26 Songs That Will Pump You TF Up While Walking To Class In The PNW Rain

26 Songs That Will Pump You TF Up While Walking To Class In The PNW Rain

Listen along with your morning coffee (preferably pumpkin spiced).


With Fall quarter and Fall weather in full swing, it's a stressful time to be a college student. Between finding a new routine, all the homework, and crappy weather to boot; it can be hard to find motivation as you trudge through the rain to your 8:30 a.m. lecture.

However, one of the easiest ways to pump yourself up is through music. Along with your morning coffee, these 26 songs will surely pump you TF up as you walk to class in the infamous Pacific Northwest rain:

1. "Jackie Chan" by Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone. 

2. "Sing" by Ed Sheeran. 

3. "Super Fade" by Fall Out Boy. . 

4. "Rain Is A Good Thing" by Luke Bryan. 

5. "Umbrella" by Rihanna. 

6. "Drag Me Down" by One Direction. 

7. "Galway Girl" by Ed Sheeran. 

8. "Out of the Woods" by Taylor Swift. 

9. "Champion - Remix" by Fall Out Boy ft. RM. 

10. "Hard Times" by Paramore. 

11. "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele. 

12. "Want You Back" by 5 Seconds of Summer. 

13. "No Tears Left To Cry" by Ariana Grande. 

14. "Out Of My Head" by Loote. 

15. "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld. 

16. "No Scrubs" by TLC. 

17. "Forever Young" by BLACKPINK. 

18. "Born To Be Yours" by Kygo ft. Imagine Dragons. 

19. "Crying In The Club" by Camila Cabello. 

20. "Don't Leave Me Alone" by David Guetta ft. Anne-Marie. 

21. "Look" by GOT7. 

22. "Lost In Japan - Remix" by Shawn Mendes and Zedd. 

23. "Save Me" by BTS. 

24. "Bloom" by Troye Sivan. 

25. "IDGAF" by Dua Lipa. 

26. "Power" by Little Mix. 

All of the songs can be found on a Spotify playlist I've compiled.

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)

When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."

When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."

When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"

When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."

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A Brief History Of American Primitive Guitar

A crash course on my favorite music genre of all time.


For context, I'd suggest reading the Wikipedia entry on american primitivism. Anything I could say here would be little more than plagiarism of that article.

1. John Fahey - John Fahey / Blind Joe Death

John Fahey's first record is where the entire genre began. Blending the fingerpicking blues of Charley Patton with the intense classical compositions of Béla Bartók and Charles Ives, Fahey's first record challenged beliefs about classical and folk music, all while starting his own record label and contributing to the burgeoning folk revival in the process. A lot of revolutionary, influential albums aren't all that great to listen to on their own, but John Fahey / Blind Joe Death, is easily one of my favorite records of all time. Fahey would improve his skills on the guitar with time, but the languid, laid-back compositions here are a joy to listen to.

2. Sandy Bull - Fantasis for Guitar and Banjo

Bull was the first musician besides Fahey to experiment with the genre of American primitivism, and he would take the genre to experimental heights other musicians wouldn't even come close to touching until the '70s. As the title suggests, Bull plays guitar and banjo on the record, but what sets the record apart from other primitivism records is his enlistment of jazz drummer Billy Higgins (best known for his work on Ornette Coleman's game-changing The Shape of Jazz to Come). The addition of a drummer allows Bull to flesh out the sound of the genre, and masterpiece of the record is "Blend", a 22-minute odyssey that showcases the best both musicians have to offer.

3. George Stavis - Labyrinths

Labyrinths continues where Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo left off, offering a psychedelic, banjo-led take on the genre pioneered by the guitar-slinging Fahey. It's not quite as compositionally immaculate as Bull's album, but Stavis' work on the banjo is incredible. The instrument is naturally very resonant and percussive, which are two factors that Stavis uses to his advantage in putting together this very spacious and psychedelic record.

