

4. "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare" by Matt and Kim

Do you ever think that maybe this entire election season has been part of some extremely elaborate lucid dream? Unfortunately, this is one nightmare that you can't wake up from, no matter how hard you try.

5. "Hell" by Tegan and Sara

Yeah... I think this one speaks for itself.

6. "I Will Buy You a New Life" by Everclear

It's no secret that neither presidential candidate is wanting for money. The difference is that one has spent years building her career as a politician, while the other has centered his entire reputation around the fact that he lives in a lavish state of immense wealth. His legal dealings make it obvious that he handles many problems by simply throwing money at them and hoping for the best. However, allegations of bankruptcy may throw a wrench in his plan to buy the American people a "new life."

7. "I'm Not Over" by Carolina Liar

This one's an shout-out to the current POTUS, President Barack Obama. I'm so sorry I didn't appreciate you fully for the last eight years. I realize now just how much this country needs a leader like you. Please don't go, Sir. "I'm not over you just yet."

8. "Ignorance" by Paramore

Ignorance will always have a place among people who are unqualified for a job to which they are applying. Mr. Trump has spent his entire life in business, and has even garnered support by proudly declaring that he is not a politician. However, sometimes there are jobs that politicians are just best suited for, like President of the United States, for instance. In the interest of saving space, I won't even go into his ignorance of women, race, and sexuality. That could merit an entire book.

9. "Liar (It Takes One to Know One)" by Taking Back Sunday

What? These songs aren't all about Trump? Nope, sorry. While Mr. Trump does tend to lie whenever his mouth is open, I chose this one with Hills in mind. Perhaps the most memorable instance of lying throughout this campaign came when Hillary was caught using a private internet server. While she has owned up to her mistakes, it took a while to get there.

10. "Madness" by Muse

This one mainly refers to the election season as a whole, rather than any one person (no matter how apt that association may be). These past couple of years have sure been one weird and wild ride. However, Muse is here to ease your troubles with some smooth synth tunes.

11. "Megalomaniac" by Incubus

Attempting to obtain the highest office in the US is bound to be accompanied by at least some lust for power. However, Trump seems to be the true embodiment of this. His despotic rhetoric has even gained him support from Vladimir Putin himself. That's some high praise for anyone who dreams of tyranny.

12. "Regret" by New Order

How did we get here? Was this really the best America had to offer? We had so many chances to vote for different candidates, and now it appears that we have squandered them. With decreasing GOP support for Trump, it certainly seems like at least a few high-ranking Republicans regret their decision.

13. "Rich Kid Blues" by The Raconteurs

Don't you just hate it when all you have to get your business started is a small loan of $1 million? So sad. How is anyone able to survive on such scraps as this? Whether or not you sympathize with the plight of a humble millionaire just trying to make a new start in politics, this folksy alt song is perfect for drowning your sorrows.

14. "Rules Don't Stop" by We Are Scientists

Neither candidate in this election is averse to breaking a few laws. From Hillary's email fiasco to Trump's multiple lawsuits, these two obviously have some experience with circumventing the rules, whether through outright lying or by shelling out a few thousand dollars.

15. "The Sound of Settling" by Death Cab for Cutie

While this one may not be written specifically for the election, like the new Death Cab jam, "Million Dollar Loan," it sums up a sentiment that really hits home, especially for millennials like myself. If you're like me, you were probably feeling the Bern pretty strongly. However, after realizing that Hillary is our only hope for avoiding a Trump presidency, we've had no choice but to head for the Hills. Hey, she's better than nothing.

16. "Typical" by Mutemath

As much as I hate to say it, this really is what politics has come to. A lifelong politician legitimately struggling to outpace a pop culture icon. This is the new normal. Besides, although people may think that liking neither candidate is some new phenomenon, this happens every four years. Every time the election rolls around, people become disenchanted by the caliber of politicians we've produced. It's not a new sensation, sadly. It's "typical."

