By Lexi Ashbury
In this playlist, titled “last college winter,” I have successfully pulled songs together that exemplify the nostalgia of simpler times with some bold, newly released tunes. Most of my playlists feature a majority of oldies and this one is no exception. A few tracks are ones I absolutely adored in high school, which I felt was only fitting to include on this list, because who doesn’t love remembering high school at the ripe age of 21? (Said no one ever.)
To start it out, I have “Always” off of Rex Orange County’s new release, Pony. Ever since this album came out, this song has been a staple in my music library, so it’s no surprise that it is the opening track on this list. The instrumentals mixed with his tone make it a perfect track. I also added “Never Had the Balls” off the same album and is already a fan favorite. Of course, I included three King Princess songs, because who would I be without her? You can expect to see “Ain’t Together,” “Talia” and “Hit the Back” — aka the holy trinity of songs on here.
Now, what would a winter playlist be without Christmas tunes? We have Wham! with “Last Christmas,” a personal favorite. Of course I included the best Christmas carol known to man, The Lonely Island’s “D*ck in a Box,” a timeless song that is truly ahead of its time.
Now for the ones I listened to in high school when I genuinely thought I was “not like other girls” and, therefore, cooler than everyone else in my graduating class. First off, “Wait a Minute!” by WILLOW, which I understand is a pretty popular song, but I was 17 and, up until this point, had never really listened to anything aside from One Direction. Following that one we have Honne’s “Coastal Love,” one of my favorite tracks on this playlist and from the electronic duo in general. Obviously, I included The Kooks and their hit “Jackie Big Tits,” because I rediscovered it this semester and have not been the same since.
The next two songs are very near and dear to my heart: “Making Breakfast” and “Telephone” by Twin Peaks, both off the album Wild Onion — a 2014 masterpiece. “Money” by The Drums, “Twin Size Mattresses” by The Front Bottoms and “San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s are all featured and, might I add, for good reason. These tunes helped shape me into the person I am today, so this is the long-awaited recognition they deserve.
Now, we’re going to slow things down a bit with “The Sun is Burning” by my two favorite fellas — Simon & Garfunkel. Following that is “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses, a band that I have been forced to listen to since birth thanks to my hair-band-loving parents.
We’re in the final stretch everyone, and, boy, is it going to hurt! The newly released “Watermelon Sugar” by Mr. Harry Styles made the cut at track #18. As I am writing this, this song has been out for eight days and I think it’s already going to be my most played song of 2019. Lana Del Rey helps to wrap this list up with her song “Groupie Love” off of Lust for Life and “Cinnamon Girl” from Norman F*cking Rockwell! No words could ever express how much I love Lana, and I just want to personally thank her for giving us “Cinnamon Girl” when we all needed it the most.
Fleetwood Mac’s “Sara” is a timeless classic because Sara really is the poet in all of our hearts, am I right? Tusk gave us a few of the best Fleetwood Mac songs, but this song takes the cake. Sorry, mom, if I get pulled over to this song — the power of the chorus and Stevie’s voice made me go 90 mph on the highway! Last, but certainly not least, is Willie Nelson and his daughter Paula’s cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” This slowed down rendition was featured on the season 2 finale of Big Little Lies and I truly have not known peace since it came into my life.
Check out the playlist here!
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