Someone might wonder where I would even start with a library of over 36,000 songs. I mean, if you hit shuffle on my iPod you could get anything from Ray Charles to La Oreja de Van Gogh to Tool to Britney Spears. Surprisingly though, this playlist came to my mind within minutes and believe me, each song is worth the listen. As I did just get back from a year in the UK, half of the bands featured below are straight from there. I just can’t shake the catchy British pop. It’s irresistible, and hopefully you’ll find this playlist irresistible, too.
1. “The Right Type” - Chromeo
I actually discovered this song through a Tumblr I follow, musicforyourcoffe, and that’s precisely what it is. Wake up, drink your coffee (because we’re college students and we always need caffeine) and jam out to this incredible retro beat- a great start to your day. If you’re in to electro-funk, definitely check out this unique Canadian band.
2. “She Needs Me” - Fyfe Dangerfield
This one makes almost anything fun with its upbeat tempo and melodic piano. You can even clean your room with this song on and find you are enjoying yourself thoroughly. A wholly talented musician, Dangerfield impresses with the rest of his first solo album, Fly Yellow Moon.
3. “Starry Eyed” - Ellie Goulding
For those of you that love pure and simple pop music and for those who love a bit of that indie sound, you’ll be “starry-eyed” for this song. It was an instant hit in the UK, and I’m sure if the radios decided to pick it up, it would be here too.
4. “The High Road” - Broken Bells
I love the Shins to bits, so when I found out their lead singer joined another band, I had to download the single straight away. They just started playing this song back in California where I’m from, so I think I can still class it as non-celebrity. I predict it won’t be for long though. This is one of those songs that get stuck in my head all the time; I find myself having to put it on repeat to completely satisfy me.
Ask” - Blood Red Shoes
I’m one of those people who love a rockin’ female and male vocal duo, so when I discovered Blood Red Shoes I was thrilled. This song has a bundle of energy and it makes me wish I was one of the Veronicas sisters so I could go on stage and rock out. Unfortunately, air instruments are all I’ve got going for me.
6. “We No Speak Americano” - Yolanda be Cool and DCup
This is definitely one for strolling to class, though I warn- you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing, and people will see you. This was a club favorite in Europe, no doubt why. It’s light on the singing, but as soon as you do hear the Italian vocals, you’ll wish you can sing along.
7. “Doubt” - Delphic
This song is pure fun, from beginning to end, and who doesn’t like to have fun? It has just the right amounts of electronic and instruments for my tastes. It is one of my feel-good and get ready songs.
8. “Stylo” - Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def
The Gorillaz have been around for a long time, and while this song might not be like their other hits, it shouldn’t be overlooked. To put it simply, it’s a cool song. The beat is catchy, and the vocals dreamy. I find myself in a different world when I listen to it.
9. “Laredo” - Band of Horses
Band of Horses has been one of my favorite bands since I was a freshman in high school, and they make me fall in love with them all over again with each album. It was hard to pick a song from their latest, Infinite Arms, but finally I settled on this one. The almost-harsh guitar contrasted with the sweet vocals will be a treat for your ears.
10. “Winter Winds” - Mumford and Sons
Though many of you know their latest single, Little Lion Man, I urge you to go out and listen to this song. It’s not quite as dramatic, but it has just as much feeling. Besides its unique folksy sound and simple rhymes, the beauty of this song comes from the fact that we can probably all relate to having our head tell us one thing while our heart tell us the opposite. “Winter Winds” is a great song for winding down and reflecting.