17. "Would You Fight for My Love?" by Jack White

Some people will say or do anything they can to get approval, especially politicians looking for your vote. Although it's certainly true that personal values can be very polarizing when candidates are concerned, that doesn't mean that either is going down without a fight. The past few months have truly shown that these two are willing to do what ever it takes to get the vote.

18. "Promises, Promises" by Incubus

Speaking of doing whatever it takes to get the vote, how about empty promises? Both candidates seem to be full of them. Is Mexico really going to pay for a racist symbol of oppression (aka, the wall)? Is anyone really going to solve the problems with our healthcare system? We can probably guess the answers to both of these questions right now, but that won't stop the candidates from saying otherwise.

19. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles

Come on, you didn't really think I'd get through 20 alt-rock songs without a shout-out to the most famous rock band of all time, did you? Here, The Beatles sum up what quite a few voters might be feeling right about now. Namely, the fact that they are afraid to say whom they're voting for. Really, there's no right answer to the question "Who are you voting for?" anyway. You're guaranteed to upset someone either way. The Beatles were definitely on to something here.

20. "You Just Can't Win" by Them

This '60s rock tune perfectly describes how many Americans feel this election season. It seems like many people don't want to vote for Trump or Hillary; yet, they may also feel like voting for a third party candidate is akin to not voting at all. No matter what the outcome, there's only going to be one real winner this year, and it's not the American people.

Cover Image Credit: Patrick Semanski

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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The Madness Behind YouTube - The Potential to Take Over Television

Sooner or later, I wouldn't be surprised if we seem YouTube content nominated in one way or another at the Emmys


The Emmy's last week saw Netflix become the most nominated network in 18 years passing HBO. This more than anything proves the power behind streaming services whether that may be Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Originals. However, what seems to be overlooked in this takeover is YouTube. Millions of hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every day.

YouTubers are paid thousands through brand deals, ads, and more. YouTubers that have lasted the test of time though or are constantly growing, seem to have a method to the madness versus just uploading a video and hoping for the best. Lasting and popular YouTube videos seem to go a few ways in terms of what makes them stand out. I started watching YouTubers around my freshman year of high school. Though it is not something I consistently keep up with anymore, there are some things I find interesting to watch.

One YouTuber, Shane Dawson, has been on the platform for over 10 years. In the past year he has converted his channel into making different "series", some up to 5 parts and as long as 30 minutes to an hour each. For him, this works. He has been on YouTube for a long time and has the right connections to meet and interview people that others wouldn't. He has gained a lot of attention doing this and viewers are always looking forward to his next series to come out. If other smaller YouTubers tried to gain popularity like this though, it is unlikely new viewers would sit around for an hour and watch just one piece of your content, nor is it likely that they would be interviewing someone widely popular.

Someone that I believe has realized this is David Dobrik. Every single one of his vlogs is 4 minutes and 21 seconds long. They are a quick piece of entertainment uploaded almost every day. If he were to make an entire series or hour-long vlog, people would probably still watch it, but what quickly grew his popularity is how the vlog has your full attention for that allotted time frame and nothing else. Some YouTubers will make vlogs between 15-30 minutes, but he makes it easy to watch and catch up on without feeling like you are wasting a ton of your time.

I have also noticed that a lot of "beauty and lifestyle gurus" seem to have fallen off the popular trend. People want a quick fix most the time, not sitting around and looking at the clothes you're showing in a haul for 20 minutes. Influencers like this have grown in popularity on Instagram. Through Instagram stories and apps like "Like It To Know" people can easily get the same information, and sometimes more than they got in a YouTube video.

In many videos that have gained traction and popularity on YouTube, some of them are series made up of a producer, director, writer, and more. Even though there is YouTube Red which has full-length shows, not many people consider the content that is on YouTube for free which anyone can view. Since it is free does it change what is believed to be television or a docu-series? Sooner or later, I wouldn't be surprised if we seem YouTube content nominated in one way or another at the Emmys.

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