Whether your spring break is just kicking off or sadly, like mine, has come to an end, you need an awesome playlist to celebrate the beginning of the end of the semester. Classes are only in session for another two months, and spring break is the perfect time to give you a little taste of the fun and freedom summer will bring. Staples of the ultimate spring break include hanging out with friends back home, sunny vacations and road trips, and all of these things definitely require a bomb playlist. Here are 10 of my current favorites, ranging from classic throwbacks to today. So whether you’re laying on a beautiful Malibu beach or under the blankets in a cold Boston dorm room (guess which one is me) hopefully this diverse list can bring you some sun.
1. Castle on the Hill- Ed Sheeran
One of the incredible songs from Ed’s new album (I like to pretend he and I are on a first name basis,) Castle on the Hill brings back childhood memories I didn’t even have. Did I break my leg at six years old running from my brother and his friends? No. Do I passionately sing along and dance around like I wrote the song myself? Absolutely.
2. Love on Top- Beyonce
I think this is one of the most underrated Beyonce songs to ever exist. MTV ranked as one of the most epic key changes in pop music, Love on Top tells Bey’s story about finding a man she can always call on to love her and help her through her struggles. But even if you can’t relate, this song will still have you and your friends singing and dancing in your socks on the counter.
3. Come on Eileen- Dexy’s Midnight Runners
A classic to say the least. This song will have you strutting around, just like the living room routine in Perks of Being a Wallflower. This song makes me feel renewed and refreshed and all-over giddy. Particularly good for the road trip part of spring break, specifically at night with street lamps glowing and the car windows down. Just a suggestion.
4. Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
This sweet little song isn’t really good to play at your hometown rager, but it is good for that moment when you’re on the bus, plane or train heading home to the people you love. You know the feeling- you’ve got your headphones in, you look out the window with eyes full of hope and wonder and wait for the camera crew to barge in to start filming you because you would be so good in a music video for this song! No but really, this song helped me learn that home isn’t always a place; it can be a feeling of love and comfort and you should never take that for granted.
5. No Bad Vibez- Rich White Ladies
“It’s a breeze, do what you please.” Just singing about some girls on a yacht. But have no fear, you do not need to be on a yacht to enjoy this one. Not a song to be taken seriously, I do not encourage anyone to do anything mentioned in it, No Bad Vibez is fun and dancey and exactly the kind of ridiculous your spring break needs.
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6. Sax- Fleur East
This upbeat dance anthem is sure to have your hips shaking and head bopping. (I mean, that’s what I do, but I’m not exactly known for my dance floor skills, so you do your thing.) Seriously this song is so fun. Pure and innocent fun. Have a good time. Play that sax.
7. The Night Is Still Young- Nicki Minaj
Trust me, once you learn the little rappy parts to this and can sing every word, you will feel like you’re on top of the freakin’ world. Nicki stays true to her always carefree nature in this Pinkprint track. This song makes dancing with your besties seem epic and straight out of a Hollywood movie’s senior prom night. Except for the part where she talks about mixing vodka and Myx Moscato, the high school movie makers might have blurred that part out.
8. Hips Don’t Lie- Shakira and Wyclef Jean
Do I really need to explain this one? It’s spring break. Everyone’s hips are telling the truth. Belt this out, pretend you know what they’re saying in Spanish, and let your body baile!
9. All These Things That I’ve Done- The Killers
A mellow feel-good song, this one is ideal for hanging out with old friends, talking, catching up and remembering all the great memories you’ve created together. You got soul, but you’re not a soldier, and don’t be afraid to sing that as loud as you want as the song picks up.
10. All We Got- Chance the Rapper
This high-energy song briefly tells the story of Chance the Rapper’s life and definitely makes the point that he is grateful for what he has. Loud speakers and a big group would help deliver the message- life is good, so love it. Music can be a unifying force between people and so if music is all we got, then we’re doing pretty good.