4. Leo Kottke - 6 & 12 String Guitar

American primitivism was founded on the roots of one idea—combining the finger-picking guitar style of country blues with the composisional complexity of classical music. Many artists have taken the genre into psychedelic, experimental directions, and Kottke is absolutely not one of them. 6 & 12 String Guitar was the biggest commerical success for John Fahey's Takoma label, and it's easy to see why. It's an incredibly pleasant, soothing folk album. While entirely different than Fahey in style, Kottke's guitar playing is just as hypnotic, offering a heavy, percussive style that's a delight to listen to.

5. John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice)

Fare Forward Voyagers is the absolute pinnacle of American primitivism. That might be a bold statement to make in any genre, but it's hard to think of an album that so clearly stands above the rest of its genre other than Fare Forward Voyagers. The simple blues style that Fahey began with on Blind Joe Death is still present, of course, but the compositional style is so much more rich, vivid, and experimental. Fahey amps up the influence from experimental composers like Ives and Bartók while bringing in major influence from the ragas of hindustani classical music, and the result is easily one of the best records of all time.

6. Robbie Basho - Visions of the Country

After Fare Forward Voyagers, it almost seemed impossible for the genre to move forward. Fahey's opus was easily the best album in the genre, so it seemed impossible to improve upon it further. Robbie Basho's early records on Takoma were pretty straightforward primitivism released, very much indebted to the work of Fahey. They're solid records, but his masterworks came once he moved to Vanguard records. Venus in Cancer and Zarthus are both brilliant, but Visions of the Country is his masterpiece. Vocals in primitivism are almost unheard of, but Basho's trembling, operatic vocals fit perfectly with the pastoral landscapes evoked by his brilliant guitar work.

7. Jim O'Rourke - Bad Timing

Let it be known: this is my absolute favorite album of all time. Not only was in the album that got me into American primitivism (my favorite genre of music), it also led me down a rabbit hole of similarly out-there, experimental records, and for that I am eternally grateful for this beautiful record. It's also an absolutely brilliant primitivism album, and easily the best of the genre's modern revival. This was O'Rourke's first conventional album following years as an experimental noise provocateur, and it sounds unbelievably natural. His guitar work is laid-back and agreeable, and the pop influence that guides the composions is brilliant, and something never before seen in primitivism. If you check this out, make sure to follow it up with a listen to the equally fantastic Eureka.

8. Six Organs of Admittance - Dark Noontide

Six Organs of Admittance, the nom de plume of guitarist Ben Chasny, has undergone many different genre shifts over its 21-year run as a project. Ascent is a psychedelic blues rock project, Hexadic takes influence from noise rock, The Manifestation dabbles in spoken word, and Luminous Night is Chasny's droniest album. With all these styles, it can be hard to pick a favorite, but Chasny's best work always lies in his experiments with American primitivism, and Dark Noontide is his best album in the style. Chasny's various other styles are all accounted for here, making for one of the most experimental, psychedelic records in the entire primitivism genre.

9. Glenn Jones - This Is the Wind That Blows It Out: Solos for 6 & 12 String Guitar

John Fahey had something of a comeback in the mid-to-late '90s. After falling into relative obscurity following the release and subsequent commercial failure of Fare Forward Voyagers, Fahey's profile was raised after an article in Spin magazine revealed a whole new audience of experimental alt rockers. Fahey collaborated with Sonic Youth, and worked heavily with Jim O'Rourke, who produced his 1997 album Womblife. Fahey also collaborated with Cul de Sac on their 1997 record The Epiphany of Glenn Jones, and band member Glenn Jones himself took the experience to heart, releasing his own primitivism album seven years later. This Is the Wind That Blows It Out isn't the most original primitivism album, but it's one of the album's that does the genre's original style the best. It's 43 minutes of hypnotic, brilliantly composed guitar, and I love it to death. Also, the chick on the album cover is absolutely FEELING it.

10. Jack Rose - Kensington Blues

The modern class of American primitivism is centered around experimentation, psychedelia, and playing around with the typical conventions of the genre, and of folk music as a whole. Very few modern primitivism guitarist wear an influence from blues on their sleeves, except for Jack Rose. Rose's love for blues and classic country shines through every single track on Kensington Blues, one of the most serene and straight-up beautiful primitivism albums of all time.

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