21 Songs You Need In Your Playlist

21 Songs You Need In Your Playlist

The perfect playlist for your next road trip
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I spend a very good part of my day driving in my car by myself, commuting from my house to school, from school to work and from work back home. Although it might seem like the most undesirable situation to be in, I like it.

It takes me about 45-50 minutes to arrive at school but there is nothing like being in your car and blasting the speakers listening to your favorite music. I enjoy songs that I can sing along to at the top of my lungs. If you have ever seen an episode of Carpool Karaoke, that is what I'm talking about.

Here are 21 on my favorite songs, if you are looking for new music to listen to, here's the perfect mix:

1. Self Control - Frank Ocean

This one saved me.

Favorite lyrics: "Wish I was there, wish we'd grown up on the same advice and our time was right"

2. Loveland - Milky Chance

I heard about this song because Miley Cyrus posted it on her Instagram one time. This is one of my favorite songs ever. The lyrics are beautiful, its seriously very underrated. Check out more of his music!

Favorite Lyrics: "Take me to loveland And no one's gonna find me 'Cause I'm leavin' this old place Right o' here "

3. Lonesome When You Go - Miley Cyrus

The original is by Bob Dylan but Miley made a cover, I am a big fan of Miley and she sings this song with a lot of emotion. I love singing along to this one, always.

Favorite lyrics: " I could stay with you forever and never realize the time."

4. Everyday - A$AP ROCKY

Awesome beat. 100% GOLD.

Favorite lyrics: "I got the lovebirds chirpin' at the window But I don't need love no more. I'll be fine, sipping wine"

5. Say Goodbye - Chris Brown

Old but gold! I mean, Chris Brown has an amazing voice and the music video speaks for itself.

Favorite lyrics: "There's never a right time to say goodbye But I gotta make the first move Cause if I don't, you gonna start hating me

6. Stay - Rihanna

Rihanna has the voice of an angel voice, her song "Stay" is very unique.

Favorite lyrics: "Funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving' "

7. FU - Miley Cyrus

I mean, from start to finish this one is one to sing along to. The lyrics are very relatable. Best breakup song ever, can I get an amen?

Favorite lyrics: "I've got two letters for you, one of them is F and the other one is U"

8. Perfect - Ed Sheeran

The song I swear i'm going to dance to the day of my wedding. Just like the title, this song is perfect. If you are looking for the perfect song to dedicate to your loved one, this is it! I guarantee your significant other will cry tears of joy.

Favorite lyrics: "But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own"

9. Just Give Me A Reason - Pink

This song comes with side effects; tears.

Favorite lyrics: "It's in the stars, it's been written in the scars on our hearts . That we're not broken just bent and we can learn to love again"

10. White Ferrari - Frank Ocean

Anything by Frank Ocean is amazing, music to my ears.

Favorite lyrics: "You dream of walls that hold us imprisoned"

11. All I want - Kodaline

For when you are in your feels. There is also two videos for this song, Part 1 and Part 2. Its a cute story, check it out.

Favorite lyrics: "Cause you brought out the best of me, A part of me I'd never seen. You took my soul wiped it clean. Our love was made for movie screens"

12. Runaway - Kanye West

I actually had the honor to attend the St. Pablo tour, Kanye performed this song which I can say is my all time favorite. I love the lyrics and singing along to this makes me feel so good.

Favorite lyrics: " Baby, I got a plan, Run away fast as you can"

13. Lost Ones - J. Cole

If you are in a situation where you have become pregnant at a young age and feel lost and confused, this song is a good one for you. I personally like this song because it actually has a meaning. It talks about a young couple.

Favorite lyrics: "And boy, this shit hurts, and ain’t nobody perfect Still we can make it work, but you doubt it"

14. Leave me lonely - Ariana Grande

I seriously feel like Ariana herself with this one. In love with everything about this song.

Favorite lyrics: "When you walk out that door Don’t you come back no more, My heart has had enough of the give and take And as much as I want you to stay, You’re a dangerous love. Baby, you’re no good for me, darling"

15. Love on Top - Beyonce

Classic, Love on Top is probably one of the best songs by Beyonce. You literally have to learn this song ASAP!'

Favorite lyrics: " I can feel the sun whenever you're near Every time you touch me I just melt away"

16. No Love - Eminem

Eminem is a one of a kind artist. No love is a song you definitely have to read the lyrics to, to understand. The chorus is very powerful.

Favorite lyrics: "you showed me nothing but hate
You ran me into the ground, but what comes around goes around "

17. Photograph - Ed Sheeran

Anything performed by Ed Sheeran is seriously without a doubt amazing. Photograph has such beautiful rhythm.

Favorite lyrics: "I swear it will get easier, Remember that with every piece of you"

18. Jolene - Miley Cyrus

The best song to sing along to, I can press replay 10 times straight and it wont bug me, ever.

Favorite lyrics: " And I can easily understand How you could easily take my man, But you don't know what he means to me, Jolene"

19. Selfish - Future ft. Rihanna

A very good duet. Relatable song, beautiful, repeat.

Favorite lyrics: "Empty thoughts fill the room Breathe for me and I'll breathe for you"

20. Not like the movies - Katy Perry

Love really isnt like the movies always make it seem, Katy expresses it in this song. Its very underrated as well but I guarantee you'll like it.

Favorite lyrics:" Snow white said when I was young, "One day my prince will come" So I wait for that date "


21- Feathery - Milky Chance

Try to not dance to this beat!

Favorite lyrics: "yes, I am a dreamer and these feathers, They won't stay"

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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.
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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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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

It's time to go on a date with yourself.

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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