We here at The Leader know that if you’re reading this, you probably already have your Spotify playlists figured out, but level with us here. You’re an incoming student. You came to this school to experience something new.
So we’ve provided a list of seven songs for the first seven days of the semester. We’ve also given you alternative choices because we know everyone has different tastes. You’re in college now. You’re here to expand your interests, so give these songs a chance. You might find something new that really speaks to you.
Day 1. “Naïve” English rockers, The Kooks,
provide the perfect title to start the week because every new student at Elmhurst is clueless about what is to come this year. This song is also a great way to pump yourself up for your first 8 a.m. class.
Alternatives: The Chainsmokers- “Closer”, David Bow- ie- “Heroes”, Nirvana- “School”, Utada- “Exodus ‘04”
Day 2. “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl”
This song by Wet, an indie pop group from Brooklyn, has a very relaxed vibe to it. It’s a good song to fall asleep to or to do your first batch of homework to. This song gives you a chance to take a deep breath, relax, calm down and fight that initial bout of homesickness.
Alternatives: David Bow- ie- “Young Americans”, Regina Spektor- “Small Town Moon”, Simon & Garfunkel- “The Sound of Silence”, SZA- “Child’s Play”
Day 3. “Lay it All on Me” (feat. Ed Sheeran)
This quiet song by English drum and bass band Rudimental has more of an upbeat tone to it. This is a good song to listen to when you need a little push to finish homework or when you’re feeling extra tired in the morning.
Alternatives: All American Rejects- “Gives You Hell”, The Beatles- “Norwegian Wood” Bleached- “Wednesday Night Melody”, Kendrick Lamar-“Money Trees”
Day 4. “Talk”
This song, by DJ Snake and George Maple, is quite a bit more energetic than the others. It is a good song for driving to school or walking to class, or it could be a good Thursday night song to jam to.
Alternatives: Chicago- “25 or Six to Four”, Tommy James & The Shondells- “Crystal Blue Persuasion”, Ying Yang Twins- “The Whisper Song”, Katy Perry- “Waking Up in Vegas”
Day 5. “Higher”
This song by The Naked and Famous, a New Zealand based indie electronic band, is a very catchy song that is a good pick- me-up if you’re feeling down or overwhelmed by school. This song is a good mood-booster to get you ready for the weekend.
Alternatives: FIDLAR- “Cheap Beer”, Jimi Hendrix- “All Along the Watchtower”, Lissie- “Pursuit of Happi- ness (Kid Cudi Cover)”, P!nk - “So What”,
Day 6. “Headlights”
Tor Miller is an up-and- coming indie pop singer from Brooklyn. We enjoy the tempo of this song but the main reason we chose this song was because of the lyrics. The lyrics describe the pressure college students experience from the high expectations of friends and family.
Alternatives: J. Cole- “‘03 Adolescence”, J. Geils Band- “House Party” Talking Heads- “Once in a Lifetime”, Company of Thieves- “Pressure”
Day 7. “She’s American”
This song by the 1975 is an essential for the first week of school because we could all use a song that helps us handle the stresses of beginning a new journey.
Alternatives: The Beatles- “Blackbird”, Crowded House- “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, The Last Shadow Puppets- “Avia- tion”, Traffic- “Glad/Freedom Writer”
We hope that you find at least one song on this list that will stick with you. At the very least, we hope you enjoy giving something new a chance. After all, that’s why you’re here. Try new things, like them––or don’t–– and learn from the experience.