1. Go-to Workout Song
It doesn’t matter if you hit the gym 5 times a week, no exceptions, or maybe once every 2 weeks (I’ll go after this House of Cards rerun). This is the one song that makes you feel like you could run 10 miles during its 3:35 duration.
Icona Pop, “All Night”
2. Cry Your Heart Out Song
Face it, some nights you just want to give yourself four minutes to lose every tear your body has stored up. As soon as this song creeps out of the speakers, you cannot help but produce enough salt water tears to boil and use for that 15 cent ramen noodle packet (tip: forget the sodium-packed chicken flavor packet, your tears have enough salt). Long live the ugly cry.
3. Your Getting Ready to Go Out Song
It’s Friday night and you’ve started getting ready three hours before you’re planning on going. Of course you have four reports to type up and two exams on Monday, but you need to shower and do your hair and paint your nails and wax your upper lip and take off your nail polish… (you never liked the color anyway).
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
4. The Guilty Pleasure Song
You shouldn’t, but you can’t stop. You know you love it (It’s SO catchy!). This song is one you swear you will never listen to in public or while in a 10 mile radius of anyone you know, and when it comes on the radio you try your best to not dance along. (see #1)
Pitbull ft. G.R.L., “Wild Wild Love”
5. Your Ex’s Favorite
“Why haven’t I deleted this yet??” Amen, we’ve all been there. No matter how horrible the song may be (or excellent) for whatever reason, that little memory trip is lying in wait- prepared to pounce at any sign of weakness. It’s like your iPod KNOWS he’s been on your mind and four minutes of Max Bemis screaming metaphors isn’t going to help your heart mend any faster. *Skip*
Say Anything, “Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat”
6. Bad Bitch Song
For when you need to remind yourself of just how flawless and i.n.d.e.p.e.n.d.e.n.t. you are. Nothing like Iggy Azalea’s ego boosting lines or Lily Allen’s sassy call-outs to make you feel proud to be a woman.
Lily Allen, “Hard Out Here”
7. Never-Gets-Old Song
Yes, you know its #1 on your iTunes top 25 most played and YES you know every word. To be honest, you could probably perform it live better than its original artist. When you need something to play in the background while driving home from a long day or just to put on while sitting around with friends, this song is your go-to.
Smallpools, “Over & Over”
8. Middle School/ High School Throwback
Ohhh, the memories. It could be the song you slow danced to with your first almost-boyfriend (who left you for your best friend who you still haven’t forgiven) or the song that played every hour on the radio the summer of your senior year. Just as long as it isn’t the Good-Riddance (Time of Your Life) song that accompanied every graduation video ever (please God, not again).
Boys Like Girls, “Thunder”
9. The Feel Good Song
There’s that smile. You know the song. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and suddenly the world isn’t such a bad place after all. Typically, you listen to this song the most after bawling your eyes out to #2 but hey, nothing like ending that cry on a good note. Things are looking up.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Home”
10. The I CAN DO IT Motivational Song
Need to finish that 10 page research paper? Lead a presentation that’s worth over half of your semester grade? Finally tell your manager you are D-O-N-E with your job? Get out of bed? Have no fear, this song always seems to get you back on your feet and make you feel like you actually do, in fact, rule the world.
Say Anything, “Do Better”
11. The Heartbreak Song
This song could relate to your last breakup, your current messed up relationship, or that boy who will never love you. You have a theory that this song was, in fact, actually written about you and your ex/boyfriend/thing- how else could it be so accurate?? Beware, as soon as this song comes on results similar to #2 may (will) happen.
Banks, “Waiting Game”
12. The Sleepytime Song
For when you just need to end the day on a calm, relaxed note with some tea (or wine) in hand. It’s cool if you aren’t quite sure if Bon Iver’s mumbles are English or another language entirely. In all honestly, that wine isn’t making comprehension of any kind an option. Cheers to you!
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Bon Iver, “Holocene”