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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Student Playlist: The songs we listen to every day

JEREMY DANG / AGGIE

Favorite music from student body

There is a difference between a person’s all-time favorite song or album and the one they play on repeat every day. A favorite song might hold a specific memory, remind someone of the past embedded in an infectious sound. Yet the songs on daily repeat have an element that makes students come back again and again on a consistent basis. Coming straight from the student body, here are the songs certain Aggies have to listen to every day.

 

Rosie Schwartz, third-year English major

CR: What are the songs you have to listen to every day?

RS: “An album I listen to almost every day is ‘Is This It’ by the Strokes and ‘Telefone’ by Noname. The song I like to listen to a lot is ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke.”

 

CR: What about them makes you come back over and over?

RS: “I think for albums, when I started listening to them I originally liked them for their sound. But then it’s the comfort of knowing that it’s music I like and that I’m always going to like and won’t be ruined by over-playing. I have really good memories driving and singing to them with friends. They evoke nostalgia.”

 

Robin Duka, second-year managerial economics major

CR: What are the songs you have to listen to every day?

RD: “My favorite artist is definitely Daniel Caesar. I like how emotional and heartfelt all is music is and never fails to put me in my feels. I really like the song ‘Best Part’ by him. It’s one of the most beautiful duets. I also really like ‘Girls Love Beyonce’ by Drake. It’s not really one of his more well-known songs, but I like how it remixes ‘Say My Name’ by Destiny’s Child and slows it down. It’s more R&B and rap centric, which is more of my forte when it comes to listening to music.”

 

CR: What about them makes you come back over and over?

RD: “A lot of these songs that I listen to have a lot of nice memories attached to them because of how frequently I listen to them, but also it’s whenever I listen to them they never fail to make me feel the same way I felt the first time I listened to it.”

 

Ryan Brady, fourth-year statistics major

CR: What are the songs you have to listen to every day?

RB: “‘Queen Bee’ by Taj Mahal and ‘Southern Nights’ by Allen Toussaint. Super Organism is a great indie band that plays with literal water in their music. I always go back to The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, specifically their albums ‘Things Fall Apart’ and ‘Midnight Marauders.’ If I’m not listening for lyrics, I like Thelonious Monk, who is a jazz pianist. Besides that, I dig the organs by Booker T. Jones; it’s a lot of soul.”

 

CR: What about them makes you come back over and over?

RB: “It’s definitely the lyrics. Beats are what draw me into a song, but if I can see the painting they are trying to make with the lyrics that’s what really draws me back. A Tribe Called Quest always talks about problems in society.”

 

 

Written by: Caroline Rutten — arts@theaggie.org

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